Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Henry Lopez showing his medals together with the other members of the Phil. Chess team to the ASEAN Paralympic games held recently in Thailand. Others in photo are team coach GM Joey Antonio and NCFP Head Prospero Pichay.

Henry Lopez receiving his medals together with some sports oficials and other players during the awarding ceremony held in Thailand.

This is Part II of my feature about Davao's pride Henry Lopez. As promised, Part II contains his brilliant wins aganist the likes of GM Mark Paragua and other noted chess players. Relax and hope you enjoy while replaying his games.

Paragua, Mark (2523) - Lopez, Henry Roger (2181) [D17]
5th Prospero Pichay Sr. Memorial HENRY (2), 12.08.2008

Queens Pawn Opening - Slav Defense

With graphical notes provided by Henry Lopez

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7
8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0–0–0
14.0–0 fxg3 15.hxg3 Kb8 16.Qc2

[16.Rc1 Nc5 17.Qc2 a5 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Ne6 20.Ne4 Bb4 
21.Nf6 Rd8 22.f4 Rxd1+ 23.Qxd1 Nc4 24.Qc2 Qd8 25.Ng4 Nd4 
26.Qxc4 Nxf5 27.Qxf7 Nxg328.Bf3 Qh4 29.Qe8+ Kc7 30.Qe5+ 
Kb6 Shirov,A (2713)-Morozevich,A (2741)
/Monte Carlo 2005/CBM 105 ext/½–½ (52)]

16...h5 17.Rfd1

[17.Rac1 h4 18.Nd5 Qc8 19.Qe4 Ng6 20.Nde7 Bxe7 21.Nxe7 Nxe7 
22.Qxe7 hxg3 23.Qd6+ Qc7 24.Qxc7+ Kxc7 25.fxg3 Ne5 26.b4 Rhg8 
27.Rc5 Rg5 28.Rc3 Rd4 29.Rb1 Rgg4 30.Rcb3 Nc4 31.Rf1 Nd6 
Berkes,F (2645)-Stellwagen,D (2616)
/Paks 2008/CBM 126/½–½ (82)]


[17...Ng6 18.Rac1 h4 19.Nb5 Qb6 20.Nbd4 Bb4 (20...hxg3 21.a5 gxf2+
22.Kf1 Qc7 23.Qb3 Qh2 24.Nf3 Qf4 25.a6 Bb4 26.N5d4 c5 27.Qd5 Qc7
28.Qxf7 Nge5 29.Nxe5 Qxe5 30.Qf3 Qc7 31.Ne6 Ne5 32.Rxd8+ Rxd8 33.Qe4
1–0 Ernst,S (2474)-Smeets,J (2505)/Wijk aan Zee 2004/CBM 099/
[Huebner,R] (33)) 21.Qb3 ½–½ Romanov,E (2515)-Gubajdullin,A (2475)
/St Petersburg 2007/CBM 121 Extra; 17...Ng6 18.a5=]

18.a5 [18.Ne4 Qa5²]


[18...Ng4 19.Ne4 Qe5 20.Rxd7 Bxf2+ 21.Nxf2 Rxd7 22.Nxg4 hxg4 23.a6²]

19.Ne4² Ba7 20.b4 [20.e3 Ng4²]

20...Ng4 [20...Ng6 21.Ned6 Nde5 22.Qe4²]

21.e3² Rhg8 [21...h4 22.Qe2 Nde5 23.Rxd8+ Qxd8 24.gxh4²]

22.b5 [22.Qb3!?±]

22...cxb5= 23.Qxc7+ Kxc7 24.Nfd6 [24.Rac1+!? Kb8 25.Ned6=]

24...Nde5= 25.Rdc1+ [25.Rac1+ Nc4 26.Nxc4 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 bxc4³]

25...Kb8³ 26.Rc3 f5 27.Nxf5 Nc4 28.Bf1 [28.Rac1 Rgf8 29.Ng7 Rd5³]

28...Nge5 [28...Nd2 29.Nxd2 Rxd2 30.Ne7³]

29.Be2 Rgf8 30.Nh4 Nd2 31.Ng5 Rg8 [31...b4 32.Rc2 b3 33.Rb2³]

32.Ne6 [32.Nhf3 Nexf3+ 33.Nxf3 Ne4=]

32...Rd6 [32...Ne4 33.Rc2 Rc8 34.Raa2³]

33.Nf4 b4 34.Rc2 b3 35.Rb2 Rc8 36.Ra3 [36.Kg2!?=]

36...Rc3µ 37.Nf5 Rd7 38.Kg2? [¹38.Ne6µ]

38...Bc5–+ 39.Ra1 Nec4 40.Bxc4 Nxc4

[‹40...Rxc4 41.Rd1 Bb4 42.Rxb3 Bxa5 43.Rb2²]

41.Rbb1?? [¹41.Ne2 Rcd3 42.Rbb1–+]

41...b2 42.Ra2 Rd2 [42...Rd2 43.Nxh5 Rcc2–+]


Below is his win against veteran Indonesian International Master
Salor Sitanggang

Sitanggang, Salor (2409) - Lopez, Henry [D17]
This game was played last year Round 3 at Subic Bay, Olongapo City. My opponent is a veteran
 IM from Indonesia Salor Sitanggang.

