Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Round 5 : IM Mashafizul vs GM Christian Bauer : 0-1

Below is IM Mashafizul games against France GM - Christian Bauer - FIDE 2583 in the 5th round of the 2008 Biel Chess Festival.

Analysis by Hairulov and Fritz

IM Mas Hafizuhelmi (2386) - GM Christian Bauer (2583) [C04]

2008 Biel Chess Festival . Master Tournament (Round 5), 25.07.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 3.Nd2 Nc6 - is known as the Guimard Variation, name after the Argentine GM- Carlos Enrique Guimard (6 April 1913–1998) photo right

4.Ngf3 4.c3 is an alternative where black weird continuation in this line is shown with 4...e5!? 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Ngf3 exd4 7.Bc4 Qf5 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.cxd4 Be6 10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.Qb3 0–0–0 12.0–0 4...Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 Black will exchange off White's cramping e-pawn next move by ...f6. However, Black does not exert any pressure on d4 because he cannot play ...c5, so White should maintain a slight advantage. Although black's 3...Nc6 make black usual ...c5 break more difficult, but there's always the alternative...f6 to pressure white's centre. 6.Bd3 6.Be2 is another option. Black's clear plan is to play...f6 so Bh5+ can be a strong option for white later. 6...f6 7.Ng5 Ndxe5 7...fxg5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Bxg6+ hxg6 10.Qxg6+ Ke7 11.Ne4 Bh6 (11...dxe4?? 12.Bxg5+ Nf6 13.Bxf6+ Kd7 14.Bxd8) 12.Bxg5+ Bxg5 13.Qg7+ Ke8 14.Qxh8+ Nf8 15.Qh5+ Kd7 16.Nc5+ Ke7 17.Qxg5+ and white is clearly winning! 8.dxe5 fxg5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Bxg6+ Kd7 11.f4 gxf4 11...hxg6 12.Qxh8 12.Bd3 Qe8 13.Qe2 Nb4 14.Nf3 Nxd3+ 15.Qxd3 15.cxd3!? Opening the c file for white rook is an interesting choice i think. 15...Qg6

16.Qe2 16.Qxg6!? getting the pawn back is probably safer after 16...hxg6 17.Bxf4 Black who have already the bishop pairs is far from getting a clear advantage because the position is close and there's still major piece around ( the rooks). 16...Rg8 17.0–0 b6 White have to look after the ...Ba6 threat! 18.Nh4 Bc5+ black clearly have the upper hand. 19.Kh1 Qe4 20.Qxe4 dxe4 21.Bxf4 Ba6 22.Rfd1+ Ke7 23.g3 Raf8 23...e3! and Mas will have more headache . 24.b4 e2 25.bxc5 exd1Q+ 26.Rxd1 Rad8 24.Ng2 Be2

25.Rd2? A mistake in a very difficult position. 25.Re1 Bf3 26.Be3 will give more resistance. 25...Bf3–+ 26.Re1 h5? Black missed the strong 26...Rxf4 ! and Black has triumphed 27.gxf4 Rxg2 28.Rxg2 Bf2–+ 29.Re2 e3 30.h4 Bxe2 31.Kh2 Bc4 and the e pawn will queen! 27.h4 e3

28.Rde2? Mas missed the best chance to save the game with 28.Bxe3 Rxg3 29.Kh2 Bxe3 30.Nxe3 When he can probably have the better chance to survive in this game. 28...Rd8–+29.Kh2 29.Bxe3 Bxe3 30.Rxe3 Rxg3 29...Bxe2 30.Rxe2 Rd2! 31.Rxd2 exd2 32.Bxd2 Bd4 Black convert into a simple endgame advantage. 33.Nf4 Bxe5 34.Nxh5 Kf7 34...Bxb2 35.Nf4–+ is simpler. 35.Kh3 35.Bc1 is more stubborn but black still winning. 35...Bxb2–+ 36.g4 Rd8 37.Bf4 e5 38.Bg5 Rd1 39.Ng3 Bc1 40.Bxc1 Rxc1 41.g5 Rxc2 42.h5 Rc4 43.Nf5 Rf4 44.Nh6+ Kg7 45.Kg3 c5 46.Ng4 Rf5 47.h6+ Kg6 48.Ne3 Rxg5+ 49.Kf3 Kxh6–+ 0–1

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