Sunday, December 26, 2010


Front cover ( Left pic)    

Full result (Below)

The games in full and diagrams - some with annotation (Right)

Back cover (history statistic) (Below)

With the largest number of teams (total 15) participating since 1999, and 264 games, with efforts, electricity bills, the increasing price of the inkjet for the mastercopy and printing cost, I think RM25.00 nett is a fair and reasonable price for a copy of this historic event.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


In chess annotations, the annotator sometimes uses the word reminiscent to describe the similar or same typical or same thematic situation that had previously happened in a game before the current game he is annotating.

This time I would like to present a few examples of my personal games which is very relevant with the word 'reminiscent'. I choose the games from my own games in my personal database so that I can avoid any kind of plagiarism act, or simply re-representing what had others had presented.

Before that, I shall offer my sincerest apology to the 'victims' involved in my topic of discussion. I hope this shall be regard as chess academic discussion, not the forum to defame or downgrade the others.

The first type of reminiscent had happened when meeting the same opponent despite, it comes from two completely different openings.

[Event "BPM Allegro Sunway"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2000.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rizal A Kamal"]
[Black "Nik Ahmad Farouqi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B07"]
[PlyCount "57"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 Nf6 5. f3 Nbd7 6. Qd2 c5 7. Nge2 O-O 8.O-O-O Qa5 9. Kb1 b5 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Nd5 Qd8 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Bxc5 a5 14.Bd4 e5 15. Be3 Be7 16. Bh6 Re8 17. h4 Be6 18. Nc3 Qb6 19. h5 Rec8 20. hxg6 hxg6 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. exd5 Rc7 23. g4 Rac8 

Here I produced a spectacular sacrificed which I believe, Nik Ahmad Farouqi himself would nowadays (He is currently a very strong player and with a higher rating than myself) find it with greatest of eased...
24. Bg7!! Kxg7 25. Qh6+ Kf6 26. g5+ Kf5 27.Bd3+ Kf4 28. Qh4+ Kxf3 29. Rh3+ 1-0
and black resigned

Amusingly he had been suffered (the topic sentence: reminiscent) the similar type of Bishop sacrificed 2 years before.

[Event "Sabbaruddin Chik Trophy"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rizal A Kamal"]
[Black "Nik Ahmad Farouqi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B28"]
[PlyCount "33"]
[EventDate "1998.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 d5 4. e5 e6 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Ne7 8. Bd3 Nbc6 9. O-O O-O 10. Re1 Bd7 11. Bxh7+ Kh8 12. Ng5 g6 13. Qf3 Nf5 14. Qh3 Kg7 

15. Bg8!! Rxg8 16. Qh7+ Kf8 17. Qxf7# 1-0

There is another story related to the 'reminiscent' theme. This time involve another strong player. This time the reminiscent is connected to the famous theme of "pawn is a pawn is a pawn is a pawn...". This time I shall take a master game briefly (Sorry, I cannot avoid it) 

[Event "London m4 ;HCL 18"]
[Site "16"]
[Date "1834.??.??"]
[Round "62"]
[White "Alexander McDonnell"]
[Black "La Bourdonnais"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B32"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "1834.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be7 8.Qe2 d5 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Bb3 O-O 11. O-O a5 12. exd5 cxd5 13. Rd1 d4 14. c4 Qb6 15. Bc2 Bb7 16. Nd2 Rae8 17. Ne4 Bd8 18. c5 Qc6 19. f3 Be7 20. Rac1 f5 21. Qc4+ Kh8 22. Ba4 Qh6 23. Bxe8 fxe4 24. c6 exf3 25. Rc2 Qe3+ 26. Kh1 Bc8 27. Bd7 f2 28. Rf1 d3 29. Rc3 Bxd7 30. cxd7 e4 31. Qc8 Bd8 32. Qc4 Qe1 33. Rc1 d2 34. Qc5 Rg8 35. Rd1 e3 36. Qc3 Qxd1 37. Rxd1 e2 0-1

The final position is the most astounding moment.

