Nicholas start his semifinal match with a psychological "win" against IM Lim Yee Weng. He bravely invite his opponent to play against the Sicilian Dragon which his opponent know inside out. In the end, Nicholas managed to draw the game with black !
IM Lim Yee Weng (2336) - FM Nicholas Chan (2402) [B00]
Malaysian Master semifinal (Game 1), 27.11.2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6
This is a suicide attempt or act of a sheer bravery . Nicholas must have already know that his opponent has just deliver a seminar recently on the Sicilian Dragon. With 4...g6, he invite Yee Weng to fight against his own opening!? 5.c4 A psychological win for Nicholas ? Yee Weng avoid 5.Nc3 which can lead into the Dragon Variation but instead opt for the boring but effective - Maracozy Bind formation. 5...Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Qd2 0–0 10.Bd3 Be6 11.Rc1 Ng4 12.Be2 f6 13.Bxg4 Bxg4 14.Be3 Qa5 15.0–0 Be6 16.b3 a6 17.Rfd1 Rac8 18.Qe2 Qh5 19.f3 Bh6 20.Nd5 Rfe8 21.Bxh6 Qxh6 22.Rc3 Kf8 23.Rcd3 Rc5 24.a4 Rec8 25.R3d2 R5c6 26.Nb4 Rc5 27.Nd5 R5c6 28.Nb4 ½–½