Monday, August 31, 2009

GM Negi Parimarjan Second Youngest GM In History

While scanning the internet recently, I found an interesting article in 2006 published on about the young GM Negi Parimarjan from India and how he compares with other previous young GMs.

Below I append the article from for your reading pleasure.

Parimarjan Negi, India's youngest ever grandmaster 05.07.2006 – This lad has broken a number of records. Making his final GM norm at the age of 13 years 3 months and 22 days he became India's youngest Grandmaster. Before him it was Pentala Harikrishna, who did it at 15, breaking Anand's 14-year record of 18 years. But Negi has also broken Magnus Carlsen's record by five days to become the second-youngest GM in chess history.

Parimarjan Negi becomes India's Youngest Grandmaster
By Vijay Kumar

Parimarjan Negi has become India's youngest Grandmaster, when he achieved the third and the Final GM norm at Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship at Satka in Russia. At the age of 13 years and 142 days, Parimarjan Negi broke the previous Indian record of Pentala Harikrishna, who did it at the age of 15 years and 99 days, in August 2001. Harikrishna broke Viswanathan Anand's 14 years record of becoming India's youngest Grand Master at the age of 18.

Parmarjan is now the second youngest Grandmaster of all time, replacing Magnus Carlsen of Norway by a five-day margin. Sergey Karjakin, who achieved this feat at the age of 12 years and 7 months, however, holds the World's Youngest GM title. It is remarkable that Parimarjan Negi, who attained his International Masters title only in December last year (2005), has been able to "upgrade" to GM within the short span of six months.

Youngest grandmasters in history:-

source: (2006)

Final Ranking Of Merdeka Team Rapid Chess 29-31 August 2009

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The above is the final standings of the 66 participating chess teams for the Merdeka Rapid Team Chess Open 2009 held at the Ballroom, CitiTel MidValley Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 29-31 August 2009.

The top ten winning chess teams for 2009 were as follows:

1. INA - RTCC - 28.5 pts, 15 MP;
2. Bhayangkar Police R.I. - 27.5 pts, 15 MP;
3. SMS Gold KLMN (M) - 24 pts, 14 MP;
4. Tagatay City - 24 pts, 13 MP;
5. Jakarta Chess Club (JCC) - 23.5 pts, 13 MP;
6. Team Astro - 23.5 pts, 12 MP;
7. IRI-MAS - 22.5 pts, 13 MP;
8. Calamba City - 22 pts, 12 MP;
9. Calamba City B - 22 pts, 12 MP;
10. SMS Gold - MO (M) - 22 pts, 11 MP;

Overall the event was eventually won by Indonesian team INA-RTCC (above pic) headed by IM Tirto on Board 1 setting aside the Filipino teams who in the past had been dominating the top tables.

Congratulations to all winning teams! Hope to see you all next year for another Malaysian Chess Festival. Adios! Terima kasih! Thank you all!

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Results of Merdeka Team Rapid Chess Championship 2009

For latest results for Merdeka Team Rapid Chess Championship 2009, please visit one of the following websites:, or, or, or, or

Happy hunting everyone! Have fun. Ciao!

First Friday Classical Chess (September) 2009



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Merdeka Rapid Team Chess Open 29-31 Aug 2009

The Merdeka Rapid Team Chess Open 2009 which will run from 29 to 31 August 2009 and the event was officiated by the Sports Minister, YB Dato' Shabery Cheek on the morning of 29th August 2009 at the Ballroom, CitiTel MidValley Hotel. There will be 66 teams that will be competing for the Open Championship over 9 Swiss rounds with a 25 minute per player time control.

Each team will comprise of 4 or 5 players. Each match will consist of 4 board games to decide the score of the match. The fifth player will be in the team as a reserve, where available.

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As a guide to participating teams, the above table outlines the schedule for the 9 Swiss rounds from 29th to 31st August 2009.

To all players, please have fun participating in the team event in this year's Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 in Kuala Lumpur. Happy hunting and best of luck.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Final Results of 6th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009

Final Ranking of 6th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009 is as shown:-

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The table above confirms that GM Negi Parimarjan, India (2590) is the official champion of the 6th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009.

The winners in the top fifteen are as follows:
1. GM Negi Parimarjan (IND) (2590) - 7 points (BH=49.5);
2. IM Dableo Ronald (PHI) (2417) - 7 points (BH=48);
3. GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (IRI) (2589) - 6.5 points;
4. Senador Emmanuel (PHI) (2372) - 6.5 points;
5. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) (2592) - 6.5 points;
6. GM Laylo Darwin (PHI) (2494) - 6.5 points;
7. GM Schebler, Gerhard (GER) (2486) - 6.5 points;
8. Yu Yangyi (CHN) (2510) - 6.5 points;
9. GM Iuldachev Saidali (UZB) (2518) - 6.5 points;
10. Xiu Deshun (CHN) (2515) - 6.5 points;
11. GM Li Chao b (CHN) (2634) - 6.5 points;
12 GM Megaranto Susanto (INA) (2534) - 6 points;
13. GM Nguyen Anh Dung (VIE) (2474) - 6 points;
14. FM Mok Tze-Meng (MAS) (2343) - 6 points;
15. Yu Lie (CHN) (2340) - 6 points

The prize giving ceremony was held at 6 pm, on Friday (28th August 2009) and the prizes given out by Dato' Tan Chin Nam, the Organizing Chairman of the event. The picture above showing the proud young GM from India, GM Negi Parimarjan receiving the coveted trophy, medal and his winning check from the equally proud Organising Chairman.

Friday, August 28, 2009

GM Negi Parimarjan is Champion of Malaysian Open 2009

I have been informed that GM Negi Parimarjan, India, is the official Champion of the 6th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009.

Pls await for more detailed results from the secretariat of the tournament or visit or for further details.

Winners of AmBank Challenge 2009

The result is final! Here are the top ten winners!

Champion - Samson Lim Jr (PHI) - 7 points
Second - Rodolfo Panopio Jr (PHI) - 7 Points
Third - Roel Abelgas (PHI) - 7 points
Fourth - Jax Tham (MAS) - 6.5 points
Fifth - Tan Kok Liang (MAS) - 6.5 points
Sixth - Nor Ilhamuddin (MAS) - 6 points
Seventh - Izz Saifuddin (MAS) - 6 points
Eighth - Cheah Cheok Fung (MAS) - 6 points
Ninth - Fadli Zakaria (MAS) - 6 points
Tenth - Ooi Li Tao (MAS) - 6 points

Best Lady - Renitha Narayanan - 5 points
Best U-16 - Tan Jun Feng - 5 points
Best U-12 - Tan Li Ting - 5 points

Information courtesy of

3 Lead Into Last Round of AmBank Challenge

Three players are leading the AmBank Challenge and all of them are from the Philippines. Abelgas Roel, Panopio Jr Rodolfo and Lim Samson Jr. But a dark horse is lurking at the back and that is none other than Jax Tham from Malaysia, sitting alone at 6 points.

