Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Wesley So vs Loek van Wely
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-25
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 7 more W So/Van Wely games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  iking: Too tired vanvely.... 0-1
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: What a blowout!
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Given their past history, I knew Wesley would do this:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < Classical games: Wesley So beat Loek van Wely 4 to 0, with 2 draws. >

+4,-0,=0 since the beginning of 2011.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: That <20.d6> could just sit there naked and never be attacked was ... quite astonishing. A deep miscalculation somewhere: Black's attack never compensates for it.

<17..Qe8 18..g5 19.e5!> refutes van Wely's odd shift-to-KID storm with a file-ripping central thrust. Black usually plays Benoni to own Re8 and the Bd4 diagonal (and it's still not quite enough). Ceding (or losing) both benefits suggests -- that you should be in a different opening? Maybe the Blumenfeld with 4..b5?

Jan-25-15  lakers4sho: pretty safe to say who owns who in this matchup
Jan-25-15  Ulhumbrus: 12...f4 may be an overoptimistic attempt to put White's QB out of play, an attempt which does not succeed
Premium Chessgames Member
  luzhin: 27.Bb3!! is the killer. If 27...Qxb3 28.Rxg7 Kxg7 29.Qg5+ Kh8 30.Bxf6+ Rxf6 31.Qxf6+ Kg8 32.Re1 Qf7 33.Qxf7+ Kxf7 34.Re7+ shows why.
Jan-25-15  Marmot PFL: So puts the hurt on the Benoni. "This is a total disaster for black. Now Wesley will catch up to me." -Anish Giri (who beat So the day before in a reverse Benoni)
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: The rook on a8 must have been exhausted from the previous Van Wely game, and decided to take the day off.
Jan-26-15  kamagong24: crush em!
Jan-26-15  shintaro go: White's Queen never joins the attack rather it coordinates and guards all the other pieces beautifully to crush Black's position.
Premium Chessgames Member
  holdem33: glad for him to bounce back from a loss....i think wesley attempted to win with giri the day before and paid the price. either way, he tried and that's what champions do. he would have won tata if he won against time.
Mar-01-15  1d410: cool game
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
by Gottschalk
So: the future Champion
by Zhbugnoimt
Good climb by White
from Perky Old Mod Benkoni by fredthebear
19.e5 dxe5 20.d6!
from 51- -> Birth and Power of a Central Passed Pawn by whiteshark
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)
from Instant Repertoire-4 by FLAWLESSWIN64

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC