Comments by Sergey Zagrebelny

 

Samhouri, Ahmad Fawzi (2372) - Polgar, Judit (2682)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.0–0 Bd7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Re1 a6 7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 e5 9.d3 Be7 10.Nbd2 0–0 11.Nf1 Re8 The position resembles the Ruy Lopez. 12.d4?

 

Normally the prophylactic h2-h3 is played first.
12...cxd4 13.cxd4 Bg4 That’s the problem! 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Ne3 Bh5 16.h3 Rc8 17.g4 Bg6

18.Nd2? The only way to maintain the balance is 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.Qxd8 Bxd8 20.f3 etc.
18...Qb6?! 19.f4?

19...Nd5! The most spectacular move of the game, and maybe of the first round as well. White’s position immediately becomes hopeless. 20.exd5 Bxc2 21.Qe2 Nd3 22.Nf3 or 22.Rf1 Bh4 23.Nb3 Nxc1 24.Raxc1 Rxe3 22...Nxf4 23.Qh2 Nd3 24.Re2 Bd1 White resigns.

Smeets,Jan (Netherlands) - Munos,Lisandr (Dominican Repuablic)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 d6 8.0–0 Bd7 9.Nb3 b5 10.a4 b4 11.Ne2 Nf6 12.a5 e5 13.c3 Be6 14.Bg5 Rb8 15.Rc1 Be7

16.Nbd4 A very original decision. 16...Nxd4 After 16...exd4 17.cxd4 White regains the piece by 18.d5.
17.cxd4 Qxa5 18.Qd3 Bd7 19.Rfe1 Bb5 Black seizes the initiative.
20.Qb3 0–0 21.Ra1 Qc7 22.Qa2?! Another dubious move. h6 23.Bd2 Qc2 24.b3 Rfc8 25.Nc1 exd4 26.Bxb4 Ng4 27.Bh3

27...Ne5! Black starts the decisive attack. 28.Bxc8 Nf3+ 29.Kh1 Nxe1 30.Bf5 Qd1 31.Ne2 Qxe2 32.Bxe1? In the end the grandmaster blunders mate! Qf1# 0–1

McShane,Luke J (England) - Mok,Tze-Meng (Malaysia)

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 d6 3.e3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.c4 Nc6 7.Nc3

7...d5 A creative decision! Its only drawback is the time loss – the pawn got to d5 in two moves. The simple 7...Bf5 is by no means worse. 8.Nxd5 Nxd5 9.cxd5 Nb4 10.Qb1 Nxd5 11.Nf3 f6 12.0-0 c5 Black fights for the d4-square.  13.d4! And nevertheless! 13...exd4 14.exd4 Be6 15.Qe4 Qb6 16.Rae1 Bf7 17.Nh4 White begins operations against the king. 17...Rfe8 18.Nf5 Bf8 19.Qg4 g6 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.Rc1 Qa5

22.Qh4! gxf5? This is too careless. Better is 22...Re2 23.Bxd5 Qxd5 24.Qxf6 Rxb2 25.Ne3 Bg7 26.Nxd5 Bxf6 27.Nxf6+ Kg7 – and the struggle goes on!

23.Bxd5 Bxd5 24.Qxf6 The black king will survive the knife on a1-h8, but his fate is already sealed.

24...Re6 25.Qh8+ Kf7 26.Qxh7+ Ke8 27.Qxf5 The king is weak, and White doesn’t have to rush.
27...Rd8 28.Qh5+ Ke7 29.Qh7+

29...Kd6? A bit more tenacious is 29...Ke8, but then White gets a decisive advantage by 30.Bc3 Qb5 31.Qh5+ Ke7 32.Qg5+ Ke8 33.Bf6.
 30.Ba3+! Ke5 [30...Qxa3 31.Qc7#] 31.f4+ Black resigns, because he gets mated by force: 31...Kd4 32.Rcd1+ Kc3 33.Qd3#