Friday, November 07, 2014

Carlsen or Anand ?

The 2014 World Chess Championship Final between Carlsen and Anand will start tomorrow. As we all know, the final is a
Carslen with his new secret "weapon" - Donald Duck's cap
repetition of  last year edition  where Carlsen convincingly beat Anand 6.5-3.5 at his opponent home ground - Chennai, India.

This time, FIDE have choose  Sochi, Russia as the venue and both player will not have a home ground "advantage" or "disadvantage". In my opinion, playing a chess match in your own country will give more stress and pressure  because of the high expectation from the home ground fans. Chess is not  a game ( or sport !?) where the fan can shout and give you moral support during a game. It is infact a very quite game and fans prefer to follow the game online in their house rather then to be present at the playing venue. At home, they can watch the game with "free" super duper GM analysis from chess engines such as Komodo, Houdini, Rybka, Fritz  etc....

With the help of this mighty chess engines, they can understand ( and critic) Anand or Carlsen move better.

As whom will i support, this time i will go for Anand. In last year edition, i pick Carlsen because i really want a new champ to overthrown the incumbent Anand who had held the title for 6 years (2007-2013). But now, i am really impress with Anand resurgence and really hope that he can give Carlsen - his much younger opponent ( by 21 years !) a run for his money.

and Anand not to be outdone though...
A really interesting point for the match is to guest who is the seconder pick by the  players. Last year , Carlsen  have keep this information secret. This year however, we have already know, Peter Heine Neilsen - Anand former second... has joint the Carlsen Camp!

Anand also has keep his mouth shut about his seconders but he did mentioned that he will reviled it at the match press conference.

In term of opening preparation, we will wait to see whether Anand will improve his play especially as white. Two out of three of his defeat in the final last year is when he played white?!

The official site is here

I hope we will have a great fight this time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Terengganu Juara MAKSAK 2014

KL vs Terengganu

Terengganu muncul sebagai Juara  Kejohanan Catur Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota-Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK) 2014. Kejohanan berlangsung di Hotel Tanjung Vista Kuala Terengganu dari  12-14 September 2014.

Terengganu  yang terikat 11 mata Match Point dengan Kuala Lumpur, walaubagaimanapun  mengungguli kutipan mata Game point dengan 19.5 mata berbanding KL - 17 mata. Kuala Lumpur terpaksa sekali lagi berpuashati dengan tempat kedua walaupun  muncul sebagai " the moral winner" apabila menjadi pasukan tunggal yang tidak kalah dalam kejohanan ini disamping mengalahkan pasukan juara - Terengganu 2.5 - 1.5 dipusingan ketiga. Masalah kesihatan beberapa pemain utama Kuala Lumpur pada hari pertama dan kedua kejohanan menyebabkan KL tidak dapat menurunkan barisan terkuat dibeberapa pusingan dan ini menyebabkan KL keciciran beberapa mata penting.

Juara tahun lepas Johor  disekat dipusingan akhir oleh pasukan Giant Killer - Pahang. Kemunculan pemain berpengalaman - NWM Nurul Huda Wahiduddin di fasa kedua kejohanan menyuntik semangat baru kepada Pahang yang berjaya mengikat pasukan pilihan Johor dan Kuala Lumpur dengan mata 2-2.

Tempat ketiga dimenangi oleh pasukan Johor dengan 16.5 mata diikuti dengan kejayaan mengejut pasukan Kedah yang buat pertama kalinya menerima hadiah sebagai pasukan tangga keempat dengan 16 mata Match Point.

Kedudukan terakhir adalah seperti berikut:-
  1. Terengganu  :  11 mata - Juara berdasarkan kelebihan mata game point
  2. Kuala Lumpur : 11 mata
  3. Johor   :  10 mata
  4. Kedah  : 9 mata
  5. Selangor : 8 mata
  6. Perak :  8 mata
  7.  Pahang : 8 mata
  8.  Sarawak : 7 mata
  9.  Pulau Pinang : 7 mata
  10. ATM : 6 mata
  11. Kelantan : 6 mata
  12. PENJARA  : 4 mata
  13. PDRM  : 2 mata
  14. Perlis : 1 mata
Keputusan penuh di chess-results.com

Sebanyak 14 pasukan bertanding bagi edisi kali ini dan pasukan yang tidak bertanding adalah Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,  Sabah and Labuan

Antara fakta menarik ialah Terengganu selaku tuan rumah mengulangi "tuah" tuan rumah edisi tahun lepas - Johor. Adakah akan wujud trend baru dimana tuan rumah mempunyai peluang yang lebih tinggi untuk menjadi juara? Kita saksikan tahun hadapan yang dengar khabarnya akan berlangsung di Kedah.

