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Wesley So vs Varuzhan Akobian
"So Much the Better" (game of the day Oct-05-2016)
US Chess Championships (2016), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Apr-18
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Kasparov Attack (C10)  ·  1-0
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Apr-22-16  Rama: I played the French a lot, won some great games, some of my favorites. The opening battle is about control of d4 and e5, which black never even attempts here.
Apr-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: Thanks, as usual, Dom.

I would like to play the variation 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6, but the position is locked after 4. e5. White will attack the Kingside after e5. So, black must be vigorous in the center and not do 0-0 too early.

However, if white plays 4. Bg5 then PxP becomes playable. 4. Bg5 PxP 5. NxP Be7 6. BxN PxB! goes into the Morozevich Variation, which French players should enjoy.

This is preferable to the Rubenstein which is PxP on move 3.

No, I would not recommend the Rubinstein.

Move 3 in the French should be Bb4 or Nf6. A lot of Grandmasters play 3. Nd2. Does that mean they fear the Winawer?

Dom, have you ever played a6 on move 3?

Jul-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  iking: not yet a GOTD? ...
Jul-21-16  Conrad93: It's no wonder 8...Qc7 is more popular.
It's difficult to find a tolerable endgame for black after 8...cxd4 9. Bxd4 even with computer assistance. Bxf6-Qe2-Qe4 is much faster than anything black can muster on the queenside.
Jul-21-16  Conrad93: < Akobian is a @#$% who should be burned to death. I hope he never forgets this game.>

Chess is just a game. You don't know Akobian as a person, so why would you want to see him burned to death? No wonder society mocks chess players.

Jul-21-16  N0B0DY: The art of attack
Jul-27-16  j4jishnu: This is so far So's best game. Hope to see more action soon!
Sep-19-16  hashtag: Soinspirational
Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Rubinstein Variation of the French has never made sense to me. On move 1, Black accepts the risk of having a light squared bad Bishop in return for securely supporting a pawn at d5. On move 3, he gives up that same d5 pawn, yielding the center and still enduring the risk of a useless light squared Bishop. All in the hope that maybe Black can grovel his way to a draw?

It just doesn't make sense to me.

Oct-05-16  AlicesKnight: Even at move 19, though the g-pawn capture has opened a serious door, the way in isn't obvious. A gem of a game.
Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: White ganged up on the king!
Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 19...Bc6 Komodo likes 20.Rde1, because after 20.Nxf7 black has Rxd3 and the silicon decision is just that 20.Rde1 is better


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+1.61/33 20.Rde1 Rxd3 21.Qxd3 Qxf2 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Ref1 Qxh2 24.Qf3 e5 25.Qxc6 Rd8 26.a3 Nh7 27.Ka2 Rf8 28.Rh1 Qe2 29.Re1 Qf2 30.Bxe5 Bf6 31.Rhf1 Qh4 32.Qd5 Bxe5 33.Rxe5 Nf6 34.Qd3 Qh2 35.Qd4 Qg2 36.Rd1 Qc6 37.b3 Qf3 38.Rd2 Qb7 39.Re3 a5 40.Rg3 Qe7 41.Qd6 Re8 42.Qxe7

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 20...Rxd3 21.Nxh6+ Kf8 22.Rxd3 Be4 23.Ng4 Rd8 or 23...Qd6 the complications might be worth playing on.
Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: Black had another choice at move 7 that might have had better potential


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+0.26/35 7...Bd6 8.Be2 0-0 9.Bg5 Be7 10.0-0 b6 11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Bf3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Qd5 14.Qe2 Rfe8 15.Rfe1 Rad8 16.Rad1 h6 17.Bh4 Nd7 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Ng4 Qd6 20.h3 c6 21.b3 a5 22.Rd3 f5 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.Qxe5 c5 25.a4 Qxe5

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <kingfu> -- <Dom, have you ever played a6 on move 3?>

Yes indeed - and apologies for nor responding sooner. I only just saw your post.

There's even one of my ...a6 games in the CG database: R Quinn vs G McCarthy, 2011

I won this against a good player, Quinn, rated a couple of hundred points above me - but I've had three wins and a draw against him in recent years. He must hate playing me -- he varies his white line in the French each time, yet I keep winning.

I like 3...a6 (against both 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2) but I haven't played it very often. I hope to try it again soon.

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: This description of the Rubinstein by <An Englishman> is right on target, spot on:

< The Rubinstein Variation of the French has never made sense to me. On move 1, Black accepts the risk of having a light squared bad Bishop in return for securely supporting a pawn at d5. On move 3, he gives up that same d5 pawn, yielding the center and still enduring the risk of a useless light squared Bishop. All in the hope that maybe Black can grovel his way to a draw?>

This is exactly what I think too. So why play it? Well, maybe there are times when grovelling to a draw (with, it must be said, minimal chance of losing) is a good idea.

But I play the French to win. (And it's working - I've won my last four games with black ...)

Oct-05-16  sfm: Puns with "So". Terrific idea!

To save somebody time, I will outline a handful:

So brilliant!
(Note: the avid reader will notice that 'brilliant' can be replaced with a number of other adjectives, positive and negative. In a later posting I will give 250 examples, here are the first six:) So stupid
So clumsy
So smart
So sly
So so-so
(if he plays bad and loses)

There is also
So's SOS
(if he is in trouble)

So so well dressed
(there's a clothing brand named Soso)

A So SO
(SO is short for 'strikeout', a baseball term that with some imagination can be used for chess)

So's on KO
(if he would ever play Sosonko and gets Knock Outed)

If the opponent would have a name that can be regarded as an adjective, somehow, well:

So Fine
(Great Reuben Fine is gone, but there may be another)

Or more creative
So Uhlmate
(if great Uhlmann (81) should come back to play a game with So and lose)

This was just a start.

I just can't wait to see who comes up with the next pun based on the "So"!

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: OK.

Seaux Wing Machine
So Popera
So L'bruvver
So R'head
So tay pour mieux...
Sauve qui peux...

So pee sam...

So alone
So fine
So what you reap.

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <sfm> yeah, I have similar thoughts. But when you have to come up with 365 puns a year, there have to be some fillers.
Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 20...Rxd3 21.Nxh6+ Kf8 22.Rxd3 Be4 23.Ng4


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Komodo-10.1-64bit:

+1.34/39 23...Rd8 24.Ne5 Qc7 25.Rgd1 a6 26.Qe3 Bxd3+ 27.Rxd3 Rxd3 28.Qxd3 Bd6 29.f4 Kg8 30.a3 Bxe5 31.Bxe5 Qe7 32.b3 Ng4 33.Bb2 Nh6 34.Ka2 Nf5 35.a4 Kf7 36.Qd1 Kg8 37.Be5 Qe8 38.Qe2 Qd8 39.Qg2 Qe7 40.Qd2 Kf8 41.Qe2 Kg8 42.Kb2 Qd8 43.Qc2 Qe8 44.Qg2 Qd7 45.Kb1 Qd1+ 46.Kb2

Oct-05-16  Hoist the Colors: A nymph detains a king.

CalypSO

Oct-06-16  Moszkowski012273: 22...Re8 23.Qf5...
Oct-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Del ToRo: Good example of how to conduct an attack, anyway do not understand why Akobian play 17. ... Bxg2 opening the column stright to the king.
Oct-22-16  jerseybob: The Petrosianic 16..Be8 might hold for awhile, though white still has all the play.
Nov-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  iking: <Del ToRo: Good example of how to conduct an attack, anyway do not understand why Akobian play 17. ... Bxg2 > .. Akobian may have thought of this 18.Bc3 Qb6 .. with equal position ...
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