Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mas lost to GM Megaranto Susanto

Mas lost to the second seed GM Megaranto Susanto (right) in the 8th round of the Tarakan 1st ASEAN Chess Circuit yesterday. He failed to repeat his excellent performances as the previous round when he defeated Filipino GM Eugune Torre in fine attacking style. The unfortunate thing is Mas lost due to “unforced error” a frequent used term in tennis.

Mas will have a difficult challenge in his remaining three round when he meet Indonesian IM Tirto (2413), World youngest GM - Filipino - Wesley So and Indonesian IM Nasib Ginting. Wish him all the best Mas.

GM Susanto Megaranto (2563) vs IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2382)
ASEAN Masters Chess Circuit, Round 8, 16.1.2008

The position is more or less equal here and the simple and normal reply 37…bxa5 38.Qa6+ Nc6 would be more or less equal but instead he blundered with....

37...Rg8? which leave the crucial f-file and Susanto immediately exploit the mistake by playing 38.Qf2! gaining a crucial tempo for his queen to attack white king via the f file! 38...bxa5 39.Qf5+ Ke7 40.Qh7+ Kf8 41.Qh6+ 41.Rb1 ! bringing extra piece to attack is the strongest continuation 41...Kf7 42.Qf4+ 42.Ne2 is much better 42... Qb2 43.Qh5+ Ke7 44.Qh7+ Nf7 45.Nf4+- 42...Ke6?? A final mistake by Mas. 42...Ke8 would give excellent chance for him to draw 43.Ne2! +- Nf3+ 44.Qxf3 exf3 45.Nxc3 Rxg2+ 46.Kf1 Rc2 47.Rd3 Kf7 1–0

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