If all of the threesome from Philippines falter with draws and Jax Tham wins his final round, then definitely Jax Tham will win the AmBank Challengers Championship for 2009.

Best of luck to all players. May the best player win the AmBank Challenge this year.
For official results, please visit the following blog:

Senador Leads Going Into Final Round, 6th IGB DAT Malaysian Open 2009

The fight to be 2009 Malaysian Open championship has been so intense that the tournament leader have changed 3 times going into today’s final round.

After 8 rounds, Emmanuel Senador is the surprise leader after he beat higher rated Yu Yangyi of China on board 1.Playing on the black side of the Sicilian, Senador successfully thwarted Yu Yangyi’s fierce attack against his king. After several exchanges, the endgame favoured Emmanuel and the win was never in doubt.

Senador will be meeting GM Negi Parimarjan who produced a fantastic save in his previous round against GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan where Negi successfully built a fortress using his pawn and rook vs Ehsan’s Queen.

Senador is just ahead of the the other leaders of the pack by half a point so the championship is still open to anybody. Any of the nine persons in the 6 point pack can still win the championship, if others falter. For Senador, he needs an emphatic win to ensure the championship but so do the nine contenders. But against GM Negi on the first board that might be tough for him. Best of luck and may the best player win.

Today’s final round will be the decider who will be the champion.

6.5 points: Senador Emmanuel

6 points: GM Negi Parimarjan, GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, GM Laylo Darwin, Yu Yangyi, GM Li Chao, GM Iuldachev Saidali, IM Dableo Ronald, GM Megaranto Susanto

5.5 points: GM Schebler Gerhard, Xiu Deshun, GM Nguyen Anh Dung, WIM Muminova Nafisa, WIM Zhang Xiaowen, IM Bitoon Richard

GM Negi Parimarjan's Game During 3rd Round, Malaysian Open 2009

During the third round of the Malaysian Chess Open 2009, GM Negi Parimarjan, India,(2590) met Pak Yevgeniy (2359) on the 24th August 2009.

A Classical Sicilian opening was chosen by Black. As the game continued, GM Negi slowly strangles the Black pieces and limiting the Black King to its back rank, forcing zugswang any move made by Black. At move 56, Black resigned.

After round 8, GM Negi is positioned in second place with 6 points from 8 games, just a half point behind leader, Senador Emmanuel of the Philippines. Fittingly, in the penultimate round of the Malaysian Open 2009, both these players will meet each other on first board to decide who wins the tournament. However, 8 other players are also on 6 points, so both Senador or GM Negi must go for a win in the last round to ensure maximum points and tie-break points to be the champion and win the prize money. Best of luck to you guys, may the best player win.

(2) GM Negi,Parimarjan (2590) - Pak,Yevgeniy (2359) [B56]
Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open CitiTel Midvalley Megamall, K (3), 2009
[Fritz 11 (3m)]
B56: Classical Sicilian: Unusual Lines 1.e2-e4 c7-c5 2.Ng1–f3 Nb8-c6 3.Nb1–c3 d7-d6 4.d2-d4 c5xd4 5.Nf3xd4 Ng8-f6 6.h2-h3 e7-e5 7.Nd4-e2

Here, GM Negi chose a slightly different move. Usual would be 7. Ndb5....

[ Some games from the database showed that 7...Bc8-e6 was winning for Black. And if White played 8.Bc1-g5, the game would be about equal or drawish. If Black continued with 8. .....d6-d5, Black is winning as shown in games below.

7...Bc8-e6 8.g2-g4 (8.f2-f4 Nf6-h5 9.g2-g3 e5xf4 10.Bc1xf4 Bf8-e7 11.Qd1–d2 Nc6-e5 12.Ne2-d4 Nh5xf4 13.Bf1–b5+ Be6-d7 14.g3xf4 Be7-h4+ 15.Ke1–e2 Ne5-c6 16.Nd4-f3 0–0 17.Ra1–d1 Bh4-e7 18.Nc3-d5 Rf8-e8 19.Ke2-f1 Be7-f8 20.Bb5-d3 Qd8-c8 21.Qd2-g2 Re8-e6 22.f4-f5 Re6-h6 Movsesian,S (2555)-Peptan,C (2460)/Groningen 1997/CBM 062 ext/1–0 (49);
8.Bc1–g5 Bf8-e7 9.Ne2-g3 0–0 10.Bf1–d3 h7-h6 11.Bg5-c1 d6-d5 12.e4xd5 Nf6xd5 13.Nc3xd5 Qd8xd5 14.0–0 Nc6-b4 15.Ng3-f5 Be7-f6 16.Nf5-e3 Qd5-c6 17.Ne3-g4 Be6xg4 18.Qd1xg4 Nb4xd3 19.c2xd3 Rf8-d8 20.Bc1xh6 Rd8-d4 21.Qg4-g3 Ra8-d8 22.Bh6-e3 Rd4xd3 Kurajica,B-Benko,P/Wijk aan Zee 1970/MCD/½–½)

