Below is that historic game with some light annotation.
The game was played in round 9 of 2006 Turin Olympiad. Facing Mas is the legendary Victor Korchnoi, a man who was one game away from beating Karpov to be World Champion in 1978. In 80's he is one of the 3K (Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi) that terrorized the chess world before the arrival of fourth K in 90's (Kramnik)
Statistic wise, Korchnoi is 200 elo points above Mas and have some 50 years more experience than Mas! Odds are heavily against Mas.
Black:Victor Korchnoi1.e4 e5
2 years before, also in Olympiad, Korchnoi played a French defense against Mok Tze Meng. Unfortunately Mok lost that game.
Ruy Lopez Exchange is Mas pets opening .
6... h5 has been extensively analysed which (after some complications) should favour white.
A surprise. Korchnoi played 7... Qd7 against Vlastimil Hort in 1981 (probably when Mas is still in his mother's womb!). Game draw. In 1985 Korchnoi also played 7...Qd7 against John Nunn. Korchnoi lost.
This bishop turn out to be nothing more than a pawn that can move only backward.
Preparing a desperate counter attack that back fired.
Korchnoi has had enough and throw in his towel.
Mas will surely framed the scoresheet! :-)
Mas somehow make it looks simple. Positionally, he optimized the placement of his pieces making his opponent looks like a patzer and finishing the game in less than 25 moves.
Local chess scene was esctatic.
"What a performance when he actually beaten GM Pascal (Canada) in round 6 and GM Korchnoi (from Switzerland..." - Kelab Catur Setia Kuantan
"In this match, Mas Hafizul delivered a masterly knock-out blow to veteran super-grandmaster, Victor Korchnoi, in a 21 move game..." - Quah Seng Sun.
"That's the way ahak!ahak! I like it ahak!ahak!" - Hairulov Chessmaniac (old blog)
So, Ilham, do you think that this is Mas best game?
Nope, i personally like his wins against Ulibin in Biel 2008 better (but that is a story for another day)