Wednesday, March 03, 2010


(This picture is taken by my good colleague's blog - Razali Ng6)

In round 5, my personal encounter was against Azrul Aminurrasyid Abu Bakar (pic) from the team UPSI Grand. From my point of view, it is a model game on how to refute an unothodox opening.

Azrul Aminurrasyid Abu Bakar -
Rizal A Kamal (2000)
[A01] Nimzowitsch Larsen opening
UM Open Tun Syed Zahiruddin (5), 2010

1.e3 already a samll surprise, but as this is a rapid game (25 minutes) therefore I could not react slowly and proceeded naturally heading for the King Indian set piece formation.

After 1...Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.Bc4 I decided to change to the Gruenfeld formation by playing 4...d5

The game continued 5.Bd3 0–0 6.h3 Nc6 7.Ne2 a6 8.g4 e5 9.Ng3 Re8 10.Nc3

Here, I decided to sacrifice a pawn 10...e4 11.Bf1 d4! for the innitiative

12.Nce2 Nd5 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.exd4 Nf4! 15.c3
White tried to hang onto his extra pawn

15..b6! A nice little finnesse with the intention of fianchettoeing the Bishop and simultaneously completing the development. 15...Nd3+ is premature as 16.Bxd3 exd3+ 17.Kf1 and black has nothing special to show.

16.Qc2 but now, thing had been a little different, and yet it gave me the nice shot 16...Nd3+! see the right diagram

17.Ke2 Qf6! 18.Nxe4 Nxf2! The white King had walked straight into an absolute pin

19.Bg2 Nxh1 A Rook for a knight? Why not?

20.Bxh1 Bb7 21.Rf1 Qe6
22.d3 f5 23.gxf5 gxf5 24.Rg1 fxe4
During the game, I was worried about the possible combination beginning with 25.d5 Qxd5? 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 and 27.c4+ winning black's Queen. However, after the game, I saw the correct reply to 25.d5, that is to play 25...exd3++ (Double check!)
The rest is a matter of technique and need no comment 25.dxe4 Bxe4 26.Bxe4 Qxe4+ 27.Qxe4 Rxe4+ 28.Kd3 Rae8 29.Rg3 Kf7 30.c4 c5 31.Rxg7+ Kxg7 32.dxc5+ Kf7 33.cxb6 Re3+ 34.Kd4 Re2 35.Kc3 Ke6 36.b4 Kd6 37.a4 Kc6 38.a5 R8e3+ 39.Kd4 Rxb2 40.b5+ axb5 41.cxb5+ Rxb5 42.Kxe3 Rxa5 43.Kf3 Kxb6 0–1

No comments: