WAN NURHAZIRAH, THE DARLING OF TUMPAT
Wan Nurhazirah created a sensation when she beat Wan Zarif Sofea in Round 4 of the tournament. Moreover, Zarif's agony was limited to only 15 moves by the time she was checkmated. Although the game was far from a masterpiece, it was surely a memorable one for the Tumpat lass.
White: Wan Nurhazirah (PPD Tumpat)
Black: Wan Zarif Sofea (PPD Pasir Puteh)
Annotation by Cikgu Azizul
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 d5 4.e3
This is rather an awkward move. Queen's Knight usually develops after the c-pawn advance so that the Queen has more breathing space.
Before the game, Nurhazirah told me that Zarif likes to play moves like h6 and a6. I explained to her that such moves are unnecessary and weakening, and advised her to continue with her development.
6.O-O Be7 7.Nc3 Ne4
Now this move created a pawn weakness for Black. After the exchange of Knights, the advanced e-pawn will be hard to defend.
8.Nxe4 dxe4 9.Nd2 f5
An inaccuracy. A check at h5 was mandatory.
Zarif failed to see the danger. Luckily Nurhazirah did not miss the chance to check for the second time. Now Black's position crumbled.
11.Bh5+ Kd7 12.d5 exd5 13.Qxd5+ Bd6 14.Qxf5+ Ke7 15.Qf7# 1-0