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Wesley So vs Viswanathan Anand
Sinquefield Cup (2017), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 9, Aug-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Ulhumbrus: If Anand wanted to play to win against the classical variation of the Nimzoindian defence and if White could draw the lines after ...c5 if he prepared them well enough one alternative was the Zurich variation 4...Nc6 keeping winning chances perhaps comparable to those in a Giuoco Piano.

The variation Anand chose might have won if White had tried too hard to win as in the game Topalov vs Anand, 2010 but So may have been satisfied with a draw, and Anand may have assumed wrongly that So wanted to win this game badly enough to play unsoundly in an attempt to win.

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If 18. Bxc4? Bxc4
19. Rxc4 Qxb4+
20. Rxb4 Rc1+ wins a rook.

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  patzer2: Seems like there's some play left in this endgame in the final position.

The computers indicate it's level after 34. Kf1 Rh1+ 35. Kg2 Ra1 = (0.00 @ 41 depth, Houdini 5.1 X 64) However, there's always room for human error in dynamic Rook and Pawn endings like this one. At my usual level of club play competition, I'd play it out.

Aug-12-17  Nina Myers: live rating, 12 August 2017, 16:55 GMT,

#8 <So <2791.9>> −18.1

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  wordfunph: <Nina Myers: live rating, 12 August 2017, 16:55 GMT, #8 <So <2791.9>> −18.1>

Imagine that just a week before this--

<SirRuthless: Wesley has a legit chance to surpass Carlsen in this event. Even in the next two rounds if Wes beats Carlsen and then Carlsen loses the following day or Wes wins and Carlsen only draws then Wes will be NUMBER ONE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET.>

As daydreams go, this is quite...ruthless. Lol.

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  perfidious: <sirgormless> does not deal at all well with cold reality, needing his fantasies to survive.
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