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 :

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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