Wednesday, November 11, 2009

IM Lim Yee Weng Sicilian Dragon Seminar Update!

I received and email from IM elect - Lim Yee Weng regarding his IM title. According to him, FIDE has just informed that his title has been confirmed and the international chess body will update on his status in FIDE's website.

Below is one of his game as a preview/appetizer for the upcoming lecture on the Sicilian Dragon.

Anonymous vs Lim Yee Weng

Royal Selangor Juniors (Under 12) 1993

As an introduction to my favorite opening, the Dragon, I would like to show

one of the interesting games that i played as a 11 year old boy against a top

Malaysian player. Hopefully, it will inspire you to pick up this fantastic

opening too. Well, if Radjabov & Kasparov's pupil, Magnus Carlsen plays it on

a regular basis too - why not you? 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6

5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. Qd2 Bd7 Why is this opening

called the Dragon? Just take a look at Black's pawn structure? What does it

resemble? 10. O-O-O

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The incredibly complicated & interesting

Yugoslav Attack - used by World Champions such as Fischer, Karpov & Anand as

White! 10… Ne5 11. Bb3 Qa5

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This is my preferred move. However, in the

World Championship match in 1995 against Anand, Kasparov (playing the Dragon

as Black) opted for 11....Rc8 and won the game after only 31 moves! (11... Rc8

12. h4 h5 13. Kb1 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. Nde2 b5 16. Bh6 Qa5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18.

Nf4 Rfc8 19. Ncd5 Qxd2 20. Rxd2 Nxd5 21. Nxd5 Kf8 22. Re1 Rb8 23. b3 Rc5 24.

Nf4 Rbc8 25. Kb2 a5 26. a3 Kg7 27. Nd5 Be6 28. b4? axb4 29. axb4 Rc4 30. Nb6

?? Rxb4+ 31. Ka3 Rxc2

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0-1 Anand,V (2725)-Kasparov,G (2795) 12.

Kb1 Rfc8 13. h4 Nc4 14. Bxc4 Rxc4 15. g4 Rac8 A standard position has arose

here where White opts to pawn storm the Black King on the Kingside & Black

counterattacks the White King with his pieces on the Queenside 16. Nb3 (16. h5

usually transposes back to the main line with Rxc3!

Yes! Again the same combo! 17. Nb3 ? (17. bxc3 Bxg4 ! 18. hxg6 (18. Nb3 Qa6

19. fxg4 Nxe4 see actual game) (18. fxg4 Nxe4 19. Qd3 Nxc3+ 20. Kc1 Nxa2+ 21.

Kb2 Rc6 22. Kb1 Rb6+ 23. Nb3 Rxb3+ 24. Qxb3 Nc3+ 25. Kb2 Nxd1+ 26. Kc1 Nxe3)

18... hxg6 19. Bh6 Bh5 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Nf5+ gxf5 22. Rdg1+ Kf8 23. Qh6+ Ke8

24. Rxh5 Qb6+ 0-1 Grey,P-Hoffman,A Reno 1999.) 17.. Qa6 transposes back to

the actual game but maybe Black should try the aesthetic looking 17... Nxe4 !

(17... Qa6 18. bxc3 Bxg4! see actual game) 18. fxe4 (18. Nxa5

Nxd2+ 19. Bxd2 Rxc2 black have big advantage ) 18... Rxb3!

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19. axb3 or (19. Qxa5

Rxb2+ 20. Ka1 (20. Kc1 Rcxc2#) 20... Rb5+ nets the queen.) 19... Qxd2 20.

Rxd2 Bxg4with slight advantage to black 16... Qa6 17. h5 Bxg4!

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18. e5!

In the actual game, White played 18. fxg4 Rxc3!

and received a nasty shock when I played 19. bxc3 Nxe4 20. Qd3 Nxc3+

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21. Kc1 Qa3+ 22. Kd2 Nxd1 23. Kxd1 Qxa2

and White resigned a few moves later 18... Bxf3 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. hxg6 hxg6

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21. Bg5 White seeks to exchange of Black's dark square Bishop as

it is the most important piece here. Why? It plays a dual role by defending

Black's King & at the same time also assist in attacking White's King! Bxc3

22. bxc3 Bxh1 23. Rxh1 Rxc3! After either 24.Qh2 & 24. Bf6 it appears that

White threat of checkmate is unstoppable. Is there any counterblows you can

think of for Black? Here are 2 tactical puzzles FOR YOU TO SOLVE 24. Qh2

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24. Bf6 does it REALLY end with 24... Kf8? 25.

Qh8# Well stay tuned cause the answer will be revealed in due course . I

hope you have enjoyed this game. There are many more of these interesting &

inspiring Dragon games to come on Sunday, 16 November 2009. Don't forget to

book a place for yourself early! 0-1 - from IM Lim Yee Weng

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