Wednesday, December 26, 2007

CHESS BOOKS MANIAC... just a food for thought

Have you ever had the feeling like to have as many chess books as possible? (Chess books' maniac). Since I sell chess books, I had discovered the chess players in Malaysia (may be also in the worldwide)
  1. Like to buy and read chess books (This including me!.. and I also like to sell..)
  2. Like to read chess books but prefers photostat copies! (Beware! There is Copyright Act in Malaysia? You can be either charged in the criminal court or sued personally in civil courts)
  3. Like to read but don't like to buy (Jenis suka pinjam dan kadang-kadang buat harta sendiri)
  4. Like to buy original books but never or rarely read
  5. Like to buy photostat books but never / rarely read them
  6. Don't like to read books at all, only likes to play chess and learn practically
  7. Don't like to read nor to learn, but likes to play as he /she wishes
Another category is the attitude of local chess players on the tournaments' buletins (which I had produced a number of them)
  1. Those who like to keep their own games, and buy when seeing their own games
  2. Those who likes to keep the record of the specific tournament, irespective they are participating or not (Jax Tham for instant had told me, he had collected National Closed Buletins since 19** (I forgot the exact year)
  3. Those who collect games for teaching his students (eg. En Mazlan Harun from Malacca)
  4. Those who collect any games from any tournament
  5. Those who don't bother at all and hates to see their own games in the bulletin (Unfortunately, this is majority)

Sunday, December 23, 2007


  • This is a classic book written by the genius Bobby Fischer (The world champion 1972-1975).
  • Descriptive notation (1.P-K4 P-K4)
  • Every chess players should read this priceless chess literature
  • My Price is RM150.00!!
I think it is a good price because it is offered at the higher price in the net (not in RM of course!)
See also:
(1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4)

(1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!? and 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6)

An ideal reference for 1.e4 e5 players as black

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( 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6) and (4.Ng5 Bc5!?)

An ideal reference for 1.e4 e5 players as black. (Printed 2002)

My price: RM70.00

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The World Inter Varsity 2007 (Or traditionally better known as GACC, which originally Grand Asean Chess Challenge later Grand Asia Chess Challenge), organised by University of Malaya is one of the most prestigous chess tournaments ever organsised in our local chess calendar, particularly for the Universities Students (Besides MASUM games which only involve local Universities). I had played in the first, second and third GACC (1996,1997 and 1998) The best achievement was in 1996 when I got the best board 1 prize (The format was the standard team event, i.e. 4+2 per team) and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa claimed the 3rd place beind 2 Universities of Singapore (I could not recall them).

The recent GACC2007 had just ended and all the scoresheets are with me ( I am doing the job to computerise all the games in the chess database format) and I am going to produce the games' bulletin before the next GACC.

I also plan to participate in the next GACC because I have enrolled in the Masters in Intellectual Propety at UKM.

Below is one of my best games against one of the best UM's player, Martin Quek. The early Bishop's sacrifice was the highlight of the whole game, completely stunned Marin Quek and with a few amazing Queen's maneuver (which I myself cannot guarantee that I can repeat this if I replay this game again nowadays)

White: Rizal A Kamal IIUM

Black: Martin Quek UM

[B87] Sicilian Najdorf; Fischer attack

GACC1 (5), 11.12.1996

[Annotattion by: Rizal,A Kamal]

1.e4 c5 2.¤f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bb3 Bb7 8.0–0 e6 9.Re1 Be7?

10.Bxe6! fxe6 11.Nxe6 Qb6 12.Nxg7+ Kf7 13.Nf5 Bf8 14.Bg5 Nbd7 15.Nd5

15...Bxd5 16.exd5 h6 17.Bf4?!

[17.Bh4! may be better]

17...Re8 18.Rxe8! Kxe8 19.Qe2+ Kd8 20.Qe6!

20...Rh7 21.Re1 b4 22.Bxd6 Bxd6 23.Nxd6 Kc7 24.Ne8+! Nxe8

[24...Kb7 25.Nxf6 Qxe6 26.Rxe6 Nxf6 27.Rxf6 Re7 28.Kf1]

25.Qxe8 Qb8 26.Qg6! Rh8 27.Qc6+ Kd8 28.Re6 Qc8 29.Qd6!
(setting a nasty trap)


[29...Qxc2?? 30.Qe7+ Kc7 31.Rc6+ Qxc6 32.dxc6 Kxc6]



[30...Rh8 31.Qh4+ Kc7 32.Rc6+ Kb7 33.Qxb4+ Ka8 34.Rxc8+ Rxc8 35.Qd6 Nb8 36.c3]

31.Qh4+ Nf6

[Finally, black had to return the extra piece and white, with several extra pawns is winning easily]

32.Rxf6 Rxf6 33.Qxf6+ Ke8 34.d6!

