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Gata Kamsky vs Wesley So
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-21
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1
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Nov-27-09  zanshin: <chessguru1: juccal: Congrats to So fans, i remember another philipinean child prodigy from the 90's its name was Mark Paragua, what happened to him? Yeah, what happened to paragua?
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<chessguru1: juccal:> Paragua is still around and active in chess in both the Philippines and US. Check his player page: Mark Paragua

He doesn't quite get the attention Wesley does these days, but he's still playing.

Nov-27-09  badest: <timhortons: < badest > how many move will wesley last in the second game?> Well ... I think it will be tougher for him tomorrow... he is an ambitious ... will he settle for a draw? (Gata can be tricky even with black).
Nov-27-09  cloybloy: zanshin: <chessguru1: juccal: Congrats to So fans, i remember another philipinean child prodigy from the 90's its name was Mark Paragua, what happened to him? Yeah, what happened to paragua? >

<chessguru1: juccal:> Paragua is still around and active in chess in both the Philippines and US. Check his player page: Mark Paragua

He doesn't quite get the attention Wesley does these days, but he's still playing.

Mark Paragua became a grandmaster before Wesley became one. The latter is the more popular between the two though.

Nov-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: So's play in the opening was really impressive. This can be illustrated by the way he subtly improved on previous games - like E Alekseev vs Ivanchuk, 2005, where Black played 15...0-0; So played the important move Qb5 immediately, without wasting a tempo on castling at this stage. A few moves later, they were still following an obscure game Gueroff-Jackelen (Germany 1988) where Black played 18...f6, allowing White 19.exf6 Nxf6 20.Ba4! Bb5 21.Bxb5 Qxb5 22.c4 with an easy game. So, on the other hand, played 18...0-0, which would have allowed him to meet 19.Ba4 with 19...Qc7, preparing for f6.

It seems that Kamsky's real troubles began with 22.f5 - instead he could have played 22.Nxa4 Qxa4 23.Ra1 Qb3/c2 24.Rxa7, which seems drawish - e.g. after 24...Rfd8 25.f5 Qxc3 26.Qxc3 Rxc3 27.fxe6 Nxe5 28.Bh3 fxe6 29.Bxe6+ Kh8 30.Bxd5! (line given by Shipov). And when So failed to play the aggressive 23...a5! maybe Kamsky should have tried 24.Bf3 (intending c4) as suggested by Bauer on chessdom. Instead, after 24.Re3 f6! (a thematic break in the French, exactly at the right timing) Black was clearly much better.

Nov-27-09  genex: Chessvibes.com describes this game thus:

Like against Ivanchuk, So defeated Kamsky using the French Defence. However, this time So wasnt lucky; he simply played a very good game. He already surprised Kamsky in the opening (15Qb5 was new) and when the American didnt go for 22.Nxa4, 23.Ra1 and 24.Rxa7, So got the upper hand. 24f6! was very strong and 31d4! killing.

See: http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/i...

Nov-27-09  Atking: For my part I like very much 13...b6 as nothing is wrong with a queen in a5. The priority is the exchange of the light squares bishop and Black should be Ok is a Capablanca's judgement. Then a well timed f6.

No a great move but a great judgement and again So won again smoothly. That's very impressive vs a superGM.

I'm inquired myself if white may agree an exchange of the queens by a paradoxal 14.Qb4 or 14.f5

On 14.Qb4 QxQ 15.axQ (cxQ!? for Rc1 or Nc3 but that seems a bit too slow) 15...a6 16.Bd3 (16.b5 axb 17.Bxb5 Ra5 18.Bc6 b5) 16...Ke7 (16...Bb7 17.b5 now it's ok as 17...axb 18.Bxb5 Ra5? 19.BxNd7) 17.Kd2 On 14.f5!? exf (14...0-0 15.Bd3 (15.f6 gxf 16.exf Kh8!? ~19...e5)) 15.Bd3 Bb7 16.Bc2 ~ 17.0-0-0

Nov-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: 14.Qb4 is the usual move (24 out of 28 games in chessbase database); in this database it appears in 3 games: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Nov-27-09  Atking: Thanks for this information <Eyal> Seeing the 3 games right now I got the impression that the first 2 Carlsen with white will won at some stage. And what about f5!? Bd3-Bc2 0-0-0 plan is there some games?
Nov-28-09  Assa S. Sin: <Richard Taylor: I think the real issue here is Wesley SO's name - can it be arranged to be changed to something more anglicised like my name?>

He's fond of playing the French...

