Friday, November 14, 2008

Malaysia beat jersey 2.5-1.5 in Round 2

Malaysia beat Jersey 2.5-1.5 in round 2 . Jersey is a very small (tiny) country in Europe with a population of about 91,000 but that doesn't mean that they are not strong. I guess many will condemn Malaysia performance in round 2 but strategically speaking, it's probably better not to score maximum points so early because then you will be push to the top of table and being trashed 0-4s by the heavyweights. Many should recall our similiar experience in past Olympiads. In Olympiad, usually it's better to stay modest with your score in the early and middle rounds before scoring heavily in the end!?

According to the official site , the start of round 2 is been delayed. It start at 1600 Dresden time and about 2300 Malaysian time. ( 11pm). Below are exceprts from the official site annoucement:-

"Due to a series of unforeseen errors regarding the team rosters, the chief arbiter after consultation with the organizing committee decided to postpone today’s round to 16:00."
Below are the game

Board 1
Belzo Krzysztof (1993) vs FM Lim Yee Weng (2396) [B00]
Olympiad Dresden (Round 2), 14.11.2008
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e3 This move was label by Famous Hungarian GM - Andras Adorjan as ' a tacit draw offer". A good strategy by white who is about 400 rating points less then his opponent. 5...e5 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.0–0 d6 8.a3 Be6 9.Nd5 a5 10.Rb1 0–0 11.d3 Rb8 12.Bd2 b5 13.Nxe7+ Nxe7 14.cxb5 Rxb5 15.b4 axb4 16.axb4 cxb4 17.Rxb4 Rxb4 18.Bxb4 Qb6 19.Qd2 Nd5 20.Ba5 Qb5 21.d4 Bg4 22.Re1 Ra8 23.Bc3 Rc8 24.Ba1 Nb4 25.Rc1 Rb8 26.Nc3 Qd3 27.Qxd3 Nxd3 28.Rb1 Rxb1+ 29.Nxb1 exd4 30.Bxd4 Bxd4 31.exd4 Nc1 32.Nc3 Kf8 33.Be4 Nb3 34.d5 Nd2 35.Bg2 Nf3+ 36.Kh1 Nd4 37.h3 Bd7 38.f4 Nf5 39.Kh2 Ke7 40.g4 Ne3 41.Bf3 h6 42.Kg3 g5 43.h4 Nf1+ 44.Kf2 Nh2 45.hxg5 hxg5 46.fxg5 Bxg4 47.Bxg4 Nxg4+ 48.Kf3 Ne5+ 49.Kf4 Nd3+ 50.Kf5 Ne5 51.Nb5 Nc4 52.Ke4 the position look dead draw so it's a draw

Board 2

FM Mok Tze Meng (2308) vs Chris Tandy[C63]
Olympiad Dresden (2), 14.11.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.0–0 Bc5 7.Bg5 d6 8.Nc3 0–0 9.Na4 Bb6 10.Nxb6 axb6 11.Qd3 Be6 12.Bc4 Qe7 13.c3 Bxc4 14.Qxc4+ Qf7 15.Qxf7+ Rxf7 16.Nd2 h6 17.Bxf6 Rxf6 18.Nc4 Ne7 19.a4 Kf7 20.f3 Ke6 21.Kf2 g5 22.Ne3 h5 23.Ke2
Rh6 24.b3 Rh7 25.Rfd1 Rf7 26.Rh1 Rg7 27.Rhf1 Rf7
The position so far so equal
28.Rh1 Rg7 29.Kf2 Rf7 30.Ke2 Rg7 ½–½

Board 3

Johnathan Hawes (2174) - IM Jimmy Liew (2306) [A40]
Olympiad Dresden (2), 14.11.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.Bd3 a6 7.a4 Nbd7 8.Nge2 h5 9.f3 h4 10.Be3 Nh7 11.Qd2 Bg5 12.0–0 Bxe3+ 13.Qxe3 Qg5 14.Qxg5 Nxg5 15.Nc1 Nf8 16.a5 Bd7 17.Bc2 Ng6 18.Nd3 0–0 19.Ba4 Bxa4 20.Rxa4 f5 21.exf5 Rxf5 22.h3 Raf8 23.Nf2 Nf4 24.Nce4 Ne2+ 25.Kh2 Ng3 26.Nxg3 hxg3+ 27.Kxg3 e4 28.Ra3 exf3 29.gxf3 Nxf3
30.Ne4 Nd4 31.Rxf5 Nxf5+ 32.Kg4 Nh6+ 33.Kg3 Nf5+ ½–½
The final position

Board 4

Edward Lee - Jouault Louis [C01]
Olympiad Dresden (2), 14.11.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2 Qe7 a novelty ? usually black play 4...0-0, 4...Nxd4, 4...Bxd4 or the GM's avourite 4...a6 preparing for ...b5 10.0–0–0 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Be2 0–0 13.Rhe1 a5 14.Bf3 Bb4 15.Qd3 Bd7 16.Re2 Bxc3 17.Qxc3 Rfc8 18.Qd2 Nb4 19.Kb1 Ba4 20.Rc1 Be8 21.Bf2 Ra6??

22.c3 Nxa2 23.Kxa2 Qd7 24.g4 b5 25.g5 b4
26.Qd1 Ne4
27.Bxe4 dxe4 28.c4 ??
a blunder. 28.Qb3 maintaining the pressure on e6 is the correct move. Probably Edward was nervous due to the time trouble and this is his first Olympiad game! However the game is far from over but Edward have ruin all his advantage.

28...Bh5 29.Qb3 Bxe2 30.Nxe2 Rb8 31.Rd1 Qc7? probably 31..Rd6 is better 32.c5 a4 33.Qc4 b3+ 34.Ka3 Rc6 35.f5 Qe7 36.Nf4 Qf7 37.fxe6 Qe8 38.Rd7 Kh8 39.Bd4 Edward is clearly winning. Congrat rookie boy! 39...Rxe6??
a blunder in desparate time trouble. 40.Qxe6 is simple and sure win!
40.Bxg7+ Kg8 41.Qxe6+ Qxe6 42.Nxe6 Rc8 43.Bc3 1-0 A good start for the rookie boy!

photo from Susan Polgar

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