Once again the debate on who is who in the Kings Indian/Modern defense continue at the end of year open competition at the media center, Ohene Djan stadium ,Accra on December 27,2010.
Inform Eddie Nii Thompson crushed his opponents with ease and took away the winning prize. Thompson scored 5 out of 5.
The highlight of the competition was round 3 when he met Kojo Hasford.
With the white pieces in hand Thompson chose the queens pawn opening and Kojo replied with the modern defence thereby setting the stage for the best all rounder in this opening.
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 o-o 6.Be2 Nc6 7.o-o e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 b6 10.a4 a5 11.ba5 Ra5 then Thompson played 12.Bd2 …. A novelty, often played is 12. Nd2 with the aim of occupying the b3 square and launching a queen side assault. The game continued 12……Ra8 13.Qc2 Nd7
14.a5 ba5 15.Nb5 f5 16.h3 fe4 17. Ng5 Nb6 18.Ba5 h6 (Thompson has succeeded in creating weaknesses around the black king, later to be exploited)
19.Ne4 Bf5 20.Bd3 Be4 21.Be4 Nf5 22.Bf5 gf5 23.Bb6 Ra1 24.Bc7 ?…giving away the exchange for a queen side attack –can white succeed? 24……Rf1 25.Kf1
25……Qd7 (a knight and two pawns for the black rook) 26.Bd6 Re8 27.g3 f4 28.Kg2 Ra8(waste of time)
29.gf4 ef4 30.Qe2 Ra1 31.Qg4 Qb7 32.Nc7 Re1 33.Ne6 Qf7 34.Bf4 Re4 35.c5 Rc4 36.Qg3 Rc3 37.Qg4 Kh7 38.Be3 Bf8 ?? (Nf8+ Qf8, Qe4+ Kg8,Qg6+ Qg7,Qg7 Kg7,Bd4 etc but Thompson missed that move)39.d6 h5??
40.Qe4+ Kg8 41.Ng5 resign 1-0
So the debate rages on ,Archie Varmah, a Liberian Champion resident in Ghana and Kojo Hasford took the second position with 3.5 points followed by veteran Billy Busumtwi,Ernesto Barro,Ammer Ali,Robert Sackey and Kwadwo Bonsu with 3 points each. Dr. Nkrumah was 9thwith 2.5 points and Micheal Ackam who has not played competitive chess for over a year had 2 points.