Thursday, 6 August 2009

Smerdon defeats Wang

In a match between two of the young stars of Australasian chess, GM David Smerdon (Aus) and IM Puchen Wang (NZ), Smerdon emerged victorious by a score of 4-2. Smerdon won both the first and last games, with 4 draws in between. The match was held in Auckland, New Zealand, and was organised by Chess Enterprises New Zealand. Full coverage of the match (including games) can be found here.
Here is the final game of the match. After lots of manoeuvring in the French (played 3 times during the match), Wang tries a piece sacrifice which backfires as Smerdon finds a neat tactical defence.

Smerdon,David (2502) - Wang,Puchen (2465) [C05]
Australasian Match of the Decade Auckland (6), 06.08.2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.c3 c5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Be7 8.0-0 a5 9.Re1 c4 10.Bc2 b5 11.Nf1 Nb6 12.h4 h6 13.h5 b4 14.N3h2 a4 15.Qg4 Bf8 16.a3 bxc3 17.bxc3 Na5 18.f4 Nb3 19.Ra2 Kd7 20.Qf3 Ra7 21.g4 Be7 22.Nd2 Na8 23.Nb1 Nc7 24.Be3 Nb5 25.f5 Qa5 26.Bf2 Bg5 27.Rd1 Nc1 28.Rb2 Nxc3 29.Nxc3 Nd3 30.Bxd3 Qxc3 31.Rc2 Qb3 32.fxe6+ Kxe6 33.Rc3 Qb5 34.Rb1 Qa5 35.Be1 Rb7 36.Rcc1 Bd2 37.Bxd2 Qxd2 38.Bf5+ Ke7 39.Qxd5 Rd8 40.Rxb7+ Bxb7 41.Qxb7+ Kf8 42.Qb4+ 1-0

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