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Ding Liren vs Wei Yi
"Old English: Hear Yi, Hear Yi!" (game of the day Dec-16-2019)
World Cup (2015) (rapid), Baku AZE, rd 4, Sep-22
English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  0-1



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Sep-22-15  fisayo123: 42...f4!? Not entirely sound but it was a great practical decision to make in zeitnot from the young maestro. Active defending and counter-attacking!
Sep-22-15  Marmot PFL: 53 Qe7?? looks like extreme time trouble. The ending isn't hard to calculate.
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  HeMateMe: All dinged up! Looks like Yi's piece mobility was worth more than Ding's passed pawn. Maybe a drawn ending if both players had full time available. Blitz is blitz.
Sep-22-15  soughzin: There absolutely was extreme time pressure. I think Ding was down to 5 seconds at one point, Yi was down to 1 second twice and played under a minute for a long way (no puns this time!)
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  eternaloptimist: Old English: Hear Yi, Hear Yi!
Sep-23-15  Whitemouse: <53 Qe7?? looks like extreme time trouble. The ending isn't hard to calculate.> according to the Cessbase sometimes Wei Yi's time left only one second during the game. Did Ding try to flag him?
Sep-23-15  Moszkowski012273: Trying to force a draw game usually doesn't turn out to well...
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  Phony Benoni: Sometimes, I get the feeling that the cgreatest contribute of China to chess has been in the field of GOTD puns.
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  Breunor: 20 f3 wins for white, Stockfish ranks at about 2.5. The pin on the knight at f6 is very tough.
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  eternaloptimist: <Phony> Lol indeed a lot of great puns involving Chinese chess players have been submitted w/ GOTDs over the years on CG! I’ve actually been to China, & I really enjoyed the time that I spent over there! Hong Kong is a fascinating city. I normally don’t choose blitz games for the games that I submit to be GOTD, but this is an interesting blitz game. <CG> Thanks for selecting this game & my pun for GOTD! <Breunor> Indeed Ding made an oversight by not seeing 20.♙f3, but that’s chess. That’s 1 of the things that makes chess interesting. Although I agree that Wei Yi would’ve been in dire straits if Ding would’ve played that move. Although the game probably still would’ve lasted for a good while longer. It wouldn’t have been an instant victory.
Dec-16-19  RandomVisitor: A note for us westerners: Wikipedia points out that a Chinese name is presented family name first: does that make this game properly presented as Ding vs. Wei?
Dec-16-19  RandomVisitor: After 10.0-0 black is very much in the game

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<41/61 09:44 -0.13 10...Rd8> 11.Bb2 dxc4 12.bxc4 Rb8 13.d4 Ne8 14.Rb1 Qc7 15.Qc2 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Ne5 17.Nb5 Qxc4 18.Qxc4 Nxc4 19.Nxa7 Ra8 20.Nxc8 Rxa4 21.Ne7+ Kf8 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.Rxb7 Rxa2 24.Rb4 Ne5 25.Rb5 Rd7 26.Rxe5 Rxe7 27.Rc5 Nf6 28.Bf3 Rd7 29.Rcc1 Rdd2 30.Rcd1 h6 31.Rxd2 Rxd2 32.h3 Rb2 33.Rd1 Rb3 34.Rd8 Rc3 35.Kg2 Rc5 36.e4 e5

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  eternaloptimist: <RV> That is true about Chinese family names being presented first, but only a very small percentage of us westerners are aware of that. So yes it should be Ding vs Wei. Also thanks a lot for the analysis of this game!
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  eternaloptimist: This was the most dramatic game of their match for sure b/c after Ding lost this game, he was eliminated. Wei advanced to the quarterfinals to face Svidler (a former World Cup winner). Svidler defeated Wei & he made to the final matchup w/ Karjakin, but Svidler lost to him. Wei could’ve deviated from what he played in their 1st rapid game of the tiebreaker games. Instead of 9...Nbd7, he could’ve played 9...Na6. There’s nothing wrong w/ 9...Nbd7, but Ding probably analyzed this move on his computer after the 1st rapid game in which this move was played to get ready for this game. Instead of 10...a6, Wei could’ve tried 10...dxc4 aiming for the line 10. bxc4 Nb6 11. Nxb6 axb6 12. Bb2 b5 = to get rid of his doubled pawn situation or he could’ve played 10...Rd8 as u suggested. In that rapid game Ding played 11. d4 (after 9...a6) but 11. Qc1 looks like an improvement b/c it guard the B on a3, gets ready to put pressure on the c5 pawn & the move 11...b5 to gain counter-play doesn’t work b/c of 12.Nxc5. 12...b6 ⩲ is the correct move but Wei has to be careful not to let his Q get trapped b/c this move prevents her retreat for now. 13...cxd4 is the only move & creates some space for the Q. Ding missed 20. f3 which would’ve led to a knockout blow eventually. Wei immediately took advantage of Ding’s oversight & played 20...Qb6 & 22...Kg8 to solve the problem of his pinned N on f6. More comments to follow once I get a chance to comment more on this game...
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  eternaloptimist: I actually meant that Ding played 11.d4 (after 10...a6, not 9...a6). Here’s the rapid game that I referred to.: Ding Liren vs Wei Yi, 2015

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