Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mashafizul progress at the 8th Asian Continental

Mashafizul (photo right) had a tough time at the 8th Asian Continental. In round 7 and 8, he won against Philipines - Pascua Haridas (FIDE 2359) and UAE - FM Jasem Alhuwar (FIDE 2293) respectively. However he lost against Indian GM - Deepan Chakkravarthy (FIDE 2482) in the 9th round. In round 10 tommorow, he will meet Indonesian FM Awam Wahono (FIDE 2391) . He has 4 points so far with two rounds to go.

Below are of his game at the championship. Mas missed a chance to split the point on move 39th.

IM Mas,Hafizulhelmi (2425) - GM Nguyen,Ngoc Truong Son (2588) [C01]
8th Asian Continental/Individu Subic Bay Free Port (5.19), 17.05.2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd6 6.c4 dxc4 7.d5 a6 8.Ba4 b5 9.dxc6 bxa4 10.Qxa4 Ne7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Nbd2 Rb8 13.a3 Bg4 14.h3 Bh5 15.Qxc4 Rb5 16.b4 Nxc6 17.Bb2 17.Qxc6? would felt into a cute trap after 17...Qf6 18.Qc4 (Not 18.Rb1?? Bh2+) 17...Ne5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Rxe5 20.Ne4 Rfe8 21.Ng3 Bg6 22.Rfd1 Qf6 23.Rac1 Probably Mas should have just take the pawn with 23.Qxc7 23...h5 24.h4 Kh7 25.a4 R8e6 26.f3 Re3 27.Kh2 Ra3 28.b5 axb5 29.axb5 Re5 30.Rd7 Ra5 31.Rxc7 Rexb5 32.Rc6 Qb2 33.Qf1 Rb4 34.R6c4 Raa4 35.R1c3 f6 36.Ne4 Rxc4 37.Rxc4 Ra2 38.Qg1 Qe2

39.Rd4? 39.Rc3 (Intending 40.Re3) 39...Bf5 (if 39...Bxe4 40.Re3 Qd2 41.Rxe4) and probably draw. 39...Qxf3 40.Nd2? 40.Ng3 Is lesser evil. 40...Rxd2 41.Rxd2 Qf4+ 0–1

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