Friday, October 16, 2009

FM Mashafizul vs Hairulov - 1997 Rakan Muda Simul , Starhill, Kuala Lumpur !

While doing my room cleaning which is long overdue, i found my old chess notation book which mainly consist my games from the 90's.

An interesting one is a simul game against Malaysia no. 1, FM Mashafizul ( he still a Fide Master at that time ) . The simul was part of Rakan Muda programme which was held in 1997 at the Starhill Plaza, (photo right) Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur . I couldn't remember the overall score but blitz expert - Razak Saidin won his game against Mas. There's is about 20 participants play in the simul.

My simul game ....

FM Mashafizul Helmi - Hairulov
Rakan Muda Simul, 1997, Starhill Plaza, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.0–0 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bg7 8.Be3 Nf6 9.h3 0–0 10.Bc4?! A strong player always escape against weaker opponent when he/she play this kind of a tempo losing move. 10...a6 11.a4 Rc8 12.Ba2 Ne5 13.Qe2

13...Rxc3! A typical Sicilian sacrifiece idea. 14.bxc3 Nxe4 15.Qe1 Qc7 16.f4 Nc4 17.Bc1 d5! 18.Rf3 The problem playing against a strong opponent is they play an inferior position with poker faced! White is clearly worse here but i remember that Mas didn't showed any sign of problem from his look. 18...Rc8 Actually black can take the free pawn with 18...Bxa4! 19.Rb1 b5 20.axb5? a normal looking move but actually a blunder which i didn't realised. 20...axb5? After 12 years, Rybka show the winning move 20...Qa5!! and believe it or will win a piece after 21.Bxc4 Bxd4+ 22.Be3 Bxc3 23.Qd1 Rxc4 21.Kh2 Ra8 At this stage i failed to produced a proper plan and start wasting moves. A better plan is probably to increase the pressure against the c3 pawn with 21...Qa5 and after 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 22.Bb3 Re8 23.Bxc4 bxc4 24.g3... Unfortunately my notation in the book end here. I still remember that Mas start to spent more time on my board after disposing his remaining opponents one after another. I start to get nervous and made several mistakes before being punished in the end. 1-0

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