Sunday, December 20, 2009

Malaysian Masters Final : Game 3

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi - FM Nicholas Chan

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Benoni Defence

[Event "Malaysian Masters Finals G3"]
[Date "2009.12.20"]
[Round "3"]
[White "IM Mas Hafizulhelmi"]
[Black "FM Nicholas Chan"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "A43"]
[PlyCount "27"]
[EventDate "2009.08.16"]
[SourceDate "2009.12.20"]

1. d4 c5

2. d5 Nf6

3. Nc3 d6

4. e4 g6

5. Nf3 Bg7

6. Nd2

The Fritz database shows 5 games played in this position. It's 4 wins for Black and one win for White.


6. ... O-O

7. Be2 Nbd7

8. O-O Ne8

9. a4 Rb8

10. f4 a6

11. a5 Nc7

12. Nc4 Nb5

13. Na4 Nf6

14. Bd3


14 ... e6 15. Nab6 exd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 f5 18. c3 Nc7 19. Nb6 Bd7 20. Be3 Be8 21. Qd2 Na8


22. Nc4 Bb5 (white is slightly better now)

23. Bf2 Re8

24. Rfe1 Qc7

25. Ne3 Bxd3

26. Qxd3 Bh6

27. g3 Qd7


28. Nc4 Qb5

29. Re6 Bf8


30. Rae1 Nc7 31. R6e2 Rxe2 32. Rxe2 Ne8 33. Re6 Rd8 34. h3 Ng7 35. Re2 Nh5 36. Kg2 Bh6 37. Kf3 Rf8 38. Re6 Nf6 39. Qe2


39 ... Qb3

40. Be3 Ne4 41. 4 Bg7 42. g5 Rd8 43. h4 Kf7 44. Bc1


44. ... Rd7 45. h5 Rd8


Second chance for White to play Rxd6.

46. Kg2 (not taken)

46. ..Qb5 47. Kh3

47. ... Qb3

48. Ne3 Qb5

49. Nc4 Bh8

50. Kg2 Rd7 51. Kf3 Bg7 52. Be3 Qb3 53. Qd3 Qa2 54. hxg6+
hxg6 55. Rxe4 fxe4+ 56. Qxe4 Re7 57. Qd3 Kg8 58. Nxd6 Qxb2

59.Qg6 Qh2

Draw agreed

1/2 - 1/2


Mas leads with 2.5 to 0.5 vs Nicholas so he only needs a win or two draw to be Malaysian Masters Champion 2009. Will Nicholas be able to fight back and return to form. We will see in the next game ... (starting at 3.30pm)

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