Akhir kata, terima kasih Terengganu atas penganjuran yang hebat dan .....

" Mai Chek Ooii Mai Chek Mai, 
Kita ke negeri Kedah, 
Mai Chek Ooii Mai Chek Mai, 
Jamu Nasi Kawah.......

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hari Pertama MAKSAK 2014




12 September 2014 - Hari pertama MAKSAK Chess berlangsung pada hari ini. Tiga round telah berjalan dan keputusan adalah seperti berikut:-

Round 1

Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) - Johor : 1- 3

Pasukan pilihan pertama Johor menewaskan ATM 3-1 pada pusingan pertama. Pemain utama Johor - Taulani Tukiran tewas ditangan "soldadu baru" ATM - Abdullah Che Hassan yang secara kebetulannya menetap di Johor. Board 2, 3 dan 4 Johor berjaya menjalankan tugas dengan baik dengan menyapu bersih baki mata yang ada.

Kuala Lumpur - Kedah : 2-2

Pasukan pilihan kedua sedikit tempang pada pusingan ini kerana dua pemain utamanya - Rizal Ahmad Kamal dan Shamsuddin Mat Isa demam disaat -saat akhir sebelum pusingan  bermula dan terpaksa direhatkan. Ini memberi peluang kepada pasukan negeri jelapang padi - Kedah yang menggunakan strategi "pulun board belakang" untuk mengikat Kuala Lumpur dengan keputusan seri 2-2. Pasukan Kedah meletakkan pemain terkuatnya Amri Hajar di board 3 manakala pemain kedua terkuatnya Nazli Johardy di board 4.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MAKSAK 2014 : Mu Tunggu Aku Datang !


11 September 2014 - Kejohanan Catur, Dart dan Karom, Majlis Sukan dan Kebajikan Anggota-Anggota Kerajaan (MAKSAK) datang lagi dan tahun ini Terengganu Darul Iman menjadi tuan rumah kejohanan. Kejohanan Catur berpasukan akan bermula pada 12 hingga 14 September 2014 di Hotel Tanjung Vista, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

Pengurus KL - En Hassan

Tahun ini pihak Terengganu selaku tuan rumah telah memberikan gambaran awal yang agak menyakinkan dengan mengeluarkan pairing pusingan pertama  dua hari sebelum kejohanan bermula. Ini sudah semestinya membantu setiap pasukan menyusun strategi masing-masing dengan lebih lancar. Tahniah kepada Terengganu khususnya kepada Encik Muhammad bin Arshad.

Bagi edisi kali ini, tuan rumah Terengganu juga telah kembali menggunakan format Swiss System dan tidak lagi format Winner's Pool dan Loser's Pool yang telah digunakan saban tahun. Setiap pasukan akan bermain sebanyak 7 pusingan ( Jumaat : Round 1-3 , Sabtu :  Round 4-6  dan Ahad : Round 7) dengan kawalan masa 45 minit bagi setiap pemain.

Adakah pasukan Johor mampu mengulangi pencapaian mengejut  tahun lepas dengan menjadi pasukan tunggal yang berjaya memecah monopoli tiga negeri (Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu dan Sarawak) selaku juara Kejohanan Catur MAKSAK? Atau adakah pasukan Kuala Lumpur akan kembali "membalas dendam"  setelah kejayaan sebagai johan tiga tahun berturut-turut ( 2010, 2011, 2012) "direntap" di pusingan akhir pada tahun lepas?

Kita saksikan dan InshaAllah, saya akan kemaskini perkembangan terkini kejohanan di fb hairulovchesssmaniac dari semasa ke semasa.





Sunday, August 17, 2014

Judith Polgar and....Eliza Hanum Ibrahim

As we have already know, the legendary and probably the greatest women chess player - Judith Polgar has announced her retirement at the Tromso  Olympiad. Below is a special video about Judith excellence performance at the 1990 Novi Sad.

You will also noticed Malaysian very own legendary  women player and former Women National Champion - NWM Eliza Hanum Ibrahim on this video at  28-30 seconds of this video duration.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Carlsen : Sorry Yee Weng...but not this time....

I've been following our Olympiad team progress in Tromso. After a slow start, the open and women  team have push the pedal to metal . With a round to go, both our open and women team has been performing well and they now stand well above their initial seeding.

Moving into the final round, our open team is dreaming a Hindustani movie ending. They have been paired against "Team Carlsen" - read : Norway! As we all know, the current World no. 1 and World Champion in Classical, Rapid and Blitz  - Magnus Carlsen is the Norway's board 1 player. This mean that our open team anchor by IM Lim Yee Weng who is also on board 1 has a chance of a life time  to meet the mighty Magnus Carlsen on a real chess game.

