Friday, December 10, 2010

Penang Open is on!

There's a strong international chess tournament going on in our north region. The tournament  - Penang Heritage City International  Open is being held since last Wednesday and now after 6 round, Philipinnes IM - Oliver Dimakiling is leading with 5.5 points out of 6.

The best performance for local player come from our current National Champion - NM Tan Khai Boon who have 4.5 points from 6 rounds. Refer chess-results.com for the  latest result.

Below is one of the game from the tournament. Nik Ahmad Farouqi almost create an upset in round 2 against much higher rated player - Edgar Reggie Olay (FIDE 2345) but in the end, he had to settle for a draw - thanks to his opponent who return the favor by missing several winning moves.


Nik Ahmad Farouqi (2066) vs Edgar Reggie Olay (2345)
Penang Open, Round 2, 8.12.2010

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bf5 4. O-O h6 5.d3 e6 6. Nbd2 Nf6 7. Qe1 Bc5 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Be7 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Bd2 Bxb2 12. Rb1 Qf6 13. Nh4 Bh7 14. Bb4 Na6 15. Qd2 Bd4 16. Nf3 Nxb4 17. Qxb4 Bb6 18. a4 Qe7 19. Qxe7+ Kxe7 20. a5 Bxa5 21. Rxb7+ Kf6 22. Nd4 c5 23. Nc6 Bb6 24. Ra1 c4 25. dxc4 Bxc2? 

This is a blunder. However Nik failed to spot the winning move  26. Nb4?  26.c5!! is the winning move because white will win a piece after for e.g. 26... Bd8 (26... Bxc5? lost a piece after 27. Rc1) 27.Raxa7 Rxa7 (27... Rc8?? would be a terrible blunder after  28. Rxf7+ Kg5 29. h4+ Kh5 30. Bf3+ Kg6 31. Ne5+ Kh7 32. Rxg7# checkmate ) 28. Rxa7 Re8 29. Ra8 and black will lost his dark square bishop.
26...Bd4 27. Nxc2 Bxa1 28. Nxa1 Rhc8 29. Rb1 Rab8 30. Rc1 Rc5 31. Bf1 a5 32. Nc2 Rb2 33. Ne1 Rc7 34. Ra1 Ra7 35. Nd3 Rb3 36. Nc5 Rb2 37. Na4 Rc2 38. Bd3 Rd2 39. Ra3 Ke5 40. c5 f5 41. Bc4 Rd4 42. Re3+ Re4 43. f4+ Kd4 44. Rxe4+ fxe4 45. Bxe6 Rb7 46. c6 Rb1+ 47. Kf2 Rc1 48. Bd7 Rc2+ 49. Ke1 e3 50. Nb6 Rc1+ 51. Ke2 Rc2+ 52. Ke1 g6 53. Be8



53...Rc1+? 53...e2! and black is threatening to queen the e-pawn with Kd3 (or Ke3)-Rc1+-e1=Q 54. Ke2 Rc2+ 55. Ke1 Rc1+ 56. Ke2 Rc2+ 57. Ke1 Rc1+ 1/2-1/2




Game source: caturkelateblogspot.

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