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Wesley So
W So 
Photograph copyright © 2017, used by permission.  
Number of games in database: 1,106
Years covered: 2003 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2786 (2763 rapid, 2824 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2822

Overall record: +296 -81 =409 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 320 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C67 C65 C89 C78 C69
 Sicilian (67) 
    B90 B42 B93 B33 B21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D38 D35 D31 D39
 King's Indian (29) 
    E99 E60 E67 E70 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    D02 E00 E10 A46 A45
 Slav (28) 
    D10 D17 D12 D11 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B33 B30 B40 B90 B32
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C65 C67 C77 C80 C78
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D85 D70 D78 D86 D93
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 A45 D05 D04 E00
 French Defense (31) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01 C03
 Slav (30) 
    D12 D11 D15 D10 D17
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W So vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   W So vs Kasparov, 2016 1-0
   W So vs Akobian, 2016 1-0
   J Xiong vs W So, 2017 0-1
   W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 1-0
   W So vs Kamsky, 2016 1-0
   W So vs M Prusikin, 2006 1-0
   W So vs F El Taher, 2006 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs W So, 2015 0-1
   Caruana vs W So, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group C (2009)
   Tata Steel (2017)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   US Championships (2015)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   World Cup (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Cup (2009)
   World Cup (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2007)

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   Match So! by amadeus
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   World Cup 2009 by GM Wesley So by LaFreak III

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 US Championship
   W So vs Lenderman (Apr-21-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Liang vs W So (Apr-20-18) 1/2-1/2
   W So vs Onischuk (Apr-19-18) 1-0
   Y Zherebukh vs W So (Apr-18-18) 0-1
   Aronian vs W So (Mar-27-18) 1/2-1/2

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WESLEY SO
(born Oct-09-1993, 24 years old) Philippines (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Born in Las Pinas, Philippines, Wesley So is a Filipino/American chess prodigy who attained the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days. That made him the youngest GM in the world at that time. He was the Philippines' youngest ever International Master, youngest ever Grandmaster and the youngest ever National Champion.

Background

Wesley was only six when he learned the movement of chess pieces across a board. After memorizing them, chess set in hand, he explored the streets of his neighborhood daring people to play with him. At nine years old he began to compete in local, junior chess tournaments.

His first major tournament win was taking 1st place at the 2003 Philippine National Chess Championships for the under 10 age group.

So, was awarded his first GM norm at the Offene Internationale Bayerische Schach Meisterschaft, in Bad Wiessee, Germany. He acquired his second GM norm in the World Junior Championship (2007) in Yerevan, Armenia, and capped his year by earning his third GM norm at the 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup International Open in the Philippines. At the age of fourteen years, one month and twenty eight days, FIDE awarded him the title of Grandmaster, making him the ninth youngest chess grandmaster. He was then ranked strongest player in the world under sixteen years old.

In 2006 at the age of twelve years and ten months Wesley So became the youngest ever Filipino International Master and the youngest member of the national men's team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

In 2007, Wesley So went on to become the youngest National Junior Open Chess Champion and won the gold medal on board one, at the World Under16 Team Championships.

So won the title in the Dubai Open (2008), "The Sheikh Rashed Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup", in the United Arab Emirates, and set a record as the youngest winner in the 10-year history of the Cup. Later that year, Wesley So was rated 2610 and was the youngest player in the history of the game to break the 2600 Elo barrier, surpassing the record previously held by Magnus Carlsen.

In 2012 he emigrated to the United States, and in 2014 he officially shifted his chess affiliation to the USA. In March 2016, So received the $42,000 Samford Fellowship. (1) In early 2017, So partnered with veteran player and coach Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov. (2)

As of April 2017, Wesley So is the USA's top player, as well as the #2 player in the world.

Rating and Ranking

Wesley So was the youngest player ever to cross the 2600 rating mark, 9 days before his 15th birthday, until 2013 when Chinese prodigy Wei Yi achieved the mark at the age of 14 years 5 months 23 days. In March 2013, So's rating crossed over to 2701 (the 92nd player to achieve 2700). In January 2017, So's rating was officially 2808. His April 2017 rating of 2822 makes him the 2nd strongest player in the world, behind only Magnus Carlsen.

