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Friso Nijboer vs Wesley So
"Reap What You So" (game of the day Aug-22-2012)
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  0-1

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Jan-17-09  blacksburg: nice to see wesley willing to work hard for a win, nice game today.
Jan-17-09  parmetd: unbelievable will to win!
Jan-17-09  Kinghunt: After 64... Rg1+, black has the edge, but white should be able to hold a draw with 65. Kd2. After 65...e3+ 66. ♔e2 ♖e1+ 67. ♔f3 ♘e5+ 68. ♔g2 e2 69. ♘f5+ ♔d3 70. ♖d8+ and white can hold with accurate play. But the text move, 65. ♔c2??, loses spectacularly, as So proves.
Jan-17-09  timhortons: wesley so is only 15 year old and 4 months, were expecting him to gather experience from european leaguae.

His not failing us in showing his strong resolve to win.Im sure wesley is visiting chessgames.com. His mom is always updating us in wesley so page of his etinirary for international competition as well as his future campaigns.

Jan-17-09  ChessEscudero: GM Wesley So still managed to win a drawish time-troubled game for SIX HOURS!! Indeed, what a will to win. GM So is a warrior!
Jan-18-09  321ycnay: What a stout heart! This is, tenacity and generalship, over sixty-four squares of the chessboard on full display!

Well done, GM Wesley So.

Jan-18-09  shintaro go: <His play still lacks maturity> Duh. He's just a kid but he has the balls to pull off the win with Black.
Jan-18-09  puyotz: invincible game from young talent...wesley keep up the good showing im very impressed...
Jan-18-09  Phantom.Nightmare: Impressive, though a long game full of chances of a draw...
Jan-19-09  notyetagm: <timhortons: wesley so is only 15 year old and 4 months, were expecting him to gather experience from european leaguae.

His not failing us in showing his strong resolve to win.Im sure wesley is visiting chessgames.com. His mom is always updating us in wesley so page of his etinirary for international competition as well as his future campaigns.>

Is GM So playing at the <2009 Youth Versus Experience> tournament?

He should be. It would be great to see Wesley at 2010 Amber!

Jan-19-09  timhortons: <notyetagm> i dont think so.

if he do good at corus then i hope they invite him.

Jan-23-10  tedbalonzo: Wesley is great. I'm now 56 years old . No filipino has ever achieved his feat in the past. At his age a dawning of pacquaio in chess will be achieved.
Jan-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: ..and they will play again tomorrow in the 11th round of Tata Steel Group B, this time GM Wesley to handle white.
Aug-22-12  LoveThatJoker: An entertaining game and a fantastic finish from GM So!

LTJ

Aug-22-12  Manuel G. Vergara: Wow! Game of the Day!!!
Aug-22-12  Abdel Irada: Another pun like this, and we'll have to So someone's typing fingers together.

<[One minute later: Hey! Not *my* fingers! What are you doing?]>

Aug-22-12  Lemon69: Seeing Wes on GOTD today when I just open up the browser? It's just as good as drinking the best coffee after you wake up in the morning. Nice one!
Aug-22-12
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  iking: was this the game that clinched Group C winner?
Aug-22-12  torrefan: What a scary endgame, willingly going into it a pawn down!
Aug-22-12  erniecohen: Why is this GOTD? White just blunders away a draw at the end with 65. ♔c2. And it's not as if the rest of the game was especially well played; Black missed some easy wins earlier the game (35.. ♕c7 and 38...♕xg2), and there are lots of inaccurate moves. So has played much better games than this one.
Aug-22-12
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  kevin86: During the better part of this game,black's best defender was the white pawn at g7.
Aug-22-12  The Last Straw: <erniecohen> The ♙ queens or white loses his ♖ after 65.♔d2 e3+ 66.♔e2 ♘f4+ 67.♔f3 ♖f1+ 68.♔(any) e2 69.♖e8 (or ♖d8+ ♔e3) e1♕ 70.♖xe1 ♖xe1 or 65.♔e2? ♖e1+ 66.♔d2 e3+ 67.♔c2 ♖c1+ 68.♔(any) ♖xc8 69.♘xc8 e2 followed by e1♕.
Aug-22-12  erniecohen: < The Last Straw: <erniecohen> The P queens or white loses his R after 65.Kd2 e3+ 66.Ke2 Nf4+ 67.Kf3 Rf1+ 68.K(any) e2 69.Re8 (or Rd8+ Ke3) e1Q 70.Rxe1 Rxe1 or ...>

Using 68.♔g4 for 68. ♔(any), after 71. ♔xf4, the position is still a draw:


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Aug-23-12
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  iking: <erniecohen: Why is this GOTD? White just blunders away a draw at the end with 65. c2. And it's not as if the rest of the game was especially well played; Black missed some easy wins earlier the game (35.. c7 and 38...xg2), and there are lots of inaccurate moves. So has played much better games than this one.>

Ernie, you are correct in asserting that 35.. Qc7 and 38...Qxg2 easily wins the game; but they are near the time control and where blunder comes most often. Wesley So can easily opt for a ceasefire but he pursued it (tenaciously) until the end, and that secures the first place finish, i believe.

Aug-23-12
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  iking: <kevin86: During the better part of this game,black's best defender was the white pawn at g7.>

37. fxg7


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the white Pawn in g7 protected the black so well .... nice insight <Kevin86>. ~

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