Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blast From The Past : Kamal Abdullah - Alexander Wohl 1/2-1/2 : 1992 Commonwealth Chess Championship, Bangi, Malaysia !

Thanks to NM Kamal Abdullah (photo left) for his valuable game and details of his past game in the 1992 Commonwealth Chess Championship held in Bangi. . Below an excerpts from his email :-

..."Salam Hairul,

The Commonwealth Chess Championship 1992 was held from the 22nd May (my b’day) to the 2nd June at the Multi Purpose Hall, Petronas Sports Complex, Bangi.

I played rather well with losses to GM Anthony Miles and GM William Watson only before the final round, which I needed to win to gain an IM norm! I played IM Sundhakar Babu (2365-IND). The pressure was tremendous and played real badly, despite having the white pieces. Could not sleep the night before thinking about the norm!

I was happy with the way I played before the last round game of course. Wins against WGM Susan Arkell (ENG), and draws against Alex Wohl (AUS), IM Ravi Lanka (IND). My performance rating was 2406.. (I was at that time 2205)".....

Kamal – Alex Wohl Round 6 – Alekhine Defense (maybe you and Fritz can analyze this)"...

I'm honoured to analyse it Kamal ! - Hairulov

Mohd Kamal Abdullah (2205) - Alexander Wohl (2280) [B04]
Commonwealth Chess Championship, Bangi, Malaysia (Round 6), 1992

Analysed by Hairulov and Fritz 11

1.e4 Nf6 The Alekhine Defense. This opening is not only weird in it appearance but the pronunciation also . Normal chess player will pronounce it as Alehain but my old chess friend said that it's actually -Alekin. 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 c6 5...dxe5?! Is dubious because 6.dxe5! c6 7.Nc3 Be6 not (7...Nxc3?? 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Qxd8) 8.Ng5± 6.0–0 Bg7 In Round 4, Wohl play the weak 6...Bg4?! against IM William Watson 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Bg7 10.Nc3! e6 (of course not 10...Bxd4? 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.Bxd5) 11.Ne4 Qc7 12.Bb3 0–0 13.c4 Ne7 14.Bf4± With large advantage to white however Wohl managed to draw the game. 7.Bb3 Kamal prepared for c4 push. The main line is 7.exd6 Qxd6 7...0–0 8.c4 Nc7 9.h3 dxe5 10.dxe5 Qxd1 11.Rxd1
The game has been simplified. 11...Ne6 12.Bd2 Na6 13.Bc2 Rd8 14.Na3 Bd7 15.b4 Be8 16.Bc3 Rdc8 17.Be4 Kamal is trying to exploit black weak pawns on the queen side mainly b7 and c6 . 17...Rab8 18.Nc2 Nac7 19.a4 h6 20.Ne3 Ng5 21.Nxg5 hxg5 22.Bf3 Rd8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rd1 ½–½ There's no clear advantage for both side so draw is the fair result for both player.

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