Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IM Wang Chen - Yeoh Li Tian

After the first round win, Li Tian could not continue the momentum and lost to IM Wang Chen from China. What is troubling is the way he lost. Simply put, he had no idea how to play the middle-game after a perfect opening.

[Event "HDBank Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.03.19"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Wang Chen"]
[Black "Yeoh Li Tian"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bh5

This is not so commonly played and prepared by Li Tian as a surprise weapon. The most played move is 4....Bxh3

5. exd5 cxd5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Rc8 9. d4 e6 10. h4 f6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. Qd3 Kf7 13. Bxc6 Rxc6 14. Bd2 Bd6 15. O-O-O Ne7

Both players have probably reached the end of their book preparation. Li Tian could  not find a good plan and this cost the game

16. Kb1  Qb6 17. Rc1 Bb4 18. Ne2 Bxd2 19. Qxd2 Qb5

Li Tian did not know how to play this position and goes for tactical ideas. The plan to weaken the queen-side pawns costs too much time.

20. Nf4 Qa4 21. c3 Ra6 22. b3 Qa5 23. h5 gxh5 24. Nxh5 Rc6 25. Rhe1
Qa3 26. Nf4 a5 27. Re3 a4 ??

This buries the black queen on a3 and effectively loses the game.

28. b4 Rb6 29. Rce1 Nc8 30. Nxe6 Nd6 31. Nc5 Rh4 32. f3 Kg6 33. Qc2+ f5 34. gxf5+ Nxf5 35. Re6+ 1-0


Anonymous said...

Who are the coaches and sponsors of this incredible talented and strong chess prodigy?

Peter Long said...

If you are talking about Li Tian, look no further than his "Metal Friend" and his father (not the same thing/person)

Anonymous said...

is he a real prodigy? i dont think so the way he played ...

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