IM Mashafizul in Dubai Open 2008. Photo fromofficial site
Sorry guys for being inactive for quite sometimes. I’m being terribly busy due to a 10 day course at INTAN Kiara – for promotion J. Thanks to gilachess.blog, I found that IM Mashafizul is having another shot to his GM quest. This time he is playing in the Dubai Open 2008 from 5-15 April 2008 . So far he has score 2 points from 3 rounds.
In the first round, Mas beat Philipino Robert Arelleno (2023). In the 2nd round he were paired against Georgian heavyweight - GM Levan Pantsulaia (2617) - photo right below are the game.
GM Levan Pantsulaia (2617IM Mashafizul (2396) Round 2,
51.Kxa5?? Fritz said that the best defense and a draw can be achieved by playing 51.Bd7! The correct move is to hold black pawn push by controlling the short h3-f1 diagonal. 51...Ke3 threatening to push g2 (Black can't push the g pawn now because 51...g2?? because of the check 52.Bc6+ Kf4 53.Bxg2) 52.Bh3 This is the defensive idea. White bishop set a defensive blockade in the short diagonal h3-f1. Black have to spend several tempo to force white bishop to sacrifice itself. (52.Bc6? h5 53.Kxa5 h4 54.Kb5 h3 55.a4 g2 and black queen first and win the game) 52...Kf2 53.Kxa5 h5 ( 53...g2 doesn't change the outcome of the position which is still equal54.Bxg2 Kxg2 55.a4 h5 56.Kb4 h4 57.a5 h3 58.a6 h2 59.a7 h1Q 60.a8Q+= is a clear draw) 54.a4 h4 55.Kb4 Kg1 56.a5 Kh2 57.Bf1 h3 58.a6 g2 59.Bxg2 hxg2 60.a7 g1Q 61.a8Q=] 51...h5?? Pantsulaia missed the correct winning ideas which is 51...Kf4 52.Bc6 force move. Black is threatening to push the g-pawn to g2!!! 52... h5 53.Kb6 h4 54.a4 h3 55.a5 g2 and black will queen first and win the game 52.Bc6+ ?? unfortunately Mas return the favour by blundering with this check. Mas should play the blocking ideas with 52.Bd7! Ke3 (52...Kf4 53.Bh3) 53.Bh3 Kf2 54.Kb4 g2 55.Bxg2 Kxg2 56.a4 h4 57.a5 h3 58.a6 h25 9.a7 h1Q 60.a8Q+= Kf4! now black is clearly winning 53.Kb5 h4 54.Bg2 Kg4 0-1
In the 3rd round, Mas improved his result by defeating UAE-FM Ishaq Saed(2174). In the 4th round which will be held tommorow, he will face Jobanne Tabada(2333)
All the best Mas!