Friday, June 08, 2007

Merdeka Team Open 1997 !

Hi all,
I've just buy a copy of the MERDEKA Team Open 1997 Chess Buletin from Rizal Ahmad Kamal.It was a great pleasure for me to have the complete games of MERDEKA Team Open 1997 held at the famous building, Wisma Belia at Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur.

During the early 90's, The annual MERDEKA Team always being held at Wisma Belia. I 've a special nostalgia to that building because those day were my active years of chess and i get to know many new chess friends there.

I remember watching for the first time great Grandmaster like GM Eduard Gufeld, GM Bulat Asanov, GM Eddy Handoko and GM Ruben Gunawan play there during the 90's. Here is one of the game played at that event.

[Event "MERDEKA OPEN 1997"]
[Round "3"]August 1997
[White "GM Edhi Handoko (BALI JEFF)"]
[Black "FM Mas Hafizulhelmi Hilmi (TAN&TAN")]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. h3 Nc6 5.Bd3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. Re1 Qc7 8. Bf1 O-O 9. d4 e5 10. d5 Nb8 11. a4 Nbd7 12. Na3 a6 13. Bd2 h6 14. b4 b6 15. Rb1 Rb8 16. Nc4 Kh7 17. Nh2 Ng8 18. Ne3 Ne7 19. Bd3 Nf6 20. bxc5 bxc5 21. Rxb8 Qxb8 22. Qe2 Qc7 23. Nc4 Nh5 24. Rb1 Bd7 25. Nb6 Nf4 26. Bxf4 exf4 27. Qd2 f5 28. Nxd7 Qxd7 29. exf5 gxf5 30. Bc2 Qc7 31. Re1 Ng6 32. Re6 Rf7 33. Qe2 Ne7 34. Qg4 Kg8 35. Qf3 Qb8 36. Bd3 a5 37. Bb5 Kh7 38. Nf1 Qd8 39. Nd2 Rf6 40. Re1 Qc7 41. Nc4 Rg6 42. Nxa5 Nxd5 43. Qxd5 Qxa5 44. Qxf5 1-0

I play for Universiti Putra Malaysia at this event. The most memorable game we had is when our first board player Wee Don Juan "somehow" swindle Women Fide Master, Angela Khegai from Uzbekistan.

[Merdeka Team Open 1997
[Round "2"]
[White "Wee Don Juan" (Universiti Puta Malaysia)]
[Black " WFM Angela Khegai"(United Nation)]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B92"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. O-O O-O 10. f3 b5 11. a3 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Nb6 13. Na5 Rc8 14. Rad1 Qc7 15. Kh1 Rfd8 16. f4 d5 Black have at least equalised at this stage 17. Bxb6 Qxb6 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Qe1 Ne3 21. Rxd8+ Bxd8 22. Rf3 Nxc2 23. Qd2 Qxa5 ? 23...Nd4 and white could easily resign. but WFM Angela Khegai made a very serious mistake with this move and she had surrender all her advantage 24. Qd7!

24...Qc7?? Blunder 24...g6 25.Qxc8 Qe1+ 26.Rf1 Qe2 27. Qxd8+ Kg7 was black last hope for some counter play 25. Qe8# 1-0

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