(1) Goh Weiming (2303) - Buenaventura Villamayor [B06]
23nd Sea Games Team Rapid Ch (4), 08.12.2003

This is the Semi-Finals match of the team Rapid tournament of the 23rd Sea Games and we face possibly the strongest team in the tournament, the Phillipines. They boast a first-team lineup of GM Eugenio Torre, GM Rogelio Antonio Jr, GM Buenaventura Villamayor (fondly known as Bong by those who know him) and rapid monster IM Mark Paragua. As many will know by now, we lost by a score of 3-1. Well, I certainly think we were not overawed by our formidable opponents and I reckon we will give them a run for their money again in 2 year's time.

1.e4 d6!?
In my database of over 3 million games, only once had GM Bong ever played the Pirc/Modern hybrid and he wasted over 1 hour of my French Defence preparation! Well, at least I'm sure he is also in unchartered territory.

2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 Nd7 6.f3 b5 7.g4 Bb7
[ Mestel's 7...Rb8 ; or Graf's (Nenashev) 7...Nb6 are sensible alternatives. ]

8.h4 h5 9.g5 e5?
Over here, Bong mixes the lines up. [ 9...a6 is a necessary preparatory move. For example, 10.Bh3 e6 11.Nge2 Ne7 Cobb,J-Seirawan,Y/Columbus 1977]

10.d5! b4?!
[ 10...Qb8!? 11.dxc6 ( 11.Bh3!? ) 11...Bxc6 12.0-0-0 b4 13.Nd5 a5 and White has an advantage, but it is not easy to breach Black's defences.]

11.dxc6 bxc3 12.Qxc3+-

Bong took over 20 minutes for this move! Now I have a great time advantage of 19 minutes. I was very confident at this stage and wished I knew what was going on in the other games. Of course 12...Ne7 is lost for Black but nothing seems to work so Bong decides to give his whole house. [ 12...Rc8 13.cxd7+ Qxd7 14.Bh3+- ]

13.cxb7 Rb8 14.Ba6 0-0 15.Bxa7+- Nc5 16.Bxb8?!
[ 16.Bxc5! dxc5 17.Qxc5 would had been a safe way to convert the point but i was thinking, how can I not win this position? Just look what happened to me in 5 to 6 moves.]

16...Qxb8 17.Bc4 Qxb7 18.0-0-0?!
Risky play [ 18.Ne2+- ]

18...Rb8 19.a3?
with the idea of a future b2-b4 [ 19.Rxd6 ; 19.Ne2 ]

19...Na4 20.Qb3 Qa7 21.Bb5 Nc5 22.Qc4 d5!
Outstanding idea! With this audacious move, Black attempts to seize the initiative by freeing up f5 for the N. This is why Bong is a GM!

[ 23.Qe2! Ne6 24.a4 Nd4 25.Qe3! Sacrificing a piece to activate the Queenside pawns 25...Rc8 ( 25...Nc8 26.Ne2 Nd6 ( 26...Rxb5 27.axb5 Nd6 28.Kb1+- ) 27.Nxd4 exd4 28.Qd3 dxe4 ( 28...Be5 29.exd5 Nxb5 30.axb5 Qa2 ( 30...Bf4+ 31.Kb1 Ra8 32.Qa3 Qb7 33.Qc5 ) 31.Kd2 Qxd5 32.Ke2 Rxb5 33.Kf2 Rxb2 34.Rb1+- ) 29.fxe4 Nxb5 30.axb5 Be5 31.Rhf1+- ) 26.Rh2 dxe4 27.fxe4 Nxb5 28.Qxa7 Nxa7 29.Rd7 Nac6 30.b4+/- ; 23.Rxd5 Nxd5 24.exd5 Qa5 25.Qb4 Qxb5 26.Qxb5 Rxb5 27.b4 e4 ( 27...Nd7 28.c4 with a scary pawn mass.) 28.bxc5 e3 29.Ne2 Bb2+ 30.Kd1 Rxc5 31.Nf4 Be5 32.Nd3 Rxd5 33.Ke2+/- ]

What a transformation! GM Bong made a total mess of the position and I see threats all over the place. I was contemplating offering a draw but was afraid of my captain's ( IM Petronic) reaction. My time is running down to 5mins and Bong incredibly did not use up any time since the last diagram. Suddenly the lights went out, giving me some time to cool down and also to think about the position. OK, I was lucky here.At this point i realized we are already 2 goals down..so I can't take the easy way out.

24.a4! Ne3 25.Qb4! Bf8 26.Qc3 Nxd1 27.Kxd1 Nxa4 28.Bxa4 Qxa4 29.b3 Qa2?
[ 29...Qa8!-/+ with multiple threats. This is a difficult move to find as Bong had very little time left at this stage.]

30.Ke2 Qb1 31.Kf2 Bb4 32.Qc4! Qe1+ 33.Kg2 Qe3?!
[ 33...Qd2+ 34.Ne2 Rd8 35.Ra1 Rxd5<=> ]

34.Nh3! Bc5?!
[ 34...Be1! Cutting off the R's access with mating ideas!]

Now White is in the driver's seat!

35...Bd6 36.Qd3 Qc5 37.Nf2 Rc8 38.c4+- Ra8 39.Ne4 Ra2+ 40.Kg3 Qb4 41.Qc3 Qb6?
[ 41...Qxc3 42.Nxc3 e4+ 43.f4+- ]

42.c5 Qa6 43.Qd3! 1-0