Monday, May 02, 2011

Blunder Blues at Selangor Open

Mat Zaki Yeop swindle a  lost game against Kamaluddin Yussof in round 5 of the 2011 Selangor Open.

Kamaluddin Yusof - Mat Zaki Yeop
Round 5, 30.4.2011, Selangor Open

1. g3 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b3 Bd6 4. Bb2 Nf6 5. Bg2 Nbd7 6. c4 O-O 7. O-O Qe7 8.d4 c6 9. Re1 Ne4 10. Nfd2 f5 11. Nxe4 fxe4 12. f3 e3 13.Qd3 b6 14. Qxe3 Bb7 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Nc3 a6 17.Qd2 The game is quite balance here and black possible reply is 17... Rac8 However Mat Zaki made a mistake with  with  17...Rf5?

18. e4! White gain an important tempo with this push.

18...dxe4 Black will lose material if he decide to protect the d5 square for e.g 18...Rh5 19.exd5 Bxd5 20.Nxd5 Rxd5 21.f4! 

19. fxe4 Rh5? Lesser evil is 19... Rff8  20. e5 Nxe5 21.Bxb7 Qxb7 22.Rxe5!Bxe5 23.dxe5

20. e5 Nxe5 20... Bxg2? 21. Qxg2 and both black's bishop on d6 and rook on a8 is under attack.

 21. dxe5 Bc5+ 22. Kh1 Rd8 23. Qe2 Qg5 24. Bc1?? A terrible blunder. White can keep his winning advantage with move like 24. Rad1. Another option is  24. Bxb7 but who want to play without queen when yours opponent got one? for e.g. 24...Rd2 25. Bf3! Rxe2 26. Rxe2

24... Qxg3 25. Bxb7 Rxh2+! It's now mate in 8 (maximum). Probably in his earlier calculation, Kamaluddin missed that after 26.Qxh2, his rook on e1 is en prise but now is too late already.

26. Qxh2 Qxe1+ 27. Kg2 Qf2+ 28. Kh3 Rd3+ 0-1

White resign because after 28... Rd3+ 29. Bf3 Qxf3+ 30. Kh4 Be7+ 31. Bg5 Rd4+ 32. Ne4 Rxe4+ 33. Qf4 Rxf4# Checkmate.

Mat Zaki Yeop (photo above) is an active chess organizer. He has organized many  chess tournament lately under his chess Academy - INSOFAR. His tournament usually offered  attractive prizes and recently he also offered chess scholarship for juniors tournament.

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