8...d6-d5 9.e4xd5 Nf6xd5 10.Bf1–g2 Nd5xc3 11.Ne2xc3 Qd8xd1+ 12.Nc3xd1 h7-h5 13.Nd1–e3 0–0–0 14.c2-c3 Bf8-e7 15.Bg2-f3 h5xg4 16.h3xg4 Rh8xh1+ 17.Bf3xh1 g7-g6 18.Bh1–e4 Be7-g5 19.Be4-f3 f7-f5 20.g4xf5 g6xf5 21.Ne3-f1 Bg5-h4 22.Bc1–e3 Jeney,F-Szilagyi,G/Budapest 1950/EXT 2006/0–1 (37); 7...Bf8-e7 8.g2-g4 0–0 9.Bc1–e3 b7-b5 10.g4-g5 Nf6-e8 11.Qd1–d2 Nc6-a5 12.b2-b3 Bc8-b7 13.Ne2-g3 f7-f5 14.g5xf6 Ne8xf6 15.Bf1xb5 d6-d5 16.Nc3xd5 Bb7xd5 17.e4xd5 Nf6xd5 18.Ng3-e4 Nd5xe3 19.Qd2xe3 Rf8-f4 20.Bb5-d3 Na5-c6 21.c2-c3 Qd8-a5 22.0–0 Pisk,P (2310)-Furman,B (2245)/Karvina 1998/EXT 2000/1–0 (46); 7...d6-d5 8.e4xd5 Nc6-b4 9.Bc1–g5 Nb4xd5 10.Nc3xd5 Qd8xd5 11.Qd1xd5 Nf6xd5 12.0–0–0 Bf8-e7 13.Bg5xe7 Nd5xe7 14.Ne2-c3 a7-a6 15.Nc3-e4 Ne7-c6 16.Ne4-d6+ Ke8-e7 17.c2-c3 Rh8-d8 18.Nd6xc8+ Ra8xc8 19.Bf1–d3 Rd8-d6 20.Bd3-e4 Rc8-d8 21.Rd1xd6 Rd8xd6 22.Rh1–e1 Suarez,J-Pugach,M/Buenos Aires 1963/MCD/½–½ (53);

¹7...Bc8-e6!?³ has some apparent merit]

8.Nc3xb5 Qd8-a5+? [8...Bc8-e6!? is worthy of consideration 9.Ne2-g3 a7-a6²] 9.Ne2-c3± Bc8-b7 [9...Bc8-e6 10.Nb5xd6+ Bf8xd6 11.Qd1xd6±] 10.Bc1–d2+- [10.Nb5xd6+?! Bf8xd6 11.Qd1xd6 Nf6xe4=]

10...Qa5-d8 11.Nc3-d5 Nf6xd5 12.e4xd5 Nc6-b8 13.c2-c4 Bf8-e7 14.Bf1–d3 0–0 15.0–0 [15.Qd1–g4 g7-g6+-]

15...Nb8-d7 16.Kg1–h1 [16.Qd1–c2!? g7-g6 17.b2-b4+-]

16...f7-f5± 17.f2-f4 [17.Bd2-b4 Qd8-b6 18.Qd1–d2 a7-a5²]

17...a7-a6² 18.Nb5-c3 e5-e4 Black threatens to win material: e4xd3 19.Bd3-e2 a6-a5 20.Bd2-e3 In the style of Nimzovich 20...Bb7-a6 [20...Nd7-c5 21.Nc3-a4²]

21.Nc3-a4 Ra8-b8 22.Ra1–b1 Nd7-c5 [22...Qd8-c7 23.Qd1–d2²] 23.Na4xc5± d6xc5 24.b2-b3 Rf8-f6 25.Qd1–d2 Ba6-c8 26.Rf1–d1 Rf6-g6 27.a2-a3 Qd8-c7 28.Rd1–c1 h7-h6 29.Qd2-e1 Kg8-h7 [29...Bc8-d7 30.b3-b4±]
30.Be2-h5 Rg6-a6 31.b3-b4! taking the lead.

Diagram 1. Position after white moved 31. b3-b4!

31...a5xb4 [31...a5xb4 32.a3xb4 Rb8xb4 (32...c5xb4 33.c4-c5 Passed pawn)
33.Rb1xb4 c5xb4 34.c4-c5 Passed pawn; 31...c5xb4 32.c4-c5 Passed pawn]

32.a3xb4 Ra6-b6 [32...Rb8xb4!? 33.Rb1xb4 c5xb4±]

33.b4-b5+- Bc8-d7 34.Rb1–a1 Be7-d6 35.Qe1–f2 Rb6-b7 36.Ra1–a6 Rb7-b6 37.Rc1–a1 Bd7-c8 [37...g7-g6 38.Bh5-d1+-]

38.Ra6xb6 Rb8xb6 39.Bh5-e8 Rb6-b8 40.Be8-c6 Qc7-e7 41.Ra1–b1 [¹41.g2-g3+-] 41...Qe7-c7? [This was a mistake by Black, better would be 41...Bc8-a6 42.g2-g3+-]

42.Qf2-b2 [¹42.Be3xc5!? keeps an even firmer grip 42...Bd6xc5 43.Qf2xc5 Qc7xf4+-] 42...Qc7-b6 [42...Bd6xf4 43.Be3xc5 Bc8-b7 44.Qb2-f2 Bb7xc6 45.d5xc6+-]

43.Rb1–a1 Qb6-c7 44.Qb2-f2 Qc7-e7 45.Ra1–b1 Twofold repetition 45...Qe7-a7?? gives the opponent counterplay [45...Qe7-c7 46.Be3xc5 Bd6xc5 47.Qf2xc5 Qc7xf4 48.Qc5-a7+-]

46.Qf2-b2 Qa7-b6 47.Qb2-a3 [47.Qb2-c3 Kh7-g6+-] 47...Qb6-c7 [47...Bc8-b7 48.Qa3-c3+-] 48.Rb1–f1 [48.Be3xc5!? makes it even easier for White 48...Bd6xc5 49.Qa3xc5 Qc7xf4+-] 48...Qc7-e7 49.Qa3-a5 Qe7-h4? [49...Bc8-b7 50.Qa5-a7 Bb7xc6 51.Qa7xe7 Bd6xe7 52.d5xc6+- (52.b5xc6?! Kh7-g6+-) ] 50.Kh1–h2 [50.Qa5-a7 Qh4-g3 51.Be3xc5 Bd6xf4+-]

50...Qh4-h5? [50...Qh4-e7+-]

51.Qa5-d8 Qh5-g6 52.Bc6-e8 Qg6-f6 53.Qd8xf6 g7xf6 54.Rf1–a1 Kh7-g8 [54...Kh7-g7 hardly improves anything 55.Kh2-g3 h6-h5 56.Be8xh5+-]
55.Ra1–a7 Kg8-f8 [55...Bc8-e6 does not improve anything 56.Be8-g6 (56.d5xe6?! Rb8xe8 57.Kh2-g3 Re8xe6+-) 56...Be6-c8 57.Kh2-g3+-]
56.Be8-c6 1–0.

Diagram 2. White moved 56. Bc6 and Black resigned.

With no convincing moves for Black to play, Black resigned. Another win for this young GM from India.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Li Chao b's 2nd Round Game, Malaysian Open 2009

During the 2nd Round of the Open Section, 6th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009, the top seed, GM Li Chao b, China faced the WIM Zhang Xiaowen at the CitiTel, MidValley, Kuala Lumpur on the 23rd August 2009.

