Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alex Wohl Win Australian Open 2009

IM Alex Wohl (right) talking with GM Ian Rogers (centre) and Cathy Rogers (left) at the 2008 MCF GM Tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

Congratulation to IM Alex Wohl who win the 2009 Australian Open Chess Championship which has concluded recently. It's good to know that Alex is doing great with his chess especially after knowing that he got a dengue fever during his visit here last year. He visited the (MCF) GM Tournament before competing in the Philippines Open .

Below is one of interesting move he played at the tournament.

IM Aleksander Wohl (2342) - Blair Mandla (2116) [B40]
Australian Open, Manly Sydney (10.3), 10.01.2009

Black attack look dangerous and he is threatening to play 27...Rxg3 next. However Alex play a strong move ...

27.Rxe6! Rxe6 the problem with 27...fxe6 is white have a strong mating attack with 28.Qc7! R6g7 29.Qxc6+ Kb8 30.Na6#checkmate 28.Nxe6 fxe6 29.Qc7 Qf5 30.Qxc6+ Kb8 31.f4 White is 2 pawn up and win the game easily 31... Rxg3 Black try his chance but...

32.Rxe6 ! Alex will not fall into the trap 32.hxg3?? Qh3+ 33.Kg1 Qxg3+ 34.Kf1 Qf3+ 35.Kg1 Qg3+ 36.Kh1 Qh3+ and black will have the perpetual 32...Rg8 33.Re7 Rg1+

Black try his last chance for a draw by perpetual 34.Kxg1 Qg4+ 35.Kf1 Qxf4+ 36.Ke2 Qg4+ 37.Kd3 Qd1+ 38.Kc3 Qa1+ 39.Kb4 Qd4+ 40.Ka3 1–0

Black run out of check and resign.

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