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Bela Khotenashvili vs Wei Yi
Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 3, Jan-27
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  0-1

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Jan-29-15  Doniez: And the kid is now over 2700. Kudos to this young Chinese who is accelerating to the top.
Jan-30-15
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  HeMateMe: I wonder if 17.a4 is the losing move in this game? White saddles himself with a backward b pawn, and this is where he loses a pawn later in the game.
Jan-30-15  Nerwal: White looks clearly worse only after 23... c5. That leaves some room for improvement between 17. a4 and 22. h3. 20. f4!? is quite risky but maybe it's a better practical try. Playing a delicate position against a higher rated player is a thankless task : staying passive doesn't offer much of a chance on the long run (game is a case in point; 31. ♕b7 and 32. ♗g5 hardly qualify as counterplay), but there is also the risk of being tactically punished when playing for activity...
Jan-30-15  MindCtrol9: Why not 17.Bf4 looking for 17.....e5 playing his own game? I make moves myself looking to get a better position and to put the undeveloped pieces to work.In this position,white Bishop can come back to d2-e3-c3.after Bf4.Of course 17.a4 I do not like, if you have 2 pawns vs 1 you have the advantage going to an endgame on that side of the board.How to move the pawns is very important.Wei Ye is doing what he wants where his opponents are falling in his trap.He looks for his pieces to be threaten, back them up and getting the squares he desires.He is a very smart .GM.This is what I see in a glance not a deep sought.
Jan-30-15  MindCtrol9: Some people tthought that Wei Ye could play the aperture only, but he plays a great middlegame and endgame, too.I would like to see how he deals with the elite players in this tournament.The game with Nakamura must be a great one although I think Wei Ye, may be, has an edge in a complicated game with his tactical abilities.If I'm wrong, let me know.
Jan-30-15  Nerwal: 17. ♗f4 was also my first reaction, but after 17... ♕d3! 18. ♕xd3 ♖xd3 I was soon forced to admit this endgame is just bad for white. With 17. a4 White can meet 17... ♕d3 18. ♕xd3 ♖xd3 with 19. a5 ♘c4 20. ♖a4.

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