12 August 2014

Tromso: Malaysia draws Tajikistan 2-2

The Malaysian Men’s Team drew 2-2 with Tajikistan yesterday to continue an amazing run at the Tromso Olympiad. Although a 4-match winning streak was broken, there is now a 5-match unbeaten run.

The seedings book was thrown out the window as Malaysia took Boards 3 and 4 to secure the draw against the much higher 67th seeded Tajikistan.
On Board 1, Yee Weng found the 2590-rated GM  Amonatov too hot to handle and duly lost when he could not find the solution to extricate himself from a fork in the middle of the board. With the analysis of Stockfish available, viewers during the live transmission have immediate access to tactical solutions which may elude the players.

On Board 2 had Aron Teh could not free his Q-side after a few inaccuracies in the early middle-game. A resulting passed pawn on the 7th rank settled the game in favour of 2410-rated IM Khusenkhojaev.

It was yet another Sveshnikov Sicilian for Yit San on Board 3, this time against the 2337-rated IM Isaev. The IM misjudged the adverse strategic consequences of obtaining a passed isolated d-pawn. Yit San showed he was good enough to exploit the weaknesses to bring home the point.

[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "9"] [White "Fong Yit San"] [Black "Isaev, Jamshed"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "2143"] [BlackElo "2337"] [PlyCount "91"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 b4 12. Nc2 a5 13. g3 O-O 14. Bg2 Rb8 15. b3 g6 16. Qd3 Bg7 17. O-O Kh8 18. Rad1 f5 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. Be4 Qd7 21. Nde3 Rbd8 22. Rd2 Nd4 23. Nxd4 Bxe4 24. Qxe4 exd4 25. Nd5 Rde8 26. Qb1 Qg4 27. Qd1 Qh3 28. Re1 Re5 29. f4 Ree8 30. Rde2 Rxe2 31. Qxe2 Qf5 32. Qe4 Qd7 33. Kg2 Qf7 34. Qe6 Qa7 35. Qe7 Qc5 36. Nc7 Qc6+ 37. Kh3 Rg8 38. Ne6 Qc8 39. Kg2 Qa8+ 40. Kf2 d5 41. Nxg7 Rxg7 42. Qe8+ Rg8 43. Qe5+ Rg7 44. Qxd4 dxc4 45. Re7 Qf8 46. Rd7 1-0

Fadzil  benefited when his opponent, 2301-rated IM Khamdamov lost a piece in the early middlegame. It was just a matter of technique which Fadzil proved he had more than enough to convert the win.

[Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Event "Olympiad 2014"] [Site "Tromso"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "9"] [White "Khamdanov, Suhrob"] [Black "Ahmad Fadzil Nayan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2301"] [BlackElo "2121"] [PlyCount "62"] [SourceDate "2014.08.11"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bxb1 8. Rxb1 e6 9. O-O Bd6 10. b4 Nf6 11. b5 Ne7 12. Ng5 h6 13. Bf3 Qf5 14. Nxf7 Kxf7 15. Rb3 Ned5 16. Re1 Rhe8 17. g4 Qg6 18. h4 Rac8 19. g5 hxg5 20. hxg5 Nf4 21. Bxf4 Bxf4 22. Bxb7 Qxg5+ 23. Kf1 Rc1 24. Qe2 Ng4 25. Bg2 Nh2+ 26. Kg1 Rxe1+ 27. Qxe1 Rc8 28. Rc3 Bd2 29. Qxd2 Qxd2 30. Rxc8 Ng4 31. Rc7+ Kf6 0-1

Syabas to the Malaysian boys for a splendid result.

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