Saturday, August 08, 2009

Mok vs Ooi - 2nd Game !

It must be hard for Ooi to start the 2nd game a few hours after his disastrous game 1. Furthermore he has to play black in this game. You can follow the game live with brilliant live commentary from former Malaysian no.1- IM Jimmy Liew here DATCC blog here. My comment is as below.

FM Mok Tze Meng vs. FM Ooi Chern Ee
Malaysian Masters (Quarterfinal), Game 2, 8.8.09

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Mok choose a rather tame variation of the Sicilian Defense- Moscow Variation .3...Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Mok choose to play the Maroczy Bind set-up. A rock solid formation but also less "spicy" compare the normal brutal line of other Sicilian Variations. Probably Mok who is leading this short game try to provoke Ooi to play aggresively and then try to punish his opponent if he over push in this game. I learn this strategy from Mashafizul who comment about Darwin Laylo victory in recent Zonal in Vietnam.5...Nc6 6. Nc3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. a3 Nf6 9. Rb1 O-O 10. b4 Ng4 11. Ne2 Fritz opening book suggest 11. Nd5 11... Nge5 12. Nxe5 dxe5 Ooi in aggresive mode. He gambit the pawn on c5. 13. d3 If white choose to captured the pawn on c5 with 13.bxc5 black will get his pawn back after 13...Qd3 14.Rxb7 Qxc4 15.d3 Qxc5 with unclear position 13...Rfd8 Black can also choose to pressure white with 13...cxb4 14.axb4 Rfd8 15.Rb3 a5! 14.Rb3 e6 15. Be3 White can't be too greedy. If he choose to take the c5 pawn with 15.bxc5 Black will later get the pawn back with better position for e.g 15...Na5 16. Rc3 (if 16. Rb5 Nxc4) 16... Bf8 17. Bg5 Be7 18. Be3 Rac8 15... Bf8 16. Qb1 Rac8 17. bxc5 Rc7 18. Qb2 a6 19. Qc3 f5 20. f3 Nd4 21. Bxd4 exd4 22. Qb2 Bxc5 Black get back his pawn 23. Rb1 b6 24. exf5 gxf5 25. Nf4 Qd6 26. g3 Rg7 Black's position start to look more promosing after each moves. 27. Kh1 e5 28. Nd5 b5 29. Qe2 Re8 Fritz the pawn grabber prefer 29...Bxa3! 30. cxb5 Qxd5 31. Rxa3 Qxf3+ (31... axb5 32. Qb3 Rb7) 32. Qg2 Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 axb5 34. Rxb5 30. a4 bxa4 31. Rb6 ! A brilliant exchange sacrifiece by Mok. 31...Bxb6 32.Rxb6 Qd8 33. Rxa6 Rg6 34. Rxa4 h5 It seems that the idea of h4-h5 does not work and infact a serious mistake. Probably a better plan is to prepare e4 push with 34...Qd6 followed by 35...e4 35. f4 e4 ??
This probably the desicive blunder. Ooi could actually offer tougher resistence with 35... exf4 36. Qxh5 Re1+ 37. Kg2 Qe8 36. Qxh5 Now black is clearly lost. White is threatening Ra7 with mating attack along black's 7th rank ! 36... Ree6 37. Ra7 Rh6?? Correct is 37... Rg7 However it won't change the end results. 38. Qxf5 Rxa7 39. Qxe6+ winning 38. Qf7+ 1-0 Black resign. It's mate next move 38... Kh8 39. Qg7# Mok lead the match 2-0 and Ooi will facing a tough games situation where he need to win both games to equal the score. Mok clearly not in a "friendly" mode against his SMS Gold board 1 teamate !

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