Monday, May 11, 2009


( Team Fischer lead by board 1 player Engr. Jun Atmosfera vs. Team Topalov lead by board 1 player Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. in 10th round action in the 1st Cong. Ungab Cup Toril Team championships' 2008. Also in photo are Erwin Tubog, Joebert Lumanta and Engr. Boy Ramirez for Team Fischer and Ali Jover, Dondon Ostaco and Raul Valle for Team Topalov )

By Engr. Jun atmosfera

1st Rep. Ungab Cup Inter-Team Chess Tourney
Round 10, board 1, Oct. 3, 2008 Time Control: one hour/player

Opening: King's Indian Attack

White: Engr. Jun Atmosfera
Black: Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d3

(I suspected that Jong had a prepared line in the Sicilian Dragon so I chose the King's Indian Attack. I placed the d pawn at d4 but did not release it, then retreated it to d3, eliciting a smile from Jong. My suspicion was confirmed after the game when Jong admitted that he prepared the Chinese Dragon variation: 1.e4 c5
2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rb8 [the Chinese Dragon, popularized by Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen with some success]).

3... g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 e5 6.0-0 Nge7

7.Be3 Nbc6 8.c3 h6 9.h4 Bg4 10.Nbd2 Qd7

11.Qb3 Be6 12.Qd1 0-0 13.Nh2 Bh3 14.f4 Bxg2

15.Kxg2 f5 16.Ndf3 c4! 17.h5 cxd3 18.Qxd3 fxe4

19.Qxe4 d5 20.Qa4 b5! 21.Qc2 e4 22.Nh4 Nf5

23.Nxf5 gxf5 24.Rfd1 Qf7 25.Bc5 Rfd8 26.Qe2 Rac8

27.Nf1 d4 28.cxd4 Bxd4 29.Qxb5 Qd5 30.Rac1 e3+

31.Kh2 Rb8 32.Nxe3?!

A desperate move, but this was the move which Jong did not expect and took him by surprise, leading him to blunder on his 33rd move.

32...Rxb5 33.Nxd5 Rxc5?

Bxc5 wins a piece in any variation.


The zwichenzug which Jong missed.

34...Nxe7 35.Rxc5 Bxc5 36.Rxd8+ Kf7 37.Rh8

Maybe even better is 37.Rb8 with the idea of advancing the Q-side pawns starting with b4.

37...Ng8 38.Rh7+ Ke6 39.Rg7 Nf6 40.Kg2 Nxh5

41.Rg6+ Nf6 42.Rxh6 Kf7 43.Rh8
1/2 - 1/2

At this point both of us have 5 minutes left in our clocks and Jong offered a draw which I accepted, although I thought I had a slightly better position and chances of winning in the endgame due to my 2-pawn advantage. However, the team championship was already in the bag, being 2.5 points over our closest pursuer, so there was no point in playing further. I was just lucky to escape Jong's attacking and tactical prowess. I think my KI Attack opening needs a lot of improvement.

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