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Wesley So vs Abhijeet Gupta
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-20
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-20-09  dumbgai: 15. Qe2 is an unusual move; usually white plays Be3 or Re4 here. So must have prepared this line; kudos to Gupta for finding an interesting way to force the draw.
Jan-20-09  Sularus: what does black have after 26. BxN?


Jan-20-09  dumbgai: <Sularus> Not much, after 26...cxd5 White is up two pieces but basically in zugzwang. And Black can start marching his kingside pawns...
Jan-21-09  Jammer: funny saying that white was basically zugzwang then afterwards commending black for finding an interesting draw. if white indeed is in zugzwang then why force a draw? the truth is, white, even though was under attack was able to calculate all the moves and knows he'll not lose whatsoever but a big possibility of draw that's why gm so was trying hard to avoid the draw. black on the other hand seems only main intention was to salvage a draw. well as a consolation gupta was succesful to have it.
Jan-23-09  bakit: Sularus, after bxn black still gets a draw with g3 :-)
Jan-23-09  jon01: I think white can play 25. either a3 or a4.
Jan-23-09  Sularus: <BAKIT> let us play along your line.

26. BxN g3
27. Bg2

then what? how will you draw with black?

Jan-24-09  midnightsun88: Amazing effort here by Gupta, neutralizing Wesley's berserk attacking style.
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  Check It Out: <Amazing effort here by Gupta, neutralizing Wesley's berserk attacking style>

Maybe the other way around?

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  Jim Bartle: That's what I was thinking. Black was the aggressor.
Feb-02-09  bakit: Sularus,

26.BxN pxB
27.a4 g3
28.Qxg3 Rf1+
29.NxR QxR+
30.Qg1 Qh3+
31.Qh2 Qf1+

Feb-02-09  timhortons: Black was the aggressor.

but he carried out an attack that could not capture a win.

Feb-02-09  psmith: White appears to have good winning chances with 23. Bxd5+ cxd5 24. Nf1! Qe2 25. Qxd5+ Kh8 26. Be3 (found with Fritz 5.32)
Feb-11-09  jing.montano: psmith: You are right Bxd5 followed by Nf1 wins!!
Feb-11-09  Sicilian Najdorf: @psmith In your line,after 26...Rxf1+ 27.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 28.Bg1 g6! Black still has good counterchances,and although White is clearly better,there is no immediate win.

But an improvement for White in this game is instead of 19.fxg4?!,better is 19.Rxe8 Qxe8 20.c4! to try and develop the queenside pieces after 20...bxc4? 21.Nxc4. or 20...Ne3 21.Qe2 Kh8 22.fxg4 fxg4 23.c5 Bc7 24.a4 when Black does not have enough compensation for the piece. White is clearly winning after 20.c4! as your chess engine will show. So to conclude with,we can call 18...f5 as a mistake,and 18...Bh3 or 18...Rxe1 19.Qxe1 Bxf3,as in Caruana-Negi,Wijk 2008F Caruana vs Negi, 2008 are better alternatives.

Jul-26-10  elohah: And thanx for nobody pointing out the not easy to see draw at the end:

28 Qg1 (28 Kg2? Ne3 MATE!) Qh4+
29 Kg2 Nf4+! (not 29...Qh3+?)
30 Kf1 Qh3+ (now is right)

and if 31 Kf2 or 31 Ke1 then

31...Nd3+ and ...Nf4+ draws.

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