Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Play The French by John Watson

As far as I am concerned, this is a very good news for the 'French Defenders' as this very thick book provides all the French defenders need to know to the extend that it also provides chapter dealing with the King Indian attack against the French. It is the most up to date and by far very comprehensive.

Local bookstore: RM112.90 (MPH)

My price RM 100.00 only
[Event "MAKSAK, Melaka"]
[Date "2005"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Rizal A Kamal K LUMPUR"]
[Black "Sotimin Muhalip TGANU"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C13 French Classical"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 a6 7. Qg4 g6 8. O-O-O
h5 9. Qf4 c5 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. Bd3 cxd4 12. Ne2 Nc5 13. Nexd4 Nxd3+ 14. Rxd3 Bd7
15. a3 Rc8 16. Kb1 Na5 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Ng5 Rc7 19. Rhh3 Kf8 20. Rhf3 Bc8 21.
Rc3 Nc4 22. Nxf7 Rh7 23. Ng5+ Kg7 24. Ngxe6+ 1-0

Scandinavian Defense The Dynamic 3...Qd6 by Michael Melt

The Scandinavian 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6!? is one of the most bizarre looking move which often provokes white players to try to punish black's Queen position which seemed positioning in the way of other pieces. This is now considered a fresh new ideas and a playable one as proven by some notable GMs such as Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Rogers. In our local scene, NM Kamal Arifin and his brother Khair also seemed to had stucked with this dynamic defensive system. I myself was easily crushed in the hand of NM Kamal in our personal encounter in 2007. This book is a compliment to the book "IDEAS BEHIND THE BLACK'S OPENING" by IM Gary Lane.

Local bookstore: unknown. My price : RM 100.00

[Event "MAKSWIP, Risda Ampang"]
[Date "2007.??.??"]
[Round "4.1.1"]
[White "Rizal Ahmad Kamal KDRM"]
[Black "NM Kamal Ariffin DBKL A"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B01 Scandinavian defence"]
[WhiteElo "2022"]
[BlackElo "2090"]
[Annotator "Rizal A Kamal"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Bd3 {Kamal said that this is one
of the most dangerous line. " Kasparov's line!" exclaimed Zambri} Nbd7 6. Nge2
a6 7. Bf4 Qb6 8. O-O e6 9. Re1 Be7 {9.Rb1 or 9.Na4 is indicated by the computer Fritz8} 10. d5 Nc5 11. Bc4 O-O { Our post morterm indicated that, white just lost after this} 12. a3? exd5! 13. Nxd5 (13. Bxd5 {was also tried in our post morterm after the game. It just loses} Rd8) 13...Nxd5 14. Qxd5 (14. Bxd5 Rd8 19 {and white cannot survive due to this very annoying pin}) 14... Be6 15. Qd4 Bf6 {And the rest is a matter of formality. I just wanted to keep onplaying just to make sure not to frustrate my team by resigning early} 16. Be5
Bxe5 17. Qxe5 Bxc4 18. Nf4 (18. Ng3 Ne6 (18... Nd7) 19. b3 Bb5 20. Nh5 {May be trickier but I think Kamal should be able to defend it}) 18... Ne6 19.Nh5 Qc5 20. Qc3 Qxh5 21. Qxc4 Rad8 22. h3 Rd2 23. Re4 Qc5 24. Qxc5 Nxc5 25. Rc4 Ne6 26. Re1 Rfd8 27. f4 g6 28. Kh2 R8d4 29. Rxd4 Nxd4 30. Re8+ Kg7 31. c3 Ne6 32. f5 gxf5 33. b4 f4 34. Kg1 Rd3 35. Rb8 Rxc3 36. Rxb7 Rxa3 37. Ra7 Rb3 38. Rxa6 Rxb4 39. Kf2 Rb3 40. Rc6 Kf6 41. Rc4 c5 0-1

Play 1.b4 by Yury Lapshun
1.b4 is also known as Orangutan or Polish or Sokolsky opening (Quite many names!!) IWhen I browsed through this book, I was surprised to find out among others that Bobby Fischer also had played this! Other big names are such as Spassky and Capablanca. In our local perspective, I could not help myself from remembering Ghazali Che Cob. I think he is the Malaysian player who had played the biggest number of 1.b4!. There is also one story cited by the IA Ibrahim Yaacob that Mohd Noor Yahya onced used 1.b4 to defeat Peter Long to become the MSSM champion. I do not verify how far the truth of this story, but I would love to save the record of the historic game if it is still exist.
Local bookstore (BORDERS) : RM94.90 My price : RM80.00


Note: I shall update by substituting with a few relevant games from my personal database

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