Saturday, December 19, 2009

Malaysian Masters Final - Mas Hafizulhelmi vs Nicholas Chan (Game 1)

Obviously, the highlight for Malaysian chess is the Malaysian Masters final match between Mas & Nicholas. While waiting for the moves to be played (yes, chess can be a very slow game), i decided that i might as well use the time to learn how to blog too (I wonder if Mok had similar thoughts) which led to my first blog post in my entire life (yeaps i have never blogged before). I am trying to get the hang of this hopefully i would get better soon.

The first game of the final match between Mas & Nicholas was won by Mas. The critical moment was when Nicholas lost the exchange on move 24. I wondered if Nicholas deliberate sacrificed the exchange (which of course turns out to be dubious) or simply missed the simple discover check. Nicholas somehow manage to claw his way back to the game and just when it seems that Nicholas has good chances to swindle a draw, Mas played a good practical move 35.b4 which gave Nicholas problems on the board which he failed to solved.

[Event "Malaysian Masters [Game 1]"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.12.19"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mas Hafizulhelmi"]
[Black "Nicholas Chan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B21"]
[WhiteElo "2414"]
[BlackElo "2403"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2009.12.19"]
[SourceDate "2009.12.19"]

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