In over 4 (and counting!) decades of playing chess, Jimmy Liew has played many beautiful chess games.
Some of his famous and beautiful wins are against Torre (when Torre is at his peak and candidate for World Champion) and 3 years ago against Tirto (Jimmy's pawns just raining down into black's position).
But i personally enjoyed his win against Yrjola Jouni in 1986 Dubai Olympiad. Below if the game and some light annotation.
Jimmy is facing Yrjola, a top board Finland player who are rated 50 points above him. 2 years before this game was played, Yrjola belongs to top 60 players in the world. Jimmy is playing the disadvantage black colour.
Budapest Gambit! What else to expect from player who always played original chess opening such as Veresov and even King's Gambit!
Two fold moves. First is to prevent white's b4 and second is to prepare a rook lift Ra8-a6-h6! A typical rook manouevre in Budapest.
10. ed6 Nf2
A knight sacrifice. Jimmy is in his element!
Black pieces just keep on coming. Now black is threatening mate at e1 forcing...
A quiet move leaving white in almost zugzwang state after only 16 moves.
A queen sacrifice to force mate in 4.
To me this is simply Jimmy's masterpiece!
Some 20 years ago when i first saw this game, it looks like magic to me. Still is today...
Legend has it that because of this game, Jimmy Liew's name became famous in Finland. Long after this game was played, Finland chess players are visiting Malaysia and they have personally requested to see Jimmy Liew, a player who (decisively) beat their chess hero!
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