Monday, October 10, 2005

Xie Beats Laxman

Australia's George Xie defeated international master R.R. Laxman of India today in the 4th round of the Asian Championships. The Australian uncorked 10...Bc5 which, according to my database, is a novelty. It seems to me a good move as it keeps the white Bishop on d3 motionless.

Laxman had no counterattack as Xie opened up the king-side for an assault. The Australian commenced his finish nicely with 26...Qxe2!

Asian Chess Championship 2005
Laxman, RR.
Xie, George

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bb5 Nd4 5. O-O a6 6. Bd3 Ne7 7. Nxd4 cxd4 8. Ne2 d5 9. e5 Nc6 10. f4 Bc5 11. a3 O-O 12. b4 Bb6 13. Ng3 Qh4 14. Nh5 f6 15. exf6 g6 16. Ng3 Rxf6 17. Ne2 g5 18. g3 Qh5 19. fxg5 Rxf1+ 20. Qxf1 e5 21. Bb2 Bg4 22. Qg2 Bxe2 23. Qxd5+ Kh8 24. Qd7 Rf8 25. Rc1 Rf7 26. Bxe2 Qxe2 27. Qc8+ Kg7 28. d3 Bd8 0-1

The New Zealander, FM Lukey, had a boring 12-mover draw with local Arghyadip Das, rated 2411.

International Master Jayson Gonzales of the Philippines scored a victory against Mohd Omar of Brunei. The Filipino's minor pieces, especially the holy men, were too strong. Mohd Omar was a cooperative opponent with some awful rook moves beginning with 23...Rd4.

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