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Sergey Karjakin vs Wesley So
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Aug-10
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0
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Aug-10-17  Boomie: When a player is this out of form, it usually means a personal trauma. Nobody wants to see this happen to such a fine player. I hope whatever is troubling him is resolved soon.
Aug-10-17  technical win: But there were quite a few more criteria to fulfill in order to win in the technical evaluation process.
Aug-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: Yes it's not so easy for the WK to escape the checks
Aug-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: As long as white keeps pc7 the win shouldn't be in doubt
Aug-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: : I think Rc5 will do it (Rb2+ Kc5) but white can only win a piece not queen the pawn, right?
Aug-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: Ne8 and Nxc7 is possible but I don't think black can trade both of white's remaining pawns.
Aug-10-17
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  chancho: e pawn is toast.
Aug-10-17
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  Marmot PFL: Ne5 was a big tempo win and after Kxe6 it's over.
Aug-10-17
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  john barleycorn: So it goes.
Aug-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: So sorry.
Aug-10-17  wordfunph: Sergey yodaman!

1-0

Aug-10-17  bien pensant: The stutter overwhelms the lisp.
Aug-10-17
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  maxi: As <devere> writes, Karjakin missed the immediate win with 52.c7 Rc2 53.Nd7. The threat is 54.Nf8+ winning the e-pawn and defending the advanced c-pawn, so So would have to resign.
Aug-10-17  devere: <maxi: As <devere> writes, Karjakin missed the immediate win with 52.c7 Rc2 53.Nd7. The threat is 54.Nf8+ winning the e-pawn and defending the advanced c-pawn, so So would have to resign.>

I think the most amusing line is 52.c7 Rc2 53.Nd7 Kg6 54.Kd3 Rc1 55.Kd2 and the Black rook has no safe square to remain on the "c" file


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Aug-10-17
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  john barleycorn: Karjakin did not play 52.c7 as to demonstrate to Wesley So how to win with inferior moves. That what Wesley So was unsuccessfully trying all the time in this tournament.

Btw, Wesley So is victim of a plot by no lesser God than Thor. Thor who is aware of the threat So is to Carlsen wants to deny him the candidates. I hope this unknown fact helps with the future folklore of the So-fanatics on "How and why idol Wes did not make it to the candidates"

Aug-11-17  epistle: This is, without a shadow of doubt, the best game in this tournament SO FAR.
Aug-11-17  rowealth: Wesley must have been bogged down by many problems! With this, he could never win any games. He's now the whipping boy of Sinquefield Cup 2017.It's time to take stock!
Aug-11-17  Pulo y Gata: <cro777: Even slick shades could not help: https://en.chessbase.com/thumb/67315

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DG7Do9k...

This pair of silly sunglasses now has a historical value. He wore it during his epic scrub-the-floor performance at Sinkfield 2017. A real collectors' item. Could have great value during the 2050 annual auction sale at Sotheby's.

Aug-11-17  Ulhumbrus: The exchange 46...Nxc5 gives White a dangerous passed c pawn which ends up costing Black his other knight and eventually the game
Aug-12-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <john barleycorn: Btw, Wesley So is victim of a plot by no lesser God than Thor. Thor who is aware of the threat So is to Carlsen wants to deny him the candidates. I hope this unknown fact helps with the future folklore of the So-fanatics on "How and why idol Wes did not make it to the candidates">

And do you think it's a mere coincidence that August 10th was a Thorsday???

Aug-12-17
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  maxi: You are right, <devere>, the column is not long enough!
Aug-13-17
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  john barleycorn: < rowealth: Wesley must have been bogged down by many problems! With this, he could never win any games. He's now the whipping boy of Sinquefield Cup 2017.It's time to take stock!>

He was the whipping boy in Sinquefield 2015 already. it s not a new experience for him. Then in 2016 when he knew he can't compete with the big boys he did everything to draw against them. After the sucess the big boys figured him out and put him back in his little box.

Aug-13-17
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  john barleycorn: < ChessHigherCat: ...

And do you think it's a mere coincidence that August 10th was a Thorsday???>

of course, not. Coincidence has no place in a divine plot.

Though I must say the Thorsday was also a Thirstday for me. Cheers

Aug-13-17  siggemannen: So missed 22...Nf4 which seem to equalize.
Aug-13-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Jonhm Barleycorn> nd do you think it's a mere coincidence that August 10th was a Thorsday???>

of course, not. Coincidence has no place in a divine plot.

Though I must say the Thorsday was also a Thirstday for me. Cheers>

Reminds of the "three old limeys on a boat in the Thames" joke:

A: Hey look, isn't that Wembly?

B: No, today's Thursday.

C: Me, too, let's go get a drink!

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