Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Blunders and Brilliancies !

Blunders and brilliance's happens in many chess games. Below are one of the critical position occur in 2008 MAKSAK games between Rizal Ahmad Kamal (Kuala Lumpur) against Hishamullah photo right (Terengganu) .

Rizal Ahmad Kamal (Kuala Lumpur) - Hishamullah (Terengganu) [B20]MAKSAK 2008 , 03.08.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.0–0 Be7 9.Qf3 Qb6 10.Bg5 Nc6!? after the game, Rizal and i can't find any reference regarding this move. Anyway, Rizal reply brilliantly with 11.e5 !

11...Nxd4 12.Qxa8 0–0 This is the critical moment of the game. Unfortunately, Rizal was caught by this tricky move. White 's queen is in danger for being trapped after 13...Bb7

13.Be3 ? to be fair to Rizal, we took quite a long time to find the best reply during our post mortem analysis, so giving 13.Be3 a ? is merely academic. The best reply is actually 13.exf6! Bb7 and here we actually look first at a) 14.Qxf8+ and white only get a rook+ knight ( 2 piece) for his queen, however the drawback is black can stop the check and save the bishop on e7 simultaneously with 14...Bxf8 . NM Kamal Ariffin found a better combination with b) 14.Qxb7!! Qxb7 15. fxe7 where white got 3 pieces ( 2 bishop+ knight) for his queen!

13...dxe5 White have to pay a big prize to save his queen and black clearly have a large advantage to cash the points. ( Hashim Jusoh - Terengganu 1st board player said he has discuss with Rizal that If 13.Be3 then Bb7, 14.Bd4 Qc6 15. Qb7 Qb7 16.ef6 gf6!+ ) 14.Bxd4 exd4 15.Qf3 dxc3 16.Qxc3 Bb7 17.Rad1 Bc5 18.Qg3 Ne4 19.Qh4 g5 20.Qh6 Bxf2+ 21.Kh1 Qc6 22.Rd3 Bh4 23.Rdf3 Nd2 0–1

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