[The rest were played on because black just did not want to let his team mates down too early]

34...Qd7 35.Qh8+! Kf7 36.Qh7+ Ke6 37.Qxd7+ Kxd7 38.Kf1 Kxd6 39.Ke2 Kc5 40.Kd3 h5 41.g3 Kb5 42.Kd4 a5 43.c4+ bxc3 44.bxc3 a4 45.h4 Kc6 46.Ke4 Kd6 47.f3 Kc5 48.Kd3 a3 49.g4 Kd6 50.g5 Ke6 51.c4 Ke5 52.Ke3 Ke6 53.Ke4 Kf7 54.Ke5 Ke7 55.f4 Kf7 56.f5 1–0

Sunday, December 09, 2007


White: Abdullah Khairi Kz

Black: Nor Azmi Mohd Nor

[C54] Italian Game

Blitz, Staff Inter Varsity UNIMAP, 2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 Nor Azmi is very well versed with the Italian game and this may be the first time that his theoretical knowledge would be tested in UNIMAP, and it is in 5 minutes game!!

4.c3 Nf6 5.d4

During the game, I instantly recalled what had been described by Anatoly Karpov in one of his Classic book, " The Open Game In Action". He wrote that (in my own words) the text move had not been the choice of GMs because it only involve memorising of theory. The one with the better memory should be successful. Nevertheless he did cited a game with 5.d4 in his book. [5.d3 was Karpov's peference] 5...exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 [7.Bd2 is another popular line. Nor Azmi is well versed with it and with both colours! 7...Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 exd5 10.Qb3 Na5 11.Qa4+ Nc6 12.Qb3 Nce7 (12...Na5 13.Qa4+ ½–½ Nor Azmi Mohd Noor-Halim Shuhaimi/27th Inter-Varsity Staff Games 2002/[UIAM] (13)) 13.0–0 0–0 14.Rfe1 Nb6 15.Bd3 Bf5 16.Ne4? (16.Rxe7! is the correct move 16...Bxd3 17.Rae1 Bg6=) 16...Nc6 17.Neg5 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 Qxg5 20.Nf3 Qf6 21.Qc2 c6 22.Re2 Rfe8 23.Rae1 Rxe2 24.Qxe2 g6 25.Qe7 Qxe7 26.Rxe7 Rd8 27.g3 Rd7 28.Re8+ Kg7 29.Ne5 Rd1+ 30.Kg2 Nd5 31.Rb8 Re1 32.Nc4 b6 33.Rc8 Re7 34.a3 c5 35.Rd8 Nc7 36.Ne3 Ne6 37.Rd6 Nd4 38.Rd8 h6 39.h3 h5 40.h4 Nc6 41.Rd6 Nd4 42.Rd8 Nb3 43.Rd5 f6 44.g4 hxg4 45.Nxg4 Kf7 0–1 Mohd Hafez Hilmi Harun-Nor Azmi Mohd Noor/27th Inter-Varsity Staff Games 2002/[UIAM] (45)]

7...Nxe4 8.0–0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.Bg5 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Qe2! hxg5 15.Re1 Be6 16.dxe6 f5?!

[16...f6 was the standard theory cited by Karpov in his aforementioned book]

17.Re3 d5 18.Rh3 Rf8

[White's Rook is taboo, for example 18...Rxh3 19.gxh3 dxc4 20.Qh5+ g6 21.Qh8+ Ng8 22.Qxg8+ Ke7 23.Qf7+ Kd6 24.Rd1+ Kc6 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.e7]

19.Bd3 Qd6

[19...g6 may be imperative]

20.Qh5+ g6 21.Qxg5

This is the different! Had the black pawn on f6 instead on f5, it would be not possible to capture via Qxg5

21...0–0–0 22.Rh7! Rde8 23.Rf7! Rh8

[23...Rxf7 is suicidal as 24.exf7 Rf8 25.Rxe7 wins for white]

24.h3 Rh5?


25.Qf6 a6 26.Rf8!


A gross blunder. 26...Qd8 is the most obstinate defence 27.Qxh8

Abdullah Khairi registered a victory over Nor Azmi. However, Nor Azmi went on to win the first prize in this blitz tournament.


Monday, November 26, 2007

From The Diary of Coaching

Aizuddin Hadi - Rizal A Kamal (Coach)

[B26] sicilian closed

UIA Training session; (1), 25.01.2005

1.e4 c5 2.g3?!

[2.Nc3 is more exact]

[2...d5! actually, if this was an actual tournament game, black may choose this to punish white's improper move order 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bg2 Qe6+ 6.Kf1]

3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.d3 Nc6 6.Be3 Rb8!


