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Wesley So vs Sergey A Fedorchuk
"So Sad" (game of the day Jun-09-2015)
French Team Championship (2015), Le Grau-du-Roi FRA, rd 10, Jun-08
English Opening: King's English Variation. Three Knights System General (A27)  ·  0-1



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Jun-20-16  AlicesKnight: ....Rh1+ defects the WB; after Bxh1, Rg1#. Nice to see a position with the Qs gone but all the other pieces in play and rearing to participate.
Jun-20-16  saturn2: Mate in two 31..Rh1+ 32 BxR Rg1
Jun-20-16  Skewbrow: Agree with patzer2, it starter with 29 ...Nf3 (if not earlier). Don't know what gives the strongest resistance? I followed up with 29...Nf3+, 30. Bxf3 Be4+ 31. Bg2 Rxg2+ (Bxg2 32.d8N+) 32. Kf1 Rh1+ 33. Ke2 Rxf2+ 34. Kd1 Bc2+ 35. Kc1 Rxe1+ 36. Nd1 Rxd1 (0-1).

With the threat of promotion looming black has to mate if he unguards the backrank. I probably missed something simpler, but in this variant the bishop at a7 was necessary.

Jun-20-16  goodevans: Could So have avoided disaster with <30.Bxf3 Be4+ 31.Kf1 Bxf3 32.d8=N+ Rxd8 33.Ne2>?
Jun-20-16  leRevenant: Agree with <stacase>
Jun-20-16  The Kings Domain: Easy puzzle and a good game with a chuckle-inducing pun. So's name has inspired some of the best puns in the site. I could imagine morfishine sharpening his claws with this one. :-)
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  Willber G: <jith1207: <BxChess>: I just see your reply to my bad example, after a year passed.

Your suggestion is so on the point, I wish CG would take notice of your comment. Or someone could suggest "So Fed up" as the pun for this game in appropriate place. I have never done that, let me check that out.>

Better late than never but I agree, "So Fed up" is better. Make it So!

Jun-20-16  epistle: A pleasure to watch these great players, Sergey and Fedorchuk.
Jun-20-16  mel gibson: Black has 5 pieces bearing down on the white King.
What an impossible situation. LOL
Jun-20-16  Carlos0012358: The puzzle solution is trivial. The bigger question is "how did a capable GM like Fedorchuk put himself in this position?" The guy must have been under the weather.
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  PawnSac: < The bigger question is "how did a capable GM like Fedorchuk put himself in this position?" >

Fedorchuk won. So got a little greedy and overlooked the tactical shot 30. ..Nf3! and it was over.

Jun-20-16  Alex56171: With 19.Ng5, So would have won.
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  kevin86: Nice mate; the sac of one rook leads to mate by the other. The pin on white's rook is inconsequential, except it blocks the king's escape.
Jun-20-16  Herma48852: Oh goody-goody .. just my speed:

31..Rh1+ 32.Bxh1 Rg1#

Jun-20-16  TheFocus: Nice. 31...Rh1+
Jun-20-16  YouRang: <patzer2><White's last chance for a good game appears to be with ditching 25. Nd4 in favor of 25. Ne4 = to (+0.30 @ 20 depth, Komodo 9.02).>

White had an interesting try on move 23:

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Here, white has the surprising move <23.Nb5!?>.

This knight is poison, because ..bxb5 leads to a very sharp kingside attack following Bxf6. However, it would be pretty daring without computer assistance.

Jun-20-16  Nullifidian: 31... ♖h1+ 32. ♗xh1 ♖g1#
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  gawain: Simple and irresistible.
Jun-20-16  Sularus: knowing it's a monday helped tremendously.
Jun-20-16  vajeer: Why not 28...Nf3?
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  Bubo bubo: The Bg2 is overloaded, as it has to protect h1 as well as to keep the g-file closed: 31...Rh1+ 32.Bxh1 Rg1#
Jun-20-16  zb2cr: No Queen? No problem! Sac the Rook instead with 31. ... Rh1+; 32. Bxh1, Rg1#.

White saw the mate on the next move and resigned.

Jun-20-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up two pawns and threatens 32.Bxf3 (primary) and 32.dxc8. But black is completely prepared to exploit white's weak back rank with 31... Rh1+ 32.Bxh1 Rg1#
Jun-20-16  leRevenant: <goodevans: Could So have avoided disaster with <30.Bxf3 Be4+ 31.Kf1 Bxf3 32.d8=N+ Rxd8 33.Ne2>?> Seems a good question.
Jun-20-16  Sally Simpson: "Seems a good question.' and it should have been asked with an accompanying diagram to attract more attention.

You are telling the reader to scroll back up to the game. click on the move number in question, scroll down to see what they are saying, scroll up again to work it out.

Most, and there are some good players who have just skipped by it, have just said '...and bollocks to that.'

There is no excuse not to. Click on b8, copy the FEN, paste it in the thread as if by magic...

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(that took 5 seconds)

30.Bxf3 Be4+ 31.Kf1 Bxf3 32.d8=N+ Rxd8 33.Ne2

A good idea that, looking at the under promotion with a check but if we just examine the bones of the position with now Black to play.

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33...Rh1+ 34.Ng1 Rxg1+ 35.Kxg1 Rh8

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White cannot prevent the mate.

It seems this game was destined to have a Black rook sac in it.


Odd game. Something happened here. Wes was OK then he just lost the entire thread and drifted.

How's about...

Played in the 10th round. Wes's team (Clichy) were trailing Bischwiller led by Giri by 2 points. They needed Bischwiller to lose. They did not and won the event with one round to spare. (it was an 11 round event.)

It's possible this bad news was filtered to Wes and with now nothing to play for he took his eye right off the ball. Sensing this Black slipped into 'let's get a top ten GM scalp' mode and pulled off a nice win with the Black pieces.


If anybody else wants me to make up a good excuse for losing a game, (I'm good at it having years of experience of losing and not blaming myself.) then drop me a line (with a diagram) and I'll see what I can do.

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