Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Talking about Grandmaster draw....

Lot have been said about the Edward Lee - Lim Yee Weng 4th game Malaysian Masters quarterfinal match which ended in a draw after just 11 moves. Interestingly more weird results occur recently in the last round game between 4th board Vietnam and Chinese player at the World Women Teams Championship in China .

Pham Bich Ngoc (2145) vs Huang Qian (2424)
World Women Teams Championship, Round 9, 11.9.09
1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Nc3 Nb6 8.
d3 c6 9. Be3 h6 10. Qd2 Kh7 11. Rac1 N8d7 12. b4 Nd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Qc2 e5
15. Qc7 d4 16. Bd2 Nb6 17. Qxd8 Rxd8 18. Rc5 f6 19. Nh4 f5 20. f4 exf4 21. gxf4
Re8 22. Kf2 Re7 23. Rg1 Be6 24. Bh3 Bf7 25. Bxf5 gxf5 26. Nxf5 Bf6 27. Nxe7
Bxe7 28. Rc7 Nd5 29. Rxb7 Be6 30. e4 dxe3+ 31. Bxe3 Bc8 32. Bd4 h5 33. Rxe7+
Nxe7 34. Rg7+ Kh6 35. Rxe7 a6 36. Re8 Kg6 37. Bc5 1/2-1/2

Wait a minute. Isn't White winning here? She is three pawn up. Play might continue 37...Bb7 40.Re5 I think exchanging the rook with 40.Rxa8 Bxa8 is also winning although the different colour bishop can lead into a drawn game but with three pawn up.... i think white should still win. So why white agree ( actually she offered it!) to draw? Read the comment about the game in chessbase.com

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