Monday, November 24, 2008

Mok Miss A Draw ?

In round 7 Malaysia was trash by the Egypt team 0-4. Among the casualties is our 3 board player FM Mok Tze Meng who lost to IM Ezat Mohamed (2425). However, with the help of my best "friend" - Fritz 11, i found that Mok have a strong chance to draw his game if he found the move 34...Qa8!? However to be fair to Mok, he was in deep time trouble at that stage. Let's see the diagram below.

IM Ezat Mohamed (2425) - FM Mok Tze Meng (2308) [A00]
Dresden Olympiad (7), 20.11.2008
The position below arise after white has just play 34. d6 Black position look hopeless. Although black is slightly better in material, white strong pawn duo on d6 and e6 look unstopable.

34...exd6?? The desicive mistake. Fritz found an interesting defensive move 34...Qa8 !!
35.Qxe7 Qd5 36.Rg1 White others possibilities is

a) 36.Ra1 Qd3 37.Kg1 (37.Rg1? Qxg3 38.hxg3 Rh5#) 37...Qd4+ 38.Kh1 Qd3;

b) 36.Re1 Qd3 37.Qxf8+ This move was suggest by Kamaluddin Yusof during our Bangi Night Fever gathering, At first i thought that white is winning but after checking with Fritz i found a flaw in his idea. 37...Kxf8 38.e7+ Ke8 39.d7+ Qxd7 (39...Kxd7?? During our blinfold analysed, we thought that black can only capture with his king. But at home i found that after 39...Qxd7 - it's game over for white ! 40.e8Q#) ;

c) 36.Rxd5 Rf1#;

back to the best move 36.Rg1 black still have a high chance to draw with 36...Rg5 37.Ra1 (37.Bf2 Re5) ] 35.e7 Qc8 36.exf8Q+ Qxf8 37.h3 Qf7 38.Qc8+ Kg7 39.Bxd6 h5 1–0
35.e7 after this move, white is clearly winning. 35...Qc8 36.exf8Q+ Qxf8 37.h3 Qf7 38.Qc8+ Kg7 39.Bxd6 h5 1–0

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