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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wei Yi
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 3, Aug-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-17-13  Fish55: White's opening choice is a surprise, as this is a variation that white plays to force a quick draw.
Aug-17-13  csmath: The line is drawish.
This classical Capablanca variation with 5. e4 sideline is not entirely peaceful.

Wei Yi's has chosen the line with 7. ...c5 that is drawish.

However Shark did give Wei Yi two homework problems:

14. Be2 (new move) Qh3 (good answer)

16. Rb1 (the last problem) b6! (excellent answer)

A sort of easy quiz for Wei Yi. My guess Shark was hoping that somewhere Wei Yi would stumble but it did not happen.

Aug-17-13  csmath: This is what could have happened if We Yi was not up to the challenge: 16. Bb1 f5? [very pleasing but a bad move]

17. cxd5! exd5
18. Rb5!

and black finds himself in a real bad position fast.

Wei Yi's response 16. ...b6! was excellent move for few different reasons.

Considering some of Wei Yi's careless losses in the past offering him an aggressive continuation with some poison in it is a smart thing to do.

Aug-17-13  Fish55: <csmath> Interesting. I would be interested in seeing what Shark had prepared against 10...Qh3, which also seemed fine for black when I analyzed it a year or two ago.
Aug-17-13  Strongest Force: If Shark needed a win at all cost I doubt he would play this type of opening. The bottom line is Shark was happy with a draw.
Aug-17-13  Shams: <The bottom line is Shark was happy with a draw.>

We'll see if he has cause to regret his complacency.

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