22 March 2014

Two Slugfests and A Nice Positional Win

Masrin Erowan is Sabah's top player with a swash-buckling playing style based on sharp openings variations. Yit San himself would not shy away from a tactical battle. So when these two met up in Round 5 of last week's National Closed, a wild tactical fight was only to be expected.

Masrin won a pawn from presumably a prepared opening line. In the resulting position with an open centre, tactics took precedence. White maintained his opening advantage until move 15 when a miscalculation lost him some material. Thereafter, it was a matter of how Black converted the dynamic position with 2R+2B v Q+R+P.

[Event "National Closed 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.03.14"] [Round "5"] [White "Masrin Erowan"] [Black "Fong Yit San"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] [PlyCount "66"] [SourceDate "2012.03.14"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O Ngf6 5. Re1 g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. e5 dxe5 9. Qxe5 O-O 10. Qxe7 Qb6 11. Bc4 Ng4 12. Qh4 Nde5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Bb3 Re8 15. Be3 Ng4 16. Nc3 Nxe3 17. Rxe3 Rxe3 $11 18. Nd5 $2 {A miscalculation losing 2 pawns worth of material.} ({simple is} 18. fxe3 Bxc3 19. Qe7 Be6 20. bxc3 Qxe3+ 21. Kh1 $11) 18... Rxb3 $19 19. Nxb6 Rxb6 20. Qd8+ Bf8 21. Re1 Rd6 22. Qc7 Bg4 23. h3 Rd7 24. Qa5 Be6 25. b3 b6 26. Qa4 Rad8 27. c4 h5 28. Qc6 ├ČRd2 29. Rxe6 fxe6 30. Qxe6+ Kh7 31. Qf7+ Bg7 32. Qxa7 R8d7 33. Qa4 Re7 0-1

Fadzil and Yit San are Perak's top 2 players. They must have played each other in competition something like 15-20 times over the last 2 years, both within and outside Perak. Their games were invariably tough fights. It was no different when these two met up in Round 6 of the National Closed 2014.

A Sicilian Najdorf with opposite-side castling had both kings under attack and making for an exciting slugfest, with Yit San winging it after gaining absolute control of the g-file.

[Event "National Closed 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.03.14"] [Round "6"] [White "Fong Yit San "] [Black "Fadzil Nayan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B94"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] [PlyCount "91"] [SourceDate "2012.03.14"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qb6 8. Bb3 e6 9. Qd2 Be7 10. O-O-O O-O 11. Kb1 Nc5 12. f3 Qc7 13. g4 b5 14. a3 Bd7 15. h4 Rfb8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. g5 Be7 18. h5 Nxb3 19. cxb3 a5 20. g6 Bf6 21. Nce2 Be8 22. Nf4 Qe7 23. Rdg1 Rb7 24. gxh7+ Kh8 25. Nde2 b4 26. a4 Rc8 27. Ng2 d5 28. exd5 Rd7 29. Ne3 exd5 30. Nf5 Qf8 31. Ned4 Kxh7 32. Rh2 Bxd4 33. Qxd4 f6 34. Rhg2 Rcc7 35. Qd3 Kh8 36. f4 Qg8 37. h6 g6 38. Nh4 Qe6 39. Re2 Qg8 40. Nxg6+ Bxg6 41. Rxg6 Qf8 42. Reg2 Re7 43. Qg3 Kh7 44. Rg8 Qxh6 45. Rh2 Re1+ 46. Ka2 1-0

In the penultimate Round 8, Yit San met his first Pakcik opponent. (Earlier rounds have all seen abang and adik opponents).  Yit San v Ismail Ahmad was on no less than Board 1. This Pakcik can still play, 'halia tua' or 'low keong' as the saying goes. A tough battle was in store as Ismail is well known as an uncompromising fighter over the chess board, and so it proved.

Yit San opted for the positional 2c3 structure against Black's Sicilian. Positional pressure led to the win of a pawn on move 26. Subsequent play saw the opening of a second front with 37.h4 while keeping the extra pawn safe for the endgame. Finally, wholesale liquidation by move 46 brought about a pawn-up single Rook endgame which Yit San converted without too much trouble.

[Event "National Closed 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.03.15"] [Round "8"] [White "Fong Yit San"] [Black "Ismail Ahmad"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B28"] [WhiteElo ""] [BlackElo ""] [PlyCount "111"] [SourceDate "2012.03.14"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Nc6 9. Nc3 Bb4 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nf6 12. c4 Qd7 13. h3 Bf5 14. Qb3 O-O 15. Rfd1 Rac8 16. d5 exd5 17. cxd5 Nb8 18. Bd3 Bxd3 19. Rxd3 Rfe8 20. Rad1 b5 21. Bf4 Rc4 22. Bxb8 Rxb8 23. Ne5 Qc8 24. Nc6 Rb7 25. Qa3 Qe8 26. Qxa6 Qc8 27. Na5 Rb8 28. Qd6 Rc7 29. Nc6 Rbb7 30. Qb4 h6 31. Qf4 Qd7 32. Qg3 Ne4 33. Qh4 Nc5 34. Rd4 Qd6 35. Re1 Rd7 36. Qg4 g6 37. h4 Rbc7 38. h5 g5 39. Qf5 Kg7 40. g3 Qf6 41. Qxf6+ Kxf6 42. Rc1 Ne6 43. Rdd1 g4 44. dxe6 Rxd1+ 45. Rxd1 Rxc6 46. exf7 Kxf7 47. Rd5 Rc1+ 48. Kg2 Rb1 49. Rd4 Ra1 50. Rxg4 Rxa2 51. Rg6 b4 52. Rxh6 b3 53. Rb6 Rb2 54. g4 Rb1 55. Kg3 b2 56. Kf4 1-0

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