Tuesday, September 04, 2007

UK versus China Match

What a match-up! You won't find my name listed in that exalted group. This one is being held in Liverpool, and instead of writing up the specifics I will just send you to the very source of information http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/ where you can see some photos of the venue, list of participants, round pairings and results. The PGN files are still in the oven and they will be served up as soon as they are ready. Anyway, I followed Nigel Short's game against Wang Hao on ICC where kibitzers lamented Short's bad form and Wang's inability to crush him when the position looked very desperate for the Englishman. I think Wang Hao squandered away a decisive advantage by exchanging queens at a point when he ( Wang ) should have applied more pressure on Short's disorganized position. Short's rook lay trapped on h8, his knight on the edge of the board on the queenside, his e7 and f6 squares crater-like, and his d6 pawn weak. But, no overwhelming attack came from Wang who chose to exchange queens on f6.

Short recovered from his problems but Wang Hao, ultimately, won the game by using a combined force of a rook, knight, and a passed F pawn. From the diagram, 18...Rc8 19. Ng5 Bg5 20. Hg5 Qe8 21. Qf3 Qd8 22. Qf6 Qf6 23. gf6 Ke8 24. Rac1 Rc6 25. b4 Nb7 26. Ne7 Rc7 27. Nd5 Rc6 28. Re3 Kd7 29. Rec3 Rb8 30. Rc4 Nd8 31. a4 h5 32. g3 Rb7 and Black had somewhat recovered but still not better than white. Wang won in 54 moves.


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