Yeoh Li Tian (left) and GM Niaz Morshed (right) agreed to draw in round 1.
Malaysian very own chess prodigy - Yeoh Li Tian 11, who recently undergoing a training session in China shows some good results in the ongoing KL Open. After 4 rounds , he is still undefeated with 2.5 points ( 1 win and 3 draws). He beat Dr, Athar Ansari (2370) from India in the second round, draws against IM Tirta Chandra Purnama (2410) from Indonesia in round 3 and R.Rajpara Ankit (2333) from India in round 4. In round 5 tomorrow, he will meet IM Sunil Mokal (2404) from India.
In round 1, Li Tian held ex-Bangladesh chess prodigy - GM Niaz Morshed. Morshed is a famous chess personalities in Bangladesh. In 1987, he created history in South Asian Chess after being the first player in that region to be awarded the Grandmaster (GM) title.
Yeoh Li Tian (1971) - GM Niaz Murshed (2413)
KL Open, Round 1, 7.4.2020
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. c3 f6 7. exf6 Qxf6 8. Be2 e5 9. dxe5 Ndxe5 10. O-O Bd6 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Nf3 Be6 13. Nxe5 Qxe5 14. f4 Qf6 15. f5 Bf7 16. Bh5 O-O-O
Castling on opposite direction. This indicate that GM Morshed was playing for a win. Black can also choose to castle on king side 16... O-O 17. Bxf7 Qxf7 18. Be3 Kb8 19. Qg4 Qd7 20. Qg5 Rhf8 21. Rae1 Rf7 22. Qh5 h6 23. g4 Re7 24. Bd4 Rde8 25. Rxe7 Rxe7 26. Kg2 26. f6!? look interesting for e.g 26... gxf6 27. Rxf6 Re1+ 28. Kf2 26... b6 27. f6 Re2+ 28. Rf2 Rxf2+ 29. Kxf2 gxf6 30. h3 if 30. Bxf6 black has a strong in itiative after 30... Qa4 30... Qb5 once again 30... Qa4!? look interesting 31. b3 a5 32. Qxh6 Qd3 33. Qe3 White is willing to exchange the queen because he will get a powerfull 2 vs 1 pawn majority in the king side after 33...Qxe3?? 34.Kxe3 33... Qc2+ 34. Qe2 Qh7 35. Qf3 1/2-1/2 Black has no special threat against white king.
A rather dry game but still a strong performance for Yeoh Li Tian against the experience GM.
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