Sun-Herald Chess Column for May 14

Chess tournaments have attracted sponsorship from many unlikely sources but Japfa, the firm behind the recent Japfa chess festival in Bali, must rank as one of the most unusual. Japfa processes the chicken in MacDonalds' chicken McNuggets in Bali, and the chairman of Japfa has two children who have enthusiastically taken up chess.

And what better way to encourage the youngsters than to sponsor some tournaments which bring some of the world's best to play in Bali? After the Japfa Classic, covered in last week's column, Japfa sponsored the Bali Open, a 230 player international which concluded on Thursday. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Utut Adianto, Indonesia's top player and a part-time coach of the Japfa children, the Bali Open attracted players from around the world and the foreigners walked away with the bulk of the $US20,000 prize fund.

The five Australians in Bali performed respectably, our two GMs tying for fifth place and Sydney's Tim Reilly picking up the scalp of the top seed, the ludicrously overrated Burmese player Zaw Win Lay. Zaw's respectable result in the earlier Japfa Classic seems to have been due to extensive, if occasionally inadequate, opening preparation but  Zaw was cruelly exposed against the Indonesian amateurs at the Bali Open - Reilly was the only internationally ranked player Zaw managed to play.

Bali Open 2000
White: Zaw Win Lay
Black: T.Reilly
Opening: Pirc Defence

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 Rb8 9.Qe1 Nb4 10.Qh4 Bg4 11.f5 Qc8!?

Reilly is a specialist in this line and here finds a new idea, perhaps best answered by 12.a3.

12.Bh6?! c4 13.a3 cxd3 14.axb4 Bxf3 15.cxd3?!

An ingenious concept, but 15.Rxf3 was more sober.

15...Bh5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.h3 Qc7 18.g4 Qb6+ 19.Rf2 Qe3!

Ensuring that when White regains the piece Black will keep the initiative.

20.Kg2 Qxd3 21.gxh5 Nxh5 22.Rd1 Qe3 23.Rf3 Qb6 24.Qxe7

24.fxg6 hxg6 25.Qxe7 Rbe8 26.Rxf7+ fails to 26...Rxf7!.

24...Rbe8 25.f6+ Kg8 26.Qd7 Qxb4 27.Rd2 h6! 28.Qg4 Re5 29.h4 b5 30.Qd7 a6 31.Qc6 Rfe8 32.Re2 Qc4! 33.Qxa6 (Diagram) 33...Rxd5!! 34.exd5?

Going down without a fight. White's intended 34.b3 allows 34...Nf4+!  35.Kh2 Qd4 but the text move is worse, walking into a mating attack.

34...Rxe2+ 35.Nxe2 Qxe2+ 36.Rf2 Nf4+! 37.Kg3 Qe3+ 38.Rf3 Ne2+ 0-1

Bali Open
Final scores:
1eq. Villamayor(Phi), Miezes(Lat), Sadvakasov(Kaz), Ehlvest(Est) 7.5/9;
5eq. Rogers(Aus), Johansen(Aus), Kosasih, Barus, Handoko, Gunawan(all Ina),
Beshukov(Rus), Sashkiran(India) 7.