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Wesley So vs Frank Holzke
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  0-1



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Jan-25-09  Woody Wood Pusher: Man I am on a roll today!


Jan-25-09  Marmot PFL: I would have said draw with Kf4 before looking at the crafty line
Jan-25-09  Wild Bill: Thank you, CG.

Ladies and gentlemen, the new kid on the block . . .

(and don't anybody say, "So, what?")

Jan-25-09  JG27Pyth: hey what was the ivanchuk karja result?
Jan-25-09  Marmot PFL: that white loses is not so unusual with his passed pawns not far advanced
Jan-25-09  waustad: This was a rather strange Ruy Lopez.
Jan-25-09  chessic eric: <JG27Pyth: hey what was the ivanchuk karja result?> 1-0!
Premium Chessgames Member For those who missed it, Ivanchuk won: Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2009.
Jan-25-09  JG27Pyth: Cool! I gotta go check out the game.
Jan-25-09  SCUBA diver: Black plays K-e6, then K-f6.
Jan-25-09  chessic eric: black spending a long time on ...Ke6 having already played ...f5
Jan-25-09  hedgeh0g: No way Van Wely can hold this...
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  whiteshark: <34.Nxc4> looks like blundering the ♘ away.

Maybe an endgame miscalculation similar to Fischer's famous <29...Bxh2> Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

Jan-25-09  siamesedream: One blunder and won game became lost game. Pity!
Jan-25-09  timhortons: its really bad.

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my fritz 6 from still favors white and advise 34.a4!

when he take pawn at c4 all of a sudden fritz favor black position.

Jan-25-09  Strongest Force: I hope So is a better person than me because i have a history of not recovering when i make such a's not just the blunder but what could have been...
Jan-25-09  timhortons: SO sad.
Jan-26-09  Bradah: Move 25 Qb6 is a bad move. It should have been c4xb5 which gives the white a clear advantage, he can force QXQ and 1 pawn up, with the knight controlling the center, game over. Oh well, it must have been the cold weather. LOL.
Jan-26-09  Ladolcevita: a blunder like mine==
Jan-26-09  notyetagm: 34 ?

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34 ♘e3xc4?? <LPDO - loose pieces drop off>

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Wow, did Wesley *really* play 34 ♘e3xc4?? ?.

34 ... ♕a5-c7+! <queen fork>

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Jan-27-09  notyetagm:

<27.Rc6 Rxc6 28.Qxc6 Be6 29.Qxa6 Qb4 30.Qa8+ Kh7 31.Qe4+ Kg8 32.Qc2 <<<Holzke has less than 2 minutes on the clock. Will he find the maneuver?>>>

32... Qe1+ 33.Kh2 Qa5 <<<34.Nxc4 ??

34... Qc7 How dramatic! Wesly So had just blundered a piece in his opponent’s time-trouble.>>>>

Now I see what happened: Holzke was in time trouble and So blitzed out 34 ♘e3xc4??, dropping a piece and the game.

Dropping points by blitzing out moves in his opponent's time trouble, just like his idol Magnus.

Jan-27-09  notyetagm:

<What a pity for the young talented GM Wesley So who rushed to use the opponent’s lack of time, and missed a simple double attack.>

Jan-27-09  balweg214: The position of Wesley So is winning 'til he blundered by blitzing his moves where it was Holzke, being the one who is in time trouble.

It will be a learning experience for Wesley.

Jan-27-09  timhortons: <balweg> i was always thinking that wesley not playing blitz in the internet is to his advantage.

he dont play internet blitz at all unlike carlsen or nakamura.

he just got to excited.

Feb-01-09  prensdepens: After losing this game, GM Wesley So won the next four games and draw the final one to clinch the Corus C 2009 title.
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