The French Defence was chosen by Black. By move 44, the top seed was a pawn up and in a good position for white. The following is an analysis of the game using Fritz 11.

(2) Li,Chao b - Zhang,Xiaowen [C10]
6th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan M'sian Open 2009, 23.08.2009

C10: French with 3 Nc3: Unusual Black 3rd moves and 3...dxe4 1.e2-e4 e7-e6 2.d2-d4 d7-d5 3.Nb1–c3 Bf8-e7 4.Ng1–f3 Ng8-f6 5.Bf1–d3 c7-c5 6.e4xd5 e6xd5 7.d4xc5 0–0 8.0–0 Nb8-d7 9.Nf3-d4

[9.Bd3-f5 Nd7xc5 10.Bf5xc8 Ra8xc8 11.Bc1–e3 Rf8-e8 12.Be3-d4 a7-a6 13.Rf1–e1 Nf6-e4 14.Nc3-e2 Nc5-e6 15.Bd4-e3 Ne4-d6 16.c2-c3 Nd6-c4 17.Be3-c1 Be7-f6 18.b2-b3 Nc4-d6 19.Qd1xd5 Nd6-b5 20.Qd5xd8 Re8xd8 21.Bc1–b2 Ne6-c5 22.a2-a4 Nb5-d6 23.Nf3-d4 Nc5-d3 Pikula,D (2513)-Stojanovic,M (2576)/Vrsac 2007/CBM 117 ext/0–1 (40); 9.Bc1–g5 Nd7xc5 10.Nf3-d4 Nc5-e6 11.Nd4xe6 f7xe6 12.Qd1–e2 a7-a6 13.Ra1–e1 Qd8-c7 14.f2-f4 Be7-d6 15.Kg1–h1 Bc8-d7 16.f4-f5 Ra8-e8 17.Qe2-f3 d5-d4 18.f5xe6 Bd7xe6 19.Bg5xf6 g7xf6 20.Re1xe6 Re8xe6 21.Qf3-g4+ Kg8-h8 22.Qg4xe6 d4xc3 23.b2xc3 Bd6-e5 Mitrovic,D (2321)-Raicevic,I (2303)/Nis 2008/CB39/½–½ (81)]

9...Nd7xc5 10.Nd4-f5N

[10.Rf1–e1 Bc8-g4 11.f2-f3 Nc5xd3 12.Qd1xd3 Bg4-h5 13.Bc1–g5 h7-h6 14.Bg5-h4 Bh5-g6 15.Qd3-d2 Rf8-e8 16.Ra1–d1 Qd8-a5 17.Re1xe7 Re8xe7 18.Bh4xf6 g7xf6 19.Qd2xh6 Qa5-c5 20.Kg1–f1 Ra8-e8 21.f3-f4 Qc5-c8 22.h2-h3 Re7-e3 23.Kf1–f2 Qc8-c5 24.Kf2-f1 Qc5-c4+ Furman,L-Taylor,T (2280)/Burbank 2004/CBM 102 ext/0–1 (37); 10.Rf1–e1!?² deserves consideration]

10...Bc8xf5= 11.Bd3xf5 The isolani on d5 becomes a target 11...g7-g6 Black threatens to win material: g6xf5 12.Bf5-d3 a7-a6 Covers b5 13.Qd1–f3 Ra8-c8 14.Bc1–h6 White threatens to win material: Bh6xf8 14...Rf8-e8 15.Ra1–d1 Qd8-b6 Black threatens to win material: Qb6xb2 16.Bh6-c1

[16.Nc3xd5 Nf6xd5 17.Qf3xd5³]

16...Re8-d8 [¹16...d5-d4!? 17.Nc3-e2 Nf6-d7µ]

17.Rf1–e1 White threatens to win material: Re1xe7 17...Be7-f8 18.Bd3-f1 The pressure on the isolated pawn grows 18...d5-d4 Black threatens to win material: d4xc3 19.Nc3-e2 White threatens to win material: Ne2xd4 19...Nc5-e4 White has a cramped position. White's piece can't move: f1 20.Ne2-f4 Rd8-e8 21.Bf1–d3 White threatens to win material: Bd3xe4. In the style of Nimzovich [21.Nf4-d5 Nf6xd5 22.Re1xe4 Re8xe4 23.Qf3xe4 Nd5-f6=]

21...Ne4-g5 Black threatens to win material: Ng5xf3 22.Qf3-g3 Re8xe1+ [¹22...Ng5-e4!? is an interesting idea 23.Qg3-f3 Ne4-c5=]

23.Rd1xe1± Qb6-a5 [23...Ng5-e6 24.Nf4xe6 Rc8-e8 25.Qg3-f3 Re8xe6 26.Re1xe6 Qb6xe6 27.Bc1–d2²] 24.Kg1–f1 White's piece can't move: c1 [24.Re1–e2 Rc8-e8 25.Bc1–d2 Qa5xa2 26.Re2xe8 Ng5-e4 27.Re8xf8+ Kg8xf8 28.Bd2-b4+ Kf8-g7+-] 24...Bf8-d6 [24...Bf8-b4 25.Re1–e2 h7-h6+-]

25.Qg3-h4± Ng5-e4 [25...Rc8-c5±] 26.Nf4xg6 [¹26.Bd3xe4 White would have gained the upper hand 26...Nf6xe4 27.Re1xe4 Qa5-b5+ 28.Nf4-e2+-] 26...h7xg6² 27.Bd3xe4 Nf6xe4 28.Qh4xe4 Bd6-b4 Black threatens to win material: Bb4xe1 29.Re1–d1 Qa5-b5+ 30.Kf1–g1 Rc8-e8 31.Qe4-d3 [31.Qe4xd4 Bb4-c5 32.Qd4-f6 Qb5-e2±]

31...Qb5xd3² 32.c2xd3 Re8-e2 [32...Kg8-g7 33.h2-h4²] 33.a2-a3± White threatens to win material: a3xb4 33...Bb4-a5 34.b2-b4 Ba5-c7 35.Bc1–d2 Bc7-d6 36.Kg1–f1 Re2-e8 37.Rd1–c1 Kg8-g7 38.Rc1–c4 Bd6-e5 39.f2-f4 Be5-f6 40.g2-g4 b7-b5 41.Rc4-c6 Re8-e6? [¹41...Re8-h8!? 42.g4-g5 Bf6-e7+-]

42.Rc6xe6+- f7xe6 43.Kf1–e2 e6-e5? [43...Kg7-f7+-] 44.g4-g5 [44.g4-g5 Bf6-d8 45.f4xe5+-] 1–0

Diagram 1. White played 44.g5 and Black Resigned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Merdeka Age-Group Rapid Tourney Pictures

On the 26th August 2009, there was Merdeka Age-Group Rapid Tournaments. A total of 121 players registered for the various categories. For the Under-16, there were 14 players of whom Yip Siang Fong was the top seed. In the Under-14 age group, 18 players registered, with Ms Amira Syahmina seeded first, while in the Under-12 age bracket, 27 players registered with Md Nuriman Yahya ranked first.