In my opinion, the best strategy is to commence the counter attack on the Queenside as quickly as possible 7.Qd2 b5 8.Rb1 b4 9.Na4?

The beginning of all sorts of problems [9.Nd1 is correct, but this would put a question as what is the Rook on b1 doing?]

9...Bd7 10.c3?


[10.Ne2 Nd4 11.b3 Bxa4 12.bxa4 Nxe2 13.Qxe2 Qa5³; 10.b3 Nd4 11.Nb2 Nf3+!] 10...Ne5! 11.b3 Bxa4 12.bxa4 Nf3+! the most accurate [12...bxc3 13.Qd1™ (13.Rxb8?? cxd2+!) 13...Rxb1 14.Qxb1 Qa5 15.Qb8+! The finesse to prevent any castling possibility 15...Kd7 16.Qb7+ Qc7 17.Qxc7+ Kxc7 18.Ke2 And white, despite a pawn minus is still alive kicking !] 13.Nxf3 Bxc3 and the rest was only moping up process 0–1

Aizuddin Hadi (Kad) - Rizal A Kamal (Coach) [B26] sicilian closed

UIA Training session; (2), 25.01.2005

1.e4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.d3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6


My original perception about this set piece was that, black has inferior version compare to 6...Rb8. To my surprised, very recently I discovered that this set piece is favoured by Garri Kasparov!!

7.h3! The correct prohylactic move. Not the silly 7.f3? [7.Nge2 is actually possible]

7...e5! It is now very essential to block the center

8.Qd2 0–0 9.Nge2 Nd4 10.0–0 Qa5 11.Bg5 Bxh3!?


A spectacular temporary sacrifice, which however, if correctly reply would only leads to a draw.

12.Nd5?? suddenly white played violently, but this is a bad mistake in calculation [12.Bxh3?? Nf3+ The Royal fork!; 12.Nxd4 exd4 (12...Bxg2?? 13.Nb3! wins a piece) 13.Bxf6! (13.Nd5 Qxd2 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Bxd2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2³) 13...dxc3 (13...Bxg2 14.Bxg7 Bxf1 15.Bxf8 dxc3 16.Qxc3 Qxc3 17.bxc3 Kxf8 18.Kxf1=) 14.Bxc3 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Bxg2 16.Kxg2=]

12...Qxd2 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6! [13...Kh8 14.Bxd2 Nxe2+ 15.Kh2 Bxg2 16.Nxh7 Bxf1 17.Nxf8 Rxf8 18.Rxf1 Black still a piece up!]

14.Bxd2 Nxe2+ 15.Kh2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Here, I asked my opponent to count the pieces... 0–1

Thursday, November 22, 2007


White: Rizal A Kamal (unrated)(NUSA MAHKOTA)

Black: Ng Ek Teong (2200)(PUBLIC BANK)

[B77] Sicilian accelerated Dragon

Merdeka Team (7), 1998

[Annotated by: Rizal,Ahmad Kamal]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6

Onced, I used to study and employ the offbeat system 3. Bb5, but then, I decided to return to the main line of the Sicilian as in the text for reasons;-1. I had used a lot of hours studying all kind of Sicilian with numeours variations. Therefore, all the energy spent and effort made should not be wasted.2. I found that 3.Bb5 does not really give white any advantage, and in fact, I had used it without success.

3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6

The acelerated Fianchettoe, or Acceleratd Dragon, or Simagin, call it as you please. But one thing for sure is, it is damn more dangerous than the normal Sicilian dragon.


5.c4 is recommended by John Nunn in his BTS3. During this encounter, I did not choose it here for personal preference on the text. But, indeed, later on, I begin to prefer the Marockzy bind after learning it strength from practical experience.

5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4

In the normal Sicilian dragon, currently, I prefer to keep this Bishop at f1 and go for quick Queenside castling. But in this specific line, this is impossible, because the pawn break (d5) must be stopped only because it is played at a go!

7...0–0 8.Bb3!

This cuts out many cheap tricks available, but it confirms a target for black on the Queenside, and therefore, it is logical for white not to castle there.

8...d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.Qd2

We have achieved a normal Yugoslav attack in the Sicilian dragon, but with a different, the Bishop is already at b3 (instead of c4) and the h-pawn is still at h2 (instead of h4.The issue is, what is the significant of these differences? (Note: these diferences are actually insignificant at all.)


The first error or at least a dubious choice. [10...Qa5 is the normal move; 10...Rc8 is also possible]

11.h4 h5 12.0–0–0

Over the board, I was very certain that, after black's 10th move, which was an error, in my opinion I could safely follow the normal Sicilian dragon Yugoslav attack's theory.


I could still vividly recall that, I had been telling myself, that white had wasted two moves, and must be punished!


