His famous wins against Korchnoi is a positional squeeze, forcing even a great Korchnoi to launch a suicide counter attack, all in 20 moves.
Anyway, on and off, Mas do change his menu and treat us with a fiery dishes a'la Chef Tal, Chef Velimirovic etc. Below is one of such hot, fiery cuisine with some light annotations.
Take a deep breath...fasten your seat belt...here we go!
Date:23rd July 2008
Tournament:Biel Masters 2008
Facing Mas in this game is GM Mikhail Ulibin, rated 140 ELO points higher, last year Biel winner and who can count on drawing with the likes of Kasparov, Kramnik and Shirov as his normal thing to do as we breath oxygen. Enough said!
Mas opt to give his Grand Prix a rest
2. ... e6
3 months before this game, Fabiano Caruana played 13...0-0 against Hou Yifan and won in 107 moves. Ian Rogers, Mas coach, has also reach the position after 13 Rae1 in one of his game 10 years before this game,
17. Kg1 Bf6
Mas sacrifice a pawn, in order to sacrifice his knight!
18. ... de5
See i told you!
Mas-Ulibin. After 19.Ne6!
19. ... Qd6
Such a position where pieces just hanging in the air.
27. Re2 Kc7
Mas two bishops works harmoniusly killing black's any hope of survival.
32. ... Raf8
Fritz announced mate in 12.
How could Mas make this win look so easy? Well, it did not easy actually.
Two weeks before Biel, Mas had the opportunity to train under the famous Hungarian coach (Laszlo Hazai) who has trained Polgars, Gelfand among others. No, Hazai did not accept walk ins. His student is strictly by invitation or by recommendation. Lucky for Mas, this training was arrange by Mas coach, Ian Rogers who believe Mas will benefit greatly from the session. (Question to ourself: How many of chess coach is willing to recommend his student, for the benefit of his student, to train with other chess coach?)
A chess training (drilling is perhaps more exact) with Hazai did make Mas more confident and prepared to face his opponent. His opening preparation is more deeper and accurate than before. According to Mas, most of his move against Ulibin has been prepared beforehand!
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" Einstein