For the Under-10 age group, 30 players registered with Md Sirajuddin Munawar as the top seed. Lastly, the under-8 age group, there 32 players registered. It was a good crowd for the Merdeka Age-Group Rapid Tournament with parents generally standing by to assist their children registered for the various categories.
Packed lunch was available by the entrance of the Ballroom to allow reasonably priced food for the participating children to partake over lunch time. Chess boards were also made available on standing tables for anyone who needs some practise before their matches begin. In all, it was happy hunting for the kids who mastered the game of chess during the tournaments.

Chess Talk by Larry Parr and Carl Haessler

Chess Talk on Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (1943-2008) by Larry Parr and Carl Haessler On 26th August 2009

On the 26 August 2009, NM Ron Gross could not come to Malaysia due to medical allergies. Instead the lecture was conducted by the duo of Larry Parr and Carl Haessler, both from the U.S.A. Larry Parr is the ex-editor of US Chess Life and Carl Haessler is an 2100+ Fide-rated US player.

Larry (in white shirt and red tie) touched on the rise of Bobby Fischer who passed away in January 2008. Bobby Fischer was the World Champion from 1972 to 1975. His father was an Hungarian physicist from whom Bobby Fisher learnt his chess skills and his mother was Virginia Fischer. Bobby Fischer’s chess had put chess on the world map. His fame grew from his playing days when he was invited to play a simultaneous game against 60 reknown chess players of the Manhattan Chess Club in New York and he won 59.5 to 0.5.

Another story was recounted of the amazing memory of Bobby Fischer by Taimanov, when a chess ending that Taimanov, himself, had analysed reappeared in a game between Bobby Fischer and Taimanov. With time trouble on Bobby Fischer’s clock, Fischer did not even waste time thinking his moves but moved his chess pieces almost without thinking when Taimanov played his moves. The game ended with a win to Fischer based on Taimanov’s previously published end game analysis, of which Fischer remembered every move. With this incident, most opponents began to fear Fischer, not only with his chess skills, but also his accurate memory of past games.

Carl Haessler (picture above) had reminded the audience of mainly young children, about the basic principles of playing chess and these were as follows:

a.Fight for the center,
b.Develop all pieces,
c. Get 1 of 5 advantages as follows:
i. Material;
ii. Attacking Force;
iii. Space;
iv. Time;
v. Pawn Structure.

Then the lecture went through two typical games of Bobby Fischer, one as white and the other as black with amazing combinations and one game where Fischer played against his long time friend, NM Ron Grossman, experimenting with a gambit opening. The talk ended at about 2.00 pm.

Overall it was a wonderful lecture about Bobby Fischer and chess delivered by two veteran guest speakers who spoke from their knowledge and experience and hardly referring to much notes.

Some Players Of The Malaysian Chess Festival 2009

Some pictures taken during MCF 2009 this year.
Abdullah Che Hassan in the foreground and the Iranian WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh (in the end of the table) facing GM Negi, India during the first round of play in the Open Section.

This is Shreyas Subramaniam, one of the three Subramaniam siblings, taking part in the AmBank Challengers section.

Syed Remizan Syed Sobri and his friend, Ahmad Faizal practising after Round 4, Challengers section, while discussing team preparations later in the week, 29-31 August 2009.

Here we have the Iranian WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan against another chess player during round 5 of the Open Section on Tuesday, 25th August 2009.

GM Schebler, Gerhard, Germany (nearest) putting his mind to the chess pieces on the board.

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, Iran vs WIM Muminova, Nafisa of Uzbekistan (middle of long table) in the Open Section.

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Souvenir items of Malaysian Chess Festival 2009

During the first two days of the event, there were two tables selling some important souvenirs for the event. The tables are located by the main entrance to the Ballroom, CitiTel, MidValley. I personally bought a few items myself. One, a T-shirt imprinted the words "Malaysian Chess Festival 2009" and the other the set of five books on the last five years of games played during past Malaysian Chess Festivals from 2004 to 2008. These were sold at reasonable prices.

A set of five years of games sold at a bargain price of RM20. Individually, they are sold at RM5, though. And recommend these items to those chess enthusiasts since they are good value for your money.

While those wanting to buy some chess books, there was one table doing just that, with other related chess equipment and stuff. It is managed by one of Malaysia's chess players, currently, playing in the Open section of the MCF 2009. I was thinking of getting that Sicilian Dragon chess book, but when I went there on Tuesday, there was nobody at these tables and nothing on the tables. Oh well, maybe my timing was not right.

Titled Players in Malaysian Chess Festival 2009

Some important trivia.

In this year's edition of the Malaysian Chess Festival (MCF), there are 100 players in the Open and 45 playing in the Challengers section of the tournament. Out of the 100 players in the Open section, the titled players consist of 11 GrandMasters (GM), 10 International Master (IM), 9 FIDE Masters (FM), 2 Women GrandMaster (WGM), 3 Women International Master (WIM), 3 Women FIDE Master (WFM) and 1 Women Candidate Master (WCM).

In comparison with last year's turnout, this year is slightly lower. In 2008, MCF recorded 112 players in the Open and 53 in the Challengers section. Out of the 112 players in the Open section, the 2008 had its fair share of titled players consisting of 9 GMs, 10 IMs, 9 FMs, 3 WGMs, 5 WIMs, and 1 WFM.

However, one cannot help but notice the drop in the numbers. This may be due to the fasting month where a large section of the Malaysian muslim public has stayed away. Wherelse last year was played before the coming of the Ramadhan month. At the same time, the number of rounds played has been reduced from 11 to 9, largely due to financial constraints on the event sponsors. The world is also experiencing two important occurrences. One is the world-wide experience of economic recession and two is the pandemic of Influenza A(H1N1) across most countries in the world.

