Saturday, April 04, 2009


It was the last game of the tournament. At board one, the championship was at stake. It was either me or him. A draw was not sufficient as he was half a point in front at the start of the game. I was playing white. After six moves, I thought he made an opening mistake. I pounced and took his King's right to castle before feasting on pawns. However, I was so far behind in development when he started attacking and shattered my pawn formation. Several weak moves later, I started to panic when his centre pawns look menacing enough. The game finally ended when I blundered a rook. After the game, I finally realized that the variation he played was home prepared and I was foolish enough to enter into his territory. Who was he? (Kindly highlight the name of the Black player to know the answer)

White: Yours Truly
Black: Nizam Hamzah
Allegro BPM Kelantan (6)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bc4 g6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng4 9.e6 Ne5 10.exf7+ Nxf7 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Qf3+ Kg8 13.Qxc6 Be6 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Qe4 Bf5 16.Qd5+ e6 17.Qb3 Rb8 18.Qa4 Rxb2 19.Rc1 Qc8 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.Qxe4 d5 22.Qe5 Bg7 23.Qd6 Bc3+ 24.Bd2 Rb6 25.Qf4 e5 26.Qf3 Bxd2+ 27.Kxd2 Qe6 28.Rhd1 Kg7 29.Ke1 Rd6 30.Qc3 Rf8 31.Rb1 Rf7 32.Rd3 Rc6 33.Qb3 Rb6 0-1

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