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Wesley So vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Steel (2014), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-12
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-12-14  thedoctor46: If you dont win, you dont
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  Marmot PFL: So is usually agreeable to draws with strong players. Not such a bad idea in a tough event like this. It would be very hard to convert white's bishop pair into anything more tangible.
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  Marmot PFL: Carlsen or Aronian might grind it out but that's why they are 2800+.
Jan-12-14  shintaro go: <So is usually agreeable to draws with strong players. Not such a bad idea in a tough event like this. It would be very hard to convert white's bishop pair into anything more tangible.> True, especially that it is still the 2nd round and a draw with Naka is always a good result.
Jan-12-14  Kinghunt: White is unquestionably better in the final position. Drawing with Nakamura is a fine result, but it's unambitious. If So keeps up this trend, he will be the new Leko - doing well in every tournament, but not winning anything. I really hope that whatever his ultimate result in this tournament, So shows more desire to win in future games, regardless of his opponent.
Jan-12-14  naufallabs: Wesley have a good oportunity to win this tournament
Jan-12-14  Kinghunt: <naufallabs: Wesley have a good oportunity to win this tournament>

Not if he takes quick draws against the top guns from better positions he doesn't. He may end up with a very respectable score, but to win an event like this, you need to take risks.

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  SirRuthless: I am not convinced its enough to do anything against an endgame layer of Nakamura's caliber. Also So was under some time pressure. In his interview Nakamura said he felt like he was being outplayed in the middlegame but after analysis he was completely fine. Wesley said he didn't find anything. How much of this was posturing I am not sure but this is probably a good result for both of them given the length of the event, the colors, the dubious circumstances in which Wesley arrived as well as the fact that both players will be playing the bottom tablers Naidistch and Gelfand tomorrow and wanted to save something for those games before the first rest day. Would it have been fruitful for a still tired Wesley to spend 70 moves and another 2 hours or more just to get a draw? Good question.
Jan-12-14  trulips: <Marmot PFL: Carlsen or Aronian might grind it out but that's why they are 2800+.>

I doubt very much they will. They are 2800+ because they are fed sumptuous meal each day, that's more like it.

Jan-13-14  naufallabs: So is better than before
Jan-13-14  MarkFinan: I notice that 99% of the So "fans" never actually comment on his games, but just go to his player page to nauseatingly fawn over him! With the exception of a few, none of them play chess I'd be shocked if they knew how the pieces move at all. I'd love to hear what sugardom, geniokov, Hatsis and the rest think of *this game* without bias... it won't happen because they don't know how to play and use this site as a Wes Wes fan club.
Jan-13-14  Pulo y Gata: Hey, Mark. I know that the horsey thing moves in S-shaped gallop!
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  john barleycorn: <Pulo y Gata: Hey, Mark. I know that the horsey thing moves in S-shaped gallop!>

that is why you don't win in the carrera :-)

Jan-13-14  MarkFinan: You know how to play, but most the guys on his player page have no idea.. Maybe they should give sugarplum some facebook friend requests and talk about him on there?
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  Sihlous: Interesting opening...I've never seen anything other than 4...dxe4 before.
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  perfidious: <Sihlous>: The line with 4....Bb4 was played a bit in the 1990s. Remember analysing this a while in preparing for some correspondence games, as I was not keen on going down the main line of the Marshall.
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