Saturday, December 2, 2006

MINDA CATUR Saturday Night Fever Closed (2nd Dec) 2006

Last night (Saturday night, 2nd December 2006), Minda Catur Enterprise organized a closed tournament at UNITEN food court, in front of Restoren Asam Pedas. 6 participants played in the tournament including a special invited player from Sabah, Abdul Azizi Shukor. Other players are Mohd Saprin Sabri, Shamsol Bahrin, Shamsuddin Mat Isa, Alijeanda Ober and Mohd Ismail.

The entry fee for this tournament is free. All players were given a botlle of mineral water and the top 3 winners in the tournament won a pair of sunshield sponsored by The tournament runned with double round robin and blitz 5 minutes and follows blitz rules (example: Illegal move – lose). The game started late from the schedule, at 11.30pm and finished around 1.45am. The 1st place won by Mohd Saprin Sabri, 2-3rd places winner were Shamsol Bahrin and Shamsuddin Mat Isa. The 4-6th places winner were Abdul Aziz Shukor, Mohd Ismail and Alijeanda Ober.

Top 3 winner get a pair of sunshield. Sponsored by

Free mineral water during the tournament which also sponsored by

1st prize winner: Mohd Saprin Sabri

2-3 places: Shamsol Bahrin

2-3 places: Shamsuddin Mat Isa

Happy ending. All players smile and happy with the tournament. From left: Mohd Ismail (Max), Samsol Bahrin, Mohd Saprin, Abdul Aziz and Alijeanda Ober.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An endgame lesson in 3rd DATMO - Passed pawn

The 3rd Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2006 is one of the most prestigious chess tournaments in Malaysia. Only 4 rated tournaments offered to local chess players in 2006. National closed, Royal Selangor Open, Ambank Chess Challenge and Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open (please correct me if I forgot to mention other rated tournaments).

The 3rd Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open is the only tournament in Malaysia which has a lot of masters and strong players playing in it. However, it’s quite poor for Malaysian chess fans because only 7 local heroes take part in the tournament. In my opinion, the limited participant from local chess players caused by the expensive entrance fee. During the tournament, the news coverage was so poor made the local chess players become more disappointed with it.

Here I would like to refresh the local chess player memories in 3rd Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open 2006. I focus on endgame of local chess players only. I start our discussion on IM Jimmy Liew game. Round 3, Sumant Subramaniam against IM Jimmy Liew.

[Event "Dato Arthur Tan 3rd Malaysian Chess Ope"]
[Site "Kuala Lumpur"]
[Date "2006.08.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sumant Subramaniam"]
[Black "IM Jimmy Liew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2013"]
[BlackElo "2320"]
[PlyCount "96"]
[EventDate "2006.08.21"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nge2 Bg4 9. O-O O-O 10. Be4 Nf6 11. Bb1 Qd7 12. f3 Bf5 13. Be3 Rad8 14. Bf2 Rfe8 15. a3 Bxb1 16. Rxb1 Qf5 17. b4 b6 18. Rc1 a5 19. b5 Ne5 20. Ng3 Qg6 21. Nce4 Nxe4 22. Nxe4 f5 23. Ng3 Rd7 24. Re1 Nf7 25. Rc6 Nd6 26. Qc2 Bd8 27. Re5 Qf7 28. Nxf5 Nxf5 29. Qxf5 Rxe5 30. Qxe5 Re7 31. Qg3 Qf5 32. Rc1 Qxb5 33. Qf4 Qb2 (diagram)

Let us assess the position starting from here. White to move. White: Passive bishop, 2 isolated pawn (a3 and d4). The queen tied down to defense rook at c1 square. Black: No weaknesses in pawn structure, passive bishop at d8 and active queen and rook (attacking).

Here, black has more advantage, ready for attack and white need to defense. Now it’s white turn to move. So, white can choose to:
(1) activate bishop at f2: 34. Bh4 Rf7 35. Qe3 Bxh4 or
(2) open a hole for king to avoid back rank mate : 34. h3 Re2 35. Rf1 Qxa3 or
(3) remove a3 pawn from attack and stop black’s queen side pawns in the future : 34. a4 Re2 35. Re1 Rxe1+ 36. Bxe1 and now white is safe, or 34 … Rf7 35. Qe3 Re7 (35 … Bf6? the bishop has no place to go) 36. Qc3 and the game equal.

