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Magnus Carlsen vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-11-15
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  whiteshark: Kind of a palpation of the prostate gland through the rectum game
Jan-11-15
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  Domdaniel: <boz> I think the technical term for 'an outside passer with a Rook behind it' is <a win>.

But a draw is a fair result. So always seemed comfortable ... I'm reminded of a Nimzo-Indian that Nigel Short drew against Kasparov in their WC match.

Jan-11-15  kellmano: <DomDaniel> I remember the game you are talking about, and next time Short wheeled out the line he got murdered.
Jan-11-15
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  AylerKupp: <<Domdaniel> I think the technical term for 'an outside passer with a Rook behind it' is <a win>.>

True, assuming that there are no opponent's pieces blocking it. But there is no outside passer in this position, and there won't be one unless Carlsen were to play axb5. And why would Carlsen give So the potential for an outside passer and remove So's potentially weak backwards c-pawn? Carlsen's passed but IQP would not likely be enough compensation.

Jan-11-15
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  whiteshark: Quite an illuminating post mortem analysis by Wesley (with Seirawan).
Jan-11-15
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  tamar: So showed excellent calculation even in variations he eventually did not choose. Instead of 28...b5 the computers first choice was 28...Rad8 putting pressure on d4.

So correctly saw that White answers 29 Nc4 Rxe3 30 Rxe3 b5 31 Re5 Qd7 32 axb5 axb5 33 Nxa5 Qxd4? 34 Re8+


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However if Black does not play 33...Qxd4 it is still about even.

Wesley said to Yasser that he has learned that chess is about 95% calculation.

Jan-11-15  kellmano: <whitehsark> yes it was interesting. He was obviously very happy to have drawn. Seemed like a good lad.
Jan-11-15
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  chancho: Wes has the potential to go a long way.

Looking forward to seeing him in future elite tournaments.

Jan-11-15
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  Sokrates: So Carlsen is a pampered goldfish after all! :-))
Jan-11-15  Ulhumbrus: 28...b5 gains a backward c pawn which compensates White for his isolated d pawn. Instead of this 28...Rd8 seems better for Black
Jan-11-15
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  perfidious: <Sokrates> carlsen had best watch out for them barrycudies--they bite!!
Jan-11-15
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  tpstar: I wonder if they called each other.

<Kind of a palpation of the prostate gland through the rectum game> Do tell.

Jan-11-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <Sokrates: So Carlsen is a pampered goldfish after all! :-))>

His bowl is filled with champagne, not water?

Jan-12-15  visayanbraindoctor: GM So's historical first game with a World Champion. Solid play, even Carlsen could not squeeze anything out of it, and I liked So's position more than Carlsen's after 16. Nd3 Bf5.

So actually has a style similar to Carlsen's. Now with professional trainers and seconds behind him, it's just a matter of time before he gets into the Candidates.

Jan-12-15
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  Richard Taylor: One of those mysterious GM draws. Wesley So played well to get the draw against The Great Machine.
Jan-14-15  boykamote: I personally talked to Wesley's father when Wesley was just a FIDE Master aged 10 years old...He said that his son does not watch cartoons on T.V. He just plays chess.He even told me that he enrolled him at a normal school so that his child could be just like any normal kid ..Is that normal?...Who does not watch cartoons at that age!!!
Jan-14-15  john barleycorn: <boykamote: ...Who does not watch cartoons at that age!!!>

All the greats did and do watch and read cartoons:

Bobby Fischer
Magnus Carlsen
AJ Goldsby I.

Must be good for chess...

Jan-14-15  boykamote: <john barleycorn...we have a lot in common.... boy means a young male child..kamote means "sweetpotato" and you are a combination of two very impt crops...Another difference is that Wesley plays without showing any emotions...you can never tell by his facial expression if he is winning or losing...while So is a poker faced kid...Fisher is opposite of So besides watching cartoons ..Bobby is a bit emotional...according to my Mom she made Bobby laugh at church by impersonating a young child...Well who wouldn't laugh at my Mom ..I bet even So would at least manage a crooked smile.
Jan-14-15  john barleycorn: <boykamote> You mean to say Wesley So is more like Spassky? "Spassky sits at the board with the same dead expression whether he's mating or being mated." - Bobby Fischer
Jan-14-15  boykamote: <john barleycorn....Yes i saw him lose to IM Emmanuel Senador and he didn't even winked.
Jan-16-15  pinoy king: So proving that he is no weaker than Carlsen and will beat him to become champion.
Jan-18-15  Everett: <Wesley said to Yasser that he has learned that chess is about 95% calculation>

Only 5% is used to determine <what> to calculate? That's ridiculous.

Jan-29-15  1d410: <Everett> Wesley has much to learn if he wants to play like Magnus ;)
Feb-14-15
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  tpstar: Oh how she tried (1. c4 Nf6) to cut him down to size (2. Nc3 e6)/Telling dirty lies to his friends (3. d4 Bb4)/But his own father (4. e3 0-0) said give her up don't bother (5. Nge2 d5)/The world isn't coming to an end (6. a3 Be7)/He said (7. cxd5 exd5)/Walk like a man (8. g3 Nbd7), talk like a man (9. Bg2 Nb6)/Walk like a man my son (10. 0-0 Re8)/No woman's worth (11. b3 h6) [last book move] crawling on the earth (12. Qc2 Bd7)/So walk like a man my son (13. a4 a5)/Bye-ye baby (14. Nf4), I don't mean maybe [d5 draws heavy fire]/Gonna get along somehow (14 ... c6)/Soon she'll be crying [covers b5] on account of all her lying (15. Bb2 Bb4)/Oh yeah just look who's laughing now (16. Nd3 Bf5)/He's gonna (17. Qd1 Bd6)/Walk like a man [Black has an active position], fast as he can (18. Re1 Nbd7)/Walk like a man from you (19. Ba3 Bxa3)/He'll tell the world (20. Rxa3 Nb8), "Forget about it girl" (21. Ra2 Na6)/And walk like a man from you (22. Rae2 Re7)/Oh how she tried (23. Ne5 Nb4) to cut him down to size (24. e4 dxe4)/Telling dirty lies to his friends (25. Nxe4 Bxe4)/But his own father (26. Bxe4 Nxe4) said give her up don't bother (27. Rxe4 Qd5)/The world isn't coming to an end (28. R4e3 b5)/He said [28 ... Rd8 29. Nc4 Rxe3 30. Rxe3 ]/Walk like a man (29. Ng4 Rxe3), talk like a man (30. Nxe3 Qe4)/Walk like a man my son (31. Ng4 Qc2)/No woman's worth (32. Ne3 Qe4) crawling on the earth (33. Ng4 Qc2)/So walk like a man my son (34. Ne3 Qe4 1/2-1/2) - Divine + Fritz 10, "Walk Like a Man"

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May-31-15  KnightVBishop: So Magnus is 3 for 3 when it comes to tournaments in 2015..i believe so?
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