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Wesley So vs Alexander Grischuk
Sinquefield Cup (2015), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Aug-25
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0


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Aug-25-15  epistle: That 29...f5 i don't like. 29...Nc5 was better
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  iking: 41. Kb5 ... then Kb6! Ouch ....
Aug-25-15  shintaro go: Wesley kept his a-pawn so that Grischuk wont have any sort of counterplay. Smooth win
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  iking: @, Alejandro Ramirez said that after 41. Kb5: <Apparently, the b4 pawn was not the only b-pawn that was fealing the heat! White is winning in this position, Black can't do anything about the plan Kb6 and b4 when the knight defends c5. Even so, it seems a little premature to resign.41.Kb5 Rh2 42.Kb6 Nc5 43.b4 Rb2 44.b5 Rh2 and at least Black could make So find a winning plan. 10

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Maybe, Grischuk thought that to fight further means more punishment ....

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  iking: <epistle: That 29...f5 i don't like. 29...Nc5 was better> if29... Nc5, then 30. Ke3 h5 31. Kd4 Rc8 ...

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pretty even with Wesley having more space; but Grischuk was low on time by this stage, actually 7 minutes for 12 moves ...

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Two results came soon afterwards. First, Wesley So beat Alexander Grischuk, or more accurately, Grischuk beat himself in a position that was perhaps slightly uncomfortable but defensible. Alas, Grischuk went nuts and committed suicide by breaking through on f5, allowing So to win a pawn and the game.


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  iking: 27. Rc2 was overlooked by Grichuk, this preserved the little advantage. taking that b7 pawn is poisoned again, just like that c4 pawn in his game with the MadMax ...
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  thegoodanarchist: Beautiful endgame by Wesley So! Let's start the countdown to FIDE 2800 rating for this super GM.
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  cro777: An instructive game.

GM Lars Bo Hansen:"Want to learn about accumulating small positional advantages? Study So-Grischuk."

In quiet positions, aim to accumulate small advantages.

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"I was a pawn up and I better be careful not to let this slip away," So paraphrased of his confessional booth statement. He picked a better time to visit the secluded area than in round one. "The first day I went in 20 minutes into the game against Maxime!" So joked (he lost that game). The win was as straightforward as any game so far in St. Louis. So developed a space advantage with a pawn on d5, then brought up the e- and f-pawns, and controlled the only open file and eventually the seventh rank. In short, a textbook win.


Aug-26-15  ambongtumbong: nasaan si napakasakit kuya Eddie.. dapat parehas ang comment pag talo o panalo. napaka lupit ni GM Wes kuya Eddie should be commented today to be fair.
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  thegoodanarchist: I just played over this game a second time.

I would not call this a "textbook" win. This was creative chess.

Maybe call it a "textbook of the future" win.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I haven't seen this ...Nf6 and ...cxd4 variation of the Symmetrical English very often since the Sixties and early Seventies. All too often, Black had nothing but a thankless struggle for the draw, so lines with ...e6 or ...e5 plus ...Nge7 became more popular, or he might try 7.d4,0-0; 8.d5,Na5 with a Yugoslav KID.
Aug-26-15  Ulhumbrus: 12...Bxd5 concedes the bishop pair. An alternative is 12...Nh5

The outcome is a typical one for the bishop pair: White enters an endgame where the bishop is superior to the knight, more specifically, a Fischer ending with a rook and bishop against a rook and knight

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