34. Rf1 (a move which losing a pawn for nothing). 34. … Qxa3
Now black has an extra pawn and connected pawns. Very strong.

35. Qf5 (Better 35. d5 a4 36. Qc4 or 35 … Qd3 36. Qa4 ready for 37. Rd1) Qd6 36. Rd1 Qd7 (diagram)

(Basic concept in endgame, exchange heavy pieces. White cannot stop black’s connected pawn on queen side. If 37. Qxd7 Rxd7 38. Kf1 c5 and black will win easily).

37. Qc2 Re8 38. Bg3 Bf6 39. Qc4+ Kh8 40. d5 c5 41. Bf2 (diagram)

Nice try from white but not the best. The best defense is 41. Rb1 Rd8 42. d6 . White can slow down his defeating process but hardly safe his game. The effect of outside passed pawn (connected pawns) plays important role here.

41 … h6 42. Rb1 Rd8 43. Rxb6 Qxd5 44. Qf1 Bd4 45. Rb5 a4 46. Ra5 Bxf2+ 47. Qxf2 Qd1+ 48. Qf1 Qc2 0-1 (diagram)

A good endgame lesson from IM Jimmy Liew for our young talented player.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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Monday, August 7, 2006

1st prize

1st prize

Here I just want to show what kind of prize sponsored by in Minda Catur Saturday Night Fever. 2 days ago the prize is a Multimedia Headset with Microphone HMV889 (worth RM65).

Only 1st prize is provided in this mini tournament in materials not in form of cash money. This is the tradition of this tournament. The 1st prize varied depends on the sponsor and the fees. The last 3 previous tournament, the 1st prizes are kingston thumbdrive 512MB, Multimedia Headset HMV889 and T-shirt.

The list of the previous 1st prize winners are: Fairin Zakaria, Tun Sri Lanang, Mohd Saprin Sabri, Samsol Bahrain and Shamsuddin.

Note: I forgot to bring my digital camera on that night, there for there's no picture for the latest tournament.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

MINDA CATUR Saturday Night Fever

Last night we have mini blitz tournament or famously known as MINDA CATUR SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (like the previous post in this blog) . Due to a communication break down, 7 chess players come and only 4 of them take part. The participants are Mohd Saprin, Shamsuddin, Zamri and Safri. 3 of the kibitzers are Zulkifli, Mohd Hafez and Wong Kim Soon.

We decided to play 15minutes blitz double round robin. There for we have more quality for the games. After every games end, there will be followed by a discussion. Finally the tournament end at 1.30am and won by Shamsuddin with 5/6 points with 5 wins and a lost to Mohd Saprin.

The prize for this tournament sponsored by It's a Multimedia Headset with Microphone HMV889 (worth RM65).

Detail of the tournament
Place: Medan Selera UNITEN, opposite to the Masjid UNITEN.
Date: 5.8.2006 (Saturday)
Time: 10pm - 1.30am
Entry fee: RM5
Prize: Sponsored by a computer company (

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Mtel Masters Game 2006

(1) Bacrot,E (2708) - Anand,V (2803) [E12]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (1), 11.05.2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 Be7 7.e3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Bg3 d6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.0-0 Nd7 12.e4 Bf6 13.Rc1 g5 14.Bb1 h5 15.h3 Rg8 16.b4 g4 17.hxg4 hxg4 18.Nh2 Bh4 19.Bf4 Bg5 20.Qxg4 Qf6 21.Be3 Bxe3 22.Qxg8+ Ke7 23.Qxa8 Bxa8 24.fxe3 Qg6 25.Rf4 e5 26.Rf5 Qh6 27.Re1 exd4 28.exd4 Qd2 29.Nf3 Qxb4 30.Rc1 Bb7 31.Rb5 Qa3 32.Re1 Qc3 33.Rb3 Qxc4 34.Bd3 Qa4 35.Rc3 c5 36.Bc4 Qb4 37.Rcc1 cxd4 38.Nxd4 Ne5 39.Nf5+ Kd7 40.Bd5 Bxd5 41.exd5 Qf4 42.Rf1 Nf3+ 43.gxf3 Qxf5 44.f4 Qxd5 45.f5 Qd2 46.f6 b5 47.Rce1 Kc6 48.Ra1 Qd4+ 49.Kg2 Qb2+ 50.Kg3 b4 51.Kg4 d5 52.Kg5 Qg2+ 53.Kh4 Kd6 54.Kh5 a5 0-1