For someone new to the chess fraternity in Malaysia, this event is as good as it gets. The surroundings is fabulous in CitiTel, MidValley and the location is one of Kuala Lumpur's busiest shopping center located strategically at the cross-roads between K.L., Petaling Jaya, Cheras and Kajang. We hope that our foreign guests will take time-off to shop and visit some of Malaysia's interesting places while they are in town in Kuala Lumpur.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Clear Leader After 5th Round, GM Marat

After 5 rounds, a leader has finally emerged in the 6th IGB Dato Tan Malaysia Open, GM Dzhumaev Marat (pictureleads the pack of 100 players with a slim lead of half a point. He has 4.5/5.

Following closely behind are Gao Rui, Xiu Deshun, GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan, Senador Emmanuel, Nguyen Ngoc Troung Son, GM Ziaur Rahman, GM Negi Parimarjan and Yu Yangyi. All have 4/5 at the moment.

Two time defending champion GM Li Chao is currently at 3.5/5.

Below is the top 20 ranking after 5 rounds. There are 4 more rounds to go.


Results of Round 4 and Pairings of Round 5, Challengers Section, MCF 2009

The table on the left is the complete result of the Challengers section of Round 4, MCF 2009, Kuala Lumpur held yesterday 24th August 2009.

In the Challengers section, the top board consisting of Nor Ilhamuddin vs Ponolfio drew their games. The surprise is on board 2 where unrated Lim Samson Jr beats Jax Tham, the fourth seed. Saifuddin Izz, the National Jr, won his fourth round while surprisingly, Mohd Fadli a.k.a. Stonemaster lost his game against Tan Kok Liang on the sixth board. Our Challengers' top seed, Abelgas won his game. Meanwhile the Subramaniam siblings had won their respective games.

The following table on the left indicates the pairings for Round 5, 9 am, 25th August 2009 (Tuesday) where on the first board, Izz Saifuddin will play Lim Samson Jr. Lim Samson Jr has scored 4 points out of 5 rounds, while Izz Saifuddin has been the sensation in Challengers scoring 3.5 points till now.
Meanwhile Ponolfio meets Cheah Check Fong on board 2 and Jax Tham against Nor Ilhamuddin on board 3.

Stay tuned for more results at (official results) or at or at

Monday, August 24, 2009

AmBank Round 3 Results and Round 4 Pairings, MCF 2009

The pairings for the 4th Round of the AmBank Challengers section is shown in the table above. The games for this round should have been played this morning, 9 am, 24th August 2009(Monday), CitiTel, MidValley, 5th Floor, Main Ballroom. The second seed, Panopio Jr Rodolfo meets the fifth seed, Shaik Ali Nor Ilhamuddin while Jax Tham meets Lim Samson, Jr.

In the meantime, Mohd Fadli meets Tan kok Liang while Mat Zaki Yeop, 8th seed, meets Tang Hang Sing. South African, Wolfaardt Francois, the 7th seed, meets Tan Li Ting, the young National Master from Malaysia. The newly crowned NFM, Nur Najiha Azman meets Cheah Dong Wah Adrian.

The above table indicates the Round 3 results of the AmBank Challengers Section, Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 played at 3 pm, 23 August 2009 (Sunday).

Surprisingly, Stonemaster lost in the 3rd Round against Lim Samson Jr. On three full points (3/3) are four players, namely, Panopio Jr Rodolfo, Jax Tham, Shaik Ali Nor Ilhamuddin and Lim Samson Jr, an unrated player. Izz Saifuddin drew his game against Cheah Cheok Fung.

Round 3 Pairings for AmBank Challengers, MCF 2009

The table above was the 3rd round pairings of the AmBank Challengers section of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 held on Sunday, 23 August 2009. I have yet to get hold of the results of the 3rd round for the AmBank Challengers.

The top seed, Abelgas Roel meets Narayanan Renitha, while the second seed, Ponopio Jr Rodolfo, meets the eighth seed, Yeop Mat Zaki. The 3rd seed, Mohd Fadli meets Lim Samson Jr and the fourth seed, Jax Tham meets Heng Fook Liang. Shaik Ali Nor Ilhamuddin, the fifth seed, meets Ooi Li Tao.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Round 4 Pairings, MCF 2009, 9 am, 24th August 2009

The above table is the pairings for the 4th round of the MCF 2009, starting at 9 am, 24th August 2009 at the CitiTel, MidValley. IM Jimmy Liew will be playing on board 11 against GM Ziaur Rahman, FM Mok will play on board 14 against FM Goldenberg, Igor.

While FM Lim Yee Weng on board 22 and Ismail Ahmad on board 23, Sumant Subramaniam on board 26, Mark Siew will play on board 28 against Indonesia's WGM Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Khausal Khandar on board 38, Abdullah Che Hassan on board 39 against WCM Kadek Iin Dwijayanti, Yeoh Li Tian on board 45, Lim Kian Hwa on board 47 and S Balendran on board 48.

Pairings and Results of Round 3, MCF 2009, 3 pm, 23 Aug 2009

The table pairings and results for the 3rd round of the MCF 2009, played at 3 pm, 23 August 2009 is as shown above. On board 1, GM Li Chao plays against IM Sriram Jha which ended in a draw while board 2, IM Nadanian Ashot against GM Negi Parimarjan, also ended in a draw.

On board 6, our FM Mok lost to Gao Rui while IM Jimmy Liew beat Xu Huashua on board 27. Abdullah Che Hassan lost his third round to Pak Yevgeniy and Tan Khai Boon drew his game against Causo Deniel. FM Lim Yee Weng won his game on board 34 as black against Wongwichit Phachara. Ismail Ahmad manages a win againstLee Kai Jie Edward on board 39. S Balendran loses again in the third round Noguchi Koji while Khandar Khausal won his first point of the tournament on the 48th board against David Gates.

Results of Round 2, MCF 2009, CitiTel, MidValley

The above table is the results of Round 2 of the Open Section of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 held on 23 August 2009 at 9.00 am. The results shows that the first seeding, Li Chao, GM, China won over WIM Zhang Xiaowen on the first board. The table confirms the Malaysian, FM Mok Tze Meng win over GM Ziaur Rahman, Bangladesh on Table 5.

However, both young Malaysian prodigies, Wong Jianwen and Yeoh Li Tian lost to IM Nadarian Shot and Yu Yangsi respectively in the second round. However, Abdullah Che Hassan wins his first point by winning his game over WFM, Helen Milligan of Scotland. Meanwhile FM Lim Yee Weng drew his game and IM Jimmy Liew lost to Xiu Deshan. And Khandar Khausal lost his game to Mohammadi Amir but Sumant Subramaniam redeem himself by winning over Zamahari Abang Draup. S Balendran lost his game while Ismail Ahmad drew his game. Ian Udani also lost his game on board 13.

