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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 1, Aug-12
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-13  dumbgai: Fantastic upset by the youngster Wei Yi. White's plan of putting the two rooks on the second rank looks like a very awkward maneuver. Black weakens his pawn structure in order to gain space and succeeds in reaching a winning endgame. Good stuff.
Aug-12-13  belgradegambit: The Dragon has been a no show at the highest levels lately. Nice to see it can still breathe fire. The position after 17...Rfc8 is what us Dragon players consider the ideal attack formation.
Aug-12-13  csmath: It isn't surprise any more, Nepo is clearly out of form and Wei Yi keeps on getting better.

Wei Yi is the strongest player in the world under 18 (he is 14).

It is truly amazing how well prepared he is for such a young player.

Nepo missed:

24. Nd5! Nxd5
25. exd5 Qxd5
26. b3 R4d7
27. Qg1!!

with threat of g4
[of course this is really, really hard to see engine move.]

Nepo's moves 26 & 27 seem planless while black is building attack.

29. ... Qb6?! (29. ...a4! is much stronger)
30. Nc1 Rd4 (back to equal position)


38. Rxf2?

Now this is a serious error which allows pin with a tempo

39. ...Bf5!
40. Ne3 Rxh4
41. Nc1 Nxe5

and white is in lost position.

44. ... Rh1!

forces white to go to ending in which he has no hope.

The play of Wei Yi from 39th move on is excellent. Wei Yi got everybody's attention now!

Aug-12-13  Gilmoy: White had acute restless Queen syndrome. Tossing and turning, never could get comfortable.
Aug-12-13  Marmot PFL: Haven't studied this stuff in years, but isn't 13 Bg5 good? One idea being 14 g4 and if hg then 15 f4.
Aug-12-13  csmath: <Haven't studied this stuff in years, but isn't 13 Bg5 good? One idea being 14 g4 and if hg then 15 f4.>

13. Bg5 is the mainline in 8.Bc4 sideline of Yugoslav Attack [this line should be called Hungarian since this is what a bunch of Hungarians used to play: Farago, Balogh and few others]

Aug-12-13  csmath: Wei Yi real strength is already above 2600 and he will likely reach 2700 in no more than 3 years.

At this moment he is the most promising underage player in the world with sharp uncompromising style which is the mark of most young Chinese players ... well except for Wang Yue.

It will be exciting to follow his development.

Aug-12-13  Fish55: 13. Bh6 is an older move. 18. Qe3 is a new move, as far as I know. Perhaps the intent is to play Rd3 if black sacs on c3, but it looks pretty aimless if black doesn't sac.
Aug-13-13  geniokov: He is one of my favorite player at this time. Better than Magnus Carlsen!
Aug-13-13  geniokov: "Chinese Noodle taste better than Russian Beef Stroganoff"...Hmm Yummy! LOL!
Aug-13-13  cbpatzer: No surprise
Aug-14-13  tonsillolith: Why not <44. Nxf5>?
Aug-14-13  Maatalkko: <tonsillolith> After 45. Nxf5 gxf5 it's zugzwang.
Aug-16-13  tonsillolith: I was thinking <45. Nxf5 gxf5 46. d4>, and I couldn't see Black would do that would be as good as the actual continuation.
Aug-16-13  Maatalkko: After that move I would go 46...Nc4 47. Rd3 Rg1. White can't extricate his pieces; for example, after 48. g3 Rxg3 49. Ne2 Rg2 50. Nc3 Rg1+ 51. Nd1 Ne3 is hopeless. If White's rook moves off the d file then 47...Rd1 is good.

I agree that is not as crushing for Black as what happened in the game, but it is a winning bind either way. It's just very hard to deal with the pins, back rank weakness, and passive pieces.

Aug-16-13  Nezhmetdinov: <csmath> Nepo has been poor for a while now, I had hopes for him, but white's play is reactive in the extreme here. He needs to freshen his game.
Aug-16-13  csmath: This game I went through because it is a Dragon originaly. I went over again because it is Wei Yi's game. Indeed, in this game Wei Yi did not play impressive, it is Nepomniachtchi that self-destructed.

Obviously his career is on temporary (I hope) slope downward. For part of this game he is playing without a plan which is a cardinal sin according to Botvinnik.

It is still a nice win for Wei Yi.

Aug-18-13  notyetagm: I Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi, 2013

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Aug-28-13  John Abraham: Really nice and instructive game
Jun-19-14  hudapri: I am SO confused. Why can't you play 45. Qg4+ winning a whole queen? Is the game score (0-1) wrong?
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  WannaBe: Because Queens came off on move 37?
Jan-29-15  TangoJoseph: your right, he has just hit 2700 and is becoming a Super GM ready to battle the chess elite ... he is 15 yr old and tuens 16 in June ,,, Aug-12-13 csmath: Wei Yi real strength is already above 2600 and he will likely reach 2700 in no more than 3 years.
Apr-29-15  Whitehat1963: What's the finish?
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  perfidious: <Whitehat> In the final position, Black threatens 56....Nxg2 winning, which is not on after 55....Nxg2 56.Nxg2 h3 57.Ne3 h2 58.Ng4+.
Apr-30-15  Whitehat1963: Ah, thank you for clarifying, <perfidious>!

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