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Wouter Spoelman vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Group B (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  0-1



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Jan-23-11  Manuel G. Vergara: Its Wouter under the bridge, you know.
Jan-23-11  mafe: Congrats GM so.....tuloy tuloy na ang panalo mo (by faith}
Jan-23-11  mafe: Puzzle of the day: black to move and win
White: Spoelman
Black: So

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Jan-23-11  radicalcation: Hi Mafe,

Black's next move is 24. ...Qb1. But the computer evals showed no clear win. After 25. ... Qd3, white's next move, Qxd3, was a losing mistake.

Jan-23-11  iking: report on round 8

<The "B" group has also seen a change in the guard, after McShane lost to Le Quang allowing Efimenko and So to catch up with him. In round eight, McShane drew with Sargissian, and Efimenko unexpectedly lost to Tkachiev, but Welsey So, still blistering with his three wins in a row, made it four by beating Spoelman, and has now taken the lead with 6.0/8 and a 2852 performance.


Jan-23-11  iking: <Manuel G. Vergara: Its Wouter under the bridge, you know.>

nice pun thu,

"wouter under the Wesley Bridge"

Jan-24-11  pulsar:

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GM So mentioned in his player page (Wesley So) that 26.Qxd3 was a blunder, saying Kg2 would give decent chances. Although he didn't mention it, it looks like White is also losing even after the relatively better continuation. As 26...Qxd2 27.Bxd2 Rb2 28.Bf4 Rc2 when Black can't play 28.Bxd6 because of Rd2 and 28.Bxc4 Rxc3 29.Be2 d5 is simply winning for White.

Overall, I think the opening wasn't very successful for GM Spoelman.

Jan-25-11  crazygorillas: Was that the same strategy GM Wesley made with Fressinet and now Spoelman?
Jan-25-11  pulsar: <Was that the same strategy GM Wesley made with Fressinet and now Spoelman?> What strategy are you referring to, <cg>?

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