Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hairulov-NM Kamal Ariffin 1998

In 1998, i have the opportunity to played against one of my friend NM Kamal Ariffin (left) . Actually at that time i have taken about a year off from chess to concentrate on my studies in university. It also because i played badly at the National Closed 1997 that i felt like retiring from chess! But at the 1998 Sabaruddin Chik Tournament (team event) - actually i forgot the correct name of the tournament but it was organized by International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) at the Wetworld Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, i just came to meet some old chess friend. During the registration, a few of my friends planned to form an ad hock team just to compete for fun. I dully accepted their ideas and play in board 1! In the 1st round, i met no less then former National Champion - NM Kamal Ariffin Wahiddudin. Just imagine haven't played and studied chess for about a year and the first serious tournaments you start is meeting the national champion! But as i said before, we just play for fun and didn't set a specific target. Just played it like my true style-move first think later!

Hairulov - NM Kamal Arffin
1998 Sabaruddin Chik Tournament (team Event), Wetworld Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

1.e4 d5 2.e5 Start laughing everybody! no special venom on this move accept that i want to avoid any theoretical variation against National champion-especially when you haven't played for a year! 2...c5 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Bg4 According to Fritz, its opening books end here-whatsoever! 5.Be2 e6 6.0–0 g6 7.d3 h5 8.c3 Nh6 9.Na3 a6 10.Nc2
Anything special with this weird set-up? Yes in fact. Actually i copied this idea from Ahmad Maliki games in National Closed (1997 or 1996?). In one of his game against Azahari Md Noor, Maliki played this kind of set-up and i remember this when i see Kamal played 1...d5! 10...Nf5 11.Ne3 Nxe3 12.Bxe3 d4 13.Bf2 Bh6 14.g3 Qd7 15.Nd2!? This knight is heading for the "sexy" outpost at d6 and f6! 15...Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Qe7 17.Ne4 0–0? I think in this particular position, castling king side is riskier then the queen side. 18.Qf3 Rfd8 19.Rad1 Bg7 20.g4!? At this point I've imagine ideas like 20...hxg4 21Qxg4....22.Qh4....23. 24.Bh4....25.Rf3....26.Rh3 20...h4? I don't know why Kamal played this move because the h4 pawns seems hopeless. According to Mr. Fritz 20...hxg4 21.Qxg4 Qc7± would allow Black to play on but i planned to play 22.Bh4 Ne7 23.Bf6 exchanging black important defender-the dark square bishop! 21.Qh3+- g5 22.Nxg5 Bxe5? 22...Nxe5 is lesser evil 23.Bxh4 f6+- 23.Qxh4 Bg7 23...f6!? defending the 7th rank i think is much better 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.h4 25.Bh4!? might be the shorter path according to Fritz and who want to question a 2700+ rated monster ? 25...dxc3 26.bxc3 Rd6+- (26...f6? 27.f5! exf5 (27...fxg5? 28.fxe6+) 28.Rde1) 27.f5! 25...dxc3?! According to Fritz, this move doesn't do very much to defend the position. The monster recommend 25...Qf6+- 26.bxc3 Bxc3 27.Bg3 Damn Fritz show an easy win with 27.Rc1 ! 27...Bg7 (27...Bd4? 28.Bxd4 and mate on h8 is inevitable!; 27...Ke8 28.Rxc3+-) 28.Bxc5 27...Bd4+ 28.Kh2 Staying in the light square is much safer 28.Kg2!? Ke8 29.f5 e5+- 28...Qf6 29.f5! Here come the attack! 29...Ne5? more safer is 29...e5+- 30.Ne6+ Ke7 31.Nxd8 Rxd8 But still white has the upper hand. 30.Nxe6+!
In the post morterm, Kamal teammate Mohd Saprin Sabri said this move is quite risky and create unnecessary risk. He suggest 30.Kh3 and retain my huge advantage and the initiative . He might be right but at that time we were in time scramble and i just want to create confusion to Kamal and actually- to me too :) 30...fxe6 30...Ke7 doesn't improve anything 31.g5 Qh8 32.Qxh8 Rxh8 33.Nxd4 Ng4+ 34.Kh3+- 31.fxe6 Nxg4+ 32.Kh3 Black resign a few move later. 1-0 Possible continuation is 32...Nf2+ 33.Bxf2 Qxe6+ [33...Bxf2 34.e7+ Qxe7 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Rxf2+] 34.Kh2 Be5+ 35.Bg3+ Ke8 36.Rde1 Rd5 37.Bxe5 Rxe5 38.Qh8+ Kd7 39.Qxe5

To be fair to Kamal, i played him three times in serious tournaments. This is the only game that i won. The other two he beat me badly. And as usual, it's hard to look back on your lost game so i just didn't keep the game record to show to all of you :)

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