Thursday, December 30, 2010


White: Tay Yi Wen (Sarawak)
Black: Siti Nur Afiqah (Kelantan)
Event: MSSM Perlis 2010

1. d4 d6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. g3 Bg7

Siti Nur Afiqah played the Pirc and won in the previous round against Pahang, so it is understandable she tried it again in this round. Likewise, her opponent did not choose the best defense by playing the g3 setup.

5. Bg2 b6

Afiqah wanted to put her Bishop at the long diagonal, but this is not the correct way to do it. It is not recommended to succumb oneself to open attacks, especially when the opponent's Bishop is pointing straight at our Rook! Luckily, her opponent did not find the best move, or else Afiqah would be in a big trouble. Here, Afiqah should continue with castling and only after that play c6, Qc7, b6 and Bb7.

6. Ng5

Better is 6.Ne5 when the best black can do is push 6... d5 or lose a pawn. 6... dxe5 is messy when 7.dxe5 leaves Black an exchange and a pawn down. 7... Qxd1+, 8.Nxd1 Ng4, 9.Bxa8 c6, 10.f4

6... c6 7. d5 Bb7 8. dxc6 Bxc6 9. Nge4 O-O 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Bxc6 Nxc6

White should have not made wholesale simplifications which made life easier for Black. There is no weakness in Black's fortress; her Bishop is still guarding the fort whereas White's Bishop had been exchanged with its counterpart.

12. O-O Bg7 13. e4 Rc8 14. a3 f5

A good move, opening up an attacking line towards White's King.

15. Re1 Qd7 16. Rb1 Rf7 17. Be3 Ne5 18. Bd4 fxe4

By hook or by crook, White has to part ways with her Bishop with absolutely no chance to exchange Black's g7 Bishop with its demise.

19. Rxe4 Nf3+ 20. Kg2 Nxd4 21.h4?

A mistake. White should take the Knight and accept the material deficit. 21.Rxd4 Bxd4, 22.Qxd4

21...Ne6 22. Qg4 Nc5

Now all Black has to do is exchanging off all the pieces.

23. Qxd7 Nxd7 24. Nd5 e5 25. f4

Another mistake, but it is understandable when White is on the verge of resigning.

25...Rxc2+ 26. Kh3 Nf6 27. Nxf6+ Bxf6 28. fxe5 Bxe5 29. b4 Rc3 30. Rg4 Rxa3 31. h5 Kg7 32. Rg1 Rf5 33. hxg6 hxg634. Kg2 Ra2+ 35. Kh1??

The final mistake. Black mates in three.

35...Rh5+ 36. Rh4 Rxh4+ 37. gxh4 Rh2# 0-1

Final position

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