Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nik Ahmad Farouqi - FM Muhd Haikal

Nik (left) seconds  before executing the  deadly 13.Nf5!  against FM Muhd Haikal

Host player and MU`s fan - Nik Ahmad Farouqi  was understandably in mourning mode due to his favorite football team lost to Bayern Munich in Champion League  recently. However, in round 5, he  show no mercy in the chess board with his  victory against  Singaporean FM - Muhd Haikal in round 5, KL Open 2010.

Nik Ahmad Farouqi (2108) vs FM Muhd Haikal (1939)
KL Open, Round 5, 9.4.2010

Analysed by Hairulov and Fritz

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qe2 

Nik choose a sideline. 8.Qf3 is the main line but Qe2 has it own venom as show in this game


8... h6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. O-O-O Nd7 11. g3 b5? 
This natural move is already a mistake. Theory gave  11... Qb6  


12. Bg2 Bb7 of course both 12... Rb8  and 12...Ra7 will lost to 13. Nc6 


13. Nf5! Now the idea behind the 8.Qe2 move is clear.However 13. e5!! will received two exclamation marks for e.g 13...Bxg2 14. exf6 Bxh1 15. fxg7 Rg8 16. Nxe6 Qe7 (16... fxe6 17. Qxe6+ Qe7 18. Qxg8+) 17. Nc7+ Kd8 18. Qxe7+ Kxe7 19. Rxh1 Rac8 20. Nxa6 Rxg7 21. Nxb5 


13... Be7 13... exf5 14. exf5+ Kf8 15. Bxb7 Rb8 16. Bc6 Bxc3 17. Rxd6 Qc7 18. Rxd7 Qxc6 19. Qe7+ Kg8 20. Qxf7+ Kh7 21. bxc3 Rhg8 22. Rhd1 Qxc3 23. R1d6 Qe1+ 24. Kb2 Qb4+ 25. Qb3 with a winning endgame 


14. Nxg7+ Another strong move is 14. Nxd6+! Bxd6 15. Rxd6 


14... Kf8 15. Nh5 b4 16. Na4  is probably better then16. Nb1 Qa5 17. a3 Rc8 


16... Bc6 17. b3 Bxa4 18. bxa4 Qa5 


19. f5 White can also play 19. e5! first and then after 19... d5 20. f5! 


 19... Qxa4 Black should have played 19... Qe5!? with threat along the a1-h8 diaganol. Possible  follow up would be  Rc8-Nb6-Nc4-Na3 


20. Kb1 Rc8 ? Black should have not allowed white taking on e6. The correct move is 20... e5 


21. fxe6 Ne5 21... fxe6 ?? the pawn of course cannot be captured  22.Rhf1+ Bf6 (22... Ke8 23. Ng7+ Kd8 24. Nxe6+ Ke8 25. Qh5#) (22... Kg8 23. Qg4+ Bg5 24. Qxe6+ Kh7 25. Qf7#) 23. e5 with a winning position  


22. Rd4 Rc3 Probably better is putting the rook behind the black queen with  22... Rc5  followed by Ra5 


23. exf7 Stronger is 23. Qd2! Nc4 (23... fxe6?? the pawn is something Black will choke on 24. Qxc3 bxc3 25. Rxa4 )  24.Rxc4 Rxc4 25.Rf1Rh7 26.e5 dxe5 27.Qd3


23... Rh7  If 23... Ra3 then 24. c3! a deflection idea 24...Rxc3  and now the queen guard the a2 pawn 25. Nf4 Kxf7 26. Nd5


24. Rf1 Rxf7  If 24... Ra3 Fritz also suggest  25. c3! deflection idea for e.g 25... Rxc3 26. Qb2 Nc4 27. Rxc4 Rxc4 28. Nf4 (Threatening checkmate with Ne6+!}28... Kxf7 29. e5 {threatening Bd5+} 29...Rc3 30. exd6 Bxd6 31. Qe2


25. Rf5 25. Qd2! targeting h6 and b4  25... Ra3 26. Rxf7+ !! Another deadly attack


26...Nxf7 27. Qg4  27. Qc4 ! also strong


27... Rxa2?


 But even a better move would not have saved the game but it needs a long line to prove it  for e.g  27... Bg5 28. Qc8+ Bd8 29. Rxd6 Nxd6 30. Qxd8+ Ne8  31. Qd2 Rxa2 32. Qxh6+ Ke7 33. Qg5+ Kd7 34. Qf5+ Ke7 35. Qe5+ Kf8 36. Qc5+ Kf7 37. Qd5+ Kf8 38. Qxa2  


28. Qg7+ Ke8 29. Rc4 Bf8 29... Ra1+ also lost after 30. Qxa1 Qxa1+ 31. Kxa1 


30. Rc8+ Kd7  30... Ke7 also mate after 31. Qf6+ Kd7 32. Bh3# 


31. Bh3+ 1-0 Black resign because mate will follow after 31... Ke7 32. Qxf8# 





The KL Open is being held from 6th-12th April 2010 at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur. For further details, visit the official site 

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