Tuesday, September 02, 2008

MCF GM Tournament - Day 8

Former Chess Life Magazine Editor - Larry Parr watching Zhang vs Mashafizul game

Round 8 quick report


GM Ziaur Rahman (2560) vs GM Saidali Yuldachev (2520) 1-0

WIM Zhang Xiaowen (2382) vs IM Mashafizulhelmi (2386) 0-1

FM Myo Zaw Min ( 2486) vs GM Drazen Sermek (2509) 1/2-1/2


1. GM Drazen Sermek - FIDE 2509 ( Croatia) 5.5 points

2. GM Ziaur Rahman - FIDE 2560 ( Bangladesh) 5 points

3. GM Saidali Yuldachev - FIDE 2520 (Uzbekistan) 5 points

4. IM Mashafizul Helmi - FIDE 2386 ( Malaysia) 4 points

5. WIM Zhang Xiaowen - FIDE 2382 (China) 3 points

6. FM Myo Zaw Min - FIDE 2486 (Myanmar) 1 points


WIM Zhang Xiaowen (2382) - IM Mashafizul Helmi (2386) [C40]
MCF GM Tournament (Round 8), 02.09.2008

1.e4 e5 The first surprise ! This is the first time ever i see Mas playing 1...e5 in reply to 1.e4. 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 Mas choose unusual line, probably to out prepare her opponent. 4.Nc3 Nge7 5.0–0 a6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bb3 Ng6 8.a4 Na5 9.axb5 Nxb3 10.cxb3 Bb7 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.d4 Bd6 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.f4 Bxc3 15.bxc3 axb5 16.Rxa8 Bxa8 17.f5 0–0 18.f6 Re8 19.Qg4 g6 20.Rf4 Re5 21.c4 bxc4 22.bxc4 h5 23.Qe2 Qe8 24.Bb2 Re6 25.e5 d6 26.Rf2 dxe5 27.Qe3 Qd8 28.Bxe5 Kh7 29.Qg5 Qd3 30.h3 Qa3 31.Bf4 Qa1+ 32.Bc1 Re1+ 33.Rf1 Qd4+ 34.Kh2 Qe5+ 35.Qxe5 Rxe5 36.Bf4 Re2 37.Rg1 c5 38.Bd6 g5 39.Bxc5 Rc2 40.Be3 Kg6 41.c5 h4 42.Bd4 Bc6 43.Be3 Re2 44.Bd4 Kh5 45.Bc3 g4 46.Ba5 Kg5 47.Bc7 Rc2 48.Bd6 g3+ 49.Kh1 Kxf6 50.Bc7 Kg6 51.Bd8 f6 52.Be7 Re2 53.Bd6 Rf2 54.Be7 Kh5 0–1


This game is the most beautiful game in round 8. FM Myo Zaw Min from Myanmar show some creativity in this game - sacrificing his queen for two pieces against the leader of the tournaments -GM Drazen Sermek.

FM Myo Zaw Min (2486) - GM Drazen Sermek (2509) [A08]

MCF GM Tournament (Round 8), 02.09.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.0–0 Nge7 8.Re1 0–0 9.c3 e5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nc4 Re8 12.Ng5 Nb6 13.Qb3 Qc7 14.Qb5 Bf5 15.Qxc5 Bxd3 16.Nd6 Re7 17.Nxb7 e4 18.Na5 Nxa5 19.Qxa5 Re5 20.Qa3 Nc4 21.Qa4 Ra5 22.Qd1

Rd8 23.Qg4 Qb6 24.Bxe4 f5 White is two pawn up but black has a storng initiative, his pieces is all in full cylinder and dominating important squares . White can't afford to sit and wait so...

25.Bxd3!! here it comes. White sacrifiece his queen for two pieces and now it's white who has the initiative. 25...fxg4 26.Bxc4+ Rad5 27.Re8+ 27. Bf4 is the better move. White can delay capturing the rook at d5 and develop his remaining pieces which is the black square bishop and the rook at a1. 27...Rxe8 28.Bxd5+ Kf8 29.Nxh7+ Ke7 30.Bg5+ Kd6? after the game. Drazen told me that 30...Kd7 is the correct move heading to c8 - the safest square for black king to hide. 31.Rd1 Kc7 32.Bf7 Rh8 33.Bf4+ this is why 30...Kd6 is a mistake . White have important tempo attacking black's king ! 33...Kc8

34.Ng5 white miss the stronger move 34. Rd6!! Qxb2 35.Be6+ Kb7 36.Bd5+ Kc8 37.Rc6+ Kd8 38. Ng5 with a clear winning position ! 34...Rd8 35.Be6+ Kb7 36.Bd5+ Ka6 37.Bc4+ Kb7 38.Bd5+ White can try for a win with 38.Re1 but Myo probably think it's better for him to secure some points and rating to improve his overall score. 38...Ka6 39.Bc4+ Kb7 1/2-1/2

GM Ziaur Rahman (2509) - GM Saidali Yuldachev (2560) [A25]

MCF GM Tournament (Round 8), 02.09.2008

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4 6.Bd2 d6 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 0–0 9.Nf3 Kh8 10.0–0 Qe8 11.b4 f4 12.b5 Ne7 13.gxf4 Ng6 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Kh1 Bg4 16.Qd2 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 e4 18.dxe4 Nxe4 19.Qd4 Nxc3 20.Qxc3 Rd8 21.Rg1 b6 22.Rg5 Rd6 23.Rag1 Qd8 24.Bd5 Qe8 25.Rh5 Qxe2 26.Qh3 Rxd5 27.cxd5 Rxf2 28.Qc8+ Nf8 29.Qg4 Qb2 30.Qg3 Rf7 31.Qe5 Qf2 32.Rh3 Kg8 33.Rhg3 g6 34.Qe3 Qa2 35.Qd3 Nd7 36.Rxg6+ hxg6 37.Qxg6+ Kf8 38.Qg8+ Ke7 39.Re1+ Ne5 40.Rxe5+ Kd6 41.Re6+ Kc5 42.Rc6+ Kd4 43.Qxf7 1–0

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