Saturday, April 17, 2010

FM Nicholas Chan - Abdul Haq

The Incredible Abdul Haq produced an upset  in round 5 by beating Malaysian no.2 - FM Nicholas Chan in 35 moves. After losing his first three rounds, Haq  draw against Singaporean FM - Daniel Fernandez (2299) in round 4. Daniel has just return from Australia where he produced a strong performance in Sydney International Open -  finishing on 7th place ahead of strong GMs like Li Chao (2613), GM David Smerdon (2530) and others title players.

For Haq, This victory would more or less justified his participation in this tournament albeit he is heavily underrated against majority of the participants. Abdul Haq  also act as the organizer for this tournament on behalf of University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

FM Nicholas Chan (2398) vs Abdul Haq Mohamad (2057)
UKM Master, Round 5, 16.4.2010

Analysed by Centaur (Hairulov + Fritz)

1. d4 f5 
Haq told me that his thinking of his  his friend - Kamaluddin Yusof when 
playing this move :). Kamaluddin is a Dutch Defense loyal practitioner  
2. g3 
Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nh3 e6 5. O-O Bd6 6. Bf4 O-O 7. Nd2 b6 Theory recommend 7...Nc6 followed by breaking the center with e5 later 
Bb7 9. Qc2 Ne4 10. Nf3 h6 11. Bxd6 Qxd6 12. Nf4 g5?! 

Probably too agresive, maybe black should cover the e5 square first with 
12... Nc6 Not afraid of  13. Ng6 and then he can play 13...Rf6  
13. Ng6 Rf6 14. Nfe5 
white`s knights look dangerous. 
14...Qd8 15. c5 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Rac1  
looks like a viable alternative. 
15... g4 16. c6?  

I`m not sure the idea 

behind this move but i think white  loss all his advantage 
especially his commanding knights on e5 and g6  with this move.Correct is 
probably 16. f3 gxf3 17. exf3 Ng5 18. Nf4 
16... Nxc6 17. Nxc6 Bxc6 18. f3 18. Qxc6 
18... gxf3 19. exf3 Bb5 20. Rfc1 Rxg6 Suddenly white strong knights on 
e5 and g6 disapear. Nicholas should blame his 16th move. 
21. fxe4 dxe4 22.
Qxc7 Qxd4+ 23. Kh1 Rd8! 
Haq play for the initiative. He doesnt mind giving the irrelevant a7 pawn. 
Qxa7 Rg7 `Passed pawn must be push`- Aron Nimzowitsch.  24... e3! looks stronger.
25. Qa3
Kh7 26. Qb3 Qd5 27. Qe3  Black doesnt mind exchanging the queen because he will get
two connected passed pawn for e.g 27. Qxd5 exd5 

27... Qd4 28. Qb3 Rd5 29. Re1 
Qf2 30. Rg1  
If white have to made such move , it shows that something is wrong with his position. 
30...Be2 Haq goes for the killing! 
31. Qc2 Rc5 The rook join the hunt. 
32. Qd2
e3 33. Qd6 33. Qe1 If Rc2 34. Qxf2 exf2 35. Rgb1 Rd7
33... Rc2 34. Qxe6 
34. Qf4 a fruitless try to alter the course of the game Qxf4 35. gxf4 Bc4
36. Bf3 Bd5 37. Bxd5 Rxg1+ 38. Kxg1 exd5  
34... Bd3! 34... Ba6!!
also strong for e.g 35. Qd5 (35. Qxb6?? the pawn is indigestible Bb7 36.
Qxb7 Rxb7 ) 35... Bb7 36. Qxb7 Rxb7) 35. Rac1 (35. Qd5
there is nothing else anyway Be4 36. Qxe4 fxe4 37. Bxe4+ Kh8 38. Rg2 Qxg2+ 39. 

 35... Qxg2+!! 

the crowning sacrifice and white resign. Black reply is more or less force for e.g 

36. Rxg2 Rxc1+ 37. Rg1 Be4+ 38. Qxe4 Rxg1+!  ` 

The sting in the tail`  as the late Bobby Fischer once said ! 39. Kxg1 fxe4 

Abdul Haq Mohamad

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