Saturday, June 09, 2007

IM Jimmy Liew vs IM Ruben Gunawan : Merdeka Team Open 1997!

While browsing the bulletin of Merdeka Team Open 1997 helds at Wisma Belia, Kuala Lumpur (photo), i found a nice game between IM Jimmy Liew and IM Ruben Gunawan in round 3. The game were full with exchange sacrifiece and at the end , the game ended in a draw.

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IM Jimmy Liew (above) is former Malaysia no. 1 and he's not active anymore. Before my office move to Putrajaya, i frequently saw him at Pusat Bandar Damansara during lunch hour. I believe he's working there but i never approach him. He always concentrate with what ever he do. May be that's why he manage to become Malaysia first International Master.

IM Ruben Gunawan ( he become Grand Master later) was among Indonesia top players in the late 90's and he even played in strong tournament in Bali in 2000 . He died at the Calvia Olympiad 2005 when representing his country Indonesia.

Here is the game.

IM Jimmy Liew - IM Ruben Gunawan [E42]Merdeka Team Open 1997 31.08.1997 E42:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 cxd4 6.exd4 0-0 7.a3 Be7 8.d5 ( this will lead into a double isolated queen pawn position(IQP). Other alternative is 8.Nf4) exd5 9.cxd5 Bc5 10.b4 Bb6 11.Na4 d6 12.Nxb6 Qxb6 [12...axb6] 13.Be3 Qd8 14.h3 Nbd7 15.Nc3 Ne5 16.Be2 Bf5 17.Rc1 Rc8 18.Qd4 a6 19.f4 Ng6 20.g4 Rxc3?! 21.Rxc3 (Not 21.Qxc3 Nxd5 22.Qd4 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Re8-/+ 24.Qd2 Bd3 25.Qxd3 Nxf4 26.Qd2 Nxe2 27.Qxe2 and after taking the white queen, black will have the upper hand) Be4 22.0-0 Nxd5 23.Rcc1 [23.Rb3! is better because it protect the e3 bishop and support white queenside pawn advance later.] 23...Re8 Now black is back in the game. 24.Bf3? Ndxf4 25.Bxf4 Nxf4 26.Kh2 d5 27.Bxe4 Rxe4 28.Rxf4 [28.Qb6! and White hangs on 28...Qe8 29.Rc2=/+] 28...Rxd4-+ 29.Rxd4 h5 30.Rcd1 Qc7+ 31.Kg2 h4 [31...Qe5!? 32.R1d3 Qe2+ 33.Kg1 hxg4 34.hxg4 g5-/+] 32.R1d3 Qc2+ 33.Kg1 g6 34.Rxd5 Qe2 35.Rd8+ Kg7 36.R8d7 [36.g5 Qe1+ 37.Kg2 Qe4+ 38.Kg1 Qc4=/+] 36...b6 [36...Kh6 37.Rb3-/+] 37.Rd8 [37.g5!?=/+ should be examined more closely] 37...Kh6-/+ 38.Rb3 Kg5 39.Rd4 f6 40.Rbd3 Qb2 41.Rd5+ Kh6 42.R5d4 Qe2 43.Rb3 Kg5 [43...Qe1+ 44.Kg2-/+] 44.Rbd3 f5 45.gxf5 gxf5 46.Rd5 b5 47.R5d4 Qe5 [47...Qb2 48.Kf1-/+] 48.Rd6 Qa1+ 49.Kg2 Qb2+ 50.Kg1 [50.Kf1!?-/+] 50...Kf4-+ 51.R6d4+ Ke5 52.Rd5+ Ke4 53.Rd8 Qc1+ [53...Qb1+!? 54.Rd1 Qb3 55.Re8+ Kf4-+] 54.Kg2-/+ Qc2+ 55.Rd2 Qc3 [55...Qb3!? 56.Re2+ Kf4 57.Rf2+ Ke5 58.Re8+ Kf6-/+] 56.Re8+= Kf4 57.Rf2+ Kg5 58.Rg8+ Kh6 [58...Kf6 59.Rg4=] 59.Rxf5= Qc2+ 60.Rf2 Qe4+ 61.Rf3 Qc2+ 62.Rf2 Qe4+ 63.Rf3 1/2-1/2

Read my previous article about Merdeka Open 1997 at

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