 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7

8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Qc1 Be6 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Bg2 f6

 14.0–0 Rd8 15.Qe3 a6 16.Rfd1 [16.Ne4 Bb4=] 16...Rxd1+

[16...Bd6 17.Ne4 0–0 18.Rd4²] 17.Rxd1² Be7 18.Ne4 0–0 [18...Qa5 19.Bxe5 fxe5 20.Qa7±]

19.Ng5 fxg5 20.Bxe5 [‹20.Qxe5 Qxe5 21.Bxe5 Rd8 22.Rxd8+ Bxd8=] 20...Qc8 21.a5

[21.Be4 Qe8²] 21...Rd8 22.Re1 [22.Rd4 Rxd4 23.Bxd4 Qd7=] 22...Qd7= 23.Bc3 Bf6

24.Kf1 [24.Be4 Bxc3 25.bxc3 Qd2 26.Qxd2 Rxd2=] 24...Kf7 [24...Re8 25.Qc5=]

25.Qc5 [25.Qb6 Rc8=] 25...Qd6 26.Qb6 [26.Qe3 Bxc3 27.bxc3 Qd2=] 26...Rd7 27.h3?

 [¹27.Qe3!?=] 27...Bd4µ 28.Bxd4 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 [29.b4 Kf6µ] 29...Rxd4 30.Rc1

[30.Rb1 Bf5 31.e3 Ra4µ (31...Bxb1?! 32.exd4 Ba2 33.Ke2=) ] 30...Rd2

[30...Ra4 31.e3–+] 31.g4 [31.Rb1 Ba2 32.Ke1 Rxe2+ (‹32...Bxb1 33.Kxd2 Bf5 34.e4±)

 33.Kxe2 Bxb1µ] 31...Rxb2–+ 32.Be4 h6 33.Bd3 [33.f3 Rb5 34.Ra1 Kf6–+]

33...Ke7 34.Kg2 [34.Ra1 Kd6–+] 34...Ra2 35.Rb1 Bc8 36.Bf5 [36.Rb4 Rxa5

37.Re4+ Kd7–+] 36...Kd8 37.Rd1+ [37.Kg3 Rxa5 38.e4 b5–+]

37...Kc7 38.Bxc8 Kxc8 39.Rd6 [39.Kf3 Rxa5 40.e3 Kc7–+] 39...Rxe2 40.Rg6

[40.Rd3 Kc7–+] 40...Re7 [40...Re7 41.Kg3 c5–+] 0–1

Below is an exciting game that ends in a draw against future Philippine
champion and Grandmaster John Paul Gomez.

3rd Prospero Pichay Sr. Memorial Open Tournament
Round 8, August 2006

Henry Lopez(2176) IM John Paul Gomez (2338)
Slav Defense

1. d4 d5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. c4 c6
4. Nc3 dc4
5. a4 Bf5
6. e3 e6
7. Bxc4 Bb4
8. O-O O-O
9. h3
More aggressive is 9. Nh4 Bg4 10. f3 Bh5 11. g4 Bg6 12. e4 Nbd7 13. g5 Ne8 14. Ng6 hg6 15. Be3 Nc7 16. Qd2 c5 17. Rad1 with slight advantage to White in Yusopov - Torre, Leningrad 1987. This is to remind everybody, that our GM Torre was regarded as an authority on Slav Defense. In the 1980's, this was his favorite defense and instrumental in his qualification and tie for champion with the Hungarian Lajos Portisch in the Toluca, Interzonal.

9....... h6
10. Bd3 Bd3
11. Qd3 c5
12. Rd1 Nc6
13. Bd2 cd4
14. ed4 Qe7
15. Rac1 Rfd8
16. Bf4 Rac8
17. Qe2 Na5
18. Be5 Bc3
19. Bf6 !
Bad is 19, bxc3, when 19,,,, Nd5, centralizes the knight and attacks White pawn in c3.

19........ Qf6
20. Rc3 Rc3
21. bc3 Rc8
22. Qb5 b6
23. Ne5 Qe7
24. Rd3 Qe8
25. Qb1 Nc6
26. Ng4 Ne7
27. Rf3 Ng6
28. Qb3 Qc6
29.Qd1 Qd6
30. Qd3 h5
31. Nd2 Qd5
32. Nf1 Qb3
33. Ng3 Qa4
34. Nh5 Qc4
35. Qe4 Qd5
Black wants the exchange of the Queen. The outside past pawn in the "a" file is very strong. However, White sticks to strategic plan, not to exchange Queen for drawing chances,
36. Qg4 a5
37. h4 a4
38, Ng7
The move to shift to tactical play.
38,,,,,,,,, Kg7
39. h5 Qb5
40. hg6 Qb1
41,Kh2 Qg6
42. Qf4 Rh8+
43. Rh3 Rh3
44. gh3 a3
45, Qd2 Qf3
46. c4 Qa5
47.Qf4 a2
48. d5 a1= a-champion sa a1= Queen\
49.Qg5 Kh7
50. Qh4! Kg6
51. Qg4+ Kf6
52. Qf4_ Kev 1985
53, Qc7 Kf6
A Queen sacrifice 55. Qg4 Kh7
54. Qf4+ Kg6
55.Qg4+ Kh7
56. Qh4! Kg8
1/2 = 1/2

( This game was originally posted at Mindanao Chess website .)

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