Thursday, January 01, 2009

Peter Long had a difficult time against higher rated players in the 2008 Asia Championship League

Peter Long suffered his second defeat in the Asia Chess Championship League . This time he was beaten in round 6 against Iranian Junior Champion - FM Toufighi Homayoon (photo right).

Peter 12 moves lost in round 6 show how rusty he is as what he has mentioned before.

In round 7, Peter's team were paired against Tagaytay Chess Club (PHI) which feauture GM Darwin Laylo (FIDE 2507) in board 4 ! As expected, Peter who played in 4th board lost to the strong Filipino GM who has a 154 rating points higher then Peter .

Below is his 5th round game.

Toufighi,Homayoon (2470) - Long,Peter (2353) [B18]
1st Asian Club Cup Alain, UAE (5.5), 08.12.1929

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 So far so normal. But white's next move was quite unusual. 6.Bc4 Normally white will play the main lines 6.h4 or 6.Nf3 6...e5?! This move looks like too aggresive. Probably Peter was aiming for initiative with this gambit after 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1 Nd7 9.f4 0–0–0 unfortunately white in turn can "re-gambit" for a strong initiative with 7.Qe2 Qxd4 8.Nf3 White have a strong lead in development 8...Qd6 9.Nxe5 Qe7 the problem with 9...Be7 is white can play 10.Bf4! and a strong follow - up move such as Rd1 later. 10.0–0 Stroner is 10.Bg5! f6 (10...Qxg5? 11.Nxg6+ Be7 12.Nxh8) 11.0–0–0! Nd7 (11...Qxe5 12.Qxe5+ fxe5 13.Rd8#) 12.Rxd7 Qxe5 13.Qxe5+ fxe5 14.Rxb7 with a huge advantage 10...Nd7 11.Nxg6 Qxe2 ?

12.Bxf7+ Probably tired with his other duties Peter missed white next move. The correct move is 11...hxg6 although white will still have the upper hand. Peter must have expected 12.Nxe2 and then reply with 12...hxg6 , however white 12.Bxf7 in between move decide the game. 12...Kxf7 13.Nxh8+ Kf6 14.Nxe2 1–0

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