Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chek Kin Keuw - Low Jun Keat : KASUGI 2012

 P/s : I've made a correction. Actually Kin Keuw is playing against Jun Keat and not Vinton Wong Sorry for the mistake.

Chek Kin Keuw (UPM) - Low Jun Keat (Selangor C)
KASUGI 2012, Round 3, 14.7.2012

Analyzed by Check Kin Keuw

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cx 3. c3 dx 4. Nx Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bf4 a6 7. e5 Bb4 8. Bd3 Nge7 9. 0-0 Ng6 10. Bg3 0-0 11. Ne4?!

This can be refuted with correct play. I only consider 11...Qa5 12. a3 Be7 13. b4 where 13...Qd5 will fail to 14. Nc3. 11.a3 Bx 12.bx and the game is equal.

11...b6?

Unfortunately for him this natural move turns out to be a mistake. Now white has a clear advantage thanks to his initiative. It would have been better to play 11...d5! (to decoy the strong e5 pawn) 12. ex f5 (putting question on the knight with tempo and shut off b1-h7 diagonal) and black is slightly better here. A sample variation might be 13. Neg5 h6 14. Nh3 Bx and black wins the opening battle.

12. h4 Be7 13. h5 Nh4 14. Nx Bx 15. Qg4 Bxg3?

And now white has a decisive advantage. 15...Be7 is quite forced here in order to offer more resistance but then white will place his rook on c-file and d-file where white simply has the initiative.

16. Nf6+!

Stronger than 16.Qx h6 17. Nf6+ Kh8.

16...Kh8 17. Qe4 g6 18. fx

Now one can see black has weaknesses on dark square around king side and the f-file is opened for firework. White is still a pawn down but has more than enough compensation.

18...Kg7

Nervously reacting for white's Qe3-h6 idea but fails to a nice combination. Even 18...Qe7 is also fails to the same white next move. I look into the position deeply and after some calculations I decided to play

19. Nxh7!

Removing one of the defenders of g6 and exposing the black king.

19...Kx

What can black best do here is to give up the exchange with 19...d5 20. ex Qx 21. Nx f5 22. Qe3 Qx 23. Be4 and white should win. White has a mating attack now.

20. hxg6+ Kg7 21. gxf7 Rh8

An attempt to hide his king at f8 but this simply fails to

22. f8=Q+ 1-0

Blocking the f8 square and black gracefully resigns. If 22...Qxf8 23. Qg6 mates and 22...Rxf8 23. Qh7 mates.

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