Monday, January 9, 2012

2011 Flashback (Part 3)

One of GiLoCatur's chess-related sweet memories in 2011 is the match between GiLoCatur and the top seed, Mohd Huzairi Hussin, in the 1st Kompleks 3C chess tournament held on 3rd December. The match was in the third round after both of us had won the previous two rounds. Being an "amateur" as per Stonemaster's players classification  and having national rating of 1430, GiLoCatur played black against the humble UPSI chess player who is rated at 1574. 

GiLoCatur did not expect the match could attract many viewers. They were interested in the match most probably hoping that GiLoCatur could make an upset against the top seed. Or was it because the match was the last board still playing? he he he ...

photo from stonemaster collection

Huzairi (white) vs GiLoCatur (black) - position 1

Black tried to attack white in the Queen + Rook endgame at the above position. GiLoCatur made the following moves ... Qa8+ 2.Kh3 Rc6 3.Qb5 Qc8+ 4.Kg2 Rc2+ after white moved his King to g2. GiLoCatur forgot on what row the white King was moved, either back to row 1 or forward to row 3.

After several moves, the position ended up to the following.

Huzairi (white) vs GiLoCatur (black) - position 2

At this position, GiLoCatur had 33 seconds left while Huzairi had 48 seconds. And it was GiLoCatur's turn to move. Finally, GiLoCatur lost on time. Do you think that GiLoCatur could win from the above position? 

Even though GiLoCatur lost, the match is the best for GiLoCatur in the year 2011. Actually, GiLoCatur plays much better in G/45 (45 minute time control) or G/60 (60 minute time control) time format compared to G/20 or G/25. But GiLoCatur will look forward to meet Huzairi again in another tournament. Who knows we will meet again this weekend in 2nd Cerdik Catur. he he he ...


Jimmy Liew said...

Should be a draw . Best play is 1. Rxg3+ 2. Kf6 Rg4 3. Rxa5 Rxf4+ 4. Kg5. Now if black keeps the rook along the rank e.g 4...Rb4 then 5. h5 exchanges into a drawn R+PvR ending.

So 4...Rf1 but now white has 5. h5 Rg1+ 6. Kf4 Kg7 7. hxg6 Kxg6 8. Ra6+ f6 9. Rb6. This is a easily drawn R+P v R ending.

GiLoCatur said...

Thanks a lot, Jimmy.

I also explored 2. Kh6 option. It is about the same thing.