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Wesley So vs Fouad El Taher
"Wesley Snipes" (game of the day Apr-06-2007)
8th Dubai Open (2006), rd 4, Apr-26
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid. Spielmann Attack (C26)  ·  1-0



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Nov-20-07  zanshin: Black should have played 6...Nf2 (Fritz10):

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1. (-1.31): 6...Nf2 7.Qh5 g6 8.Qh6 c6 9.d4 Bxd4 10.fxg6 fxg6 11.Qg7

2. = (-0.03): 6...Bf2+ 7.Kf1 Ne3+ 8.Bxe3 Bxe3 9.Qh5 0-0 10.Nd5 Bc5 11.b4 Bxg1 12.f6 gxf6 13.Rxg1 a5 14.Qh4

3. = (-0.10): 6...h5 7.Nh3 Qh4+ 8.Kf1 Qd8 9.Qf3 a6 10.Na4 Bd4 11.c3 Ba7 12.Bg5 Qd7 13.b3 0-0 14.Nb2

Nov-22-07  Tomlinsky: 6...Nf2 7.Qh5 g6 8.Qh6 Kd7 9.Qd7 Qf8 10.Be6+ Kc6 11.Bd5+ Draw

White is fine.

Jul-30-09  ChessEscudero: What a play by the then 12-year-old Wesley So against a veteran 2400+ rated player.
Sep-12-09  timhortons: Cheers GM wesley currently the numero uno in the standing of ICC BLITZ ranking!

foster is another handle of GM wesley so, currently having a rating of 3604 at ICC BLITZ!

Sep-12-09  timhortons: i chat with wesley, it is his account...
Apr-12-10  MartinII: one of Dubai trainor IM Fouad El Taher scalped by the then 12-year-old So. (the head of Dubai Coach is SGM Elmar Magerramov)
Jan-27-17  JohnTal: So probably burned 1 second off his clock for his 12th and 13th moves. Hard to believe that a 2400 player would get smoked so quickly in the Morphy style.
Jan-27-17  drollere: Bxf7+ had a red flag on it.
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  patzer2: For today's Friday puzzle, I quickly saw Black was in trouble after the demolition attack 12. Bxf7+ Kxf7 13. Qg6+ Kf8 14. f6 (+6.70 @ 23 depth, Stockfish 7).

<zanshin> After 6...Nf2 7. Qh5 g6 8. Qh6 = (0.00 @ 26 depth, Houdini 3 x 64) Black wins the exchange, but at the cost of giving White a lot of dangerous counterplay.

I kind of like 8...Qh4+ 9. Kf1 Nc6 = (0.10 @ 29 depth, Stockfish 5) with an unbalanced position with good development and active play for Black.

Jan-27-17  centralfiles: As I see no one here managed to find the beautiful continuations after 6...Nf2 I'll post them now about 10 years late.
Jan-27-17  centralfiles: 6...Nf2
7.Qh5 g6
8.Qh6 Nxh1
9.Bg5 f6
10.fxg6! hxg5
11.g7 Kd7
12.Qe6+ Kc6

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Pretty hard especially otb anyone up to it?

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  ChessHigherCat: "Wesley So's heart-break." I don't know whether you guys do cryptic crosswords or not (like Atlantic or Harper's) but "break" in a clue typically means to anagram the adjacent word: i.e., "heart" = Taher.
Jan-27-17  centralfiles: As for 6...Qh4
There's actually a very nice spielmann game in that line. Spielmann vs Reggio, 1906
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  ChessHigherCat: <centralfiles: 6...Nf2
7.Qh5 g6
8.Qh6 Nxh1
9.Bg5 f6
10.fxg6! hxg5
11.g7 Kd7
12.Qe6+ Kc6>

13. Bb5+ Kb6
14. a4 a6 (if Bxe6 a5#)
15. Qb3 Ka7
16. gxh8?
There's got to be something better, right?
Jan-27-17  centralfiles: <Chcat> Right
Theres actually a line that's findable that doesn't quite work and a better line that I would certainly never find OTB.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight.

White can start an attack against the black king with Bxf7+ or Ng5.

In the case of 12.Bxf7+ Kxf7 (12... Kd7 13.Bxg8 Qxg8 14.Qg6 + - [R+N+P vs 2B]) 13.Qg6+:

A) 13... Ke7 14.f6+

A.1) 14... Kd7 15.Qf7+ Qe7 16.Qxe7#.

A.2) 14... Ke6 15.Ng5+ Kd7 16.Qf7+ as in A.1.

A.3) 14... Kf8 15.fxg7+ Ke7 16.Qf7#.

A.4) 14... gxf6 15.Qxf6+ Kd7 (15... Ke8 16.Qf7#) 16.Qf7+ Qe7 18.Qxg8 + - [R+N+P vs 2B] (18... Qh4+ 19.Qg3).

