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Wesley So vs Ivan Saric
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-23
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  1-0

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Jan-23-15  notyetagm: W So vs I Saric, 2015


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23 ... ♗a8-d5?


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24 g2-g4!!


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24 g2-g4!! by So against Saric in Round 11 is the best move I have seen in a long, long time.

The point of this genius move is to force the Black f5-queen off of the b1-h7 diagonal to allow a future <QUEEN FORK> on e4, as shown in the following position:


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Jan-23-15  Marmot PFL: Black is probably losing anyway. Nb4 is attacked and can't move (or Bc2) and 23...Kh7 24 Qxb4 Rxe5 25 Rxe5 Qxe5 26 Qxb5 is also bad.
Jan-23-15
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  HeMateMe: after 28...N-a5 isn't black still in the game?
Jan-23-15  MindCtrol9: Generally, when one makes a mistake like 23.....Bb5 has to be answered with a good move.I don't think is a brilliant move, just a logic one.
Jan-23-15  MindCtrol9: 23.....Bd5?
Jan-23-15
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  Domdaniel: Yes, 23...Bd5 is clearly an error. It hopes to rely on tactics to hold the material balance, but - as So demonstrates - there is a large hole in the tactics. Instead, 23...Kh7 seems to be best. White is still a little better after 24.Qxb4 Rxe5 25.Rxe5 Qxe5 26.Qxb5, and can probably hold the extra pawn into an ending. But at least Black can play on.
Jan-23-15  Ulhumbrus: With 12...ed Black hopes that White's centre will become a target instead of a weapon. It is not to be. After 17 e5 White's centre becomes a weapon instead of a target.
Jan-23-15
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  piltdown man: Take that, you pampered goldfish!
Jan-24-15  visayanbraindoctor: IMO the most impressive game of the tournament so far. So displays total tactical control in a sharp middlegame. The succession of tactical moves:

16. Ng5!

17. e5!

20. Qd2!

22. Nc5!

24. g4!

is astonishing.

In the old days, this game would have won a brilliancy prize.

Jan-24-15
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  patzer2: <HeMateMe: after 28...N-a5 isn't black still in the game?> Black's a piece down and lost by then. The game was effectively won for White after 23...Bd5? 24. g4! .
Jan-24-15
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  HeMateMe: oh geez, I was looking at an escape route for the knight and didn't even notice black was a piece down.
Jan-24-15
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  patzer2: <HeMateMe> I've done that in my own games, and did a double take to notice it when you mentioned the possibility 28...Na5.
Jan-24-15
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  patzer2: An interesting double attack occurs if Black plays 25...Rxe5 (diagram below):


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Here White wins a piece with a Queen fork after 26. Qxb4! Rxd5 27. Re8+! Kh7 28. Qe4+! g6 29. Qxd5 .

Jan-24-15  kamagong24: reminiscent of Kasparov...
Jan-24-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <piltdown man: Take that, you pampered goldfish!>

How does one pamper a goldfish? No one can give a good answer....

Jan-24-15  BOSTER: What was a reason to move the strong black knight from nice room d5,where he felt very comfortable under the roof d5,where no any pawn could touch him to 19...Nb4.

Certainly, in the air 20.Bxh6 with the threat Nf6+.

But black could play 19...c5 to push c4 attacking the bishop b3.

I think that even black pos. was cramped he could play.

So, at least this game would not have won <a brilliant price>.

Jan-24-15  BOSTER: Should be d4.
Jan-29-15
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  piltdown man: <thegoodanarchist: How does one pamper a goldfish? No one can give a good answer....>

Got me beat!

Jan-29-15
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  perfidious: Mebbe <Glenn-boy> kin splain it, like. He's the one that done put thet whole idea out there.
Jan-29-15
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  keypusher: <thegoodanarchist: <piltdown man: Take that, you pampered goldfish!> How does one pamper a goldfish? No one can give a good answer....>

Does no one read the classics?

http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Out-Wate...

Jan-30-15
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  perfidious: <keypusher> The classics have become passť nowadays; patience, friend.
Feb-25-15  Ulhumbrus: < visayanbraindoctor: IMO the most impressive game of the tournament so far. So displays total tactical control in a sharp middlegame. The succession of tactical moves:

16. Ng5!

17. e5!

20. Qd2!

22. Nc5!

24. g4!

is astonishing.

In the old days, this game would have won a brilliancy prize.> As <notyetagm> has indicated the move 24 g4!! prepares the capture 25 Bxd5 by forcing Black's queen off the diagonal b1-h7 so that after the capture ...Rxd5 and the move ...Kh7 in reply to the check Re8+ white's queen can fork Black's king on h7 and rook on d5

Apr-09-15  maviahb: one word for an american champ on the chessboard with martial art skills... ''wesley snipes''

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