(2) Ponomariov,R (2738) - Kamsky,G (2671) [C88]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (1), 11.05.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nc3 Nd8 12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Re8 14.Nf5 Ne6 15.Qf3 Bf8 16.Be3 c5 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Nc7 20.Bd2 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 Re8 22.Rxe8 Nxe8 23.b3 g6 24.Nh6+ Bxh6 25.Bxh6 f6 26.c4 Kf7 27.Qd3 Ke7 28.g4 Kd8 29.Kg2 Kc8 30.Bd2 Nc7 31.Bc3 Qf7 32.Qf3 Ne8 33.Qe4 Nc7 34.Kg3 Kd7 35.Ba5 Qe8 36.Kf3 Qxe4+ 37.Kxe4 bxc4 38.bxc4 Ne8 39.Bd2 Ke7 40.Kd3 Kd7 41.Kc3 Kc7 42.Kb3 Kb6 43.Bh6 Kb7 44.h4 f5 45.gxf5 gxf5 46.Bg5 Kc8 47.h5 Kd7 48.Kc3 h6 49.Bxh6 Nf6 50.Kb3 Nxh5 51.Ka4 Nf6 52.Bf4 Ng4 53.Bg3 f4 54.Bxf4 Nxf2 55.Bg3 Ne4 56.Bf4 Kc7 57.Kb3 Kd7 58.Kc2 Nf2 59.Kd2 Ne4+ 60.Kd3 Nf2+ 61.Ke2 Ne4 62.Kd3 Nf2+ 63.Ke2 Ne4 64.Kd3 1/2-1/2

(3) Svidler,P (2743) - Topalov,V (2804) [B80]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (1), 11.05.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 b4 9.Nce2 e5 10.Nb3 Nc6 11.Ng3 Be6 12.0-0-0 Qc7 13.f4 h5 14.h4 a5 15.f5 Bd7 16.Kb1 Rb8 17.Be2 Na7 18.Bxa7 Qxa7 19.Qd3 Bb5 20.Qf3 Bc6 21.Nd2 Qc5 22.Nb3 Qb6 23.Nd2 Be7 24.Nc4 Qc5 25.Ne3 a4 26.Bc4 Bd8 27.b3 Bb6 28.Rd3 axb3 29.cxb3 Ra8 30.Rc1 Qa5 31.Rc2 Ke7 32.Nd5+ Bxd5 33.Bxd5 Rac8 34.Rxc8 Rxc8 35.Bc4 Rh8 36.Rd2 Qc5 37.Qd1 Ba7 38.Rc2 Qe3 39.Bd3 Bc5 40.Qf3 Rd8 41.Be2 Qf4 42.Nxh5 Qxh4 43.Nxf6 gxf6 44.g3 Qg5 45.Qg4 Rh8 46.Qxg5 fxg5 47.Bg4 Kf6 48.Rc1 Rh2 49.Rc2 Rh6 50.Rc1 Bf2 51.Rd1 Kg7 52.Rd3 Bd4 53.Kc2 Kf6 54.Rd2 Rh1 55.Rd1 Rh8 56.Kd3 Rc8 57.Ke2 Rc3 58.Rd3 Rc5 59.Bf3 Ke7 60.Rd2 Rc3 61.Rd3 Rc8 62.Rd2 Rh8 63.Kf1 Rc8 64.Ke2 Rg8 65.Kf1 Rh8 66.Rc2 Bc5 67.Kg2 Kf6 68.Be2 Rh7 69.Rc1 Rh8 70.Rc2 Rh7 71.Rc1 Rh8 1/2-1/2

(4) Topalov,V (2804) - Anand,V (2803) [C88]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (2), 12.05.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 Re8 10.c3 h6 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a3 d6 13.Ba2 Nb8 14.b4 c5 15.Nb3 Nc6 16.Rb1 Bc8 17.Be3 Be6 18.Qc2 Rc8 19.Qb2 c4 20.dxc4 Bxc4 21.Nbd2 Bxa2 22.Qxa2 d5 23.Rbd1 d4 24.cxd4 exd4 25.Nb3 Nxe4 26.Bxd4 Nxd4 27.Rxd4 Ng5 28.Ne5 Nxh3+ 29.gxh3 Qg5+ 30.Kh2 Qf5 31.Rde4 Rxe5 32.Rxe5 Bd6 33.Nc5 Bxe5+ 34.Kg2 Rc6 35.Qb3 Rg6+ 36.Kf1 Bg3 0-1

