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Wei Yi vs Ding Liren
"Patiently Wei-Ding" (game of the day Jul-02-2016)
Chinese Championship (2015), Xinghua CHN, rd 4, May-21
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-16  mruknowwho: Wei Yi reminds me of Robert Fischer. There's a constant growing tension all across the board when he plays. It's like his opponents run into a sink hole that they can't escape.
Jul-02-16  Party Animal: Blacks pawn structure in the ending is weird looking.
Jul-02-16  The Kings Domain: Good game, brave and perceptive play by white.

And the pun's no slouch either. :-)

Jul-02-16  morfishine: Lets see, <CG> ran out of "Ding a Ling" puns eons ago; and "Way" jokes or "play-on-words" got real old, real fast, so lets brainstorm a minute here....Hey, I got it, since we are totally lacking in cognitive imagination to use other sites, or games, or venues, or variations, or tournaments, or openings, or anything EXCEPT PLAYERS NAMES...lets combine BOTH PLAYERS NAMES Wei and Ding...

Yeah, thats the ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, its brilliant! And so said the Guinness men

This is so pathetic, its beyond words

Its a pity such a terrific game is polluted with such nonsense


Jul-02-16  FairyPromotion: When it comes to <morfishine> on puns, everyone must see this little gem, and read the defense of that puns creator:

A L Miller vs Purdy, 1946


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  kevin86: White's lone pawn splits the defense and will come in to queen. Black's rook is as useless as a milk pail under a bull.
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  al wazir: I transposed white's 34th and 35th moves. Not sure that makes any difference.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a pawn for a rook.

Black threatens Rxf7.

White has several plans Kg3 (intending Kh4-g5), g5 (followed by Bf6, Kf3 and f5), gxh5 (to attack the isolated pawn on h5), f5 (followed by f6 and Kg3, etc.).

The march of the black to the kingside (Kc8-d7-e6) seems to discard any move of the g-pawn because it should cover f5 to avoid an eventual Kf5. Therefore, 34.Kg3, also unpinning the f-pawn. For example, 34... Rxf7 35.Be5 hxg4 36.Kxg4 (36.hxg4 Rh7) 36... Rf8 37.Kg5 Rg8 38.Kh7 looks winning.

Dec-02-16  paavoh: @FairyPromotion: +1, with a chuckle.
Dec-02-16  NBZ: I had f5 Rxf7 f6 as my solution. Not half as neat as the game. White should win though after Kc8 Kf3 Kd7 Kf4 Ke6 Kg5.
Dec-02-16  gofer: <@FairyPromotion>: The written word is a b***h!!


Poor Morfishine <hoisted with his own petard>...

Dec-02-16  R4f43l L3 M4550n: beautiful finalization!
I consider 34.f5 too - but for the wrong reason - with the idea of 35.f6. In f6 line, White is loosing because Black can rearrange for defense, crossing his King from Queen side to King side (there is tempo).

There is a subtle difference between 34.f5 35.Kg3 and 34.Kg3 35.f5 (I found with the help of engine).

Dec-02-16  zb2cr: Completely missed this one.
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  steinitzfan: I planned on 34f5 with the idea of answering ...Rxf7 with 35fg. If I had noticed that it was illegal I think I would have found the game line. Black's rook just can't deal with White's bishop, a strong passed pawn and still keep White's king from invading.
Dec-02-16  YetAnotherAmateur: White's position looks good, but f7 is plainly dead. The goal has to be to turn the tempo of Rxf7 into another passer.

One idea I looked at was 34. gxh5 Rxf7 35. hxg6 Rxf4+ 36. Kg3, leaving black in a bad way trying to stop both the g and h pawns, helpfully assisted by the bishop's coverage of g7 and h8. However, white would have to be careful after something like 34. gxh5 gxh5 35. Kf3 Rxf7 36. Kg3 Rf5 and now white has a hard time getting past the blockade.

Dec-02-16  YouRang: Friday 34.?

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I love positions like this. The Pf7 is certainly a goner, so the strategy must be to create another passer that we can defend. The only move that offers any such promise is <34.f5!>

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No matter what black does, white emerges with a passed pawn:

- 34...g5 35.gxh5, and the passed h-pawn can make it to h6 where it can be guarded by the DSB via Bg7, and then h7 wins.

- 35...gxf5 35.g5, and the passed g-pawn can can make it to g7 where it is guarded by the LSB.

- <35...Rxf7> seems most likely, since the attacked f-pawn is pinned. But then white has <36.Kg3!>

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White still produces a protectable passed pawn:

- 35...h4+ 36.Kf4! gxf5 37.gxf5

- 35...gxf5 36.g5!, and again, this pawn's path to g7 cannot be stopped.