B) 13... Kf8 14.f6

B.1) 14... Qe8 15.f7 wins decisive material.

B.2) 14... Qd7 15.fxg7+ Ke7 16.Qf6+ Ke8 17.Qf8+ Rxf8 18.gxf8=Q#.

B.3) 14... Qc7 15.fxg7+ Ke7 16.Qf7+ Kd8 17.Qxg8+ Kd(e)7 18.Rf7+ Ke6 19.Ng5#.

B.4) 14... Qb6 15.fxg7+ Ke7 16.Qf7+ Kd8 17.Qxg8+ Kc7 18.Qb3 followed by g8=Q winning.

B.5) 14... Qa5 is similar to B.4.

B.6) 14... Qxf6 15.Rxf6+ gxf6 16.Qxf6+ Ke8 17.Ng5 wins decisive material.

B.7) 14... Bxh3 15.fxg6+ Ke7 16.Qf7#.

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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: "Wesley So's heart-break." I don't know whether you guys do cryptic crosswords or not...>

Yes, I do. I made a reference to one at Peter Szekely (kibitz #39).

Jan-27-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I love it when a sacrificial attack emerges from a line named after Spielmann.

I don't know whether I'd have played this line over the board in a Spielmann-esque leap of faith. I certainly didn't calculate it out close to accurately.

Jan-27-17  YouRang: Friday 12.?

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The attack on Pf7 with subsequent attack from Q and N is too juicy to ignore, but I wasn't sure about the order.

Since I didn't see through the complete followup after the immediate 12.Bxf7+, I decided to bring the knight into the attack first with <12.Ng5>

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White threatens Bxf7+ forking K+R. I expected <12...Rf8 13.Bxf7+>

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where the threat of Ne6+ forces <13...Rxf7 14.Nxf7>

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The Nf7 is immune, due to 14...Kxf7? 15.Qg6+ Kf8 16.f6. One way or another, the f-file opens with black's king succumbing to the Q and R attack.

Assuming black doesn't take the N, white will be able to extract the N back to g5, e.g. <14...Qf6 15.Ng5>

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White is up the exchange plus a pawn, black's king badly exposed, and the black pieces lack development. White may look forward to a pleasant win.

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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <ChessHigherCat: "Wesley So's heart-break." I don't know whether you guys do cryptic crosswords or not...> <Yes, I do. I made a reference to one at Peter Szekely (kibitz #39).> Cool. "Off-ramp makes perambulator" (4 letters)
Jan-27-17  stacase: This "Difficult" puzzle more or less played itself for 8 moves until 19. Na4.
Jan-27-17  gofer: The first move screams to be played. After that, its difficult to see how black can survive...

<12 Bxf7+ ...>

12 ... Ke7
13 Bxg8 Qxg8
14 f6+

12 ... Kf8
13 Bxg8 Kxg8
14 f6 Qf8
15 f7 Kh7
16 Qg5 g6
17 Rf6 Qg7
18 f8=Q

<12 ... Kxf7>
<13 Qg6+ ...>

13 ... Ke7
14 f6+ gxf6 (Kd7 Qf7+ mating or Kf8 fxg7+ mating)

15 Qh7+ Ke8
16 Qxg8+ Kd7
17 Qf7 Qe7
18 Qxh5

<13 ... Kf8>
<14 f6 fxg6>
<15 Rxf6+ Qxf6>

<16 Qxf6+ Ke8>
<17 Ng5 ...>

Now this was as far as I got... ...six moves into a winning sequence. I did not look any further, but didn't feel I had to. Today I think I was right.

Yesterday, not so much...

Jan-27-17  Elrathia Kingi: The option of 6...Nf2 is interesting. This is a crazy line where each of the moves for white is forced, with a difference of at least 1 between best and second best move (with the aid of my good friend Stockfish). Note that black's moves are not as forced, but this is still taking the top move for black each move:

7. Qh5 g6
8. Qh6 c6
9. fxg6 fxg6
10.Qg7 Rf8
11. Qxh7 Qf6
12. Nf3 Rh8
13. Qc7 Na6
14. Bxa6 Bb6
15. Bxb7 Bxc7
16. Bxc6 Bd7
17. Nd5 Qd8
18. Bg4 Qc8
19. Nf6+ Kf7
20. Bxd7 Qb7
21. Kxf2
Final eval: +1.42

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  morfishine: The sham sacrifice <12.Bxf7+> leads to the forcing tactic <14.f6> which leads to material gain <16.Qxf6+> which leads to permanent positional advantage and the win


Jan-27-17  FrogC: I'd play Bxf7 without giving it much thought and work out the variations afterwards. A strong player told me that when you have a much superior development you aren't really sacrificing anything, since your pieces outnumber the defender's anyway: the important thing is to open lines for the attack.
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