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Wesley So vs Michael Adams
"Wesley Snipes" (game of the day Apr-30-2015)
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 3, Apr-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0

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Apr-19-15  ColdSong: Nicely done Mr So!
Apr-19-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Devere,

"36....Qc5?? was the losing blunder."


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Black has just played 36...Qa5-c5.

No argument there. Looks like Mickey has missed, or, let's be kind, underestimated the Knight coming to e4 and the opening up of the King's position after the double hit on f6.

No mean feat by Young Wes to knock Mickey's pieces onto all the wrong squares and be ready with the tactics when Black sought solace with a Queen swap.

Yes 36...Kh8 looks better and does appear to be a natural looking move. A reflex move, the kind you play so there are no surprises with the pinned pawn involved.

The kind of move Wes played in this game.

Black has just played 31...Bxp on c5


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Pinning the e3 pawn.

Wes now played 32.Kh1!.....No surprises.

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Good. He warmed up by poking Giri one in the eye, passed a minor examination from Kramnik and now encouraged a blunder from another good player.

I'm not into this fable that all this supposed anger he feels is making him play better. His Kf1 in the Giri game is not the move of an angry man. That was fresh, imaginative and not without a touch of humour (A Cracow King!).

Apr-19-15  Tiggler: <Sally Simpson>: <His Kf1 in the Giri game is not the move of an angry man. That was fresh, imaginative and not without a touch of humour (A Cracow King!).>

That move made me think of Korchnoi, and other aspects of his style are similar too, though their demeanor is very different. According to Ray Keene, Victor was known for playing badly when angry.

I think So is happy in the world of 64 squares, when elsewhere his life is in turmoil.

Apr-19-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Tiggler,

I don't know about Wes's private life being in turmoil. The key word is 'private'. It has nothing to do with me. I'm not at all interested.

I've only read a few quoted replies to those I have on ignore. I've seen angry people play. They make rash and stupid moves.

Apr-19-15  cro777: Wesley is feeling much better away from problems: "I think my form here is better than in my last tournament, the U.S. Championship. Any player can have good form or bad form, and at the end of the day it's very important."

On the contrary, Adams has been lacking form during the first three rounds: "After move twenty I just played horribly. Missing 27.Bh4 is just ridiculous. This was clearly the big error. I could have done better after that, but this was clearly the start of all my problems."


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26...Qa5? This move was the start of Adams' problems. After 27.Bh4! (Adams missed this move) he was forced to weaken the white squares around his king (with ...f6 or ...g5).

Apr-19-15  ambongtumbong: thanks for your input cro777. it is indeed move 26 was the turning point of the game.. have not seen you lately at GM Wesley So's forum. hope you can visit and share your diagrams and analysis while games are going on.
Apr-19-15  Rama: Some nice maneuvering here by Mr. So, very sure-footed. I begin to like yer style, Dude.
Apr-19-15  MindCtrol9: With my cell phone taking a look at this game.The move 26....Qa5(I possibly capture the N on c3).White had a move very nice:<41.Re7+ Kxe7 42.Qg7+ Ke8 43.Re1+> If Black covered with Rook or Knight, Black is mated with the Bishop.Furthermore, Black has to cover with Queen 43. ...Qe4 44.Bxe4. Check it because this is what I saw reviewing the game with my phone.
Apr-19-15  Tiggler: <Yes 36...Kh8 looks better and does appear to be a natural looking move. A reflex move, the kind you play so there are no surprises with the pinned pawn involved.

The kind of move Wes played in this game. Black has just played 31...Bxp on c5

Pinning the e3 pawn.

Wes now played 32.Kh1!.....No surprises.>

Good examples. Such a simple game is it not, when you watch a player who is in form?

Apr-19-15  diagon: After 26. .. Qa5, Wesley immediately moved 27. Bh4, then Adams took a bit of time in replying f6.

Very nice game, Wesley made an effort to hold off the exchange of pieces until near time scramble.

Apr-19-15  diagon: 14. Nc1 is not among the moves considered by Stockfish 6.6 in lower depth but at higher depth it is actually equal.
Apr-20-15
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  patzer2: Other than <36...Qc5?> instead of 36...Kh1 , Black's only other significant error appears to be <33...Rc6?> instead of 33...Rb8 .

Earlier, the Deep Fritz 14 suggestion 26...Nf6 = to (-0.23 @ 21 depth) looks good for Black.

Apr-20-15  morfishine: <MindCtrol9> Nice attack, I don't see anything wrong with it. For example, if Black tries 41.Re7+ Kxe7 42.Qg7+ <42...Kd6> then 43.Qxf6+ begins a fatal attack along the back rank targeting the rook on <d8> for starters

*****

Apr-20-15  Pulo y Gata: Interesting that as in the game against Giri, the pin on a2-g8 diagonal proves to be a very strong pivot for Wesley's win.
Apr-20-15
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8d...

Cheers, K

Apr-22-15  cdowis: According to IM Christof Sielecki,
33....Rc6? was the blunder leaving a hanging Rd8 unprotected with a double pin.
Apr-30-15
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  thegoodanarchist: What can I say? I like the way Wesley So plays chess. I can't really pinpoint his style, other than to say it is "different", which isn't really saying much. But he has exciting games, he wins much more often than not, and he can hold his own with just about anyone.

I would venture to say Wesley So should be favored in a chess match against all but about 5 or 6 people in the world.

Apr-30-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here: >

Yo, Kingscrusher, nice job as usual with the annotation. Thanks!

Apr-30-15  morfishine: Adams admitted he wasn't calculating very well this tournament
Apr-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The bishop and queen will clean this one up...
Dec-09-15  MyCoachingDreams: Wesley So made it look so easy...
Dec-09-15  iking: Adams vs A Giri, 2015 ....

... nice win by Adams

< morfishine: Adams admitted he wasn't calculating very well this tournament>

but HIS only win in the tournament is with GIRI ... he humbled him verily.

Dec-09-15  iking: sadly, he was punished by Wesley in their game ... great game Wesley, keep it up.
Dec-09-15  MyCoachingDreams: No blunder by Adams but he still got crushed!
Dec-12-15  MyCoachingDreams: Wesley's pointy hats proved fatal for Mickey's derpy hooves.
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