Azizul (left) and Hairulov at Pengkalan Chepa Airport
Last Monday, i was in Kelantan to attend my best friend wedding. Ok, before i start to mislead some of you, let me safely say that it was not Azizul's wedding :)...
Azizul - an English teacher in a secondary school is no more a GM (Gua Musang) chess player. He has transfered to Tumpat and stay in Kota Bharu. Azizul who is also a chess blogger has invited me to visit his house but unfortunately i couldn't make it due to my tight schedule ( shopping with my wife at the famous - Pasar Siti Khadijah!). We did however meet at the airport while waiting for my flight to KL. We chat about Mashafizul's mysterious (not anymore) lost in the final round of the Olympiad Khanty Mansiysk, Persatuan Catur Negeri Kelantan, old memories and as what happen when two chess players meet - they play chess! Below is the game.
Azizul gave me the actual moves order. The moves has been corrected as below:-
Hairulov - Azizul
Friendly Game, Kelantan, 3.10.10
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 Chigorin Defense. A pleasant surprise since i have played this opening a few times before. 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. cxd5 Bxf3 5. dxc6 Bxc6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Bg5 e6 8. e4 Be7 9. f3?
Immediately after playing this move i realized that i had made a mistake 9...h6? 9...Nxe4! and black will win a pawn for e.g 10. Bxe7 Nxc3 11. Bxd8 Nxd1 12. Bxc7 Nxb2. Azizul who is a good tactical player missed it but i think maybe he didn't want to spoil the mood of a visitor as early as move 9! ( Azizul explained later that he actually saw 9...Nxe4! but didn't calculate to the end) 10. Be3 Qd7 11. Bc4 a6 12. Qb3 b5 13. Bd3
14. O-O Rab8 15. Qc2 b4 16. Ne2 Bb5 17. Rfd1 Bxd3 18. Rxd3 Rfd8
19. Rc1 c5 20. Nf4!?
Setting a trap
Setting a trap
20...Rbc8? 21. dxc5 White win a pawn 21...Qb5 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8 23. Qc4 Rd1+ 24. Kf2 Rxc1
25. Qxc1 Qc6 26. Nd3 Nd7 27. Nxb4 Qc7 28. Nxa6 Qxh2 29. Qg1 Qe5 30. Qc1 Bh4+ Azizul mentioned that he can draw by repeating move with
30... Qh2 but actually White can avoid it by playing 31. c6! Ne5 (31... Bh4+ 32. Kf1 Qh1+ 33. Bg1) 32. c7! Nd3+ 33.
Kf1 Nxc1 34. c8=Q+ Kh7 35. Qxc1 winning a piece 31. Kg1 Qh5 32. Bf2 Ne5
* We agreed to stop the game a few moves later as my Air Asia - Now Every One Can Fly and World's Best Low Cost Airlines's flight will depart soon...
Thanks to you Azizul for the game and your hospitality!