Official Site

For more information please see: http://www.wesleyso.com/

Tournament History

2017 – USA • US Championship (2017) • St Louis
    Winner
2017 – USA • chess.com Pro League • St Louis
    Champions • St Louis Arch Bishops • MVP Wesley So
2017 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel (2017) • Wijk Aan Zee, Rotterdam, Haarlem
    1st Place

2016 – UNITED KINGDOM • The Grand Chess Tour • London
    1st Place
2016 – UNITED KINGDOM • London Chess Classic (2016) • London
    1st Place
2016 – ISLE OF MAN • Isle of Man Open (2016) • Douglas
    Tie for 3rd Place
2016 – AZERBAIJAN • 42nd Chess Olympiad (2016) • Baku
    GOLD MEDAL TEAM
    GOLD MEDAL THIRD BOARD
2016 – USA • Sinquefield Cup (2016) • St Louis
    1st Place
2016 – SPAIN • IX Bilbao Chess Masters Final • Bilbao
    3rd Place
2016 – BELGIUM • Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz • Leuven
    2nd Place
2016 – FRANCE • Grand Chess Tour Rapid & Blitz • Paris
    4th Place
2016 – CHINA • 4 Game Match with Ding Liren • Shanghai
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • Ultimate Blitz Chess Challenge with Garry Kasparov • St. Louis
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • US Chess Championships • St. Louis
    2nd Place
2016 – USA • Awarded The Samford Chess Fellowship • US Chess Trust
    http://www.uschesstrust.org/2016-sa...
2016 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess Event • Wijk Aan Zee
    4th Place

2015 – SPAIN • Bilbao Chess Masters • Bilbao
    1st Place – Champion
2015 – USA • Millionaire Chess • Las Vegas
    5th Place – Open
2015 – AZERBAIJAN • World Chess Cup • Baku
    4th Round
2015 – USA • Sinquefield Cup (2015) • St. Louis
    10th Place
2015 – TURKEY • Turkish Super League • Izmit
    2nd Place
2015 – GERMANY • Sparkassen Chess Meeting • Dortmund
    2nd Place
2015 – CZECH REPUBLIC • Cez Chess Trophy 4 Game Match • Prague
    1st Place
2015 – FRANCE • Top Twelve French League (CLICHY) • Petit Camargue
    2nd Place
2015 – AZERBAIJAN • Gashimov Memorial • Shamkir
    3rd Place
2015 – UNITED STATES • US Championships • St. Louis
    3rd Place
2015 – IRELAND • 22nd Bunratty Chess Festival • Bunratty
    1st Place
2015 – NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess Event • Wijk Aan Zee
    Tied for 2nd Place

2014 – USA • North American Open • Las Vegas
    Open Section Champion
2014 – USA • US Chess League Champions • St. Louis
    Board One
2014 – USA • Millionaire Chess • Las Vegas
    1st Place Grand Prize Winner
2014 – USA • 3RD Noel Skelton Open • Minnesota
    1st Place
2014 – NORWAY • 41ST Chess Olympiad
    Coach for US team
2014 – ITALY • ACP Golden Classic
    1st  Place (Rated 2755)
2014 – CANADA • 9th Edmonton International (2014)
    2nd Place
2014 – USA • National Open Blitz Sectionals Las Vegas International Chess Festival
    1st Place
2014 – CUBA • Capablanca Memorial
    1st Place
2014 – USA • The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
    Tie for 1st Place
2014 • USA • Final Four of College Chess
    1st  Place (Webster Team)
2014 • NETHERLANDS • Tata Steel Chess – Wijk Aan Zee
   Tie for 4th place

