2 May 2009 - I drop by to DATCC to watch the round 7 games. When i arrived at about 8.20 pm, the top table game between Ian Udani and FM Nicholas Chan have settle to a draw. Both probably choose to save energy. Understandable if you consider that all of the players have to play 3 game with standard time control in a day. And for anyone who still didn't noticed yet, my previous article about Udani gaining weight is of course ...not true. It's a photo of another Pinoy - IM Enrico Sevillano . He is US based Philipines chess player.
Ian Udani and FM Nicholas Chan is having a great tournament so far . Nicholas beat the top seed and Malaysian no.1 - IM Mashafizul in round 6. Mas now is in 12 place with 4.5 points and i think it's almost imposible for him to catch the leaders.
a) 13... Bd8 14. Nxe6 Qxe6 15. b4 Nce4 ; or
b) 13...Bxc4 14. Nxf5
14. Nxe6 14. b4 ! is equally strong for e.g 14...Nce4 [14... Na6 15. Bxb7 Nxb4 16. Qb3 c5 (not 16... Rab8 ? 17. Nxe6 Rxb7 18. Nxf8) 17. Nxe6 Qxe6 18. Bxa8] 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Nb5 Qd7 17. f3 a6 18. Nd4 c5 19. Nb3 and black knight's on e4 has is trap ! 14... Qxe6 15. Nd5 Again 15.
b4! is stronger 15...Na6 (15... Ncd7 16. Nd5 Bd8 17. Nf4) 16. Bxb7 Nxb4 17. Qb3 Rab8 18. Qxb4 15... Qd7 15... Qf7 16. Nxc7 Rac8 17. Nd5 16. Qxf5 Nxd5 17.Bxd5+ Kh8 18. Qxd7 Nxd7 19. Bxb7 Rab8 20. Bd5
Black is already two pawn down with no serious compensation. The rest is easy - espacially for player like Ian. Bf6 21. Rb1 Nb6 22. Be3 c6 23. Bxc6 Nxc4 24. Bxa7 Rbc8 25. Bd5 Nd2 26. b4 Nxf1 27. Kxf1 Rc2 28. b5 Rd2 29. e4 Bd4 30. Bxd4 Rxd4 31. Rb2 h5 The players play a few more moves before Yee Weng called it a day 1-0
My friend Rizal Ahmad Kamal meet Justin Ong. Below are position arise from their game.
Rizal Ahmad Kamal
Rizal Ahmad Kamal (2004) vs Justin Ong ( 2026)
Selangor Open, Round 7, 2.5.09The position above is not as easy as it look. White IS of course, ahead in material and probably winning but he need to find an accurate plan to penetrate black's position. I don't know the exact moves played by Rizal but he told me that our "human friend" - Mr. Saprin Sabri suggest
1. Qf2 My silicon friend - Fritz 11 however suggest 1.Rf6 Rd8 ( 1..Kxg7 2.Rcf1 Rd8 3.Qe1 Qd3 4.Rf7+ Kg8 5.Qf2 Qe4+ 6.Kg1 b6 7.Rf8+Rxf8 8.Qxf8+ Kh7 9.Rf7+ Kg6 10.Rxg7+ Kg6 and 11.Rxg4 with mate to follow ! ) 2. Rg1 Kxg7 3. Qh4 Qe3 4. Rf2 Qe4+ 5. Kh2
1... Qe4+ 2. Kg1 Kxg7 3. Qf6+ Kh7 4. Qe7+ Kh8 5. Qg5 Qd4+ 6. Rf2 e4 7. Qh6+ Kg8 8.Rcf1 e3 9. Rf8+
Unfortunately Rizal lost the game. I'm not really sure how but he was quite disppointed with his play when i sms him.
NM Kamal Ariffin sweating under the "not enviro friendly" bulb
One funny situation happen to my friend- NM Kamal Ariffin. He suffered an "unusual position" (photo above) . He was playing under a really "hot" bulb . I noticed he was sweating and had to go back and forth to the nearest air condition . Fortunately he won his game against Rizal Ahmad Othman. Maybe the organiser should replace the bulb with a more " enviro friendly" kind of bulb next time.
In the tournement hall, i also noticed one fimiliar face but.... unfimiliar haircut :) . Yes..it's Abdul Haq ( whitenaval ). Is he planning for a comeback after missing in action (M.I.A) for quite some time ?