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Wesley So vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
SPICE Cup (2012), St Louis USA, rd 8, Oct-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Accelerated Variation (D81)  ·  0-1

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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-20-12  brankat: How did Wesley ever manage to ruin his position and lose this game?!
Oct-20-12  Yuan26: ,due to time pResSure., So blundEreD many times.. Ouch.
Oct-20-12  ashalpha: 30. Kf1?! was already bad giving up the initiative. He needed to exchange one set of rooks with 30.Rb1. 35. Bc3? was the start of a bad idea, already a losing move allowing the Black rooks to infiltrate decisively through back rank mating threats. I didn't watch the game live, was Wes in time trouble or did he just try too hard to keep pieces on board trying to win?
Oct-20-12  ashalpha: Hmmm computer evaluations in other webpages seems to think he can hold until 37. Re1? and though I really hate his position even before 35.Bc3?. He was the one trying to draw after 30.Kf1.
Oct-20-12
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  Eyal: Prior to 37.Re1? Black has enough compensation for the pawn to hold the balance, but objectively probably not more than that; still, after 37...Bh4 38.g3 (if the rook on e1 moves along the first rank, then 38...Rf2+ 39.Ke1 Rcc2) 38...Rxh2!, 39.Kg1 seems to be another mistake and perhaps the decisive one instead, White has the resource 39.d5! Bxg3 (39...exd5 40.gxh4 Rcc2 41.Bd4 [now that this square has been cleared for the bishop] - both saving the bishop and defending against the mating threat by Rh1) 40.Rxg3 Rxb2 41.d6, and the advanced d-pawn might give enough counterplay to hold.
Oct-20-12  kudubux: With this game, I hope the "Invincibility versus 2700s" story ends.
Oct-20-12
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  perfidious: <kudubux>: Our hero <tolengoy> has not given up the ship just yet: SPICE Cup (2012).
Oct-20-12  ashalpha: 39. d5! is pretty brilliant. Very hard to find in time trouble Eyal.
Oct-20-12
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  Eyal: <39. d5! is pretty brilliant. Very hard to find in time trouble> Yeah, I agree. It's interesting to try and find in retrospect at what point the position actually became lost, but you can't really criticize a player for not finding this kind of thing in time trouble.
Oct-20-12  mike1: what happens after 39. d5 Rcc2?
Oct-20-12  shivasuri4: <mike1>, after 39.d5 Rcc2, white would play 40.Bd4 (that's the very point of d5- opening a square for the locked bishop).
Oct-22-12  karlmarx2000: even fischer or kasparov or carlsen lost some games... There is always a "next time" for this Filipino genius... More power to Wesley So....
Oct-22-12
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  wordfunph: <karlmarx2000> nice words.
Oct-24-12  haydn20: I find 7. Qd3 dubious as 7....Nc6 already gives White problems. Also with the immediate 10....Bf5 (IMPatzerO) Black has the upper hand. 24. Be3 and 25. Bd2 look like moves of someone who is adrift. White was gifted a pawn and his opening went unpunished, and still he managed to lose. Not the young worldbeater's best effort.
Oct-26-12  kardopov: <haydn20: I find 7. Qd3 dubious as 7....Nc6 already gives White problems.> The queen is under attack, so it has to move and Qd3 is the more logical square to go, providing some attacking stance for the piece. Your 7. ... Nc6 seems an absurd continuation for a Gruenfeld set-up.
Oct-26-12
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  paavoh: I wonder why White did not get rid of his backward d-pawn already at move 25 (25.d5 instead of Bd2). Black has to take, otherwise 26. d6 is a passer. Not saying this would win but might ease the task of securing the draw?!
Nov-19-12  lemaire90: What a nice game by V-Lag
Feb-20-13  chessguru1: chessguru1:

ashalpha: 30. Kf1?! was already bad giving up the initiative. He needed to exchange one set of rooks with 30.Rb1. 35. Bc3? was the start of a bad idea, already a losing move allowing the Black rooks to infiltrate decisively through back rank mating threats. I didn't watch the game live, was Wes in time trouble or did he just try too hard to keep pieces on board trying to win?

To exchange one of the rooks, the move would be 30. Rb8 (Rb1 to b8) not Rb1.

Feb-20-13  chessguru1: In hindsight though, it'd be better to eliminate white's weakness immediately by playing 25.d5. Black was trying to justify the loss of a pawn by his more active rook. White must counter this by occupying the second rank and creating play on the seventh or eighth rank.
Apr-05-13  breakbad: 1. d4??
Feb-19-15  Garech: Why So Serious?

-Garech

Sep-21-15  epistle: <tpstar: Great run Wesley!
You belong in the elite. =)>

Round 1- beats an accidental IM; Round 2- beats an unknown, insignificant GM; Round 3 - beats a Vietnamese full-time A-student who hasn't slept doing school deadlines; Round 4 - went down in blames ("My relatives ruined my tournament!"

Sep-21-15
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  tpstar: Barangay Exile
A fitting punishment for
Anti-Wesley trolls

Fake and phony posts
Seven thousand pages long
He will read it now

Wesley So Fan Cult
Outsiders and Intruders
Those Tipsy Star songs

J.O. is so mad
Team Wesley never wanted
Nanobrain B.S.

TPSTAR & FRIENDS
I can post there but you can't
Well how about that

Do your children know
You were booted off his page
Someday they will learn

GMs aren't unknown
Not accidental, and not
Insignificant

tpstar's milkshake
Brings all the boyz to the yard
It's better than yours

RP prodigies
Come over to the US
Immediately

Sep-21-15  SugarDom: tpstar doctor doctor you are sick
call Sanduwski very quick

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