2013 – USA • Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship
    1st Place (Webster Team A)
2013 – TURKEY • World Chess Team Championship
    Coach for U.S.A. Team
2013 – NETHERLANDS • 17TH Unive Chess Tournament Hoogeveen
    1st Place
2013 – USA • 2ND Noel Skelton Open
    1st Place
2013 – NORWAY • World Cup
    Lost in 2nd round (64 players) knockout
2013 – RUSSIA • 27TH Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia
    Gold Medal
2013 – USA • Las Vegas International Chess Festival
    Triple Winner
2013 – CANADA • Calgary International Chess Classic and Blitz Championship
    1stPlace – Classic
    1st Place – Blitz
2013 – USA • The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open
    Tie for 1st Place
2013 – USA • Final Four of College Chess
    1st Place
2013 – ICELAND • The Reykjavik Open 2013
    Tie for 1st Place
    1st  player from the Philippines and the 1st player in the 67-year history of American Collegiate Chess to break the 2700 rating mark
    No. 2-ranked junior chess player in the world
2013 – PHILIPPINES • Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championship
    2nd  Place
    Qualifies in 2013 World Cup
2013 – USA • Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship
    Tie for 1st Place (Webster Team A & B)

2012 – USA • SPICE Blitz 2012
    1st Place
2012 – USA • The 3RD Annual Thanksgiving Open
    Tie for 2nd Place
2012 – USA • 2012 SPICE CUP Group A
    4th  Place
2012 – Chess.com’s 7th Blitz Match of Death • Wesley So vs. Ray Robson
    Defeated GM Ray Robson
2012 – CANADA • Quebec Open Chess Championship
    1st Place
2012 – CANADA • Toronto International Chess Championship
    1st Place
2012 – USA • Charity Chess Match Philippine Consulate 
    Organized by the Filipino-American Chess Club of New York
    Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippine Mission to the UN in New York, Eduardo de Vega, joined the other chess players.
    20-chess players simultaneous
2012 – USA • 40TH Annual World Open 2012 – Blitz Championship
    Tie for 1st Place
2012 – USA • 40TH Annual World Open 2012
    3rd Place
2012 – FRANCE • French League TOP 12
    Clichy members: Ivanchuk, Van Wely, Wesley So, vice Jakovenko, Nispeanu and Maze
    Emerged 2012 champion – undefeated in 10 games
2012 – VIETNAM • 11TH Asian Individual Open/Blitz Chess Championships
    Undefeated in 18 games, 9 in the main event, and 9 in the Blitz Championship
    First place – Blitz
2012 – USA • The 28TH North American Masters: Georg Meier vs. Wesley So
    4 game classical match followed by 4 game rapid match (Tie)

2011 – INDONESIA • 26TH Southeast Asian Games
    Gold Medal – Finished undefeated with 9 points in the Blitz chess competition
    Silver Medal – Individual Standard
2011 – INDIA • Airports Authority of India Intl. Grandmasters Chess Tournament 
    5 points 4th place
2011 – INDONESIA • 17TH Asian Cities Chess Team Championship
    Tie for  2nd
2011 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
   Place
2011 – SPAIN • Training with World’s #1 Chess player GM Magnus Carlsen
    GM Magnus Carlsen
2011 – RUSSIA • Qualifying World Blitz
    5th  place/ 194-player field. Qualified for World Blitz
2011 – NETHERLANDS • 73rd Corus Chess, Grandmasters Group B Tata Steel
    4th  place

2010 – CHINA • The 16TH Asian Games
    Silver Medal for Team Philippines
2010 – USA • 2010 SPICE CUP Group A
    Tie for 2nd  Place
2010 – RUSSIA • 39TH World Chess Olympiad 2010
    RP Team: Rank 50th (149 teams)
2010 – PHILIPPINES • Campomanes Memorial Cup
    7th place
2010 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2010 – NETHERLANDS • NH Chess Tournament Rising Stars vs Experience
    Rising stars 26 (1st)
    Experience 24
2010 – SWITZERLAND • 2010 Biel Young Grandmasters Chess Championship
    5th Place
2010 – PHILIPPINES • 2010 ASIAN Continental Chess Championships
    2nd Place
    Qualify for World Cup
2010 – RUSSIA • World Blitz Championship Prelim
   62nd place / 156-player field
2010 – RUSSIA • Aeroflot Open 2010, Group A1
    Top Junior Award
    11th place / 80-player field
2010 – NETHERLANDS • 72ND Corus Chess 2010, Grandmasters Group B
    5th Place

