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Wesley So vs Kore Akshayraj
College Final Four (2014), New York USA, rd 2
Gruenfeld Defense: Opocensky Variation (D94)  ·  0-1


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  chancho: A 252 point rating gap.

Just goes to show that any GM on a good day can beat a very talented one.

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  Gilmoy: Deep oversight from a momentary lapse in spider-sense? The dueling-excelsiors looks like it wins a pawn for White because <13.gxf7+> is a check. But half-open b and open e actually outweigh that by a lot -- Black happily offers the pawn and an exchange to get such ideal attacking lanes. Maybe it's easy to get caught up in material point-counting, and not accurately weigh the positional costs.

White's Q gets kicked around with tempo. <14..Rb8> 15.Qa6 Nc5 is probably even worse.

Feb-26-17  jerseybob: It seems to me the only real test of black's 6..Be6 is an immediate 7.Ng5; 7.b3 also looks credible. White's irrelevant win of the b-pawn starting with 7.Qb3 is the same idea that did in Nepomniatchi against So 3 years later at Tata Steel 2017 (though in a different opening). I wonder if, in allowing Nepo to snatch at b7 in that game, So remembered his own mistake 3 years earlier.
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