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Raja Panjwani vs Wesley So
9th Edmonton International (2014), Edmonton, Canada, rd 3, Jun-23
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  0-1


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Jun-24-14  Edmontonchessclub: Exciting game! This game had the biggest audience (in person) of the five boards. No matter what your engines tell you, 9...g6!!, sacrifcing the exchange and a pawn, was a very creative and impressive way to play. To us kibitzers in the Edmonton chess club, who aren't allowed to turn on engines during play, it was unexpected and brave.
Jun-24-14  Sihlous: Agreed...A very cool game...Black did a good job punishing whites "interesting" opening moves.
Jun-24-14  Pulo y Gata: 9...g6 was forced because Ke7 Qf7 mates, while Kd7 Qf5+! should also win for White. I think GM So allowed himself to "fall" for Nxe5 seeing that white's lady will be marooned at h8 thus giving him enough compensation.
Jun-24-14  Ed Frank: Crazy game. Very nice refutation of white's strange yet scary opening.
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  luzhin: It was 8...fxe5?! that committed So to the sacrifice --after that 9...g6 was indeed forced. The much safer alternative was 8...Nh6, when Black is fine.
Jun-24-14  MountainMatt: More Grandmaster magic!
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  SugarDom: Things started going south for Panjwani when he moved 14.a3 instead of 0-0, securing his king.
Jun-24-14  OrigamiArtist: Actually this has all been seen before. 6.Bb5+?! is a recommendation of GM Delchev, but not a good one. The exchange sac simply refutes white's play and after 11.Qxh8 black is already winning.

Wesley So probably knew all this; it would be interesting to know his clock time after move 11.

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  SugarDom: I think he took about 5 minutes to move after 8.Ne5, that's why i think he knew the lines only rechecking them. You can see the time remaining of each player every move if you go to the chessbomb game.
Oct-14-14  Mudphudder: Good grief. This game reminds me of a swashbuckling Kings Gambit out of the morphy-era!
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  perfidious: This game evokes memories of the Romantic epoch, with both players throwing themselves at the enemy king and apparently not counting the cost.
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Mar-20-15  gokusano: This is simply one of the usual cases of playing the man not the board. It's hard to say this is home prep because of the nature of the opening which is not common. I think Wesley and his opponent rely mostly on their tactical capability. Being the stronger player, Wesley simply outcalculate his opponent in this wild, wooly game. Kudos!
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