2009 – RUSSIA •2009 World Chess Cup
    Final 16
    Defeated Gadir Guseinov and had victories over former world championship contenders Vassily Ivanchuk (ELO 2739) and Gata Kamsky (ELO 2695)
2009 – USA • Spice Cup Group A
    Tie for 2nd Place
2009 – USA • 30-Board Simul with Fresno Chess Club
    30-0
2009 – VIETNAM • Zone 3.3 Fide World Chess Championship
    Medal: Silver
    2nd Place
    Qualify for World Cup
2009 – PHILIPPINES • Asian Continental Chess Open Championship
    Rank: 21st place (85 players)
    Tie for 4th Place
2009 – CHINA • Chinese Chess League (for Bank of Qingdao Team)
    Team: Rank 9 Scored 4/6
2009 – Philippines • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2009 – RUSSIA • Aeroflot Open 2009, Group A1
    Top Junior Winner
2009 – NETHERLANDS • 71st Corus Group C (2009)
    1st place/Qualified for B Group
    "Beste Jone Talente" Award

2008 – UAE • 1ST Asian Chess Club Championship
    Individual: Board 1 Gold Medalist
    Team: 4th place
2008 – GERMANY • 38TH World Chess Olympiad 2008
    RP Team: Rank 46th (100 teams)
    Best Olympiad performer in RP
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 4TH Pichay Cup International Open
    Tie for 3rd Place (68 players)
    Ranked 5th
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 3RD President GMA Cup International Open
    Tie for 5th Place (72 players)
2008 – VIETNAM • 1ST Dragon Capital Chess Open/1ST ASEAN Grand Prix
    Tie for 2nd (30 players)
    2nd  in ASEAN Grand Prix
    Team: 3rd Place (26 teams)
2008 – TURKEY • World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
    Individual: Gold Medal
    Team: 3rd  Place (26 teams)
2008 – TURKEY • World Junior Chess Championship
    9th Place (109 players)
    Tie for 8th  — 14th Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 1ST Subic Bay International Open Chess Championship
    2nd  Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • 2ND Philippine Open International Chess Championship
    10th  Place (73 players)
2008 – INDONESIA • 2008 Japfa Chess Festival
    1st Place
2008 – UAE • 10TH Dubai Open Chess Championship
    1st  Place
2008 – PHILIPPINES • Battle of Grandmasters
    1st Place
2008 – INDONESIA • Asean Masters Chess Circuit 2008 GM Tournament A
    4th Place

2007 – PHILIPPINES • 3RD Pichay Cup International Open
    5th Place
    3rd GM Norm
    World’s 7th Youngest GM at 14 years old
    Youngest Filipino GM in their history
2007 – PHILIPPINES • 2ND President GMA CUP International Open
    9th Place (64 participants)
2007 – MACAU • 2ND Asian Indoor Games (participated by 32 countries)
    Team Rapid Chess: 4th Place
    Team Classical Chess: 7th Place
    Team Blitz Chess: 6th Place
2007 – ARMENIA • World Junior Chess Championship
    2nd GM Norm
    Tie for 6th Place
2007 – PHILIPPINES • The 6TH Asian Individual Chess Championship
    Tie for 5th Place
2007 – SINGAPORE • World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad
    Individual: Gold Medal
    Team: 3rd Place
2007 – PHILIPPINES • Philippine Open International Chess Championship
    Rank 15th
2007 – IRAN • 15th Asian Cities Chess Champion
    Team: 2nd (Silver Medal)
    Individual: Gold Medal for Performance Rating and Percentage Score
2007 – VIETNAM • Fide (Zone 3.3) World Chess Championship
    Tie for 3rd Place

