As we all know, 2008 National Closed will be held from 31st May - 4th June 2008 at the Wilayah Complex, Kuala Lumpur. To build up the mood for the tournament, i went trough the past games collections of the past edition. One of the game that attract my attention is the final round game (round 9) of the 2003 National Closed edition between the top board Nicholas Chan and Lim Yee Weng.
The game is won by Nicholas Chan and as a result, he tied with Wong Zi Jing who collected the same points. (7.5) Both play 2 play 0ff game and Nicholas won both of it to emerged as the new National Master.
Nicholas Chan - Lim Yee Weng [D44]
National Closed 2003 (9), 08.06.2003
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 c6 5.Nf3 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.a4 Qb6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0–0 Bb4 11.Qd2 Nd7 12.Qh6 a6 13.Qg7 Ke7 14.Rfd1 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qc7 16.axb5 Qf4 17.g3 Rag8??
17...Qxe4 is probably the correct move and black should have the better game 18.Qxh8 black resign 1-0 Probably exhausted at the end of the tournament, Yee Weng maybe only consider 18.gxf4 Rxg7+ 19.Kf1