Tuesday, November 05, 2013


One of my good friends at chess, Mohd Saprin Sabri had emerged as the champion of the recent
UPSI Chess Open (open category). It has been some time Saprin does not particpate in an individual
event. The reason is, he wants to focus on his sons' performance at chess tournament. Below was 
the final top 53 from this tournament.

The decisive turn of event came from round 5 on board one, when Saprin raised the occassion, beating 
the favourite and the first seeded, none other than out national chess hero, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi

[Event "UPSI Chess Open 2013"]
[Site "Tanjung Malim"]
[Date "2013.10.27"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Mas Hafizulhelmi, MAS."]
[Black "Mohd Saprin Sabri, MAS."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C28"]
[WhiteElo "2350"]
[BlackElo "2104"]
[Annotator "Mohd Saprin Sabri"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2013.10.27"]
[EventType "swiss (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "MAS"]
[SourceDate "2013.11.01"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Na5 
{This move must be played immediately
if black intends to capture white's Bishop on c4 before White plays a3 on his
next move} 
5. Bg5 h6  
{An important move as a preparation dislodge the Bishop
from pinning the knight by pushing g5 later in case if it is necessary.}

6. Bh4c6 7. a3 Nxc4 8. dxc4 d6 9. Qd3 Be6 10. Nge2 g5 
(10... Be7 {is also possible but I think 10.... g5 is more accurate since White Bishop is shut down
temporarily at g3}) 

11. Bg3 Qc7 
(11... Nd7) 

12. f3 Nd7 13. Bf2 Nc5 14. Bxc5 dxc5 15. b3 Rd8 
{this move is probably a slight inaccuracy since it drives
White's Queen onto an attacking position on e3, eyeing Black's c5 Pawn with
possible combine threat of Nc3 to a4 later} 

16. Qe3 a6 17. a4 b6 18. Ng3 h5 19.O-O  
({Pawn g5 is poisoned. After 19. Qxg5?? Bh6 20. Qf6 Bd2+ 21. Ke2 Rh6 22.
Qg7 Rg6 23. Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qxh5 Bxc3 {winning a piece}) 

19... g4 20. Nf5 
({Much better and difficult to see is the retreating move} 20. Qf2) 

20... Bxf5 21. exf5 Bh6! 
{This very annoying for White's Queen} 

22. f4?! O-O! 23. Ne2? 

({If} 23. Qxe5 Qxe5 24. fxe5 Be3+ 25. Kh1 Bd4 26. Ne4 Bxa1 27. Rxa1 Rd4 28. Re1 Rfd8
29. Kg1 Rd1 30. Kf2 Rxe1 31. Kxe1 Rd4 32. Nf6+ Kf8 {is winning for Black}) 

23... Rfe8 24. Qg3 exf4  
({Better is} 24... Rd2 25. Rae1 exf4 26. Nxf4 Rxe1 27. Qxe1 Bxf4
28. Qe8+ {but during this position both of us are already short of time}) 

25. Nxf4 Bxf4 26. Rxf4 Qe5 27. Raf1 Rd4 28. Rxd4 Qxg3 
29. hxg3 cxd4 30. a5 b5 31. cxb5 cxb5 32. Rd1 Re2?
 ({Throwing away the winning advantage ??}

32... Re4! {Diagram #

holding the position with White pawn on f5 will be surrounded and
no access for the White King to get activated due to e-File being cut-off by
Black's Rook}) 

33. Rxd4 Rxc2 34. Rd6 Rb2 35. Rxa6 Kg7 36. Rb6 Rxb3 37. a6 b4
38. Kf2 Ra3 39. Ke2??
{A blunder due to Time Trouble} Rxg3 40. Kf2 Ra3 41.
Rxb4 Rxa6 42. Kg3 f6 43. Kh4 Kh6 44. Rb8 Ra2 45. Rh8+ Kg7
46. Rxh5?? 
(46. Rb8! {should be a draw after} Rxg2 47. Kxh5 g3 48. Rb7+ Kf8 49. Kg4 Rf2 50. Kxg3

46... Rxg2 {Diagram # Suddenly White is in Zugzwang !!} 

47. Rh7+ (47. Rh6 is the last trap which fails to Rh2+ (Of course 47... Kxh6?? {stalemate}) 48. Kxg4 Rxh6) 

47... Kxh7 {White resigned.Overall this is not a perfect Game but considering the game was played under
45 minutes Time Control it is still one big achievement for me in my chess career.} 


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