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Wesley So vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-10
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-10-15  iking: tough game ....
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  HeMateMe: So overextended, trying to win the pinned piece, and almost had a passed pawn decide the game. Good effort though, a lot of work on both sides of the board.
Jan-10-15  dcj1955: Why was Ne3 not played at move 62?
Jan-10-15  greed and death: <dcj1955> 62. Nxe3 loses instantly to 62... Nxf5, where white gets no compensation for the rook. (63. Nxf5 Rxb6 or 63. Rxh6 Nxh6)
Jan-11-15  1971: So didn't get max value out of this position. He should have got the full point, no way Black should have survived this position.

17. Na1 is brilliant but he totally dropped the ball after that.

21. Bd3 has to be played there. If Black wants to force the Bishop trade he'll have to pay for it by activating White's light squared Bishop aimed right at the King. It also clears the second rank for White to recapture with the Queen on f2 instead of the Rook maintaing a better cohesion between the pieces. 21. Bd3 is forced imo. Black is helpless on the queenside anyway, Nb5 doesn't need to be rushed. Better to take a move and sharply put a question to Black's kingside ideas. It's all in the details, the subtleties.

Jan-11-15  lainulo: Here's the pgn of the game:

Over chessbomb, Stockfish highlighted in <red> the inaccuracies of both players as follows:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 h5 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. exd5 Nbd7 11. Be2 g6 12. Qd2 Bg7 13. O-O b6 14. Rae1 O-O 15. c4 Rc8 16. h3 Nh7 17. Na1 a5 18. Nc2 Bf6 19. Na3 Bh4 20. Rb1 f5 21. Nb5 f4 22. Bf2 Bxf2+ 23. Rxf2 Nc5 24. Qc2 Qf6 25. b3 Ng5 26. Bd3 Kg7 27. a3 Nf7 28. b4 Nxd3 29. Qxd3 Qf5 30. Qxf5 gxf5 31. Rc2 Kf6 32. bxa5 bxa5 33. Na7 Rb8 34. Rb5 a4 35. Nc6 Rbc8 36. c5 dxc5 37. Rb6 Nd6 38. Na5 Ke7 39. Nc6+ Kf6 40. Na7 Rcd8 41. Rxc5 e4 42. Ra5 Rd7 43. Raa6 Ke5 44. Nc6+ Kxd5 45. Ra5+ Ke6 46. fxe4 fxe4 47. Rxh5 Rf6 48. Nd4+ Ke7 49. Nc6+ Ke6 50. Nd4+ Ke7 51. Re5+ Kf7 52. Rd5 Ke8 53. Rb8+ Kf7 54. Nb5 Ke6 55. Nc3 f3 56. Rb6 Rg6 57. g4 <Rh6 58. Kh2> f2 59. Rf5 e3 60. Kg2 Rc7 61. Nd5 Kd7 62. Re5 <Rc5 63. Rb1> Nc4 64. Rf5 Kd6 65. Rb8 <Re6> 66. Rd8+ Kc6 67. Rc8+ Kd6 68. Rd8+ Kc6 69. Rc8+ Kd6 70. Rd8+ -

Wesley held the small advantage over the course of the game but kudos to the Polish effective resistance, he managed to hold Wesley at bay- it was even steven until that 57...Rh6 blunder moved by black when Wesley could have punished by 58. Rf5 instead of 58. Kh2- a blunder by Wes himself to return the favor and restore the balance. Then the 62....Rc5 blunder by Wojtaszek...Wes would have gained the upperhand with 63. Rf5 move...he instead blundered again with 63. Rb1 to give the Polyester the clear advantage...But alas, the policeman made his last blunder of 65...Re6 instead of 65...Rxd5. Wesley would pounce on the opportunity like a hungry lion to gain the repetition of moves to secure the draw.

Jan-11-15  lainulo: It's important to note that Wes' blunders were offshoots of little time remaining on his clock. It does not diminish in any way his god given talent and skill to spot the best moves in a position like a komodo engine given the luxury of time.
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  Richard Taylor: Interesting game by both players.

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