The table above outlines the results of the 2nd round of the Challengers Section, MCF 2009 on the 23 August 2009, 9.00 am today. The surprise win by National Jr Player Izz Saifuddin over top seed, Abelgas Roel puts the sizzler in the pan for the Challengers. Mohd Fadli Zakaria, Jax Tham, Nor Ilhamuddin Shaik Ali and Yeop Mat Zaki continued with their winning ways. Syed Remizan Syed Sobri won his 2nd round game over Benjamin Lee.
The Subramaniam siblings lost their respective games in the 2nd round. No.7 seed, Wolfaardt, Francois finally won his first point against Ee Sun-Xia. WFM Nur Najiha Hashim, ranked 28, won her second round game against Guo Jamie Lee.

FM Mok beats a GM and Izz sizzles in Challengers

On the second day of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009, our Malaysian FM Mok Tze Meng convincingly beat the GM from Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman with a white pawn at f7 checking the Black King at g8. The white bishop was already controlling the h8-a1 diagonal with the Black King forced to move to f8. Black resigned at this crucial stage. This thriller was at Board 5 of the Ballroom in the Open section. This means FM Mok will earn USD 100 for beating a GM in the tournament.

2. Over at the Challengers, the Phillipines took over the top two seedings with Abelgas Roel at top seed and Panopio Jr Rodolfo at second seed. During round 2, the top seed was paired against Malaysia's Izz Saifuddin. Izz gave the top seed quite a challenge, causing the Filipino to think and run his clock out of time. Well done to Izz as his win starts the Challengers section to sizzle.

3. Most of the seedings in the Challengers section won their games as expected, though. There is still 7 or 6 rounds left and who knows what unexpected results will turn up.

4. In meantime, a general survey of the players indicated that there are 11 Grandmasters, 10 International Masters, 9 FIDE-rated Masters, 2 Women Grandmasters, 3 Women International Master, 3 Women FIDE-rated Masters and 1 Women Candidate Master. Quite a respectable group of international mix of players in this year's MCF 2009.

5. Haslindah Ruslan among the MCF officials helping out in organising this year's Malaysian Chess Festival 2009, seen here deep in discussion with some of the helpers and officials.

6. Also seen was the chess supremo, Dato' Tan Chin Nam talking with En. Abdul Hamid, MCF during the 2nd round at the Ballroom, CitiTel, MidValley on the 23 August 2009.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 - Day 1, 22 August 2009

The Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 has kicked off the first day with the Open and Challengers Section on the 22 August 2009 at the Main Ballroom of the CitiTel, Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur.

Seen here is Abdullah Che Hassan playing on board 6 against a Bangladesh GM, Ziaur Rahman.

Near the entrance to the Main Ballroom of the CitiTel chess playing hall one will see the signboard of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009 with a yellow background.

FM Mok Tze Meng is also playing in the Open Section and is seen playing against a WFM from New Zealand, Helen Milligan. Meanwhile Jax Tham is playing in the AmBank Challengers section against a youngster. Jax Tham is seeded second to Mohd Fadli Zakaria a.k.a. Stonemaster is the top seed in the Challengers section for this year's MCF 2009.

Below is the results of some Malaysian players after the completion of Round 1, MCF 2009:-

1.GM Ziaur Rahman (Bangladesh) vs Abdullah Che Hassan 1-0
2.Yap Eng Chiam vs GM Saidali Yuldachev (Uzbekistan) 0-1
3.Xiu Deshun (China) vs Tan Khai Boon 1-0
4.IM Richard Bitton (Philipines) vs Ismail Ahmad 1-0
5.Gao Rui (China) vs Gerald Soh 1-0
6.IM Ashot Nadanian (ARM) vs Sumant Subramaniam 1-0
7.Aaron Chua vs IM Oliver Dimakiling (Philipines) 0-1
8.Wong Hao vs FM Awam Wahono (Indonesia) 0-1
9.WIM Zhang Xiawen (China) vs Kaushal Khandahar 1-0
10.Ric Portugalera vs FM Lim Yee Weng 1-0
11.WFM Helen Meliigan (New Zealand) vs FM Mok Tze Meng 0-1
12.Hao Xiangjia (China) vs. Justin Tan 1-0
13.Liue Yu (China) vs Lim Khian Hwa 1-0
14.Yeoh Li Tian vs FM Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vietnam) 1/2-1/2
15.FM Shinji Kojima (JPN) vs S.Balendran 1-0
16.Li Hanjin vs Richard Kimbin 1-0
17.Elgin Lee vs IM Jimmy Liew 0-1
18.Edward Lee Kai Jee vs NM Ronnie Lee 0-1
19.Domagoj Dragicevic vs Abang Hj. Draup 1-0
20.Abang Draup Zamahari vs Ian Udani 0-1

To see more results of the first round pls go to the following link :-

A new blog called the Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2009 has been created and being updated by the trio of GilaChess, GiLoCatur and Hairoluvchessmaniacs on the events of the Malaysian Chess Festival 2009. As a result, all chess enthusiasts will get quality reporting on the event by following the blog at the following link: Kudos to the three chess bloggers. Keep it up, guys.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Analysis of Game vs Sahir, 17ChessClub

On the 7th August 2009, firey rook had played Sahir of 17chessClub in the Shah Alam Chess League 2009 in Shah Alam, Selangor. The game played the French Opening where firey rook played white. It was a fairly balanced game. In the end, firey rook ran out of time. At move 15, firey rook took a long think and again at move 21. To stop the attack on the pawn at h2, the knight was positioned at e5, blocking the black's bishop at d6. Black had a strong control on the h2-b8 diagonal with the Black Queen at c7 providing pivotal support. In the end, Black was a pawn up and was slowly gaining ground. The endgame was a rook vs rook with fairly equal chances. Due to time constraints, the last few moves could not be recorded. However, firey rook append the analysis of the game using Fritz 11 below. Firey rook played on second board. Overall GiLoCatur Gambit lost against 17 Chess Club, 0-4, forfeiting on the fourth board due to insufficient players.