I like Richard Taylorousseu or maybe Taylor Richardseux

Nov-28-09  mvpascual: Wesley, congrats. Just focus and don't believe to any articles about reasons like they are tired or drunk why great players lost to you. For all we know, not only your fellowmen here in the Philippines, but also in other nations, that you're a great player (born October 9, 1993)and will be the next bobby fischer(born March 9, 1943), garry kasparov (born April 13,1963). I know now is the time for you to shine, 50 years after bobby fischer was born and 30 years after garry kasparov was born. Always pray to God and he will guide you to your many success to come.
Nov-28-09  jameskobe: Go Wesley!!
Nov-28-09  messachess: A fascinating game. Congratulations to both players for producing it. Truly, Wesley So, this man has a very bright future in this game. His play is typical of other great prodigies in the past. The next Kasparov?
Nov-28-09  johnde: Proud to be Pinoy!!!

Congrats!

You will be our inspiration in the up coming PRISAA.

ADKH

Nov-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Atking> No, there aren't any games with 14.f5 - this can be your novelty... I suppose Black should stick to the plan of exchanging light-squared bishops and play Ba6, though.
Nov-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <He's fond of playing the French... > Exactement. Peut-etre <Wesley Quoi> ou <Wesley Si>. Ainsi ...

Seriously, So's play against Kamsky was exquis. For a young GM, he has great patience and is able to slowly stifle his opponent a la the young Karpov. Anyone who plays the French this well has a profound chess understanding.

He seems to save his best play for elite opponents. Like that other famous Wesley - John Wesley Harding, in the Bob Dylan song - he 'travels with a gun in every hand'.

Nov-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: <Dom> And interestingly - at least according to this database (Repertoire Explorer: Wesley So (black)) - that's the first tournament where So plays the French regularly; before that he played Sicilian almost exclusively.
Nov-28-09  Atking: <Eyal: <Atking> No, there aren't any games with 14.f5 - this can be your novelty...> If that one is mine I will probably not play it :( Indeed 14...Ba6 looks logical and good.
Nov-29-09  Mr64squares: Wesley So just change his openings..on his game to Ivanchuc he play 1.d4..which he doesn't play regularly because most of the time he plays 1.e4. And now he is playing the french instead of sicilian which is so interesting...
Nov-29-09  timhortons: <He seems to save his best play for elite opponents.>

true, wesley level of play level step up when ever he's facing an elite player.

Dec-01-09  freakclub: What happened to Mark Paragua? The former Filipino Chess Prodigy?

He got married in his teens, and ever since played mediocre/lackluster chess. Lesson? Any young and hopeful chess player should never marry at an early age. Hehehe

Aug-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: Kid can dance all knight with a queen.
Sep-23-10  morphy2010: A fascinating game. Congratulations to both players for producing it. Truly, Wesley So, this man has a very bright future in this game. His play is typical of other great prodigies in the past. The next Kasparov?
Nov-05-10  sfm: Lovely ending. Starting with 56.-,Qg4+ Black forces his queen to e1, where she covers the rook on e6, and then quietly steps out of the pin. White has two checks to try, but they won't work (54.Qd7(or b7)+,Re7 or 54.Rc7+,Kh6) and the slaughter of the White king will start with Black's next move.
Nov-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "This game was played after my rather surprising match against Vasily Ivanchuk, which I unexpectedly managed to win. I then spent the next rest day sleeping inside the hotel room, as it was very cold in Khanty and it was no fun to go outside. Before this game I considered my chances to win the match against Kamsky to be quite small, as he is a very experienced player and, after all, he is the defending champion of this event. In fact, before this game me and other Filipino players in the event were joking that we'd be at least able to leave cold Khanty sooner if I lost." (on his won game with black against GM Gata Kamsky in 2009 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk)

(Source: New In Chess Magazine 2010 #01)

Nov-12-15  kamagong24: So can play the french and sicilian with the black plieces, how cool is that...
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