Sunday, May 18, 2008

IM Mashafizul Draw Round 2 !

Mas (left) draw against IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun (right)in the 2nd round.

Photo from Kristianius Liem

IM Mashafizul draw his round 2 game against Myanmar- (IM) Nay Oo Kyaw Tun. He will meet Pinoy top player- GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. (photo right). This must be hard for Mas because if i'm not mistaken, he has lost to Regelio in most of their meetings and the recent one at The 2nd Philipines Open that has just concluded last week.

Thanks to the official site , we now can watch Mashafizul who are playing against International Master (IM) Nay Oo Kyaw Tun, in the 2nd round of The 3rd Philippine Open International Chess Tournament held at the La Legenda Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City, Philipines today. Below are the game:-

IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun - IM Mashafizul Helmi [B27]
The 3rd Philippine Open International Chess Tournament (2), 18.05.2008

1.e4 c5 2.c3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d5 6.e5 Nc6 7.Na3 Fritz theory book gave 4 line. ( 7.h3; 7.Be2; 7.Nc3; 7.Bb5) 7.Na3 is a common move in French Advance set up. This move is quite tricky, White is planning to play Nc2 to booster the d4 but the trick is black can't play 7...e6 because the knight will go to b5 and later d6!. Black normal continuation should be 7...Nh6 (heading for f5) or 7...Bg4. 7...f6!?

A highly committal move from Mas. Mas undermined white center immediately but at the same time it weaken his defense. 7...Nh6; 7...Bg4; are possible continuation 7...e6? 8.Nb5! heading for d6! 8.exf6 exf6 9.Be2 Nge7 10.0–0 0–0 11.b3 a6 12.Nc2 Be6 13.Re1 Qd7 14.Bd3 Rfe8 15.h3 Nf5 16.Bb2 Rac8 17.Re2 Bf7 18.Qf1 Rxe2 19.Qxe2 Re8 20.Qf1 Nd6 21.Re1 Ne4 22.Re2 Qd8 23.Qe1 f5 24.Nh2 Qb6 25.Nf3 Bf6 26.Qa1 Rc8 27.Ne5 Be6 28.Nxc6 Rxc6 29.Qe1 Bf7 30.f3 Nc5 31.Qd2 Ne6 32.Qe3 Bg5 33.Qf2 Nf4 34.Re3 Qc7 35.Ne1 Qa5 36.Bb1 Qc7 37.Nd3 Nxd3 38.Rxd3
38...Rc1+ 38...Bf4 is probably better . Threatening 39..Rc1+. Possible continuation is 38...Bf4 39.Kh1 Re6 with the initiative for black. 39.Bxc1 Qxc1+ 40.Qf1 Be3+ 41.Rxe3 Qxe3+ 42.Qf2 Qc1+ 43.Qf1 ½–½

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