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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Wesley So
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Aug-03
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1


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Aug-03-17  fisayo123: Seems like Nepo is So's client. 5-0 in 5 classical games. That takes some doing.
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  perfidious: This game more closely resembles a first-round slaughter in an open featuring a top ten fixture vs a player my strength than it does a game between two strong GMs.
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  iking: Nepo can not figure out HOW to deal with Wesley, just like Wesley, who can not figure out how to deal with MVL... kryptonite?
Aug-03-17  ChessEscudero: Nepo's in love with Wesley.
Aug-03-17  Mirovsk: 9. Kge2???@@??... Ian trapped his own Bishop...and then So's two Knights started the demolition...
Aug-04-17  JPi: Big difference with the game lost by So yesterday. So made a mistake with only 10mn left on his clock, Nepomniatchi made a mistake using only 10 mn on his clock.
Aug-04-17  JPi: At this level 17.f4?(??) looks suicide. 17.Rb1 or 17.Kf1 for 18.Kg2 should be playable.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Such poor play by White makes me wonder if he had a stomach flu or something even more virulent. Felt as if Black seized the initiative as early as move 8.
Aug-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: I don't understand 8. Bd3

8. Nf3 seems better. It was played in the only game which covers the same variation. Starting with 5. Bf4

Ljubojevic vs Sax, 1989

Aug-04-17  HeMateMe: the pawn structure after queen swap seems to favor black. I certainly wouldn't want white's pawns.
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  thegoodanarchist: Nepo's play here makes no sense to me.

28.c4 is supposed to do what?

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  ChessHigherCat: <thegoodanarchist: Nepo's play here makes no sense to me.

28.c4 is supposed to do what?>

It allows the rook to protect g3. It's true he could protect g3 with Kf2 but that would allow a knightly checkyweck on d4.

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  tpstar: Why can't you do it (1. c4 g6), why can't you set your monkey free? (2. Nc3 c5)/Always giving in to it (3. d4 cxd4), do you love the monkey or do you love me? (4. Qxd4 Nf6)/Why can't you do it (5. Bf4 Nc6), why do I have to share my baby with a monkey (6. Qd2 d6), with a monkey (7. e4 Bg7)/AIEEE-AIEEE-AIEEE-AH [Last book move]/Oh I count to ten (8. Bd3 Ne5), but I don't know how and I don't know when to open my eyes (9. Nge2 Nh5)/If you kiss me again (10. Be3 Ng4), like you did just now (11. Bg5 h6), like you did just then (12. Bh4 g5)/Do it again (13. Bg3 Be6)/I've had the rest (14. h3 Ne5), now it's time I had the best (15. Bxe5 Bxe5)/So you tell me that you won't do anymore (16. g3 Qa5)/Well I'd write your heart a <letter> (17. f4), but I think you know me better [17. Rb1!? =]/If I keep on askin' baby (17 ... Bxc3) [ ∓], maybe I'll get what I'm askin' for (18. bxc3 Qc7)/Why can't you do it (19. fxg5 hxg5), why can't you set your monkey free? (20. Qxg5 Bxc4)/Always giving in to it (21. Bxc4 Qxc4), do you love the monkey or do you love me? (22. Qd5 Qxd5)/Why can't you do it (23. exd5 Rc8), why do I have to share my baby with a monkey (24. Rb1 b6), with a monkey (25. Rb3 Nf6)/AIEEE-AIEEE-AIEEE-AH (26. Ra3 a5)/Oh I hate your friends (27. Nf4 Rg8), but I don't know how and I don't know when to open your eyes (28. c4)/Yes your monkey's back again [28. Kf2 Ne4+ 29. Kf3 Rxg3+ 30. Kxe4 Rc4+ 31. Kf5 Rf3 -+], do you want him now like you did back then? (28 ... Rxc4) [-+]/Don't do it again (29. Ke2 Ne4)/I tried my best (30. g4 f5!), but your head is such a mess (31. Rg1)/So I guess that I don't want you anymore [31. gxf5 Ng3+]/Well you say you care about me (31 ... fxg4), that you just can't do without me (32. hxg4 Nc3+)/But you keep on dancin' baby (33. Kd3 Rxf4) 'til that monkey has you on the floor (34. Rxc3 Rgxg4)/Why can't you do it (35. Rc8+), why can't you set your monkey free? [35. Rxg4 Rxg4 36. Rc2 Kd7 -+]/Always giving in to it (35 ... Kf7), do you love the monkey or do you love me? (36. Rb1)/Why can't you do it [36. Rxg4 Rxg4 37. Rc2 -+], why do I have to share my baby with a monkey (36 ... Rd4+), with a monkey (37. Ke3 Rxd5)/AIEEE-AIEEE-AIEEE-AH (38. Rxb6 Rg2)/Don't look now (39. a4 Rg4), there's a monkey on your back (0-1) - George Michael + Fritz 10, "Monkey"


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  PhilFeeley: Who named this the Great Snake variation, and why?
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