Friday, May 18, 2007

Mtel 2007 (round 7): Sasikiran beat Mamedyarov!!!




photo from M Tel website

I watched the 7th round of M Tel Master live on ICC last night...and the most interesting things is Sasikirin beat the mighty Mamedyarov....
....Mamedyarov play the English Opening and obtain a clear advantage in the middlegame but suddenly at the end of the game he over pressed (or overconfident as many kibitzers on the ICC things that Sasikiran will be eaten alive!)...at the end Sasikiran emerged as the winner!...How interesting result would be if Sasikiran win this tournament where as his stronger compatriot and world No.1 Vishy Anand failed to do it for the last two years !!!


Krishnan Sasikiran (born January 7, 1981) is an Indian chess player. Among Indians, he is second only to Vishwanathan Anand in FIDE rating.
"Sasi" as he is sometimes called, comes from Chennai in Tamil Nadu in south-eastern India. ( one of my friend told me that roti canai our favourite dishes in Malaysia is originated from the word Chennai which is a capital state of Tamil Nadu- Hairulov ) He became an International Chess Grandmaster at the 2000 Commonwealth Championship. In 2001, he won the prestigious Hastings International Chess tournament. In 2003, he won the 4th Asian Individual Championship as well as the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen. Sasikiran tied Jan Timman for first place in the 2005 Sigeman Tournament in Copenhagen/Malmö Denmark.
In the January 2007 FIDE rating list, Sasikiran was ranked number 21 in the world with an Elo rating of 2700.[1] He became only the second chess player from India to reach ELO rating of 2700.[2]

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from , Azerbaijan is an international chess Grandmaster. On the April 2007 FIDE rating list he is ranked number six in the world with an Elo rating of 2757.
In 2003 he won World Junior Chess Championship, and did the same in 2005 .


Source from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is the game with some analysis from Fritz 8 and me.

Mamedyarov,S (2757) - Sasikiran ,K (2690) [A21]
MTel Sofia BUL (7), 17.05.2007

A21: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 A21: English Opening: 1...e5 2 Nc3 1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 f5 6.e4 Nf6 7.Nge2 last book move 7...a5 8.exf5 gxf5 9.d4 0–0 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.0–0 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6
Black position looks quite unstable with many potential weakness especially in the kingside13.c5 White wins space 13...Nc6 14.Nb5 Qe7 15.Nec3 Qg7 [Worse is 15...dxc5 16.Nd5 Qg7 17.Nbxc7± a) 17.dxc5?! Rf7=; b) 17.Ndxc7?! Rb8² (17...Nxd4? doesn't lead to anything significant 18.Nxa8 e4 19.Nxd4 cxd4 20.Qb3+ Qf7 21.Qb5+-) ; c) 17.Nxf6+?! Rxf6 18.dxe5 Rg6±; ; Less advisable is 15...exd4 16.Nd5 Qd8 17.Ndxc7+-] 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.d5 Nd4 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Nb5
19...f4?! Sasi knows he have to do something rather then just waiting white improving his position. 19...Ra6 is the computer move. 20.Nxd6 Just grabing material and clear the way for the d6 pawn. 20...Bg4 21.Qd3 Be7 22.Nb5?! Why not Nxb7? 22...f3 23.Bh1 Bc5 [23...Rad8 24.Qc4 Qe5 25.d6+ Be6 26.Qd3²] 24.d6 Kh8 [24...Rf7 25.Rfe1²] 25.Rad1 [25.Rae1 Bf5 26.Qxf3 Bh3 27.Qxb7 Rab8 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7±] 25...Rad8 26.a3 Covers b4 26...Bb6 27.Rfe1 Bf5 28.Qd2 [28.Qxf3 d3 29.Rd2 Qg5µ] 28...Qf6 29.Re7 White is winning. Black has to may weakness. [29.Bxf3?! Bd7 30.Nxd4 Bxd4 31.Qxd4=; 29.Bxf3?! Bd7 30.Nxd4 Bxd4 31.Qxd4 Qxd4 32.Rxd4 Rxf3³] 29...Bd7 [29...Bd7 30.Nc7 Bh3+- (30...Qxd6?? it may look tempting but Black must resist capturing the pawn 31.Re6 Bxe6 32.Qxh6+ Kg8 33.Nxe6+-) ] 30.Rde1 [¹30.Qd3 White would have gained the upper hand 30...Bf5 31.Qxf3±] 30...Qg5² 31.Qd3 Qf5 32.Qd2 Qg5 [32...Qxb5?? is refuted with the following mate in 2 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 34.Qh7#; 32...Bxb5?? leads to instant demise in 2 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 34.Qg7#] 33.Qc2 Qf5 34.Qxf5 I wonder why Mamedyarov exchanging queen. I think he should avoid it and use the queen to further attack black position. [34.Qc1!? Qg5 35.Nc7 Qxc1 36.Rxc1±] 34...Rxf5= 35.Nc7 d3 not a good move from the computer perspective but if you are playing against computer too! human player should of course worried about this pawn. [¹35...Bc5!? and Black is still in the game 36.Ne6 Bxe6 37.R1xe6 Bxd6 (‹37...Rxd6 38.Rxd6 Bxd6 39.Rxb7±) 38.Rxh6+ Kg8 39.Rg6+ Kh8²] 36.Rd1± Rc5 37.Bxf3 Rc2 38.Rf1 Mamedyarov is blitzing his move a this point may be he was too confident to beat Sasi. [¹38.Nd5!? Bxf2+ 39.Kh1²] 38...Bh3= 39.Ne6 Bxf2+

Demolition of pawn structure [39...Rxd6?? is impossible because of the following mate in 3 40.Re8+ Kh7 41.Be4+ Bf5 42.Bxf5#] 40.Kh1 [40.Rxf2 A deflection 40...Rc1+ A classical mating theme] 40...Bxf1 [40...Rxd6?? will allow the opponent to give mate in 3 41.Re8+ Kh7 42.Be4+ Bf5 43.Bxf5#] 41.d7?? a transit from better to worse. Another move played quickly by Mamedyarov. [¹41.Nxd8 would hold out 41...Bh3 42.Nf7+ Kg8 43.Nxh6+ Kh8 44.Nf7+ Kg8 45.Bd1=] 41...Rg8 [41...Bg2+! was the best move and everybody in ICC was screaming for Sasi to play this move but 41...Rg8 is enough for him to win this game. 42.Bxg2 (42.Kxg2 Bc5+ 43.Kh3 Bxe7) 42...Rc1+ 43.Bf1 d2 44.Re8+ Kh7 45.Nf8+ Kg7 46.Ne6+ Kf6] 0–1

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