Now, back to my own game, with the reminiscent of the ancient game above
[Event "National Championship"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.06.18"]
[Round "7.22"]
[White "Marzuki Mat"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E68"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "2010.01.13"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. c4 d6 6. Nc3 Nbd7 7. O-O c6 8. e4 e5 9. d5 cxd5 10. cxd5 Nc5 11. Re1 a5 12. b3 Bd7 13. Ba3 Qb6 14. Nd2 Nd3 15.Rf1 Nb4 16. Bb2 Rac8 17. Nc4 Qc7 18. a4 Nh5 19. Kh1 f5 20. f3 Qc5 21. Qe2 Nf6 22. Ba3 Bh6 23. Bc1 Bxc1 24. Raxc1 Ne8 25. Bh3 Rf7 26. Qd2 Qd4 27. Qxd4 exd4
28. Ne2 Nd3 29. Rcd1 Ne5 30. Nxa5 d3 31. Nd4 Rc7 32. f4 fxe4 33. Ne6 Rc3 34. fxe5 Rxf1+ 35. Rxf1 Bxe6 36. Bxe6+ Kg7 37. Nc4 h5 38. Re1 

With mutual time scamble I suddenly noticed that I could repat the same thing I did to my very same opponent, 4 years before
38...Rxc4!! 39. exd6 Nxd6 40. bxc4 d2 41. Rd1 e3 Here they come! (this time only 2 pawns but, these are enough to win)
42. c5 e2 

 43. Rg1 e1=Q 0-1

My opponent could only complaint: "Kena dengan cara yang sama" which means "beaten with the same style"

This was the game played 4 years before this tragedy:

[Event "MAKSAK, Kuala Lumpur"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2006.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Marzuki Mat PERLIS"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal KLUMPUR"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B95"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Bb3 O-O 10. Qd3 Nd7 11. Nde2 Nc5 12. Qd2 Qc7 13. O-O-O Rd8 14. f4 b5 15. Qe3 Bb7 16. a3 Nxb3+ 17. cxb3 a5 18. Kb1 b4 19. Nb5 Qc6 20. a4 Qxe4+ 21.Qxe4 Bxe4+ 22. Ka2 Bxg2 23. Rhg1 Bf3 24. Rd2 Bxe2 25. Rxe2 d5 26. Rc2 Rac8 27.Rgc1 Rxc2 28. Rxc2 d4 29. Na7 h6 30. Nc6 Rd5 31. Rd2 g5 32. fxg5 hxg5 33. Rf2 Kg7 34. Kb1 e5 35. Rg2 e4 36. h4 Kg6 37. hxg5 

Here, I blundered horribly by 37...Bxg5?? 38. Ne7+ Kh5 39. Nxd5 d3 I was  considering to resign but suddenly I somehow overheard "pawns Rizal" and it was another reminiscent, involving a different opponent. (I shall tell the story after this)
40. Nxb4 f5 41. Nd5 f4 42. Nc3 e3 43. Rh2+ Kg6 44. b4 axb4 45. a5 bxc3 46. bxc3 e2 47. Rh1 d2 0-1

The said reminiscent game after the blunder tragedy above involve another very strong player, NM Kamalarifin. It is very rare indeed for me to defeat him. The game was actually should be winning by him, but, seeing the coming of connected passed pawn, adding with the fact of severe time trouble, he panicked and did not able to consider how a knight could easily stop the 2 passed pawns.

[Event "MAKSWIP, Putrajaya"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.08.13"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "NM Kamal Ariffin DBKL"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal KASTAM"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A65"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 c5 3. d5 e6 4. c4 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. Qd2 a6 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Nh3 Ne5 12. Nf2 Bd7 13. Be2 Rb8 14. Bg5 Qa5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16. f4 b5 17. fxe5 Bxe5 18. Ncd1 Qxd2+ 19. Kxd2 bxa4 20. Bxa6 Bxb2 21. Nxb2 Rxb2+ 22. Ke3 f5 23. Rhb1 f4+ 24. Kf3 Rb4 25. Bb7 g5 26. Nd1 Rb3+ 27.
Rxb3 axb3 28. Nb2 g4+ 29. Kf2 Bb5 30. Ra5 g3+ 31. hxg3 fxg3+ 32. Kxg3 Bf1 33.Ra4 Rb8 34. Kf2 Bb5 35. Ra8 Rxa8 36. Bxa8 c4 37. Bc6 c3 38. Bxb5 c2 39. Nd3 b2 0-1

Some time after this game, Kamal told me that he had been practising the 'knight jumps' to hold my pass pawns.

