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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



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Jan-25-15  iking: Too tired vanvely.... 0-1
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  keypusher: What a blowout!
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  chancho: Given their past history, I knew Wesley would do this:

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

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

Jan-25-15  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
Jan-25-15  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)
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  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.
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  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

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