In any case a rooks is lousy at stopping a protected passed pawn, and white will have no difficulty forcing black to give up the rook in a way that leaves white clearly winning.

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  kevin86: On the bias pieces slice rook to pieces.
Dec-02-16  YouRang: <al wazir: I transposed white's 34th and 35th moves. Not sure that makes any difference.>

Sadly it does. While 34.f5! threatens fxg6 (protected Pf7), <34.Kg3?> carries no such threat, giving black the option to NOT play 34...Rxf7. Instead, black has <34.hxg4>, and white is still lacking a passed pawn.

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It might continue <35.hxg4 Rxf7 36.f5 gxf5 37.g5>

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So now white has a passer, but black has a clever resource: <37...Re7!>

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The idea is to stop the pawn from behind (which is generally more effective for a rook):

- 38.g6? Re4! 39.g7 Rg4+ although the pawn is protected by the DSB, it can't move, and the king has time to walk over, exchange his rook for the pawn+bishop, and still guard the passed Pf5.

- 38.Kf4 Re2! buying time with attack on the bishop. White has to be careful not to lose (e.g. 39.Bf6? Rf2+ 40.Kg2 Rf4, again winning after ...Rg4). White can cling to a draw with 39.Ba3 (threaten Bxc4 which would guard the key f2 and g1 squares) 39...Kb6 40.Kxf5 Rf2+ =

Dec-02-16  PJs Studio: Damn this is nice. Study all you want...this is genius in action. I assumed 34. f5 35. Kg3 but missed the followup. Lovely!
Dec-02-16  tatarch: 28. Ne6 kicks off a nice tactical sequence.
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  patzer2: My candidate moves for today's Friday puzzle were 34. gxh5? and 34. f5!

I missed badly by picking 34. gxh5?, which allows Black to turn the tables and steal the win after 34...gxh5

[not 34... Rxf7?? 35. hxg6 (+8.62 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15)]

35. Kg3 Rxf7 36. Ba3 Kc8 37. Bxc5 a6 38. Bf2 Kd7 39. Kf3 Ke6 40. Ke4 Rg7 41.f5+ Kf7 42. Kf3 Rg5 43. h4 Rxf5+ (-3.30 @ 24 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Correct of course is 17-year-old, Super GM Wei Yi's winning 34. f5! which recognizes the creation of a passed g-file pawn is the only way to win:

<34. f5! Rxf7>

34... gxf5 35. gxh5 (+5.89 @ 24 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

<35. Kg3 gxf5 36. g5> (+5.58 @ 35 depth, Stockfish 5SSE)

Black resigns in lieu of 36...f4+

[36... h4+ 37. Kf4 Re7 38. Be5 Rd7 39. g6 Rd8 40. Kxf5 (+8.98 @ 21 depth)]

37. Kf3 h4

[37... Re7 38. g6 Kc8 39. g7 Re8 40. Kxf4 Kd7 41. Kg5 Ke7 42. Kg6 a6 43. Ba3 Rg8 44. Bxc5+ Ke8 45. h4 a5 46. Bf8 c5 47. Bxc5 c6 48. Bf8 Kd7 49. Kxh5 Ke6 50. Kg6 c5 51. Bxc5 Ke5 52. Kf7 Ra8 53. Bf8 Ra7+ 54. Be7 Ra8 55. h5 a4 56. h6 (#11 @ 18 depth, Deep Fritz 15)]

38. g6 Rf8 39. g7 Rg8 40. Kxf4 a5 41. Kg5 (+9.32 @ 22 depth)

P.S.: For a possible Black improvement, instead of 27...h5 28. Nxe6 with a very difficult defensive task for Black, I prefer keeping the tension with 27...Bc8 28. Kg3 h5 29. Rfd1 = (-0.05 @ 25 depth, Stockfish 6).

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  Bubo bubo: <R4f43l L3 M4550n: I consider 34.f5 too - but for the wrong reason - with the idea of 35.f6.>

Same here! I am a bit disappointed with myself, because I had noticed that idea of answering gxf5 with g5 in the secondary line 34.f5 gxf5 35.g5, but completely missed it in the main line and therefore I rejected 35.Kg3 in favour of 35.f6.

Dec-06-16  SimplicityRichard: Classy endgame vision!#
Feb-17-17  morfishine: <FairyPromotion><paavoh><gofer> You goof balls, you miss the point entirely, not only are the same chess player names recycled over and over ad nauseum, its perfectly ok for me to come out of retirement and assume the position of 'pun critic'. I can't help it if others decline the position or perform poorly. Its an unhappy job, but someone has to do it


Aug-02-17  Eduardo Leon: What makes this pun even more awesome is that pinyin uses “d” to denote the sound /t/. So it's really pronounced “waiting”. (Ok, no, the tones don't help. “Wéi-Dīng” sounds more like “way-TING”.)
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