Saturday, March 15, 2008

Melody Amber 2008 : Round 1

Melody Amber 2008 start today. The first raound pairing saw an interesting features. World Champion - Vishy Anand versus World no. 1 Rank Vladimir Kramnik! This is an interseting game as they will play later this year for World Championship Match!

Others pairing is Mamedyarov vs Morozevich and Topalov vs Leko!

Live Commentary by me!

S. Mamedyarov - Alexander Morozevich [D07]
Melody Amber 2008, Round 1, 15.03.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6
Sahsa favorites opening moves in the past. After keeping it for a while , Moro is ready to unleash his favorites weapon back. 3.Nc3 White immediately imply the pressure on black d5 with this gambit. 3...dxc4 4.d5 White immediately pose a question to black knight about his position. He advance and gain a tempo in the center. 4...Ne5 [4...Na5 5.Qa4+ c6 6.b4 cxb3 7.axb3 e6] 5.Qd4 White centralize queen can't be driven away by black minor piece or pawns. This is more aggressive then [5.Bf4 Ng6 6.Bg3 e5] 5...Ng6 6.Qxc4 a6 [6...Nf6 7.Nb5 Nxd5? (7...c6 8.dxc6 Ne5 9.cxb7 Bxb7 10.Nc7+ Kd7 11.Qb5+ Bc6 12.Qxe5; 7...Ne5 8.Qxc7 Qxd5 9.Qa5 Kd7 10.Bf4) 8.Qxd5 Qxd5 9.Nxc7+; 6...e5 7.dxe6 Bxe6 8.Qb5+ Qd7 9.Qxb7] 7.Qb3 The queen avoid the tempo gain move b7-b5 by black and on b3 it pressure the b7 pawn that make it difficult for black to develop his light square bishop! 7...Nf6 [7...Rb8 8.e4 b5 9.Nf3 e5] 8.Nf3 b5 9.e4 e5 10.dxe6 Bxe6 11.Qc2 Bd6 12.Be2 0–0 13.0–0 h6 14.a3 Re8 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.Nd4 Bd7 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 Ne5 19.h3 Rad8 20.Be3 Bc5 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Bf4 Nc6 23.Re1 Nd4 24.Qb1 Re8 25.Kf1 Bd6 26.Be3 Qe5 27.Bxd4 Qxd4 28.Bf3 Re5 29.Rxe5 Bxe5 30.Ne4 Qc4+ 31.Kg1 Bxb2 32.Nxf6+ Bxf6 33.g4 Kf8 34.Kg2 Be7 35.Qd1 Bd6 36.Bd5 Qf4 37.Qb3 c5 38.Qc3 h5 39.Qf3 Qxf3+ 40.Kxf3 c4 41.a4 c3 42.Bb3 bxa4 43.Bxa4 h4 44.Ke4 Ke7 45.Kd5 Bf4 46.Kc4 Bd2 47.Kd5 a5 48.Kc6 g6 49.fxg6 fxg6 50.Kd5 Kf6 51.Bc2 g5 52.Ba4 Be1 53.f3 Bf2 54.Bc2 Ke7 55.Ba4 Bg1 56.Ke5 Bh2+ 57.Kd5 Bb8 58.Bc2 Kd7 59.Ba4+ Kc7 60.Kc5 Ba7+ 61.Kd5 Be3 62.Ke4 Bc1 63.Kd5 Kb6 64.Kc4 Bd2 65.Kd4 c2 66.Bxc2 Kb5 67.Bh7 Kb4 68.Bg8 a4 69.Kd3 Bf4 70.Bf7 Ka3 71.Kc2 ½-1/2

Sorry guys, my live commentary was interrupted by Liverpool vs Reading premier League Live and 2008 Swiss Open badminton were two Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and men doubles are playing on the semi final :)

Liverpool grabs another 3 points by beating Reading 2-1 .

Latif and Tazari lost to world no. 1 in the semi

Lee Chong Wei (left) won against a Polish player and go to the final however our men double lost to the world no 1 from Indonesia. Mohd Abdul Latif /Mohd Tazarilost lost to World no. 1 pairs- Indonesian Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan, 17-21, 21-17, 21-17.

Back to chess. The rapid game resume after all the blinfold game were finished. Anad draw against Kramnik in blinfold and below are the rapid game.

GM Vladimir Kramnik (2799) – GM Viswanathan Anand (2799)
2008 Melody Amber , Round 1 (Rapid) 16.03.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 0–0 12.0–0 f5 13.Rc1 Nf6 14.Bb2 Bd6 15.Nf3 Qe7 16.Ne5 Rac8 17.Nd3 Rfd8 18.Re1 Qe8 19.e3 g5 20.Rc2 g4 21.Qc1 Qe7 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.c5 bxc5 24.dxc5 Bb8 25.Ne5 Ng5 26.Qa1 Nf7 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.a4 h5 29.b4 h4 30.b5 Bb7 31.Rdc1 Kg6 32.Be5 Bxe5 33.Qxe5 Qf6 34.Qd4 e5 35.Qb4 hxg3 36.hxg3 Rd7 37.Qa5 Rh8 38.Qxa7 f4 39.exf4 exf4 40.gxf4 Rdh7 41.Qb6?? a blunder by Kramnik in time pressure. Anand found the spectacular.....

41...Qf3!! 42...Rh1+ 43.Bxh1 Qh2+ 44.Kf1 Qxh1+ 45.Ke2 Qe4+ 46.Kd2 Qd4+ 47.Ke2 Qe4+ 48.Kd2 Qd4+ is only a draw by perpetual! 43.cxb7+ Kf5 0-1 Kramnik resign. An important physcological win for Anand over Kramnik before their World Championship match which will be held at the end of this year!!!

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