2006 – SINGAPORE • 3rd Masters International Open Chess Tournament
    Tie for 4th Place (99 Players)
2006 – PHILIPPINES • 1ST President GMA Cup International Chess Tournament
    Top Juniors
    Tie for 6th Place
2006 – GERMANY • Offene Internationale Bayerische Shach Meisterschaft
    Tie for 2nd  Place
    1st GM Norm
    Creativity
    Award: Chosen by Russian Website e3e5
2006 – SPAIN • III Festival de Ajedrez Open Internacionale
    BEST Under 16 Blitz
2006 – MALAYSIA • 3rd IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Open Chess Championship
    BEST Under-16 Player 3RD International Master Norm
2006 – ITALY • 2ND San Marino Open Internationale di Scacchi
    BEST Under-16 Player – 2nd IM Norm
2006 – ITALY • 37TH World Chess Olympiad
    Youngest RP Olympian
2006 – UAE • 8TH Dubai Open Chess Championship
    1st IM Norm

2005 – SINGAPORE • Masters/Challengers Int’l. Open Tournament
    BEST Under-12 Player
2005 – FRANCE • 12th Nice Open International
    9th Place
2005 – FRANCE • World Youth Chess Championship
    TIE 1st Place
2005 – THAILAND • 7th Asean Age-Group Chess Championship
    GOLD, "Standard Chess – Individual"
    GOLD, "Rapid Chess – Individual"
    GOLD, "Blitz Chess – Individual"
2004 – GREECE • World Youth Chess Championship
    13th Place
2004 – VIETNAM • 6th  Asian Age-Group Chess Championship
    GOLD "Standard Chess" (Individual)
    GOLD "Rapid Chess" (Individual)
    SILVER "Standard Chess" (Team)
    SILVER "Rapid Chess" (Team)

2003 – GREECE • World Youth Chess Championship
    19th Place

1) https://new.uschess.org/news/2016-s...
2) http://en.chessbase.com/post/wesley...

Last updated: 2017-05-11 00:11:52

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Pipan vs W So 0-1262003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
2. W So vs N Galopoulos  0-1532003Wch U10C00 French Defense
3. W So vs Z Javakhadze 1-0552003Wch U10B10 Caro-Kann
4. Negi vs W So 1-0342003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
5. W So vs V Belous 1-0412003Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
6. D Swiercz vs W So 1-0732003Wch U10B33 Sicilian
7. Mark Ho En Tian vs W So 0-1312004ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. M Bui vs W So 0-1442004ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
9. W So vs Minh Doan Vu Hoang 1-0352004ASEAN-ch5 U12A07 King's Indian Attack
10. W So vs Md Omar Ak Hafizon Pg  ½-½572004ASEAN-ch5 U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Do Duc Minh vs W So 0-1202004ASEAN-ch5 U12B33 Sicilian
12. Ding Liren vs W So 1-0232004Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
13. W So vs Caruana 1-0272004WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. A Rosell vs W So 1-0432004Wch U12A80 Dutch
15. W So vs O Kanmazalp 1-0292004Wch U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. I Nyzhnyk vs W So 0-1332005Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
17. D Lo Kin Mun vs W So 0-1542005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
18. Duy Linh Dang vs W So 0-1262005ASEAN-ch6 U12E41 Nimzo-Indian
19. W So vs Mark Ho En Tian 1-0402005ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
20. S Neubronner vs W So 0-1252005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
21. W So vs Y Chan 1-0382005ASEAN-ch6 U12C26 Vienna
22. Firman Syah Farid vs W So 0-1422005ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
23. W So vs J Chung 1-0292005ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
24. Robson vs W So ½-½472005Wch U12B33 Sicilian
25. S Sjugirov vs W So 1-0332005Belfort YWCC boys under 12B30 Sicilian
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Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Good day all!

Wesley is playing more b3/Bb2 lines of late, but everybody knows that by now. ;>D

The positional question is whether Black will get Hanging Pawns after White trades dxc5 bxc5 or if Black will get an IQP after Black trades ... cxd4 Nxd4. The Ne4 is a strong piece.

<WinKing> Great to see you back! I'll be here tomorrow if you need to spend time with your family.

Go Wesley!

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: <tpstar: <WinKing> Great to see you back! I'll be here tomorrow if you need to spend time with your family.>

Thanks <tpstar>. Just taking it a day at a time. My mother always said "Idle hands are the devil's workshop". She was right . :)

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 19. Ne5 Bd6 20. Bb2 f4 21. f3 Ng5?! 22. exf4 Rxf4 23. Rae1


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21... Ng3 may have been better for black as the knight could not have been taken because black would then have attacking chances. Now white has chances along the e-file with the position opening up a bit.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 23... cxd4 24. Nd3?!