Another perspective of 'reminiscent' was when I learnt something by watching a blitz game between our no.1, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi against the strong Mohd Saprin Sabri

[Event "Blitz (unofficial)"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Saprin Sabri"]
[Black "Mas Hafizulhelmi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B86"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "1995.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Nbd7 8. f3 Nc5 9. Be3 Be7 10. Qd2 O-O 11. O-O b5 12. Kh1 Bb7 13. g4 Qc7 14. g5 Nfd7 15. Rg1 Rfe8 16. Qg2 Bf8 17. Rad1 Rad8 18. h4 b4 19. Nce2 Nxb3 20. cxb3 Nb6 21. Rc1 Qd7 22. Nf5

Now beginning with 22...exf5! The journey of this pawn which was masterly displayed by Mas Hafizul, had really impressed me. When I return to my notebook, I quickly keyed in this particularly blitz game.
23. Bxb6 fxe4 24. Rc7 exf3 25. Rxd7 fxg2+ 26. Kh2 Rxd7 0-1


I did not have to wait for long before borrowing the devastating idea

[Event "Merdeka"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "4.12"]
[White "Muhd Akmal Sealine DBKL"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal UIA"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B84"]
[Annotator "Rizal,A"]
[PlyCount "48"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. f3 Qb6 8. a3 Be7 9. Be3 Qc7 10. Qd2 Nc6 11. Nb3 O-O 12. Na4 Nd7 13. O-O b5 14. Nc3 Bb7 15. Kh1 Nb6 16. Qc1 Rad8 17. Rd1 Ne5 18. Nd2 Nbc4 19. Bf2 Bg5 20. Ncb1 d5 21. b3 Nxd2 22. Nxd2 dxe4 23. Be1 exf3 24. gxf3 Nxf3 0-1

And I was lucky enough to repeat the 'reminiscent' in the very same tournament against another very strong local player

[Event "Merdeka Team"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1996.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Aziz Jaafar  BSN"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal  UIAM 'A'"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B85"]
[PlyCount "48"]
[EventDate "1996.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 Nc6 10. Kh1 Qc7 11. f4 Re8 12. Bf3 Rb8 13. Nb3 b6 14. f5 Ne5 15. Nd4 Nc4 16. Bc1 e5 17. Nde2 Bb7 18. b3 Na5 19. Bg5 Rbd8 20. Rc1 d5 21. Bxf6 dxe4 22. Bxe7 Rxd1 23. Rfxd1 exf3 24. Bd6 Qc6 0-1

(C) Copyright to Rizal Ahmad Kamal 2010


Sunday, December 12, 2010


The latest news is, the buletin is in the process of printing at the shop and shall be available in the market from 19th December onwards. The buletin is in the form of gum-binding and the price is RM25.00. It includes all the 264 games (The biggest number of games since 2003) played in 12 rounds during the last Catur MAKSAK 2010 held in Puteri Park Kuala Lumpur


The complete record of this event shall be in available in the market after the Christmas. Anyway, I shall try to do my best to make it available before the Christmas, probably on the 24th, so that anyone who intends to purchase it, can have this during the coming Malay Open on the 26thb of December. The buletin is also in the format of gum-binding and the price is RM 20.00. 168 games were keyed in into this buletin.


Last May in this year, I had wrote about a few chess players' names who had passed away. Recently, the columnist of one of my used to be the only up to date reference column - Lim Chong had passed away. Incidentally around that time, another Lim Chong was also made into the breaking news of the nation, i.e. Tun Lim Chong Eu had passed away.

I was searching through my personal database, and found a game against a chap named Lim Chong Seng back in 1991. I could not recall his face and I am not sure whether this is the Lim Chong in our chess scene or just another Lim Chong. Anyway, I just annotate the game and attribute it to Mr Lim Chong anyway (please ignore the players and the result as it was a history anyway that should not be altered nor distorted).

[Event "Allegro Plaza Yow Chuan"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1991.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rizal A Kamal"]
[Black "Lim Chong Seng"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C63"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "1991.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 !?
{This is the sharp and risky Schliemann defence or jaenisch gambit}

4. Nc3 fxe4

(4... Nf6 was later played by the late Handoko against me in 2005! Malaysian open.)

5.Nxe4 d5 6. Nxe5 dxe4 7. Nxc6 Qg5
(7... Qd5 was played later by Adrian Wong against me in 1994 Selangor (under 20) open)

8. Qe2 Nf6 9. f4 Qxf4 10. d4 Qd6!?
(Considered new to me at that time I only knew 10...Qh4+ at that time. From now on, I had to think by myself)

11. Ne5+ c6 12. Bc4 Qxd4 13. Bf4
(13. Bf7+ {is possible})

13... Bg4 14. Nxg4 Nxg4 15.Rd1 Qxb2 16. Qxe4+
(16. Qxg4 ! {may be winning outright} Qc3+ 17. Rd2 Rd8 ?? (17... Qa1+?? 18. Kf2 +-) 18. Qe6+ Be7 19. Qf7#)

