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Vladimir Kramnik vs Wesley So
Tata Steel (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-21
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-21-18  Mirovsk: As always, So plays to draw when against big sharks...but someday soon...
Jan-21-18  Mudphudder: A very interesting game, in my opinion. Wesley commented after the game that he thought Vlad was playing very "risky chess"...I wonder why though.
Jan-22-18  paavoh: <... he thought Vlad was playing very "risky chess"...> I wonder why the barracuda did not capitalize on this?
Jan-22-18  john barleycorn: <paavoh: <... he thought Vlad was playing very "risky chess"...> I wonder why the barracuda did not capitalize on this?>

You need guts and a plan to capitalize on risky play. Wesley So was lacking both.

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  MissScarlett: More importantly he was lacking a shirt and tie. Morphy wouldn't have been seen dead in public without either. I'm embarrassed for the modern generation.
Jan-22-18  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: ... I'm embarrassed for the modern generation.>

Well, <Miami Mice> introduced that look with T-shirt and Armani jacket in the '80's (ok, ok Don Johnson was more into "Boss" but that's a detail) and Darna is the one who buys the ties for Wesley So or not.

So, what do you expect? Ah right, the sunglasses are so unstylish on a square face ...

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  MissScarlett: WWMD - What would Morphy do? Not only would he never play in his pajamas, he would refuse to play anyone so attired. Why someone else would be in Morphy's pajamas is another matter entirely.
Jan-22-18  john barleycorn: < MissScarlett: ... Why someone else would be in Morphy's pajamas is another matter entirely.>

Well, if they do not smell too much and fit ... and are for free?

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  MissScarlett: Good luck tracking those down. Perhaps <Tabanus> can help out. I like to think that Morphy, even in death, was entombed fully suited and booted
Feb-08-18  Mudphudder: When I read Wesley's comment about how he thought Vlad was playing "very risky chess" I was immediately reminded about how Magnus once during an interview also mentioned that he felt Vlad played a certain "street style" of chess (I don't remember exactly what words Magnus had used). But essentially Magnus seemed to have expressed the same sentiments as Wesley did here.

I find it interesting how Vlad's style seems to stand out as very gutsy...yet sound.

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