Thursday, September 06, 2007

UK-China Match : Short and Rowson having a tough time!

After 2 round, China is leading UK by 10-6 in the 800th Anniversary Summit Chess Match
UK v China held at Liverpool . It seems that UK will receive the same fate as the mighty Russians who lost 52.5-47.5 to China in The 4th China vs Russia Chess Match took place 18th-31st August 2007 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia.

The most interesting part so far is the performance of GM Wang Hao-photo left . He score full points so far defeating GM Nigel “dunderhead” Short ( as mentioned by kibitzer in the Internet Chess Club) in the first round and GM David Howell in the second round.

Below are the 1st round encounter between GM Wang Yue and GM Nigel Short

W: GMWang Hao - B: GM Nigel Short
UK-China Match 2007 (Round 1) 4.9.2007
This is the position after Wang Hao played 47.Rc7

47... d4?? A serious mistake in losing position . Short should have aim for counter attack with 47...Kg8 48.Nxf7 Rf8 49.Nxg5 Rxf6 50.exd5 Rg6+-] 48.Rxf7+ Kg8 49.Rg7+ Kf8 50.Rf7+ [50.Nf5 secures the win 50...Nc5 51.Ne7+-] 50...Kg8 51.Rg7+ Wang Hao can afford to play around! 51...Kf8 52.Nf5 Rb8 53.Nh6 [53.Rxg5?! is not possible 53...Rb2+ 54.Kf1 Kf7=] 53...Rb2+ 54.Kf1 1-0

Former British Champion , GM Johnathan Rowson-photo left and authors of the famous books The Seven Deadly Chess Sins and Chess for Zebras show the worse individual performance so far for both team. He was beaten in the both rounds by GM Zhang Peng Xiang and GM Ni Hua .

W: GM Johnathan Rowson- B: GM Zhang Pengxiang
UK-China Match 2007 (Round 1) 4.9.2007
This is the position after Zhang Pengxiang played 27...Rd2

28.Be5? probably Rowson decisive "sin" in this game 28.Bc3 Rxf2 29.Rxf2 Bxf2 30.g4 and may be he can hope for some drawing chance! 28...Bxf2 29.Rf7 Re2 30.Ref6 Bh4 31.Rf8+ Rxf8 32.Rxf8+ Kd7 33.Bg3 Be7 34.Rb8 b5 35.h4 a5 36.h5 Bg5 37.Rg8 Bc1 38.Rg6 Re6 39.Rg7+ Re7 40.Rg6 Rh7 41.Rd6+ Ke7 42.Rxc6 Rxh5+ 43.Kg1 Bb2 44.Be1 b4 45.Kf1 Rb5 46.Ra6 Kd7 47.Ke2 Rd5 48.g4 Kc7 49.Bf2 Bc3 50.Be3 b3 51.g5 b2 (52. Rb6 Bb4 and the b-pawn queening!) 0-1

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