A high class waiting move, inspired by my close friend at chess, Hairulov. This typical move is not new in the Sicilian dragon. I had watched (by reading of course!) Fischer and Karpov had used the same thematic idea. Over the board, I felt that, I must avoid the possibilty Bh6 as the black King now is at h7.

13...Rc8 14.g4!

There are two Kasparov's famous comments about this.1. On Nigel Short,"against sicilian he has only one idea, play the g4"2. On Anand, "Against the Sicilian dragon he must play g4 to try to breach black's...". [14.Bg5 is not really good as black has Nxd4 and white has to retake with the Queen.]

14...hxg4 15.h5!

My team mates (This game was played on board 1 in inter-team event), especially Aziz Shukor who were playing on board 2, told me after the game, "I had been impressed by all the sacrifices you made". Well, when I played 14.g4! this is the only logical and consistent continuation. Otherwise, white's attack will be halted.

15...Nxh5 16.Nf5!

This unexpected sacrifice was found over the board.


[16...gxf5 17.Rxh5+ Kg8 18.Bh6! Threatening Q or Rg5 which is decisive]

17.exf5 Ne5 18.Qg2 gxf3 19.fxg6+?!


This is the most precise move order as it avoids the posibility of a brilliant defensive resource on black's 21st move. 19...e6 20.Rxh5+ gxh5 21.Qxh5+ Kg8 22.Rh1 Re8 23.Bg5! Qb6 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.f6! The last finesse.]


At first, I thought this had to be the winning move until I found out 20...e6!! later on, which transposes to the note under subvariation move number 21]

20...gxh5 21.Qg5

21... Rf6?

I was relieved when seeing this weak defensive move been played. It was actually in line with my calculation when sacrificing the Rook. Before this move was played I suddenly saw.. 21...e6!!

a brilliant defensive resource I had completely overlooked when sacrificing the Rook 22.Qxh5+ Kg8 23.Bxe6+ Rf7 (23...Nf7?? 24.Rh1 Bh6 25.Qg6+ (25.Qxh6) 25...Kh8 26.Rxh6+ Nxh6 27.Qxh6#) 24.Ne4 (24.Bxf7+ Nxf7 25.Qxf3² White has a miniscule advantage but no real winning chances whatsoever, can be offered) ]


[22.Ne4 Rh6 23.Qf5+ Kh8 (23...Rg6 24.Ng5+ Kh8 (24...Kh6 25.Nf7+ Kh7 26.Nxd8) 25.Nf7+! Nxf7 26.Qxg6+-) 24.Bxh6 Bxh6 25.Qxh5 Qf8 26.Rh1+-]


[22...Rh6 23.Bxh6 Bxh6 24.Be6! An important move 24...Qf8™ Otherwise, f5+ wins 25.Bf5+ Kg7 (25...Kh8 26.Bxc8) 26.Rg1+ Kf6 27.Bxc8 Qxc8 28.Qxh6+ Kf5 (28...Kf7 29.Rg7+ Ke8 30.Rg8+ Kd7 31.Qh3+!+-) 29.Qh3+!]


Bringing a new piece for the attack

23... Rg6 24.Rh1 Qf8

Just as I had calculated The defence has reached its climax. Now it is time to breach in black's sanctuary

25.Ng5+! Kh8 26.Ne6 f2!?

Black went all out seeking counterplay, but I had forseen all the winning continuation [26...Qf6 also loses, as 27.Bxh6 Rxh6 28.Qxh6+ Qxh6 29.Rxh6+ Kg8 30.Nd4+! Kg7 (30...Kf8 31.Nf5 Ke8 32.Be6 Kd8 33.Rh8+ Kc7 34.Rxc8+ Kb6 35.Ne3) 31.Nf5+ Kf8 32.Rh8# ]


So, I chopped off the Queen!

27...Rxf8 28.Bxh6 f1Q+ 29.Bc1+!

Defending a check with a countercheck... and there is no answer.

[Of course not 29.Rxf1?? Rxf1+ 30.Bc1+ Kg7 31.Qh3 Rgg1 32.Qe3 Rxc1+ 33.Qxc1 Rxc1+ 34.Kxc1;

On 29.Bc1+ after 29...Kg7 30.Qh7+ Kf6 31.Rxf1+ Nf3 32.Rxf3+ Ke5 33.Rxf8 its a massacre] 1–0

© Rizal Ahmad Kamal 22.11.2007



RM 250.00


1. GACC 2006 (MEN) - RM30.00
2. GACC 2006 (LADIES) - RM 15.00


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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This book describe the originator's games on his own system.

Colle Plays The Colle System
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The English Chess Explosion
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Condition: good (with yellowish paper due to age)