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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Been busy

No new game at the moment since I have been pretty busy.
The summer classes have started and there are too many things to catch up.
I have never had much time during summer class since the classes are super-fast.
I am taking thermodynamics class, a digital lab class and 2 arabic courses this summer.
In addition to that, there are soccer matches every morning and afternoon to be watched.
Being a fanatic soccer fan and player, I could not miss a single match or else I'll feel that I have missed something on the particular day.

Hopefully I'll be able to play at least one yahoo game with a 1500++ player this week.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

new game

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 g6
3. Nc3 Bg7
4. h3 d5
5. c5 b6 ( black will have immediate advantage with 5. … 0–0 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. Qb3 b6 )
6. b4 0–0
7. Bf4 Re8 ( 7. … a5 should have been played earlier)
8. e3 a5
9. a3 axb4
10. axb4 Rxa1
11. Qxa1 bxc5 ( 11. … Nc6 better but I was worried that the b-pawn might be isolated soon)
12. bxc5 Nc6
13. Bb5 Bd7
14. Nge2 ( 14. Nf3 was better) 14. … Nb4 ( 14. … e5 15. Bg5 Nxd4 16. exd4 exd4 )
15. 0–0 Qc8 ( 15. … Bxb5 )
16. Qa7 ( 16. Bxd7 Qxd7 17. Qa5 Nc6 18. Qxc7 Qxc7 19. Bxc7 Rc8 20. Be5 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Nd7 ) 16. … c6
17. Ba6? Nxa6 ( 17. … Qxa6 )
18. Ra1 ( 18. Na4 Qa8 ( dangerous was 18. … Nb8 19. Nb6 Qd8 20. Bc7 and black lose the queen) 19. Qxa8 Rxa8 20. Nb6 ) 18. … Nb4
19. Qb6 Nd3
20. Bh2 Bxh3!? might be a premature attack but black is already a piece ahead
21. gxh3 Qxh3
22. Ng3? ( 22. Qxc6 ) 22. … Ng4
23. Qxc6?? ( last chance for defence was 23. Nf1 Nxh2 24. Nxh2 Nf4 25. exf4 Qxc3 26. Rb1 ) 23. … Qxh2+
24. Kf1 Qxf2#

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Wrong decision

It has been a wrong decision to slow down my preparation for the Midwest Games' chess tournament before. I was concentrating more on table tennis since I will be facing Saiful who I always know is a very talented player. I had lost some of my momentum because of neglecting my training.

I won my first game against Azman who played in 'Catur Merdeka' before, with a rook sacrifice for 2 bishops. I had to struggle a little bit before establishing the advantage.

In the second game, things were going fine and I had a small positional advantage before I lost my focus (mainly because I had just finished my table tennis game and was still sweating). I sacrificed a rook for 2 pawns for the center and positional advantage. It should be a temporary sacrifice but I oversighted that my queen is overloaded. I kept struggling for any chance of defense but lost the time (the time control was G/30)

It's very bad that the tournament used a knock-out system. I have to go back without a chess medal but fortunately I did well in my table-tennis games and bagged a gold and a bronze to bring home.
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