Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FM Marco Gahler - Fadzil Nayan

FM Marco Gahler  (2302) - Ahmad Fadzil Nayan (2085)
World University Champinship, Round 3, 21.8.2012

Analyzed by Centaur (Hairulov + Rybka 4)

1.e4 c5 2. Ne2 Nc6 3. Nbc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 e6 6. d3 a6 7. Be3 d6 8. O-O Nge7 9. d4 Rybka
 'approved' this move but i found it's funny to move a pawn twice in the opening. Usually in this set-up white will play f4 with the idea of f5 at the right moment but...who am i to question the 'beast' :)  

9...cxd4 10. Nxd4 Ne5   This looks like a standard reply as we always see  in the Dragon variation.
Dragon variation. Black play Ne5-Nc4 to attack white's  Be3 and b2. Another plus for black now is white can't play the Qd2-Be3 and later Bh6 idea of exchanging black's dragon bishop.

11. Qe2 It looks like  white can't really prevent Nc4. As usually happen in the sicilian, black's simply dominate the c-file. However, there is a flaw in this idea...


12. Rad1?! White missed the idea. Actually he can proved the inaccuracies of 10...Ne5 with 12.
f4! Nc4? 13. Ncb5!! This is the point. White (read the computer) solve the position tactically- as always.13...axb5 14. Nxb5 Qc6 15. Qxc4! Qxc4 16. Nxd6+ Kd8 17. Nxc4 White is simply two pawn up  and black has nothing. 

12...O-O 13. a4 Bd7 14. Bg5 Nc8? I don't understand this move/idea. It simply not in the spirit of the Sicilian . Furthermore black is preparing to conquer the c-file by putting his rooks on c-file with Rfc8 or Rac8 but now the knight has disturb the idea. Probably Fadzil want to keep his knight but i think he don't
have to and it will give him an advantage if after let say 14...Rfe8 15.Bxe7.. white will have problem to exchange black's dreaded Dragon bishop! 14... Rfe8

15. f4? White return the favor. He should admit that he has misplay the position and return his bishop to c1 to safeguard his b2 pawn.  

15...Nc4 16. f5 White reveal his true intention. He has burn the bridge and go all out.
Fadzil before playing 16...Nxb2. Photo from official site fb

16...Nxb2 17. f6 The only move to justify white kamikaze idea. 17...Bh8 18. Qf3 

18...Nxd1 18... Qc5 with all the threat against Bg5 Nd4 and Nd1 should give white more

19. Nxd1 Black is ahead in material or in Rybka 'word's he is simply 2.49 pawn up!  

19...e5 19... Bxa4! Its Hari Raya Fadzil, you should grab all the 'free' food as you can....

20. Nf5 Marco act as generous host and offer a 'buffet' for Fadzil which he...  

20...Bxf5 ? unfortunately declined 20... gxf5 21. exf5 Qxc2 again, as i's Syawal buffet... 22. Qg4 checkmate in one?... not really...22... h5!23. Qxh5 Bxf5 defend the mate threat.

21. exf5 Nb6 22. Ne3 Rfe8 23. fxg6 hxg6 24. h4
Fadzil cracking his head before finding 24...e4!. Photo from official site fb

24...e4! 25. Qg4 Qc8 26.Nf5 white use all his remaining force  

26...Re5? To be fair to the players , both now is in time trouble. Actually black can retain his huge advantage with 26... Qe6 27. Nh6+ Kf8   

27. Bxe4 27. Ne7+ looks stronger for e.g. Rxe7 28. Qxc8+ Rxc8 29. fxe7  

27... Qe6? 28. Ne7+ Kf8?

29. Bh6+? If there is a prize for the most interesting game in this tourney, Marco could win it if he could found 29. Nxg6+! winning 29...fxg6 30.Bh6+ Ke8 31. f7+ Ke7 32. f8=Q+ Rxf8 33. Bxf8+ Kd8 34. Qxe6 Rxe6 35. Bxb7

29...Ke8 30. Qxe6 Rxe6 31. Bxb7 Bxf6 ? 32. Bxa8? 32. Nc6 ! and black rook on a8 is caught with  pants down.

32... Kxe7 33. Bb7 Nxa4 its looks like Fadzil would has settle for a draw. He can actually try for more with33... a5!? 34. Bd2 Nc4 35. Bh6 Re2  

34. Bxa6 Nc3 35. Bd3 Bd4+ 36. Kg2 Be3?! Black give white bishop to breathe strongly on the a1-h8 diagonal.

37. Bg7 Bd2 38. Bd4 38. Ra1! Threatening Ra7 will give black some headache.

38... Ne2 39. Bb6 Bb4 40.Rf2 Nc3 41. Bd4 d5 42. g4 Ne4 43. Re2 Bc5?? a blunder in time trouble

44.Bb2? What a missed,  44. Rxe4! dxe4 45. Bxc5+ Kd8 46. Bb5 Re5 47. Bb6+ is  technically
winning for white.

44... f5 45. gxf5 gxf5 46. Kf3 Rh6 47. Rh2 Bd6 48. Rh1 Rh5 49. Bc1 Kf6 50. c4 1/-2-1/2 and both player call its a day. Bravo Fadzil  for  a draw against an FM and 2300+ player.

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