Round 7 of the 3rd DATCC Team Event saw the clash between Malaysia no.1 - IM Mashafizul and Malaysian no. 3 - FM and Dr. Nicholas Chan. The game was so hard fought with Mas not having a smooth sail as his previous experience against the same opponent in the semi-final Malaysian Master last year. In fact, Mas is in the brink of defeat but Nicholas somehow missed a winning idea and agreed to a draw after Mas offer to repeat the position three times.
IM Mashafizul Helmi (Seahorse) vs FM Nicholas Chan (KAM MAH)
3rd DATCC Team Event, Round 7, 12.5.10
Analyzed by Centaur (Hairulov + Fritz)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 Bd6
The Snake Benoni.
Sometimes strong players play it probably to surprise and out prepared his
opponent. 6. g3 a6 7. a4 Qe7
Probably black afraid that after 7... Bc7 white will push the d pawn with
8. d6 however black probably didn`t have to worry much because he can play 8...
Ba5 8.Bg2 Bc7 9. Nf3 d6 I think that`s why GMs didn't play this opening so
often. Black voluntarily buried his own dark square bishop! 10. O-O O-O 11.
IM Mashafizul (left) on his way to play 12.e4
12. e4 Rb8 13. a5 Ne5 14. Qc2 Fritz prefer to get more space at the cost of exchanging his dark square bishop with blacks knight. 14. f4!? Nd3 15. Nc4 Nxc1 16. Rxc1 14... Bd7 15. f4 Ng6 16. Nc4 16. e5!? Is an interesting idea suggest by Fritz. White`s sac a pawn to put black knight on the lousy h8 square.16... dxe5 17. f5 Nh8 18. Nc4 16... Rfe8 17. b3 Bb5 18. Bd2 Qd8 19. Qa2 19. Nd1 followed by Nde3 and the Nf5 is probably a better idea. 19... Re7 20. Rfe1 Qd7 21. Qc2 Qd8 22. Nxb5 22. Nd1 followed by Bc3 and Nf2 is another way to proceed. 22... axb5 23. Ne3 Ra8 24. Nf5 Rd7 25. b4 I don't like this move because it will give Black's a passed pawn on the queen side.
25. Bf1! is probably stronger. Black possible reply is:-
25... Ne7 26.Ne3
25... Bxa5 26. Bxb5 Bxd2 27. Qxd2 Rxa1 28. Rxa1 Rc7 29. e5 dxe5 30. d6 Rc8 31. fxe5 Nxe5 32. Qc3 with a strong attack
25... cxb4 26. Qb2 Bxa5 27. h3?! This move give black a chance to create weakness on white`s king side with h5-h4. White should just capture the b pawn with 27.Bxb4
FM Nicholas Chan (right) on his way to play 27...b3
27... b3 28. Bxa5 Rxa5 29. Qxb3 Qb6+ 30. Kh2 h5!
42. Rxb5?? will lost after 42...Qg3+ 43. Kh1 Re1+ 44. Bf1 Qxh3+ 45. Kg1 Qg3+ 46. Kh1 Qf4 47. Qxf4 Nxf4
42. Qxb7 Qg3+ 43. Kh1 Re1+ 44. Rxe1 Qxe1+ 45. Kh2 Qe5+ 46. Kh1 Nf4 and black is winning
42... b4 43. Rf3 Qe5+ 44. Kh1 d5 It is clear that black have the winning advantage. His passed pawn on b and d is ready to roll. . 45. Rf6? 45. Qxb7 is the best way to play for draw 45... Rxf6 46. gxf6 Qe1+ 47. Kh2 Qg3+ 48. Kh1 Nf4 49. Qf8+ Kh7 50. Qf7+ Kh6 51. Qf8+ Kh7 52. Qf7+ Kh6 53. Qf8+ Kh7 Threefold repetition and both player agreed to draw. 1/2-1/2