Monday, September 15, 2008

Chess and Fever Don't Mix

I hope international master Alex Wohl doesn't leave the Philippines with a resolve never to return. His current stay there hasn't exactly been the most auspicious. After being struck with dengue fever in Malaysia (that country again!) and apparently still suffering from the tail-end of it just before the 3rd PGMA Cup, where he scored just 4 points, Alex may have hoped to begin more positively in the now running 4th Pichay Cup.

It wasn't to be. His first round opponent was Wesley So! Commenting on the game, GM So was quoted by the official press release as saying, "He (Wohl) made a weak knight move [16. Nd1] and I took advantage".

4th Pichay Cup
Wohl, Aleksander
So, Wesley

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bd2 Be6 12. Qe3 Qb6 13. Qxb6 axb6 14. f3 Nd7 15. Rfc1 Rfc8 16. Nd1

Position after 16. Nd1

16...h5 17. Kf2 Rc6 18. Bg5 Rac8 19. Rab1 f6 20. Bd2 Bxc4 21. Bxc4+ Rxc4 22. Ne3 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Rxc1 24. Bxc1 Bh6 25. Bd2 Kf7 26. Ke2 Bxe3 27. Bxe3 Ke6 28. Kd3 d5 29. exd5+ Kxd5 30. Kc3 b5 31. Kd3 Ne5+ 32. Kc3 Nc6 33. Kd3 e5 34. Bd2 Nd4 35. Be3 g5 36. Bf2 h4 37. f4 e4+ 38. Kd2 gxf4 39. Bxh4 f3 40. g4 f5 41. g5 f4 42. Bf2 Nf5 0-1

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