IM Mashafizul (left) produced another good result today by drawing his 6th round game in The Dubai Open 2008 against higher rated player from Azerbaijan- GM Rasul Ibrahimov (2535). In the game Mas played and interesting exchange sacrifice on move 31 and gain a strong initiative. A couple of move later Mas managed to cracked open black defend but surprisingly the game ended in a draw. My personal guess is Mas didn’t want to risk his chance of collecting his first GM norm after a good start with two draw against 2500+ player ( including 1 GM) in two rounds before.
Below are the game. Full analysis will followed later.
Mas Hafizulhelmi (2396) – GM Rasul Ibrahimov (2535) [B92]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Be3 Rc8 10.f3 Be7 11.Qd2 Nb6 12.Kh1 0–0 13.Rfd1 Qc7 14.Qe1 15.Bxc4 Bxc4 16.Qf2 b5 17.Bb6 Qb8 18.Na5 Be6 19.Rd2 Nd7 20.Be3 Qc7 21.Nb3 f5 22.exf5 Rxf5 23.a3 Rff8 24.Qe2 h6 25.Re1 Qc4 26.Qd1 Nf6 27.Bf2 Qc7 28.Nc1 g5 29.Nd3 Qb7 30.Nb4! An excellent maneuver by Mas. He control the import d5 square with his pieces. 30...Rf7?! a tame move.Probaly he is planing to put his rook in g file with 31...Rg7 and later 32...g4. Actually black should exploit white slightly weak king side pawn formation immediately with 30...g4! 31.Rxd6 ! an excellent exchange sacrifice 31.. Bxd6 32.Qxd6 a5 33.Qxe6 axb4 34.axb4 Re8 35.Qf5 Nh5 ½–½ a suprising result because Mas should probably have a strong advantage with possible variation like 36.Qg6+ Ng7 37.Qxh6 g4 38.Ne4 Re6 39.Qh4 gxf3 40.Nc5 fxg2+ 41.Kg1 which should be winning for white!
In the 7th round which will be held tomorrow, Mas will meet Indian prodigy- GM Negi Parimarjan (right) .Mas die hard fan should remembered that Mas has beat |Parimarjan in their last encounter at The Commonwealth Championship held at
on Mas beating GM Negi. Let’s hope Mas will continue his good results against Negi.