Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sukan Kewangan 2012
Pesta Sukan Kementerian Kewangan 2012 had ended early this month. The final result, my department (Malaysian Royal Customs) still fail to deliver the final nail in the coffin, re claiming the status as no.2 (from 8 other agencies: BSN (1st) KWSP (3rd). The full result is shown below.

Therefore the JKDM had to wait for the next series of this event whether the next host will list chess as one of their event.

I had been participating in this Sukan Kewangan whenever chess is listed as one of its event. Details on the past event, as far as I could recall:

2002:  Hosted by Bank Negara (BNM) Champion: BSN, 2nd JKDM, 3rd KWSP
2003: Hosted by JKDM Champion : KWSP, 2nd JKDM, 3rd BSN
2004: Hosted by KWSP Champion : KWSP, 2nd JKDM.
2010: Hosted by BNM Champion : KWSP, 2nd JKDM
2011: Hosted by JKDM Champion: BSN, 2nd KWSP, 3rd LHDN, 4th JKDM
2012: Hosted by KWSP Chamion : BSN, 2nd JKDM, 3rd KWSP 

This year however, by far, from my personal view, is our best performance. We even managed to beat BSN and KWSP with the same score 4-2. However, the curious and funny thing was, we lost decisively to the Security Commissioner 1-5. A very unthinkable score which would never come across to my mind, let alone to any of the participants and arbiters of the tournament. We were not only been beaten, but had been crushed or annihilated completely. The result was as a sweet vengenace to the SC team as they had lost to us 6-0 in the previous year. As a result of the unprecendented defeat on the 4th round, we had to make a comeback (not an easy task) on the next day by beating BSN 4-2. However, the remaining victories over JPPH 3.5-2.5 and over LHDN 4-2 was insufficient to cover the defisit after losing disasterously to SC.

below is my victory over BSN Board 1 player and MAKSAK Sarawak 2012 Board 1 player, my fellow friend Abg Mohd Reduan

[Event "Sukan Kewangan"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.11.08"]
[Round "5.31"]
[White "Abg Mohd Reduan BSN"]
[Black "Rizal A Kamal JKDM"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B87"]
[Annotator "Rizal A Kamal"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[SourceDate "2012.11.15"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 {Surprisingly, my opponent
allowed me to reach my favourite defence, Sicilian Najdorf which I had been
playing since my childhood}
6. Bc4 {The Sozin (or Fischer) attack against the Najdorf Sicilian}
e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. f3
{Diagram # I call this the Malaysian attack, simply because many local players
adopt it, but not by the GMs!}
(8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 {is the main line of Fischer attack} O-O 11. Bh6 Ne8 12. Rad1 Bd7 13. Nf3 a5 14.a4 b4 15. Ne2 Nc6 16. Nf4 Bf6 17. Nd3 e5! {Diagram #} 18. Be3 Be7 19. Nd2 Nf6 20. f3 Rfe8 21. Kh1 Be6 22. Rfe1 Rac8 23. Qf2 d5 24. Bb6 Qb8 25. Bc5 Bxc5 26.Nxc5 Nd4 27. Nxe6 fxe6 28. exd5 Nxb3 29. Nxb3 exd5 30. Nxa5 Qa8 31. Nb3 Qxa4 32. Ra1 Qc6 33. Re2 d4 {1/2-1/2 Short,N (2655)-Kasparov,G (2805)/London 1993})

({There is one game which black may use as an important reference to answer white's strategy. The game may not be identical completely, but it is very useful to me as a guideline.} 8. a3 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Bb7 11. f3 Nbd7 12.Qd2 Ne5 13. Qf2 Qc7 14. Rac1 Kh8 15. Nce2 Rg8 16. Kh1 g5 {Diagram #} 17. h3 Rg618. Ng3 Rag8 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20. Bxe6 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 Rxe6 {0-1 Garcia Soruco,J-Fischer,R/La Habana 1966})

8... Be7 9. Be3 Qc7 10. Qd2 Nc6! {Through trials and errors, I decide that the text is the simplest
procedure against the 'Malaysian-Sozin attack' formation.}

11. Nxc6 Qxc6 12. Ne2 {Relocating the knight onto d4?}
O-O 13. Nf4 (13. Nd4 Qc7 =)

13...Bb7 14. c3 Rfe8 {Diagram #}

15. O-O {After all the guessing, my opponent at last castled kingside.} Kh8 16. Rad1
Rad8 17. Qf2 Rg8 {Diagram # With the idea g7-g5 and perhaps g4 combine with
Rg6 and Rd-g8, attacking along the g-file. During the game, I had recall this
idea as been played by Bobby Fischer against someone named Soruco as cited
after white's 8th move here}

18. Nh3 {At first, I did not understand this. Then I saw the threat Ng5-f7 mate!} Rge8
19. Nf4 Kg8 {So we achiveve the normal setpiece in the Fischer/Sozin against
the Najdorf and I was confident that I could hold my opponent here who began
to use a lot of time on his clock, finding a plan.}

20. Nd3 a5 {Stopping Nb4}
21. a3 e5 ! {Stopping Nf4. This somehow paralyses white's knight. The same
strategy had been used by Kasparov against short in his 18 game World
Championship match 1993 against Nigel Short. For the full game see my note above after white's 8th move}

22. Rc1 Bf8 23. c4 Rc8 24. c5 (24.cxb5 Qxb5 {Surprisingly forking 2 whiite pieces in broad daylight}) 24... d5! 25. Bxd5 Nxd5 26. exd5 Qxd5 27. Rfd1 Qc6 28. Ne1 Rcd8 29. b4
{The rest were played during mutual time trouble.}
[Event "Sukan Kewangan"]

 axb4 30. axb4 Qg6 31. Qb2 e4 32. f4 Bc6 33. g3?
{[Abg Reduan]}
33..Qg4 34. Rd2 h5 ! {Diagram # A very good move [Saraggan Amir]}

35. Rcd1 Rxd2 ({During the time trouble ( I had about 4 minutes while my opponent had about 2 minutes) I had also considered..}

35... Qxd1 36. Rxd1 Rxd1 {which would not work, opined Abg Mohd Reduan in our brief post morterm after the game. I decided not to play this as there is no need to do so.})

36. Qxd2 {Despite the total control on the d-file, white cannot penetrate into black's kingdom} h4! 37. Kg2 hxg3 38.hxg3 Re6! {When he saw this coming, I could see that, Abg Reduan could not defend anymore.}

39. Kf2 Rh6 {A miss. But black is winning.} (39... Rg6!)
40. Kg2 (If 40. Nc2 Rh2+!) 40... Qh3+ 41. Kf2 Rg6! {This time I played the correct move}

42. Ng2 Qxg3+ 43. Kf1 Qf3+ 44. Kg1 Rxg2+! {Diagram # winnning a piece}

45. Qxg2 Qxd1+46. Kh2 Qd3 47. Qd2 Qxd2+ 48. Bxd2 f5 49. Bc3 Be7 50. Kg3 Bf6 51. Bd2 Bd4 52. Kh4 Bf6+ 53. Kg3 Kf7 {And later, black won the f4 pawn (I could not memorise the next few move in the time trouble) before white lost on time.} 0-1

Chess Books related to this opening

1. Winning With the Najdorf - Danniel King
2. Sicilian Najdorf - John Nunn
3. Short-Kasparov 1993 World Championship
4. The Sozin attack - Golubev