Sunday, November 16, 2008

Round 4: Malaysia lost to Slovakia 0.5-3.5

Malaysia suffer another defeat last night against the much stronger team - Slovakia in the 4th round of the 2008 Dresden Olympiad. Only Yee Weng ( again!) managed to secure a point ( half point) .

Round 4 Malaysia - Slovakia line up

Slovakia is the 25th seeded and they have a super GM listed as a 1st board - GM Sergey Movsesian with FIDE 2732 rating , however they decide to rest their top horse and play the experience GM Lubomir Ftacnik ( 2571) . Mashafizul have a good chance to beat the 51 years old GM - Ftacnik because in my opinion, Ftacnik has past his prime. However the experience Slovakian prove me wrong.

As expected, NM Edward Lee played as the 4t board after being rest yesterday. I hope Edward can shine in this round but he too lost against much stronger opponent. FM Lim Yee Weng who has playing solidly so far ( he draws all his three games!) including a draw yesterday against strong GM - Jan Gustafssan (2634) surely can't wait to register his first win, however he had to settle with another draw.

I'm quite worried about our 3rd board player - FM Mok Tze Meng. He surely a little bit tired after a long game in round 3. I personally would choose Jimmy to play but the team captain and the players would know better. Mok had a strong position but a few inaccuracies lead into a difficult game and he had to resign after missing a combination in the last phase of the game.

Round 4 : IM Mashafizul (right) and FM Lim Yee Weng ( Left) in action against Slovakia. Photo from The Closet GM blog

Board 1

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (2439) vs GM Ftacnik Lubomir (2571) [B90]
Dresden Olympiad (4), 16.11.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0–0 Be7 8.f4 Qc7 9.Bf3 0–0 10.a4 Nc6 11.Be3 Na5 12.Kh1 Nc4 13.Bc1 e5

14.Nf5 !? is this a new move. Fritz opening move give 14.Nde2 14...Bxf5 15.exf5 exf4 16.Qd4 ( 16.Bxf4 is quite messy after 16...Nxb2 17.Nd5 Nxd1 18.Nxc7) White is planning to regain the pawn by playing Qxf4 16...Ne3 17.Bxe3 fxe3 18.Qxe3 Rfe8 19.Rad1 Rac8 20.Rfe1 Bf8 21.Qd4 Probably better is 21.Qa7, pressure the b7 pawn. 21...Re5! black threten to double on e file 22.Nd5 Mas play quite dangerous 22... Nxd5 it seems that he is willing to sac a few pawns for the initiative. e.g 15.Bxd5 Qxc2 16.f6 23.Rxe5 [23.Bxd5 Qxc2 24.f6] 23...dxe5 24.Qxd5 Qxc2 25.Qxb7 a5 26.h3
26... Bb4 27.Rd7 Rf8 28.f6 gxf6 29.Qc6

It looks like Mas is willing to settle the game with a draw. If black exchange the queen and the rook, the game will transpose into a different colour bishop ending that is generally drawn.
29...Qxc6 30.Bxc6 f5 31.Bd5 black will have problem with his f pawn because it is being pinned by white bishop, however his passed e pawn is a real threat .31...e4 32.Kg1 Kg7 33.Kf2 Kf6 34.b3 Rc8 35.Bc4 h5 36.Rxf7+ Ke5 37.Rd7 h4 38.Rd5+ Kf4 39.Rd7 Rc6 40.Rd8 Rg6 41.Rd7 Rg3 42.Rh7 Bc5+ 43.Kf1 Rc3 44.Rxh4+ Ke3 45.g3 Rc1+ 46.Kg2 Rc2+ 47.Kf1 It look like Mas also will be ground down :( 47.Bd6 0-1 Mas resign

Board 2

GM Markos Jan (2557) vs FM Lim Yee-Weng (2396) [A04]
Dresden Olympiad (4), 16.11.2008

Interestingly Yee Weng face "another" Jan tonight. This night he faced Jan Markos, last night Jan Gustafssan ! 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Bf5 4.c4 c6 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Nc3 e6 7.d3 Nbd7 8.Be3 Bc5 9.Bxc5 Nxc5 10.Qxb6 axb6 11.Nd4 dxc4 12.Nxf5 exf5 13.dxc4

The position has simplified . Although black have two double pawn ( b and f) , he has more space. Black also have a strong control over e4 and he can proceed with ..Ke7...Rhd8 later 13...Na4 14. Nd1 Nc5 1/2-1/2 An early draw before 30 move and not a force draw. Is it allowed in the Olympiad ? anyway , good job Yee Weng.

