Saturday, December 19, 2009

IM Mas Vs FM Nicholas

[Event "Malaysian Masters Final"]
[Site "Kompleks Wilayah"]
[Date "20/12/2009"]
[Round "3"]
[White "IM Mas"]
[Black "FM Nicholas"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. Nc3 d6 4. e4 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Nd2 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 e6 15. Nab6
exd5 16.Nxd5

time 1:14 – 1:23


time: 1:14 – 1:16

17.exd5 f5 18.c3 Nc7

It’s easier to play as White. Black is trying to bring back the Knight via e8-f6.

19.Nb6 Bd7 20.Be3 Be8

I failed to understand 20…Be8. I will play 20…Bb5 if I need to move the Bishop

21.Qd2 Na8

what? Mas will not exchange that sick Knight.


If 22…Nc7, Mas can repeat with 23.Nb6 and I think he don’t mind draw 3 games in a row to claim the championship.


Nicholas got bad Knight. White’s position is better.

23.Bf2 Re8

White’s task is vey simple. Just exchange those pieces which come out and then will easily draw or even win the game.

24.Rfe1 Qc7

At most Nicholas can only draw this position.

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 Re8 34.h3 Ng7 35.Re2 Nh5 36.Kg2 Bh6 37.Kf3

Mas is taking a walk outside the car parking area. Do hope he will not be penalized for smoking like chinese players during World Cup :)

Mas is back.


time:- 0:20 – 0:35

38.Re6 Nf6 39.Qe2

time:- 17.30 - 0:33


For a long time I have never seen Nicholas plays so badly, maybe he is affected by his exam & works. Looks like it’s going to be 3-0 for Mas


Why 40.Rxd6, I need to ask IM Mas later.

40…Ne4 41.g4!

now I see real Mas not Ayamas :)

41…Bg7 42.g5

why close the position?

42…Rd8 43.h4 Kf7 44.Bc1 Rd7 45.h5

time:- 7.39 – 0:20

45…Rd8 46.Kg2

time:- 5.19 – 0:20

46…Qb5 47.Kh3 Qb3 48.Ne3

time:- 3.26 – 13.30

48…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. Qxh6 Qh2


Draw agreed

1/2 – 1/2


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