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Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Wesley So
Corus Group C (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-31
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-31-09  I Like Fish: Pertama...
sebelum datang fans...
Jan-31-09  apple pi: <So> much for Persson winning the tournament...
Jan-31-09  MasterMito: Lha kamu bukan fans ? ...
Jan-31-09  ChessApplet: White's 17.f4? only put him into trouble. So immediately took the advantage by 17...Bc7

Jan-31-09  kazza83: Who's Persson to blame? So!
Feb-01-09  shintaro go: I thought this would be a close one, but Persson was not up to it. After playing 17.f4, Persson should have retreated the Queen to a safer place rather than being stuck in the c-file and falling into a trap. Good job Wesley.
Feb-01-09  zanshin: What's ironic about this game was that Persson seems to have been playing for a draw because of his attempts to exchange Queens starting with <15.Qb6>. I think he played <17.f4?> to protect his h-pawn after Rg8.

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[-0.65] d=16 17.Nxa6 Nd7 18.Nxb8 Nxb6 19.Nxc6 Qd7 20.Ne5 Bxe5 21.dxe5 Na4 22.Bb4 (0:02.31) 10214kN (Rybka 3)

After <18...Bxf4>, the Bishop remains immune from capture because of Nxd4+ forking King and Queen. But yes, <shintaro go>, <19.Qc3> allowed <19...e5> and the Bishop still cannot be captured because of ...exd4+ losing the Queen.

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In the position above, engines and human analysts suggested Kf1 to finally get the King out of the e-file. <20.Nb3?> was yet another mistake wihch traps the Queen on the c-file, losing it for Knight and Bishop.

After the exchanges on move 24 (shown below), White could have resigned.

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Feb-01-09  midnightsun88: What the heck is 22.Qxd4?
Feb-01-09  dadsespinosa: kazza83: Who's Persson to blame? So!
hahaha ya' u right man...
Feb-01-09  parmetd: Wesley So said Tiger chose a sharp line... I mean i've always considered D11 Quiet Slav to be the most quiet and cautious Slav line there is. Hence its name...
Feb-01-09  KERESOV: The re-routing of the knight on the 11th move 11... Nb8! exemplifies a deep understanding of the position. When most players would probably play 11... Rc8 without thinking, Wesley conceived a subtle plan of intricate piece manoeuvering ... placing the pieces in their most optimum square. Such is the hallmarks of world champion Bobby Fischer already evident in Wesley games at a very young age. Just sheer genius, talent and heart ... more power to you Wesley ! you made us all Filipinos proud !
Feb-02-09  AliMatok: Puzzle of the Day
Difficulty : Easy to Moderate
Black to Play
What's Blacks ...39th move?

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Feb-03-09  Dindo: midnightsun88: What the heck is 22.Qxd4?

I guess it might be stronger to challenge the black queen with two bishops rather than a rook against a queen

Feb-04-09  zanshin: <midnightsun88: What the heck is 22.Qxd4?>

I assume you mean <23.Qxd4>. What else is there? White's King is in check and 23.exd4 drops the Queen to 23...Rxc5.

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Feb-04-09  seaotter: zanshin,... I think he played a schlabone move, i.e. f4. It would be interesting to see how time he used to make this move. My impression was that it was just too good. Ctrl the center, shut out the DSCardinal, CTRL. How good is that? It was just a schlabone move,... Bc7 must of come like a bolt from the heavens,...
Feb-04-09  zanshin: <seaotter> My recollection was that Persson was down in time because he took a long time on <15.Qb6>. As I said in my previous post here, I think f4 was played to protect the h-pawn after Rg1 (Rg8 was a typo). The commentators quickly suggested Bc7 - most likely because they (like me) were analyzing with Rybka. (I wish chessdom hadn't taken down their commentary of this game.)

In summary, I would not have seen Bc7. but I might have played f4? myself ;-)

Feb-04-09  seaotter: I was sans Engine, so Bc7 was at least a bolt from the heaven for me,... because I saw the follow-up immediately as I had been wondering How can Hillarp keep his King in the center like this and not pay for it? As I said, I hope the kid gets a really good sponsor.
Feb-27-09  FiLiPiNoV: mabuhay ka gm so!..kung 'di man makasampa ka sana sa candidates matches balang araw..iwagayway ang bandilang pilipinas..
Jun-25-09  DiskFunkTionaL: Iwagayway ang bandilang fuschia! Mga magigiting na manikurista, lusob mga kafaaaatid!! FiLiPinoV, matindi ang bata 'pre. Dami niyang hinagis sa gitna; warak tuloy ang lab-team ng puti. Hay naku po, kuya Germs.
Jun-26-09  310metaltrader: what is the win? can't white defend with rd1
Jun-26-09  pulsar: <310metaltrader> 40.Rd1 still won't hold because Black has an overwhelming advantage in position and material (two unopposed and connected pawns in the queenside). Just to illustrate, play might continue with 40...Qf4 42.Rg2 e3 and there's no adequate defence for White although he can prolong the agony and play on after 42...e3 in our sample variation. 43. Ne6 forking the rook and queen won't work, too, because of Qc4+ and the Knight is dead.
Oct-29-14  gokusano: One of my favorite games of gm wesley so. The move 17. Bc7 is a mark of a grandmonster. If not for the engine, a very selective few will be able to see this move. If ever you're one of them, you must be a strong gm. Still at a very young age, 15 I guess, Wesley's talent is very evident. He is now twenty one, top 10 player, and ready to ramble with the pampered goldfish. And he is one of them now ;0)

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