Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nicholas - Mashafizul Game 2: 0-1


FM Nicholas Chan (2402) - IM Mashafizul (2419)
Malaysian Master (Final) Game 2, 19.12.2009

Analysed by Hairulov and Fritz

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bb4 4. Qb3 Nc6 5. Bg2 5.Nd5 is suggest by Fritz in its opening book 5...Nd4 6. Qd1 O-O 7. e3 Bxc3 8. bxc3 Mas give black a double pawn but concede his bishop pair 8...Ne6 Quite unusual , 8...Nc6 looks more logical 9.e4 9...d4 to open the game is probably better. Nicholas probably want to prevent black's to play d5 but actually open the game will only give White's the upper hand due to his bishop pair advantage .
9... Qe7 10. Ne2 Nc5 11. d3 Qd6? This move is a mistake because white have 12. d4! Mas must have realised now that his 11th move was a mistake because after 12...Ncxe4 13.Qc2 or 13. f3 will simply trap Black's knight!

12...Ncxe4 The problem with move like 12...Na6 is white have the strong 13.f4! Ne8 (13...exd4? 14.e5 losing a piece) 14.fxe5 and black is hopeless 13. Qc2 Nxf2 14. Kxf2 Mas got two pawn for his knight and White's king is tuck in the centre because he has lost the right to castle 14...Ng4+ 15. Ke1 Re8 16.Qf5?! Now Black's have the opportunity to complicate the game with 16...exd4 17.Qxg4 d3! 16...exd4 17. Bd5? Nicholas should just take the knight for e.g 17. Qxg4 d3 18. Bf3 Qf6 19. Bd2 dxe2 20. Qf4 and still held the advantage despite the ugly looking position 17... Nf6 18. cxd4 c6 19. Bf3 Qxd4 20. Rb1 Qxc4 "Mas - The Pawn Grabber" 21. Bb2 d5 22. Qf4 Ne4 23. Rc1 Qxa2 24. Bh5? A mistake in already difficult position 24...Be6 Stronger is 24... g6! and White will lost his his bishop on b2 or h5 for e.g 25. Rf1 Bf5 26. Bc3 Nxc3 27. Rxc3 gxh5 25. Rf1 Qxb2 0-1 Mas lead the match 2-0

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