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Alexander Grischuk vs Wesley So
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 2, Mar-11
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0


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Mar-11-18  dehanne: The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
Mar-11-18  epistle: Jesus take the wheel!
Mar-11-18  Rama: Yeah, I kept waiting for ...Na5 but it never happened. Then ...d5 looked so aggressive and unnecessary.
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  Louben: Knight’s sacrifice was the only way to avoid a strong attack on the black king starting with Bxh6.
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  wordfunph: long live the curse!

Grischuk - So

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  wordfunph: for sure, So is hiding his prep.
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  saffuna: <for sure, So is hiding his prep.>

Maybe he forgot where he hid it.

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  saffuna: Grischuk after 22. Rc5:

"If there isn't a mate, I'm quitting chess."

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  saffuna: Grischuk on playing aggressively in time trouble: "If you checkmate you don't have to reach move 40."

So was very composed and calm during the post mortem.

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  wordfunph: Grischuk, i love you!


Mar-12-18  Scarborough shoal: The girlfriend of WS is the reason for his poor performance. Too much extracullicular activities.
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  morfishine: This is either the dumbest post of the year or a flat attempt at sarcasm: <wordfunph: for sure, So is hiding his prep>

Whats the point in keeping preparation under lock and key? Especially now: This is the time, of all times, to be using it!


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  perfidious: <morf>, it is a long-running joke which actually referred to another top player, beginning a few years back.
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  wordfunph: eyy <morf>, don't take life seriously.
Mar-12-18  Nonnus: Actually, it was in reference to the last tournament W. So played in where he didn't do well. His fans were <praising> (!) his not-too-good performance by saying that it is WISE that he is <hiding his preparations for the tournament which really matters--the Candidates>.
Mar-12-18  gokusano: The trolls at the ws page have everything cut out to make their idol stay aloft. They cannot accept realty.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 29 dpa done

1. = (0.03): 10...Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Re1 h6 13.Nf1 Re8 14.Ne3 Bf8 15.Nh2 d5 16.Nhg4 d4 17.Nf5 Re6 18.cxd4 cxd4 19.Bd2 Rc8 20.Rc1 Nxg4 21.Qxg4 Rg6 22.Qh5 Rgc6 23.Bb1 Qf6 24.Rcd1 b4 25.Rc1 Qg6 26.Qe2 Rxc1

2. = (0.16): 10...h6 11.a4 Na5 12.Ba2 c5 13.Re1 c4 14.b4 cxb3 15.Nxb3 Nxb3 16.Qxb3 Bc6 17.axb5 axb5 18.Be3 Qb8 19.Nh4 d5 20.Nf5 Qc7 21.f3 Rfd8 22.Nxe7+ Qxe7 23.Red1 Nh5 24.exd5 Bxd5 25.c4 bxc4 26.dxc4 Be6 27.Rxd8+ Qxd8 28.Qb2 Ng3 29.Bf2 Qg5

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  morfishine: <wordfunph> Alas, the difficulty of detecting sarcasm in the digital age...I did suspect it though

Rebuke accepted

best, morf


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  Honza Cervenka: 12...d5 was too optimistic. Chucky knows better how to treat this line: Yudasin vs Ivanchuk, 1991
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  ChessHigherCat: Grischuk is a great player, I have to admit. i got a very negative impression watching him blitz against Karjakin last year, where they were both making silly little repetitive moves to win on time. That's just the nature of blitz, though. He's really a much more interesting player than Karjakin.

Regarding So, this game really made feel sorry for the guy. He has obviously lost it and has serious psychological problems. I hope he can make a good living playing simultaneous games or coaching or something. We can't judge him too harshly just because his fans are nut cases.

Mar-13-18  Pulo y Gata: <Regarding So, this game really made feel sorry for the guy. He has obviously lost it and has serious psychological problems.>

So you noticed it too. But even his fans clearly have psychological problems. Several of them received messages from God before the tournament started but the these heavenly messages ceased after he lost the first two rounds.

Mar-13-18  Pulo y Gata: <gokusano: The trolls at the ws page have everything cut out to make their idol stay aloft. They cannot accept realty.>

If by "cannot accept REALTY" means they refuse to bury him under the ground/soil/land, then I agree with you. However, he can be entombed in cement, figuratively speaking.

Mar-13-18  veerar: 10....Na5,followed by c5 seems better.The backward c pawn does Black in.
Mar-13-18  veerar: < cormier>Standard against the Ruy.Besides,So wastes a tempo.Black plays aimlessly,very early in the game.
Mar-13-18  veerar: <ChessHigherCat>Missed being the challenger.Has the habit of bringing, his rook out, early.
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