(5) Svidler,P (2743) - Ponomariov,R (2738) [B90]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (2), 12.05.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.g4 Be7 10.Qd2 0-0 11.g5 Nh5 12.0-0-0 b5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 f5 15.gxf6 Bxf6 16.Na5 Nf4 17.Nc6 Qc7 18.c4 Nb8 19.Qa5 Rc8 20.Kb1 bxc4 21.Qxc7 Rxc7 22.Bxc4 Kf8 23.Na5 Nd7 24.Rc1 Bg5 25.h4 Bh6 26.Bb3 Rac8 27.Rc6 Ne2 28.Bxh6 gxh6 29.Bc4 Nd4 30.Bxa6 Nxc6 31.dxc6 Rxc6 32.Nxc6 Rxc6 33.Bb5 Rc7 34.Rc1 Nc5 35.Bc4 e4 36.b4 Rb7 37.a3 exf3 38.Rf1 Na4 39.Rxf3+ Kg7 40.Bb3 Nb6 41.Kb2 Re7 42.a4 Re4 43.Ka3 1-0

(6) Kamsky,G (2671) - Bacrot,E (2708) [C88]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (2), 12.05.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.Rb1 Rc8 14.Bd2 Nd4 15.b4 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 c4 17.dxc4 bxc4 18.Qe2 Qc7 19.Bg5 Ne8 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Bxc4 Nf6 22.Rbd1 a5 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 axb4 25.axb4 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Qc7 27.Rc1 Qc3 28.b5 Rfd8 29.Qd1 h6 30.Kh2 Rc5 31.Rxc5 Qxc5 32.Qe2 Rc8 33.c4 Qd4 34.Rc2 g6 35.f3 Kg7 36.Rd2 Qxc4 37.Qxc4 Rxc4 38.Rxd6 Rb4 39.b6 h5 40.h4 f5 41.Rd7+ Kf6 42.b7 fxe4 43.fxe4 g5 44.g3 Rb2+ 45.Kg1 gxh4 46.gxh4 Ke6 47.Rh7 Kd6 48.Rxh5 Rxb7 49.Kg2 Rb4 50.Kf3 Rb1 51.Rg5 Ke6 52.h5 Rf1+ 53.Ke2 Rf4 54.Ke3 Rh4 55.Rf5 Rh3+ 56.Kf2 Rh4 57.Kf3 Rh3+ 58.Kg4 Re3 59.h6 Rxe4+ 60.Kg5 Re1 61.Rf6+ Kd5 62.h7 Rg1+ 63.Kh6 Ke4 64.Rf8 Rh1+ 65.Kg6 Rxh7 66.Kxh7 Kd3 67.Rd8+ Ke3 68.Kg6 e4 69.Kf5 Kf3 70.Rh8 e3 71.Rh3+ Kf2 72.Kf4 e2 73.Rh2+ Kf1 74.Kf3 e1N+ 75.Kg3 Nd3 76.Rd2 Ne1 77.Rf2+ Kg1 78.Rf8 Ng2 79.Kf3 Kf1 80.Kg3+ Kg1 81.Kf3 Kf1 82.Rf7 Ne1+ 83.Ke3+ Kg1 84.Ke2 Ng2 85.Rh7 Nf4+ 86.Kf3 Nd3 87.Rh4 Ne5+ 88.Ke2 Kg2 89.Re4 Nf7 90.Re7 Nd6 91.Rg7+ Kh3 92.Kf3 Kh4 93.Kf4 Kh5 94.Re7 Nc4 95.Re6 Nd2 96.Rc6 Nb3 97.Ke3 Kg4 98.Rc4+ Kg3 99.Rc3 Na5 100.Ke4+ Kf2 101.Kd5 Nb7 102.Rb3 Nd8 103.Rb8 1-0

