Friday, October 30, 2009


Round 1, Aziz Shukor (NMCC) with his lovely daughter. Far right - Ilhamuddin

25th October 2009 - Neo Manhattan Chess Centre (NMCC) beat DATCC in a friendly match held at DATCC , Wilayah Kompleks, Kuala Lumpur. The match was held in two rounds and the time control is 45 minutes + 5 seconds increment. Six table was played each round. In the first round, DATCC powered by their first board - Ismail Ahmad win with a close score 3.5-2.5 but in the second round, NMCC fight back and trashed the generous host team 5-1 !

  1. Ismail Ahmad
  2. Kaushal Khandahar
  3. NWM Tan Li Ting
  4. Hisham Ismail Ahmad
  5. Lim Chong
  6. Abu Mansor Basir
  7. Tan Jun Feng
  1. Nor Ilhammuddin
  2. Abd Aziz Shukor
  3. Hairulov
  4. Shamsol Bahrin
  5. Razali Hamzah (Ng6)
  6. Rusdi Sidi
  7. Firdaus
  8. Prabhaharan Rajendra

Round 1

Board 1 : Ismail Ahmad vs Ilhamuddin 1-0

Board 2 : Aziz Shukor vs Kaushal Khandahar 0-1

Board 3 : NWM Tan Li Ting vs Hairulov 1/2-1/2

Board 4 : Razali Hamzah (Ng6) vs Hisham Ismail Ahmad 1-0

Board 5 : Lim Chong vs Shamsol Bahrin 0-1

Board 6: Firdaus vs Tan Jun Feng 0-1

While waiting for my teammates to arrive before the first round, i noticed "unfimiliar" face of our opponent line-up . It seems that DATCC has "borrowed" players from other teams - Ismail Ahmad (SMS Gold), Kasuhal Khandahar (The Spawn), NWM Tan Li Ting (PCWM), Lim Chong (Tan&Tan) and my teammate Ilhamuddin joked that it seems that NMCC will face "The Rest of The World" as the famous - Russia (USSR) vs The Rest of The World Match ! . However as in football, DATCC probably got the players from the transfer market after the 2009 DATCC Team League ended few months ago :)

DATCC win in the first two board - Ismail beat Ilham and Kaushal beat Aziz. Yours truly draw against NWM Tan Li Ting although my teamate said my position is winning in the final position in mutual time trouble . Razali Hamzah (Ng6) win against the rusty Hisham . Hisham is Ismail Ahmad son. He's a strong players but seldom plays nowadays . Shamsul beat Lim Chong and Firdaus lost to Tan Jung Feng.

Round 2

Board 1 : Ilhamuddin vs Kaushal 1-0

Board 2 : NWM Tan Li Ting vs Hairulov 0-1

Board 3 : Shamsol Bahrin vs Hisham Ismail Ahmad 1-0

Board 4 : Lim Chong vs Razali Hamzah (Ng6) 1/2-1/2

Board 5: Rusdi Sidi vs Abu Mansor Basir 1/2-1/2

Board 6: Tan Jun Feng vs Prahba 0-1

DATCC choose to rest their dark horse - Ismail Ahmad and Kaushal was promoted to the first board against Ilhamuddin . In the early phase of the game, Kaushal seems to have the upperhand but misplayed the position and lost on time in the end. Yours truly beat the lovely NWM Tan Li Ting after she missed a tactic at the aearly stage of the game which cost her the exchange.

Razali draw a difficult rook endgame against Lim Chong, Abu Mansor Basir escaped with a draw against Rusdi who is completely winning and on the last board Prahba beat Tan Jun Feng.

Below is one of yours truly game.

NWM Tan Li Ting vs Hairulov
DATCC - NMCC Friendly Match,
Round 2, 25.10.09

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 Gruenfeld Defense. Inspired by the recently concluded Kasparov-Karpov Match, i play this opening for the first time in my life . 4.Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 c6 6. Bd3 O-O 7. a3 Bg4 In the first round against the same opponent and same opening i choose to fianchetto my light square bishop only to get a rather cramped position which fortunately ended in a draw. This time i choose to trade the bishop with white's knight which have a strong potential outpost on e5. 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nbd7 11. O-O e5 After this move i think black already equalise. 12. dxe5?! Better is mantaining the tension on d- file with 12. Rd1 12... Nxe5 Now white has to concede her bishop pairs after 13. Qe2 Nxc4 14. Qxc4 Qe7 15. b4?
15...Ne4 16.Nxe4 Li Ting said that she only consider 16. Bb2 Nxc3 17.Bxc3 but missed the knight fork 16... Nd2 16... Bxa1 17. Nc3 Rad8 18. Ne2 Bg7 I choose to keep the "Gufeld Bishop" rather then to trade it with 19.Nd4 Bxd4. and white can play Bh6 later and threatening mate on g7 with her queen . 19. Qb3 Qe4 20. Ng3 Qd3 Ahead in material, i offer a trade which is of course... 21. Qa2 rejected by my opponent 21...Rd7 With the idea of tripling on d- file. 22. Ne2 Rfd8
23. Nd4 Bxd4 Here i choose to trade my "Gufeld Bishop" and believe that white mating threat on g7 is only artifical. 24. exd4 Qxd4 25. Be3 Qe5 26. Qe2 Qe4 27. Qb2 Rd1 When ahead on material, trade piece but not pawn. 28. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 29. Kh2 Rd5 30. Qc1 h5 31. Bc5 Qe5+ 32. Kg1 Rd3 33. Be3 Qc3 I missed the simple and a quick win with 33... Qd6! 34. Qxc3 Rxc3 35. Bxa7 Rxa3 36. Bc5 This endgame is clearly winning. Just put your piece and pawns on light square and restrict white's king. 36...Ra2 37. Kh2 f5 ?! 38. Kg3 Kf7 39. Kf4 Re2 40. Kf3 Re4 41. Kg3 Ke6 42. Kf3 Kd5 43. g3 g5 0-1 White resign

Round 1 in progress

International Arbiter (IA) Hamid Majid (right) - arbiter of the match

Kaushal Khandahar with his new secret weapon - "straight hair style variation"

Shamsol Bahrin vs Hisyam and far right: Razali Hamzah (Ng6) vs former Malay Mail chess columnist - Lim Chong

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