(9) Firey_rook (GiLoCatur Gambit) - Sahir Sarifdin (17 Chess Club) [C00]
Liga Catur Shah Alam 2009 Shah Alam, Selangor, 07.08.2009
C00: French: Unusual White 2nd moves 1.e2-e4 e7-e6 2.Ng1–f3 d7-d5 3.Bf1–b5+ Bc8-d7 4.Bb5xd7+ Nb8xd7 5.Nb1–c3N [5.e4xd5 e6xd5 6.0–0 Ng8-f6 (6...Bf8-d6 7.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 8.Rf1–e1+ Bd6-e7 9.Bc1–g5 0–0 10.Nf3-e5 Rf8-e8 11.Ne5xd7 Qd8xd7 12.Nb1–c3 c7-c6 13.Qd1–d2 h7-h6 14.Bg5-h4 Nf6-h5 15.Bh4xe7 Re8xe7 16.Re1xe7 Qd7xe7 17.Ra1–e1 Qe7-d7 18.Qd2-e3 Kg8-f8 19.Nc3-e2 Ra8-e8 20.Qe3-f3 Nh5-f6 21.Ne2-g3 Aslan,O-La Rosa,A/ICC INT 2009/Mega2009 Update 11/0–1) 7.d2-d4 (7.Qd1–e2+ Bf8-e7 8.d2-d3 0–0 9.h2-h3 Rf8-e8 10.Nf3-g5 Be7-b4 11.Qe2-f3 Nd7-e5 12.Qf3-g3 d5-d4 13.c2-c3 d4xc3 14.b2xc3 Bb4xc3 15.Nb1xc3 Ne5xd3 16.Bc1–a3 Nf6-h5 17.Qg3-h4 Nh5-f4 18.Qh4xh7# 1–0 Ludewig,A-Banert,M/Sebnitz 2002/EXT 2003) 7...Bf8-e7 8.Nb1–c3 h7-h6 9.Rf1–e1 0–0 10.Bc1–f4 Rf8-e8 11.Nc3-b5 Be7-d6 12.Nb5xd6 c7xd6 13.Bf4xd6 Nd7-b6 14.Re1xe8+ Nf6xe8 15.Bd6-e5 Nb6-c4 16.b2-b3 Nc4-a3 17.Qd1–e2 Ra8-c8 18.Ra1–c1 Rc8-c3 19.h2-h3 Qd8-c8 Mundaray,J-Perez Ponsa,F/Guaymallen 2001/EXT 2002/½–½ (45); 5.d2-d3 Ng8-f6 6.Nb1–c3 Bf8-e7 7.Bc1–g5 0–0 8.Bg5xf6 Nd7xf6 9.Nf3-e5 d5xe4 10.d3xe4 Qd8xd1+ 11.Ra1xd1 Ra8-d8 12.0–0 Rd8xd1 13.Rf1xd1 Rf8-d8 14.Rd1xd8+ Be7xd8 15.Nc3-b5 a7-a6 16.Nb5-c3 b7-b5 17.b2-b3 c7-c5 18.a2-a4 b5-b4 19.Ne5-c6 Bd8-c7 Kopnicka,H (1350)-Kahancova,J (1350)/Liptovsky Mikulas 2005/EXT 2008/0–1 (60); 5.e4xd5 e6xd5 6.0–0 Bf8-d6=] 5...c7-c6 Consolidates b5 [5...d5xe4 6.Nc3xe4 Ng8-f6 7.d2-d3=] 6.0–0 d5xe4 7.Nc3xe4 Ng8-f6 8.Rf1–e1 Bf8-e7 9.d2-d4 0–0 10.c2-c3 Prevents intrusion on b4 10...Nf6xe4 11.Re1xe4 Nd7-f6 12.Re4-e5 Be7-d6 Black threatens to win material: Bd6xe5 13.Re5-e1 Qd8-c7 14.Qd1–c2 h7-h6 Covers g5 15.Nf3-e5 [Diagram 1. White knight at e5 blocks the path of Black bishop at d6] Nf6-d7 [15...c6-c5 16.Bc1–e3³] 16.f2-f4 c6-c5 17.Ne5xd7 [17.Bc1–e3 Rf8-d8=] 17...Qc7xd7³ 18.Bc1–e3 Ra8-c8 [18...c5xd4 19.Be3xd4 Bd6xf4 20.Ra1–d1³] 19.Qc2-f2 [19.Ra1–d1 c5xd4 20.Be3xd4 Rf8-d8= (20...Bd6xf4? doesn't lead to anything significant 21.Bd4-e5 Bf4xh2+ 22.Kg1xh2+-) ] 19...Qd7-c6 [19...c5-c4 20.Ra1–d1=] 20.Ra1–c1 [20.d4xc5 Bd6xc5 21.Be3xc5 Qc6xc5 22.Qf2xc5 Rc8xc5²] 20...c5xd4 [20...c5-c4 21.f4-f5=] 21.Be3xd4= Bd6-c5 22.b2-b4 [¹22.Bd4xc5!? is an interesting alternative 22...Qc6xc5 23.Qf2xc5 Rc8xc5 24.Rc1–d1²] 22...Bc5xd4³ 23.Qf2xd4 b7-b6 [23...Rf8-d8 24.Qd4-f2³ (24.Qd4xa7?? a poisoned pawn 24...Rd8-d2 25.Qa7-f2 Rd2xf2 26.Kg1xf2 Qc6-b6+ 27.Kf2-f3 Rc8-c4–+) ] 24.a2-a3 [24.Re1–d1!?= is worth looking at] 24...Rf8-d8µ 25.Qd4-e3 Rd8-d7 [25...Qc6-c4 26.Rc1–d1µ] 26.Re1–e2 Rc8-d8 27.c3-c4 Rd7-d3 28.Qe3-e4 Qc6xe4 29.Re2xe4 Rd3xa3 30.c4-c5 [30.Re4-e2µ] 30...b6xc5?? Black has let it slip away [¹30...Rd8-d2–+ would have made live much easier for Black] 31.b4xc5³ White has a new passed pawn: c5. Black has a new passed pawn: a7. 31...Rd8-c8 32.Re4-d4 Ra3-a5 Exerts pressure on the isolated pawn [32...Kg8-f8 33.c5-c6³] 33.c5-c6 He broke from his leash 33...Ra5-d5 Black threatens to win material: Rd5xd4 34.Rd4-c4 Rc8-c7 35.Rc1–b1 Rd5-d8 36.Rb1–b7 White threatens to win material: Rb7xc7 36...Rd8-c8 37.Kg1–f2 Rc7xc6 38.Rc4xc6 Rc8xc6 39.Rb7xa7 0–1

Diagram 2. After move 21, white has it bishop at d4 and supported by the c3 pawn and Queen at f2. 
Diagram 3. End position after white moved 39. Rxa7.