Sunday, April 18, 2010

Haq beat IM Situru !

18th April 2010 - When i labelled him the Incredble Hulk ,  i really mean it. Yes, Abdul Haq has just created a sensation after beating Indonesian  IM - Nathannael Situru in round 7, UKM Master which was held this morning. Situru is no ordinary IM. I still remember he once beat GM John Nunn in the 1994 Moscow Olympiad. The Indonesian who is playing black, introduced a novelty (8...b4) in the Sicilian Najdorf , English Attack Variation where Nunn was re known as the specialist - and won the game!

Back to Haq victory, this win  boost his performance rating to 2309. An excellent achievement considering he is the lowest rated player  in this tournament. I think if he were told before this tournament that he will get 3 points in the final standings,  he would surely be satisfied. Now he got two more games against Indian player - Nirav Rajasuba (2183) in round 8 today and Akash Takur (2355) also from India in the last round tomorrow. I hope he will get the best out of it!

IM Nanthannael Situru (2358)  vs Abdul Haq (2057)
UKM Master, Round 7, 18.4.2010

Analysed by Centaur (Hairulov + Fritz)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nd4
Haq choose the delayed Bird Variation or can i called it a Berlin-Bird Hybrid Variation!? . The original version in Bird Variation is black play Nd4 on the third move (without 3.Nf6). This variation is an off beat variation but a good surprise against a much higher rated opponent especially in a `nothing to lose situation`. 5. Nxd4 exd4 6. d3 6. e5! Nd5 7. Qg4 c5  And black will have serious difficulty to develop his black square bishop.(7... Nb4 8. a3 Nxc2 9. Ra2 and the knight on c2 will be trap.) 6... c6 7. Ba4 d6 Theory recommend 7... d5 8. Bg5 dxe4 9. dxe4 Be7 10. e5 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Nxe7 12. Bb3 O-O 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Nd2  b5 9... Qa5!? attacking both white`s bishop on g5 and a4 is worth consideration because white will have to surrender his double bishop. 10. Bxf6 Bxf6  10. Bb3 Be6 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. h3 Bxb3 13. cxb3

White probably want to utilize the open c-file but it seems that it is black who benefit from it. Normal is 13. axb3 13... h6 14. Bd2 O-O 15. Qe2 White can also play the standard idea 15. Nh4 Rfe8 16. Nf5 Bf8  15... Rfc8 16. a4 bxa4 17. Rxa4 c5 18. e5?! 18. b4 !? is better. 18... dxe5 19. Qxe5 If 19. Nxe5 Qxb3 20. Rfa1 Qxb2 21. Rxa7 Qxa1+! sacrifice the queen for the initiative 22. Rxa1 Rxa1+ 23. Kh2 Bd6 19... Qxb3 20. Ra3 Qb7 21. Re1 Re8 22. Ra2 Qb3 Now white will lose his d3 pawn which give white a passed d-pawn. . White should have look back on his 13th move cxb3. 23. Rea1 Qxd3 24. Rxa7 Rxa7 25. Rxa7 Bf8 26. Qf4 Qb1+ 27. Kh2 Qxb2

Now black have another passed pawn on - c which connected with his d-pawn . 28. Ra6 Qb8 28... Ne4! Threatening Bd6 is stronger 29. g3 Qb7 30. Ra1 Bd6 29. Qxb8 Rxb8 30. Bxh6 gxh6 31. Rxf6 d3  Black connected passed pawn march into victory! 32. Rf5 Rd8  Preventing white from playing Rd5 33. Nd2 Rd4 34. Rf3 Bd6+ 35. g3 Bc7 36. Rf5 Ba5 37. Nf1 37. Nf3 also didn`t help 37... Bb4 38. Re5  (38. Nxd4?? 
a horrible slip d2 39. Nc2 d1=Q ) 38... c4 39. Rb5 (39. Nxd4?? d2) 39... d2 37... Bb4 Black prepares d2 38. Ne3 d2 39. Nd1 Re4 40. Rd5 Re1 41. Ne3  41. Nb2 praying for a miracle Rc1 42. Kg2  c4 winning. 41... Rxe3 !!

here's the full point and black resign because nothing can stop black from queening. 41... Rxe3 42. Rd8+ (42. fxe3 c4 43. Kg2 c3 44. Kf2 c2) 42... Kg7 43. fxe3 c4  0-1 White resign.

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