Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sarawak Chess Open - (2008) A Look At GiLoCatur's 2nd Round Game

As mentioned in the previous entry, GiLoCatur took part in this tournament three years ago. Let's take a look at one of GiLoCatur's games in the tournament. It was in the second round where GiLoCatur played against a Sarawakian teenager named Faeznor Razali who at that time had Elo ratings of 1927. GiLoCatur did not (still is) have FIDE ratings yet. Even GiLoCatur's national ratings was only 939.

Below is the game. GiLoCatur welcomes any comment, feedback and analysis from anyone.

Saleh Abd Latif (939) - Faeznor Razali (1927) [A31]
Sarawak Chess Open (2.17), 01.11.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Bf4 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.e3 Nh5 8.Nc3 Nxf4 9.exf4 Nc6 10.Be2 0-0 11.Rc1 Qb6 12.b3 Qa5 13.Qd2 Rd8 14.0-0 h6 15.Nd5 Qxd2 16.Nxd2 e6 17.Nc7 Rb8 18.Nb5 a6 19.Nc3 Nd4 20.Bf3 Bd7 21.Rfd1 b5 22.Kf1 b4 23.Nce4 (better Ne2) Bc6 24.c5 Bb5+ 25.Nc4? (allowed black to fork the Knights, GiLoCatur should move Ke1 or Kg1) d5 26.a4 bxa3 27.Nc3 dxc4 28.Nxb5 axb5 29.b4 Nxf3 30.Rxd8+ Rxd8 31.gxf3 a2 32.Ra1? (cannot stop the pawn from Queening anyway) Bxa1 0-1

To those who are not familiar with chess openings especially the Benoni Defense, it is a group of chess openings generally characterized by the opening moves 1. d4 c5 2. d5. Old Benoni, Czech Benoni and Modern Benoni belong to this group.

Based on the registered players list, Faeznor will take part in the Sarawak Open next week. GiLoCatur would like to wish him Best of Luck


Anonymous said...

I don't understand why black did not play 5....e5 winning a piece (knight or bishop)!!

GiLoCatur said...

Agreed. I also didn't notice. LOL 5.Bf4 is a blunder actually!