Monday, December 29, 2008

Blast From The Past: NM Kamal Abdullah vs IM Jimmy Liew (1992)

I found one interesting game of two strong local players from my chess friend (Ilhamuddin ) newspapers cutting book. It was a 1992 Merdeka Inter State team tournament game publish in local newspaper about 16 years ago !

At that time, IM Jimmy Liew (left) and NM Kamal Abdullah (right) is the man to beat in local circuit. Nowadays both are still playing especially Kamal Abdullah but the emerging of many young and new players make life "quiet difficult" to both of them. Still Kamal won a few tournaments recently and it shows that he can still "teach" a lesson or two to some young players and... of the "old" players too.

Nowadays with the helps of "friend" like - Mr.Fritz 11, we could look back at past games from the pre-internet age and search for improvement or missed opportunity. In Kamal-Jimmy game below, Fritz found an interesting saving move on move 16 ! Lets have a look.

NM Kamal Abdullah (Johor) - IM Jimmy Liew (KL) [C02]
Merdeka Open 1992

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 8.Bxh6? This can be called a " high level" opening traps because black compensation is not that obvious. 8...Qxb2 9.Bd2 Qxa1 10.Qb3 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Kd8 12.Nxd4 Qxd4 13.0–0 Qxe5 14.Re1 Qd6 15.Nc3 Be7 ?!
better is 15...Bd7 offering an exchange or white has to slow down his attack by retreating his bishop 16.Na4? According to Fritz, white can save the game with a brilliant combination starting with [16.Nxd5!! A brilliant sacrifice. 16...exd5 (The problem after 16...Qxd5 is white can play a strong but "silent" reply with 17.Rd1!! Qxb3? (Black best reply is 17...b6 18.Bf4 Bb7 19.Rxd5+ Bxd5 Although white still have slight advantage of having an active queen compare to black pair of rook) 18.Ba5# checkmate) 17.Rxe7 Kxe7 (17...Qxe7 18.Qxd5+ Kc7 (18...Bd7 19.Qxb7) 19.Bf4+ Kb6 20.a4 and black king is in trouble ) 18.Bb4 Rd8 ] 16...Bd7 0-1 White resign. Possible continuation is 17.Nc5 Qxc5 18.Bxd7 Qb6 19.Qa4 Qa6 20.Ba5+ b6 21.Qc6 Rb8

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