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Wesley So vs Richard Rapport
Tata Steel (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation (E17)  ·  1-0


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  jaimenarin: What an amazing comeback from GM Wesley So.. Fantastic!
Jan-16-17  flightsquare: A truly tragic game that will forever give me perspective that blindness strikes at every level. A brilliant young GM plays moves this patzer can't imagine to get to a position where even this patzer can see the winning move (33...rd2) and misses it. What a shame, So was one lucky fellow here...
Jan-16-17  Imran Iskandar: Chess is cruel.
Jan-16-17  fisayo123: 31...b5!! is an incredible move. Too bad Rapport pretty much blitzed out his next moves despite having decent time and blundered away the win. Wesley So was very lucky but poor game management from Rapport. Just not good enough at this level.
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  tamar: Well worth going through this game. Rapport lost, but played some startling ideas.

24...Bc1! is a shot that prefigures some of the other tactics coming later.

31...b5!! 32 cxb5 Rg2 set So unsolvable problems. Had he tried 33 Ne2 Qb5+ is crushing.

33 Qb1 was losing, but at least changed the patterns somewhat, and Rapport failed to find the crowning blows, either 33...Rd2! or 33...c6!! which would have been an fitting conclusion to his idea.

Rapport's whole demeanor showed he felt there was a crushing blow available, which might have been the reason he bypassed 33...Rd2

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  Amulet: <Imran Iskandar: Chess is cruel.>

...and so kind at the same time.

Jan-16-17  fisayo123: I hope I didn't come across as too harsh on Rapport in my earlier post. It truly was an astonishing play by him prior to his blunders. 33...Rd2 seemed more consistent with 31...b5!! It prepares 34...Nd3 (and threatens checkmate on f2) and white has no counterplay to prevent any of it.
Jan-16-17  Jack Kerouac: Korchnoi chess. Lot's of bravery and intrigue.
Jan-16-17  kereru: 33...c6!! would arouse suspicion of engine use if any GM actually played it at the board, but 33...Rd2 is natural and winning.
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  notyetagm: W So vs R Rapport, 2017

The ending is just a fantastic <ARABIAN MATE> combination.

Jan-17-17  ColdSong: Rapport is certainly brilliant.But result matters.
Jan-17-17  FairyPromotion: This game badly needs an <Eyal> post, and then some. Could've been the most notable game of Rapports young career...
Jan-17-17  Junbalansag: I remember kasparov once said, during endgame, a chess player must sit on his hands to avoid blunders. Rapport should have heeded this Kasparov wisdom!
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  gah: How does 33c6 win?
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  tamar: the idea of 33...c6 is to get the Queen to a7 where it can set up a battery on f2

if 34 bxc6 (not best, but shows the idea clearest) Qa7 35 Rg3 Rf2+

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33...c6 appears to be extremely hard for humans to find. Probably because it is not the end of the puzzle, but switching from the light squares to dark squares, and still requiring long calculations.

Jan-20-17  Atking: A pity It was a gem from GM Rapport.
Jan-22-17  LA MAN: Wes. chessmatized. His opponent. Very nice.
Jan-24-17  Moszkowski012273: SUPER complicated......
Jan-24-17  Viktorerro: Ricky The Hip Hop Rapper almost came close to WhoopA$$-WRapping Up Wesley the Sorcerer.
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  naresb: Nice display of perfect chess till move no. 32, after that it was about material n tactics.
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  naresb: <<tamar>33...c6 appears to be extremely hard for humans to find. Probably because it is not the end of the puzzle, but switching from the light squares to dark squares, and still requiring long calculations.> His engine works well on depths rather than width, seems so :)
Jan-24-17  kereru: Give the engine long enough and it starts to prefer 33...Rd2
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