Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gregory Lau - Anuruddha : Don't pray-pray with me ah!

Mashafizul who lost his first game yesterday was rested so Gregory Lau - the reserve and captain for the men team will be playing for the first time in Khanty Mansisk. Although he is no longer active playing in serious tournament, he has played in the 2002 Bled, Olympiad before.

Gregory Lau (2159) vs Anuruddha (2144)
39th Olympiad, Round 8, 28.9.2010

Analysed by Centaur (Hairulov + Rybka 4)

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. d4 d6 6. c4 Nc6 7. Nc3 Bg4
Black pressure d4 and also discourage white to play e4 because white will pin his own knight then. 8. Be3 Nd7 9. Qd2 e5 10. d5 Rybka opening book suggest a wild continuation with 10. dxe5 Bxf3 11.exf3 Ndxe5 12. b3 Qf6 13. f4 Nxc4 14. bxc4 Qxc3 15. Qxc3 Bxc3 16. Rab1 Rab8 17. c5 Bb4 18. Rfc1 10... Ne7 11.Nh4 Nb6
I didn't like this move but black's have to clear the way for his bishop on g4 to retreat or else white will play h3 and g4 next - trapping the poor bishop. 12.b3 Bd7 13. c5 Nbc8 14. b4 f5 15. Rac1 So far so good for white. Almost all his piece is active accept the knight on h4. White's rook on f1 will probably move to d1 in the near future to support white's d-pawn. 15...Kh8 16.Nf3 White correctly bring his knight into action 16...Ng8? This is serious mistake. 17.Ng5!

Black will have a headache. White is threatening Ne6 and if black take the knight with Bxe6 , white will play dxe6 and the h1-a8 diagonal is open for white's bishop. 17...Qe7?! better is 17...dxc5. Now white have strong move 18. c6! 18.c6! bxc6 19.dxc6 Be6
20.Nb5 White miss a clear winning move 20.Bd5! for e.g after 20...
Bxd5 21. Nxd5 Qe8 22.Nxc7 winning 20...Bf7 21.Bd5? This is not a good move because after 21...Bxd5 22.Qxd5 white will lost the initiative. The best move is 21.Nxf7! and after for e.g 21..Qxf7 22.Bd5 Qe7 23.Nc3 white will maintain the initiative. 21...Bxd5 22.Qxd5 a6? Black return the favour. Now white will have a nice tactical moves 23. Nxc7! Qxc7 24. Ne6 Qf7 25.c7 indirectly attack the rook on a8! 23.Nc3? This is a mistake. Now black will have strong move 23...f4! and now after 24. gxf4 exf4 25. Bd4 Rf5 26. Bxg7+ Qxg7 27. Qg2 black has return the table! 23...f4! I'm getting nervous now. Hope Greg will not crack under pressure after losing all his advantage.
24. gxf4 exf4 25. Bd4 Rf5 26. Bxg7+ Qxg7 27. Qg2 Qe7
28.Nf3 Rb8 29. Rfd1 Nb6 of course the b4 pawn cannot be capture for e.g after 29...Rxb4 30.Nd5 forking white's queen and rook 30. Rd4 Rbf8 31.a4 a5 32.Re4 Qd8 33. Kh1 Nf6 34. Rd4 Nh5 35. Re4
It looks like white didn't have a clear plan to proceed while black is improving his position gradually.
35... axb4 36. Rxb4 Rc5 37. Rbb1 Ra5 38. Rb4 Rc5 39.
Rbb1 Qf6 40. Nb5 Nxa4
The first time control has been reached. I'm chatting with Mashafizul via Facebook and he comment that Greg is fighting for a draw while Khai Boon is almost lost position.
41. Nxc7 Rc8 42. Rxc5 dxc5
43. Nd5 white miss
a strong winning move 43. Qg4 !! ( 43.Qh3!! is also the same) 43...Rxc7 44.
Rb8+ Kg7 45. Qd7+! This is the idea 45... Rxd7 46. cxd7 winning 43... Qxc6 44. Qg5 Qe6?
This could be a big time blunder for black because now white rook's can enter the 7th rank after 45. Rb7! Qxe2? another one... 46. Kg2! Qe6 and now come Greg's famous jab....

Black can resign now. He has to give the queen or else white will play 48. Qh6 threatening mate on h7! If black play 47...Qg8 then come 48.Nf6! winning. I imagine now Greg say - Hey! Don't pray-pray ah with MCF's secretary !! :) Black resign 1-0 . Greg the great!

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