With all due respect to IM Lim Yee Weng, facing Carlsen in a official individual classical game with live broadcast watch by all chess fans all over the world would be a dream come true.  In a more normal  occasion, he will be glad to have a chance to play against Carlsen in a simul exhibition.

Sorry Yee Weng...but not this time...
However, sadly (or gladly) for Yee Weng, team Norway decide not to grant Yee Weng and all Malaysian chess lovers our wishful dream of watching live broadcast of him facing Carlsen on the final round of Tromso Olympiad.

Below is the board pairing for the final round. ( source : chess-results.com)


Perhaps with Carlsen who have lost two and also draw two out of 9 games, with adding factor that   Norway and Carlsen has no chance mathematically to won the team and individual  medal, they probably decide to rest the "heavily wounded" Carlsen. You can imagine what a bad ending for Carlsen and Norway if their board 1 and team suffer another  lost, this time against Yee Weng and the Malaysian team!

As a Malaysian chess lover, surely i was dreaming a typical Hindi Movie ending with the Malaysian team beating Norway in the final round with Yee Weng won on board 1 - against Carlsen  - ala Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.  It would be a good break for our country who is infamously received world's attention for the  unfortunate incidents of MH 370 and MH 17.

Simen Agdestein  the footballer
Simen Agdestein the chess Grandmaster
As meeting Carlsen will not happen, Yee Weng has to make do of facing Carlsen's mentor - GM Simen Agdestein . He is also the author of the famous book  about Carslen - Wonderboy . Simen is also a well known figure in chess world. He is the only person who has excell successfully  both in chess and football. He is chess Grandmaster ( once world no.16!)  and also a fomer Norway international footballer!

You can read further about Simen here

Monday, August 11, 2014

IM Suhrob Khamdamov - Fadzil Nayan



IM  Suhrob Khamdamov (2301) - Ahmad Fadzil Nayan ( 2121)
Olympiad Tromso, Round 9, 11.8.2014

1. e4 c5 2. c3 The Sicilian Alapin Variation. 

2...d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6. Be2?!

 

The problem with this move is black can take the knight on b1 and white's a-pawn is hanging after Rxb1. That's why theory suggest 6. Be3
 

6... cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxb1 8. Rxb1 e6

8... Qxa2 actually white can win the a-pawn immediately  but black probably will be punish for delaying his development. So Fadzil took a wise decision and the a-pawn remain hanging. 

9. O-O Bd6 10. b4 

 

10...Nf6  Black does not fall into white's trap for e.g. 10... Bxb4? 11. Qa4! Qa5 12. Qxa5 Bxa5 13. Rxb7 black position fall apart and he is seriously behind in development.

10... Nxb4? 11. Rxb4 Bxb4 12. Qa4+ and black will have serious problem. 13...Kf8 13. Qxb4+ Ne7 14. Ba3 Re8 15.Bc4 Qe4 16. Bb5

 10... Qxa2!? probably only Mel Gibson "braveheart" dare to
take this pawn.

11. b5 Ne7 12. Ng5? 

 

White probably plan to harass black's queen after Bf3 next but the problem is after... 

12...h6 13. Bf3 Qf5 black has a tempo by threatening white's rook on b1 and now white's knight on g5 has no safe return. 14. Nxf7

14. Nh3?? Qxb1

14. Nxe6 is still losing but better choice for white because black's king is more expose. 14...fxe6

14... Kxf7 Black's is material up. His king is quite safe and his rook is well connected. 

15. Rb3 Ned5 16. Re1 Rhe8 17. g4 Qg6 18. h4 

 

Knowing he has a lost position, white play a "nothing to lose game".
 

18...Rac8 19. g5 hxg5 20. hxg5 Nf4 21. Bxf4 21. Bxb7? Qxg5+ 22. Kf1 Rxc1! 23. Qxc1 Ng4 and white is totally busted. 

21... Bxf4 22. Bxb7 Qxg5+ 23. Kf1 Rc1 24. Qe2 Ng4

 

Threatening mate in one with Nh2++! 

25. Bg2 Nh2+ 26. Kg1 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Rc8 The other black's rook also want to have fun. 

28. Rc3 Bd2 

 

29. Qxd2 Even 29. Rg3 cannot delay the game after 29...Qxg3 30. fxg3 (30. Qxd2?
Nf3+) 30... Bxe1 31. Kxh2 

29... Qxd2 White can already resign here. 

30. Rxc8 Ng4 31. Rc7+ Kf6  0-1 White resign . Bravo Fadzil !

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