Board 3

FM Mok Tze-Meng (2308) vs GM Petrik Tomas (2487) [C19]
Dresden Olympiad (4), 16.11.2008

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 The Winawer Variation 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.a4 Mok play Bobby Fischer favourite variation . This move is a positional move compare to the aggresive 7.Qg4 7...Nbc6 8.Nf3 Bd7 9.Ba3 b6 10.Bd3 Qc7 11.0–0 h6 12.Re1 Na5 13.Qd2 Bxa4 ?!
Fritz didn't appproved this move. Actually theory suggest 13...Rc8. After the text move, white can strongly reply with 14. dxc5 bxc5 15.Bxc5! Qxc5 16.Rxa4 and the rook can lift to g4- attacking black kingside ! 14.Bxc5 ooh this is different. Now white rook can't lift to king side after 14...bxc5 15. Rxa4 c4 but white still can play on the quenside. 14...bxc5 15.Rxa4 c4 as expected . 16.Bf1 Rb8 17.h4 Nac6 18.Ra2 Rb5 19.h5 Kd7 20.g4 Rhb8 21.Bh3 Ra5 22.Rxa5 Qxa5 23.Kg2 Qa2 24.g5 hxg5 25.Nxg5 Nd8

White have more space on the kingside and black on the quuenside. I think Mok has to play a do or die attack on the kingside ( Re1-e3-f3 and Qf4 should be on the menu), if not, black will push his passed pawn on a file to a great effect! 26. Qf4 Ke8 both player are in time trouble . Both have less then 10 minutes. I like Mok position because he's in a driver seat !

27.Re2? Mok missed a powerful move 27.Nxf7!! Nxf7 28.Bxe6 Nd8 29.Bf7+ Nxf7 30.e6 ! attacking both the knight on f7 and the rook on b8 ! 27...Rb1 28.Nh7 Qa1 29.h6 Ng6 30.Qh2 gxh6 31.Nf6+ Ke7 32.Bg4 a5
Mok blunder in a already difficult position. 33... Rh1 ! 34.Qxh1 Nf4+ 35.Kh2 Qxh1+ 36.Kxh1 Nxe2 37.Bxe2 a4 the passed pawn can't be stop , so white resign 0–1

Board 4

IM Vavrak Peter (2478) vs Edward Lee Kim Han [A40]
Dresden Olympiad (4, 16.11.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.Nf3 d6 6.0–0 Nc6 7.d5 Na5 8.Nfd2 c5 9.Nc3 a6 10.Qc2 Rb8 11.b3 b5 12.Rb1 Bf5 13.e4 Bd7 14.h3 e5

Both player are still playing the theory move. 15.Qd3 Fritz opening book suggest 15.Ne2 15...Nh5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.b4 cxb4 18.Rxb4 Nb7 19.Nxb5

A critical position has emerged. White now is a pawn up but after 19...Nc5 black will have the initiative 19...Qb6 ?! (why not 19..Nc5 ?) It seems that after 20.a4 black sacrifiece pawn look dubious 20.Nc4 ? white can mantain his space advantage with 20.a4 20...Bxb5 21.Qb1
Qc7 22.Rxb5 Qxc4 23.Rxb7 Rxb7 24.Qxb7 Qxa2 25.Qb6

Edward is in trouble. His key pawn - d6 will drop . 25...f5 Edward only chance to create a counterplay. He can't afford to wait and see because white have a potential passed pawn in the centre. 26.Qxd6 f4 27.g4 f3 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Bxf3 Rxf3 30.gxh5 gxh5 31.Be3 Rf6 32.Qe8+ Rf8 33.Qxh5 Qc2 34.Qg4 Rg8 35.Rc1 Is almost possible to hold this position as black. White is clearly winning. 1-0 Edward resign.

Final result (Round 4)
Malaysia- Slovakia

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