16... Be7 17. O-O Qb6+ 18. Rd4
(In order not to give up the exchange, but
actually giving up the exchange is also winning for white 8. Kh1 Nf2+ 19. Rxf2 {forced} Qxf2 20. Qf5 Bf6 21.Qe6+ Kf8 22. Qf7#)

18... Nf6 {Diagram #}

(18... Rd8 19. Be3
(19. Bf7+ ! {is the new line I discover when annotating this game in 2010!} Kf8 20. Be3 Rxd421. Bg6+ Nf6 22. Rxf6+ gxf6 23. Bh6+ Kg8 24. Qe6#)

19... Nf6 20. Rxd8+ Qxd8 21.Qe6 Rf8 22. Bc5 Qd7 23. Qe5 b6 24. Ba3 c5 25. Re1 a6 26. Bxa6 Ng8 27. Bc4 Qa7 28. Bb2 Nf6 29. Qe6 Kd8 30. Rd1+ Qd7 31. Rxd7+ Nxd7 32. Bb5 Nb8 33. Qxb6+ Kc8 34. Be5 Bd6 35. Bxd6 Rf1+ 36. Kxf1 Na6 37. Qxa6+ Kd8 38. Qb6+ Kc8 39. Qb8# {
was my original analysis with the help of Fritz2})

19. Qxe7+ !?{Over the board, I only see this as a possible way to play on.} Kxe7

20. Re1+ (20. Bd6+ {is simpler} Kd7
(20... Ke8 21. Re1+ Kd8 22. Bc5+) (20... Kd8 21. Bc5+) 21. Bc5+ Kc7 22. Bxb6+ axb6)

20... Ne4 21. Rexe4+ Kf6 22. Re6+
(22. Re6+ Kf5 23. Re5+ Kg6 24. Re6+ Kf5 25. Re5+ Kf6 26. Re6+ Kf5)

22... Kf5 {Diagram #}

When annotating this game, I recall that, by incident, this theme of deflection just like Kasparov did on Timman in the following position:

Of course, I am not claiming that Kasparov had the idea (as his game was in 2000 while mine was in 1991) when he learnt it from my game. Chess is the game of truth. Anyone who spots the typical tactics may execute it.

For the record, here is the full game.

23.g4+ ! Kxg4 24. Be3+ {Now white has the winning endgame} Qxd4

25. Bxd4 Rhe8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Bxa7 g5 28. Kg2 h5 29. h3+ Kf4 30. Bc5 b5 31. Bd3 g4 32. Bd6+ Kg5 33. c4 gxh3+ 34. Kh2 $1 Ra8 35. a3 bxc4 36. Bxc4 Rd8 ?? 37. Be7+


For the readers who want to learn about this opening, there is one relevant book in my stock at the price RM 70.00. (The image below is taken from the net for illustrative purpose)

Thursday, December 02, 2010


When the mate is legal

The Legal's mate has many versions with the typical of giving up a Queen and delivering the checkmate on opponent's King by using the combination of 2 knights and one Bishop. This trap is also known as the Blackburne trap and Legal's Pseudo Sacrifice. Both names were dedicated to the 2 ancient chess masters, Sire de Legal (French player -1702-1792) and Joseph Henry Blackburne (British master - 1841-1924).

Below is the original Legal's mate being executed

In the recent paralimpiad, Amir Samsudin of KL, unexpectedly caused his opponent Awalludin Taibon of Negeri Sembilan to succumbed into this trap (though by inserting a little 'act' which I did not recommend at all).

[Event "Paralimpiad, UiTM Lendu"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.11.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Amir Samsudin KL"]
[Black "Awalludin Taibon N9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C61"]
[PlyCount "15"]
[SourceDate "2010.11.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Bc4 d6 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. Nxe5 ??
(6. h3 ! is safer Bh5 (6... Bxf3 7. gxf3) (6... Nxf3+ 7. gxf3 Bh5) 7. Nxe5 dxe5! 8.
Qxh5 Qe7 (8... Nxc2+ $4 9. Kd1 Qe7 10. Kxc2 {wins a piece}))

6... Bxd1 ??
(6...dxe5 7. Qxg4 Nxc2+ 8. Kd1 Nxa1 $19)

7. Bxf7+ Ke7 8. Nd5# {Another version of legal's mate} 1-0

This victory also reminds me about the victory of a Philipino against our player back in Manila 2005

One needs to know this typical of Legal's mate and their families and siblings as not only to execute them on others but also not to fall on them.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010