Monday, May 19, 2008

IM Mashafizul lost to GM Susanto Megaranto (revisited)!

IM Mashafizul excellent start was stop by Indonesian no.1 – GM Susanto Megaranto (2569) (photo right) who beat him in the 4th round of The 3rd Philippine Open International Chess Tournament held at the La Legenda Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City, Philipines today. Mas will meet Filipino – Johnathan Tan (2220) in round 5 tommorow. Below are the game.

GM Susanto Megaranto (2567) - IM Mashafizul (2396) [B20]
3rd Philipines Open 2008, 19.05.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e5 7.Nde2 b5 8.Bg2 Bb7 9.0–0 Nbd7 10.Bg5 h5 11.a3 Be7 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Nc1 Rc4 14.Nb3 Nc5 15.Bd2 Ne6 16.g4?

Quite a dubious move for patzer like me. At first i thought there's a mistake somewhere but after playing the whole game i can't find any mistake on the move order. So probably like legendary chess player- Tartakower famous quote ..."'If it's dubious, it's playable!" 16...h4 why not take the pawn with 16...gxh4? 17.Qe2 Ba8 18.Rad1 Qc7 19.h3 0–0 20.Bc1 Nh7 21.Be3 Bf6 22.Nd2 Nd4 23.Qd3 Ng5 24.f4 exf4 25.Bxf4 Nge6 26.Bh2 Nc5 27.Qf1 Rxc3 28.bxc3 Nxc2 29.Re2 Nxa3 30.Kh1 Re8 31.Qf4 Be5 32.Qe3 Bxh2 33.Kxh2

So far Mas has a large advantage in this quite imbalances position. The best continution probably is playing 33...Na4 attacking the c3 pawn and later maybe push his queenside pawn majority. However Mas ( probably in time pressure!?) choose a bad move with 33...Nxe4?? which unfortunately lost the game 34.Qf4! g5 35.Nxe4 gxf4 36.Nf6+ Kf8 37.Rxe8+ Kg7 38.g5 Kg6 39.Rg8+ Kf5 40.Bxa8 f3 41.Be4+ Ke5 42.Re8+ Kf4 43.Nd5+ 1-0

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