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24. Bc1!? looked pretty strong. I wonder why GM So rejected it.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Seems like a lot of pieces are pointing at the white king.
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 24... Rh4 25. g3 Rh6 26. Bxd4 Bh3 27. Bb7 Bxf1 28. Kxf1


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Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: <Marmot PFL: Seems like a lot of pieces are pointing at the white king.>

Yeah a bit scary! I believe white is ok. I can't help but think white missed a chance though.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 28.... Rb8 29. Bxd5+ Kh8 30. f4 Bc5 31. fxg5 Bxd4 32. gxh6 Qxd5 33. hxg7+ Bxg7


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Ok after a series of exchanges the smoke has cleared & white is up a pawn.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessobserver: Pwede pa to.
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 34. Nf2 Rf8 35. Re4 Bd4 36. Rf4 Rxf4 37. gxf4 a5 38. a4 b5 39. axb5 Qxb5+ 40. Kg2 Qd5+


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Time control reached.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessobserver: Konting piga pa.
Apr-21-18  Pugacium: A swindling chance for Wesley.

Go Wesley!

You’re blessed!

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Thought Qc4 Qxc4 bc4 was good for white but blacks outside passed pawn would be dangerous then. not sure white can make progress, in fact they just drew while i was typing I lose a lot of chess bucks there.
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: 41. Ne4 h6 42. Kg3 Qg8+ 43. Kf3 Qd5 44. h3 Qh5+ 45. Kg3 Qg6+ 46. Kf3 Qh5+ ½-½


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Draw by repetition.

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessobserver: Draw sayang, akala ko magkakamali si Lenderman
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  batongol: US Championship: The leaderboard takes shape

https://en.chessbase.com/post/us-ch...

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  batongol: Next Game / Round 5

Xiong vs So

***

Round 8 (Thursday Morning)

SO VS CARUANA

Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessobserver: Katay si Caruana
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: I thought today's Rd.4 game was quite interesting. Both players played enterprising chess. I hope Wes takes a look at 24. Bc1. He actually played 24. Nd3 which netted white a pawn but I think there might have been more in the position. Still a well played game by both players.
Apr-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <enterprising chess> Agree. The last two games from Wesley have been more unbalanced and unclear than usual. Perhaps he is trying to adopt a riskier style to outplay his opponent in complications.

Yesterday Liang played well to hold the balance, then today Lenderman seemed very well prepared as Black with the strong maneuver relocating his Knight to e4. Two great fighting draws.

Go Wesley!

Apr-22-18  5hrsolver: Good going Wesley. Maybe some missed chances against Lenderman. Good luck in round 5.
Apr-22-18
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  iking: 24th, 26th, and 42nd move are sub-optimal moves by Wesley, Lenderman played valiantly, he equalized in the end.
Apr-22-18
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  WinKing: Good day all!

Round 5 - U.S. Championship 2018

Xiong - So

Catalan (Closed)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5


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Known theory.

Apr-22-18
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  tpstar: Good day all!

Jeffery Xiong - Wesley So, US Championship Round 5

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 0-0 6. 0-0 dxc4


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The So-Xiong series = http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Remember last year's matchup J Xiong vs W So, 2017 which finished at #8 in the Game Collection: Best Games of 2017 contest.

6 ... dxc4 against the Catalan is a Wesley So specialty = Repertoire Explorer: Wesley So (black)

As I was growing up in the US (some time ago), all guys named Jeff were Jeffrey, then through college and beyond I met more men named Jeffery. Times change.

Go Wesley!

Apr-22-18
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  tpstar: <WinKing> Great to see you! I'll do color commentary.

Interesting that after 9. Qxc4 every database game has continued 9 ... Bc6 = Opening Explorer

For Black, 10 ... Bd5 is the most common response to 10. Bg5 = Opening Explorer

This continuation with 11. Bxf6 is surprising as Wesley loves the Two Bishops. =)

Go Wesley!

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