(7) Bacrot,E (2708) - Svidler,P (2743) [D85]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (3), 13.05.2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Rb1 0-0 9.Be2 b6 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Qd3 Qc7 12.d5 Nd7 13.Qc2 Rad8 14.Bg5 Bf6 15.Bh6 Bg7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.a4 e6 18.dxe6 Nf6 19.Ng5 h6 20.Nxf7 Bxe4 21.Qb3 Rxf7 22.exf7 Bxb1 23.Rxb1 Qxf7 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.Bc4+ Kf8 26.f3 Rd2 27.a5 bxa5 28.Ra1 Rc2 29.Bd3 Rd2 30.Bc4 Rc2 31.Bd3 Rd2 32.Bc4 1/2-1/2

(8) Anand,V (2803) - Kamsky,G (2671) [C88]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (3), 13.05.2006

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nbd2 Nd8 12.c3 Ne6 13.d4 Rad8 14.d5 Nf4 15.Nf1 Ng6 16.Ng3 c6 17.Bg5 cxd5 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.Bxd5 Nf4 20.Bxb7 Qxb7 21.Qc2 g6 22.Rad1 d5 23.exd5 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Qxd5 25.Rd1 Qe6 26.Qe4 Rb8 27.Ne2 Nxe2+ 28.Qxe2 Re8 29.Qe4 h6 30.g4 Bg5 31.Nxg5 hxg5 32.Qd5 Kg7 33.Qxe6 Rxe6 34.Rd7 Kf6 35.Kf1 Rc6 36.Ke2 Ke6 37.Rd8 e4 38.f3 exf3+ 39.Kxf3 Rd6 40.Re8+ Kd5 41.b3 Rf6+ 42.Kg2 Rc6 43.Re3 f5 44.gxf5 gxf5 45.Rg3 Ke4 46.a4 bxa4 47.bxa4 Kf4 48.Rf3+ Ke5 49.Re3+ Kf6 50.Rd3 f4 51.Kf3 Ke5 52.Kg4 Rd6 53.Rxd6 Kxd6 54.h4 gxh4 55.Kxh4 Kd5 56.Kh3 Ke4 57.Kg2 Ke3 0-1

(9) Ponomariov,R (2738) - Topalov,V (2804) [D45]
Mtel Masters Sofia BUL (3), 13.05.2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 a6 6.c5 b6 7.cxb6 Nbd7 8.Na4 Nxb6 9.Bd2 Nxa4 10.Qxa4 Bd7 11.Ne5 Ne4 12.Ba5 c5 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Qxd7+ Kxd7 15.f3 Nf6 16.Rc1 c4 17.b3 Rb8 18.bxc4 Bb4+ 19.Bxb4 Rxb4 20.c5 Rb2 21.a4 Ra8 22.Be2 Kc7 23.Rf1 Rab8 24.Rf2 R8b3 25.Bxa6 Rxe3+ 26.Kf1 Rb4 27.Ra2 Reb3 28.Rd1 Ng8 29.a5 Ne7 30.Be2 Nc6 31.a6 Kb8 32.Rad2 Ra3 33.Kf2 g5 34.h4 gxh4 35.Rh1 Rxd4 36.Rb2+ Kc7 37.Rhb1 Ne5 38.Rb8 Kc6 39.Rc8+ Kd7 40.Rg8 Ke7 41.Rb7+ Kf6 42.a7 Rda4 43.c6 Nxc6 44.Bb5 Ra2+ 45.Kg1 Rxa7 46.Bxc6 Rxb7 47.Bxb7 h5 48.Kh2 Ra1 49.Bc6 Rc1 50.Bb5 Rb1 51.Be2 Re1 52.Ba6 Ra1 53.Bd3 Rd1 54.Bh7 d4 55.Rb8 Kg7 56.Rb1 Rd2 57.Be4 f5 58.Bb7 e5 59.Rb5 Kf6 60.f4 e4 61.Bc8 d3 62.Rxf5+ Kg7 63.Rg5+ Kf6 64.Rf5+ Kg7 65.Rg5+ Kf6 66.Rf5+ Kg7 1/2-1/2

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

What do all of us think about this position? Some may call it wild, others could think it's just a dumbass and lousy one.
Maybe we could spare a little time to check "How white to move and win ". Enjoy !!!

Readers are welcome to comment on this game and please do not hesitate to include variations and subvariations (branching ) in your response.I will include it on next post.Take my words.
You may seek help from your loyal 'fritzy' and 'shredder' assistance. I won't call arbiter to penalise you. Go ahead. Enjoy!!

Interesting position

suggest White spectacular move that led to zugzwang-like position for Black.
White to move and win.