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Wei Yi vs Yuri Vovk
World Cup (2015) (rapid), Baku AZE, rd 2, Sep-16
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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Sep-16-15  alfamikewhiskey: At the live broadcast, this game was exceptionally intense.

Several of Yi's moves towards the end were made having only one second left on the clock (10 sec increments).

37.e6? loses. 37.Nxa8 may have lead to a draw?

Sep-16-15  Marmot PFL: Many positions in the French look better for white than they really are. Players lose some games trying for too much, or losing time looking for things they could not find, and maybe that happens here.

The young Fischer also had problems in the French.

Sep-16-15  Marmot PFL: Black plays very well in a complicated position.
Sep-16-15  Bruce Graham: Win or lose, Wei Yi brings a sharp toolbox to the scrap. Minutes later, he won the next game against the same opponent.
Sep-16-15  Martin Riggs: What da Vovk?!?!:D Joking aside: This 1, with no ifs and buts, was the game of the day. Congrats! :0]
Sep-16-15  zoren: Line starting from a variant from the text 9...cxd4 instead of c4, curiously is read in favor of Black by engines at their initial glance. It's a very well known line of course where Black pitches a piece but I'm not sure why the ensuing complications should suggest why BLACK should be better after 9 moves of logical play.

I've seen it a few times in tournament practice as well and this line is just annoying to face with White. It appears W has a slight spacial advantage, superior placed pieces, but Black is perfectly positioned to make obvious moves that nibble at the center.

Sep-17-15  hedgeh0g: What an intense game! I had a lot of fun watching this play out on the live broadcast.
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  whiteshark: GM <Jan Gustafsson> takes us through some amazing rapid chess played between Yuri Vovk and Wei Yi... Enjoy!
Sep-26-15  Moszkowski012273: AWESOME finish!
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  tamar: Guess the Move Insane Level

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