Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mashafizul beat GM Igor Khenkin !

23rd August 2009- Mashafizul produced another sensation at the BDO Chess Tournament when he create another "unnecessary lost" to the top GMs. This time the victim is - GM Igor Khenkin (FIDE 2634) who was beaten convincingly in the last round . Last night Mashafizul - "the tropical guest" beat 3rd seed GM Friso Nijboer.

Mas has proved that he is a worthy player in this tournament and not just another player to complete the list! Against the GMs, he scored a respectable 2.5 out of 4 ( 62.5%) but unfortunately he was not that consistent against the "weaker" players, scoring only 2 out of 5 (40%).

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Below is how he beat GM Igor Khenkin!

IM Mashafizul (2391) vs GM Igor Khenkin (2634)
BDO Tournament, Round 9, 23.8.09
Analysed by Hairulov and Rybka 3
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. c4 dxc4 4. Nc3 e6 5. a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7. Nd2 Qb6 8. Qg4 g6 Theory recommend 8... Kf8 9.Qg5!?
Mas successfully provoke black to push his king side pawn which create some weakness on black's king side 9... f6 Probably the correct idea is to continue development with 9... Nd7 10. Qf4 Bb7 11. Nde4 Nd7 12. Nd6+ Ke7 13. Nxb7 Qxb7 Mas got the bishop pairs but it's still unclear whether it will give him any significant advantage 14. Bd2 Kf7 15. Be2 Ne7 16. O-O Nd5 17. Qh6 Bf8 18. Qh3 Rd8 19. e4 Nxc3 20. bxc3 Nc5! 21. e5 Of course not 21. dxc5? Rxd2 21... Nb3 22. Qf3 f5 23. Ra2 Qd7 24. Be3 a5 25. g4 White must do something on the king side before Black's roll his queen side pawns. 25...h5 26. gxf5 gxf5 27. Qh3 h4 28. Kh1 Be7
Black clear the way for his rooks to move to g8 if needed. 29. Rd1 Qc7 30. f4 Qc8 31. Bf3 b4?
Black probably forget that his c4 pawn is still weak 32. Be2 Mas attack the c4 pawn immediately! 32...Qa6 33. Qf1 c5 Probably 33... Qb7 Maintaining the pressure is better for e.g 34. Bxc4 bxc3 (34... c5+ 35. Qg2) 35. Rb1 c5+ 36. d5 Rxd5 37. Rxb3 Qa8 34. Bxc4 Qc6+ 35. Qg2 Qxg2+ 36. Rxg2 cxd4 37. cxd4 Nc5 38. Rdg1 Nxa4 Igor hope that his two passed pawn on queen side will save him but 39. Rg7+ White's attack is too strong! Kf8 40. Bxe6 Ke8 Black's defense is busted! 41. d5 Another strong move is 41. Ra1! Rh6 42. Bb3 Nc3 43. Rxa5
And white threaten d5-d6 and putting both his rook on the 7th rank. 41... Rf8 42. d6!
The end is near ! 42...Bxd6 43. exd6 Rxd6 44. Bb3! A simple but effective way to win the game. Black lost after44...Nc3 45. Bc5 Pinning both rook, so black resign 1-0

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