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Wesley So vs Michael Prusikin
"So Creative" (game of the day Apr-22-2008)
Bad Wiesse (2006), Bad Wiesse, Germany
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C14)  ·  1-0
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Aug-16-07  shintaro go: This game can very well be a game of the day. The kid Wesley So's imagination is quite something. The creativity award is deserved.
Apr-22-08  arsen387: Really delightful game by So. Maybe black's mistake was 18..cxd4? Instead 18..Nc6 could be better, developing a piece and securing the back. And maybe someone could give a computer evaluation, whether 19..dxe3 is better than the actual move played in the game.
Apr-22-08  nanobrain: If 18...Nc6 So wins a pawn by 19.Nxd5 exd5, 20.Re6
Apr-22-08  arsen387: <nanobrain: If 18...Nc6 So wins a pawn by 19.Nxd5 exd5, 20.Re6> yeah, and that rook on 6th rank will remain as a bone in black's throat. Really neat tactics, missed that. Thanks for correcting
Apr-22-08  arnaud1959: I think 13.-f5 was necessary. It leaves white with a solid pawn chain but after ♗a6 and exchange of ♗'s Black can look for counterplay on the ♕-side.
Apr-22-08  shintaro go: My prediction came true. Thanks cg.com for making this a game of the day..Bad Wiesse is where Wesley got his first GM norm and now he's a full-fledged GM.
Apr-22-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: I preferred 14...Nxe6, not Qxe6.


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It prevents white from playing Ng5 as the black knight now guards the h7 square.

Apr-22-08  I Stink: Is it just me, or did black play as poorly as I do? And I stink.
Apr-22-08  AAAAron: So, take a shower......
Apr-22-08
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  whiteshark: It So happens!
Apr-22-08
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  kevin86: So What? Black wasted so much time pushing queen side pawns and had no time to defend himself.

He was "so in love" with the QSP's

Apr-22-08  benjinathan: Poor black rook and knight, watching the action from afar.
Apr-22-08  balweg214: "So Creative"
The game was one of the 14 best creative achievements of November 2006 by the Russian website "e3e5" http://www.e3e5.com/article.php?id=...

Apr-22-08  Knight to f6: In my opinion Black's Q-side pawn movements weren't his only flaw. Actually, all the pawn moves starting with g7-g6 seem at least a bit suspicious. He should have really brought out his Queen's Knight.

Great play by So though! I expected him to sacrifice one knight, but after Nxe6 I didn't even consider the second sac with Nxd5! Then again, the knight couldn't be taken.

What can I say, great game!

Apr-22-08  ex0duz: I'm thinking 14.♕xf6 is the start of blacks flawed defensive strategy, since after 16.♘e3, white is subsequently threatening 17.♘g4, with a gain of time and a what seems to be a fairly strong attack/position. I guess thats part of the reason black further chose to weaken his king and pawn structure with 16.h5, and also possibly to stop any future h4-h5 pawn storm ideas. Blacks position just detiorated rapidly after this move..

I also agree with most other posters in that he should have recaptured the f6 pawn with his knight, and vacate the d7 square for his other knight. That would also have saved him from having to play the just as equally questionable g7-g6 defense.

Apr-22-08  PinnedPiece: 21 Re7! What a way to defend the Knight on d5! Very insightful move.
Nov-18-08  shintaro go: Another one of my favorite Wesley So games. 20 Nxd5! A second knight sacrifices leaves Black scrathing his head. Of course not 20..Qxd5? 21. Qxg6+ Kh8 22. Re7 is curtains.
Feb-22-09  LaFreaK: in 12 moves,then how many variations in that 12 moves?? wew..
what an imagination!
Apr-02-09  ChessEscudero: Nice knight sacrifice by the chess prodigy
Oct-15-10  licuan: <PinnedPiece: 21 Re7! What a way to defend the Knight on d5! Very insightful move.>

yup, a decoy move!

Sep-23-13  Patanjali: <PinnedPiece: 21 Re7! What a way to defend the Knight on d5! Very insightful move.>

21. Re7 works, but 21. Ne7+! Kg7 22. f5!!.. works faster. Now, IF 22...gxf5, THEN, 23. Rxf5 Nf6 24. Rg5+ and the black queen falls after Kh8 Ng6+ Kg8 Ne5+.

Feb-11-17
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  iking: the attack came from nowhere, here and there ..
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