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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu vs Wesley So
Dortmund (2015), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jun-27
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0


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Jun-28-15  epistle: If this was preparation then this was a battle of coaches.
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  wordfunph: losing is bad business..

no money, no honey :(

Jun-28-15  epistle: Congrats to Wesley for being included in Nisipeanu's future book--Nisipeanu's Chess Masterpieces.

Long live Liviu!

Jun-28-15  Shoukhath007: detailed analysis of wesley so with fedorchuk thanks
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  Sokrates: What a wonderful game full of surprises thanks to the imaginative play by Nisipeanu. 12.Nb5 is a move you don't see every day. That's entertaining chess!
Jun-28-15  Rama: 1971: That, and play a lot of tournament games, where they matter.
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  docbenway: Bruce Graham: So So-bots, So loses to someone ranked lower than Mr. Hammer- and all we get treated to is silence. That's because such results don't fit into a Sobot's construction of reality. Liviu must be an alien, perhaps caught in his personalized chronosynclasticinfintebulum blasting through space to swing down on occasion for a spot of tea and a quick So crush and then off again like a rocket. Ask the head of FIDE, these things happen and there really is no other explanation for this odd blip on the chess radar screen.
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  iking: Wesley wins against Caruana in the second game ... now gloat in sadness <doc> ...
Jun-28-15  epistle: Its just like starting with two draws. Not impressive at all. Its the equivalent of not playing.
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  SirRuthless: I wouldn't say that. It shows grit but it also shows that Wesley still has work to do to be considered a true top 10 player and not just a visitor like MVL. A loss and a win is more telling than two quiet draws imo.
Jun-28-15  kyg16: We are looking at a future GOTD. Amazing Nisipeanu...
Jun-29-15  epistle: So Doom in Nisepeanuea
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  iking: <pistle: Its just like starting with two draws. Not impressive at all. Its the equivalent of not playing.. ..> ... wow! it means that the opposition is also good, not patzers like us.
Jun-30-15  epistle: Let's have more games like this at Dortmund.
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  Honza Cervenka: <cornflake: White's opening play -beginning with perhaps 9.f5- looks a like home preparation variation.> Who knows but 9.f5 is rather standard continuation, and it was played before in this position. Black's reaction was far from optimal. 9...Nf6, 9...exf5, 9...gxf5 or 9...0-0-0 were probably better moves than the text continuation. Wesley is not the first super GM, who was spanked badly after any small inaccuracy in the opening.
Jul-01-15  grootbrabant: <Honza Cervenka: Who knows but 9.f5 is rather standard continuation >

In the database there is only one other game with 9. f5. How is this "standard continuation"?

It was good preparation from Nisipeanu in a rather uncommon Sicilian opening variant which took So and his fanboys by surprise.

Jul-01-15  Pulo y Gata: < How is this "standard continuation"?>

In the Grand Prix Attack in Sicilian, the f5-push is thematic/standard, which is what <Honza> was saying, I guess.

Anyway, some free (and not free) materials in this opening:

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  keypusher: <groobratant>

There are five examples of the position after 9.f5 in chess365.

I don't think that link will work, but you can look up the position anyway. Black has played ...Nf6 or ...exf5. So's 9....Nge7 seems to be a novelty unlikely to be repeated. The engines hate it too.

Jul-01-15  nullmove: 20...Qxc5+ is met by 21.d4 Qxc4 22.Ra4 Qd3 23.Rxd6+! Kc7 24.dxe5 Qxd1+ 25.Rxd1

Enjoyable game. 12.Nb5!! was a surprising leap.

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  perfessor: Black's first mistake was 2 ... d6. This is a clear loss of a tempo when White can set up the Grand Prix Attack. Black's most effective defenses generally involve ...d5 at some point. In the Sicilian, it is usually bad for Black to waste a tempo.
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  Chizoad: The setup black chooses with 2...d6, as <perfessor> rightly points out, invites weakness along the white squares. With the early trade of the light-squared bishops, black's hole on the d5 square is apparent. The inspired 12.Nb5! completed the process. Remarkably, black never placed a single piece on the d5 square all game!
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  Chizoad: And for that matter, neither did white, though he controlled it the entire time.
Jul-04-15  ToTheDeath: The Grand Prix! A rare guest at this level. Nb5 was inspired as was the rest of White's attack. Well done!
Jul-05-15  sakredkow: He feints with the right! (11. Ng5) He feints with the left! (12. Nb5) And then, pow! Right in the kisser! (13. Nxe6).
Nov-08-15  Pulo y Gata: <Jun-28-15 SirRuthless: I wouldn't say that. It shows grit but it also shows that Wesley still has work to do to be considered a true top 10 player and not just a visitor like MVL. A loss and a win is more telling than two quiet draws imo.>

You don't say! But I agree.

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