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Wesley So vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Dortmund Sparkassen (2015), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-03
Indian Game: Anti-Grünfeld. Alekhine Variation (D70)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-15  tappingfoot: My congratulations to Wesley for winning this game!
Jul-03-15  Ayaend: For black i would try 37...Ra1 what do you think about that?
Jul-03-15  Marmot PFL: 37...Ra1! might have saved black, or at least improved his chances although white is better
Jul-03-15  ChemMac: If 37...Ra1 38. Rfg3 RXg1+ 39.RXg1 Qh5 40.NXd6 looks fine for White, 38...b3!? 39.RXa1 Otherwise as in the game: Q vs 2 N's....
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  Penguincw: According to chess24, the final position is a mate in 8, at best: 49...Nd7 50.Qxg5 b3 51.Qg8+ Nf8 52.Qf7+ Kd8 53.e7+ Kc7 54.e8=Q+ Kb6 55.Qc6+ Ka5 56.Qa7+ Kb4 57.Rf4# 1-0.
Jul-03-15  iking: congrats wes .. nice win.
Jul-03-15  BeerBrand: I don't understand why black allows the Qg4 to be trapped. The queen can go to Qh4 anytime to avoid being trapped with Nf5.
Jul-03-15  solskytz: What a beautiful game!

Black manages to create dangers and make his unbelievable material deficit seem insignificant - and white plays patiently, dismantling the attacking structure and showing its shortcomings and drawbacks - especially in dealing with the slowly advancing pawn mass, which is advancing "behind the lines" in the black attacking setup.

Slowly - but faster than black can actually do anything meaningful with his menacing pieces.

At some point the flood gates just open, the knight if forced to relinquish its paralyzing pressure on g3, and once the Queen can enter h8 with check - it's cleanup time.

Jul-03-15  solskytz: 37...Ra1 is flashy, as it highlights the threats of mate on g2, while provocatively positioning an undefended rook on white's base line.

However, after 38. Rg3 it turns out to be only a forced exchange of rooks, which isn't in black's interests. Black remains with exactly the same problems as in the game, but without the option of further trying to upset white - the existence of that rook is crucial if black is to keep fighting.

Jul-03-15  solskytz: That knight on f5 just had to be taken - otherwise d6 falls, the c5 knight becomes devoid of support - it is just too much. The queen sacrifice was a brilliant chance black tried - and would certainly confuse and upset a lesser player, as black does get very menacing play in exchange for the material deficit.
Jul-03-15  solskytz: +1 Chemmac :-) although I think my explanation is nicer :-) !!
Jul-04-15  toyosaki: <What a beautiful game!>

I disagree, it was nothing special, perhaps it was a gift. You want to see a beautiful game?

See Wei Yi vs Bruzon.

Jul-05-15  coolconundrum: Agreed. Don't see anything special here.

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