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Wei Yi vs N R Vignesh
Qatar Masters (2015), Doha QAT, rd 4, Dec-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  0-1

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Dec-23-15
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  keypusher: After 68.Kf4:


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68....f5! and White's kingside pawns are doomed. The f-pawn is immune because Wei Yi's king has to chase the c-pawn.

Similar finale here:


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57.f4 wins because Fischer's pawns can't defend each other.

Geller vs Fischer, 1965

Dec-23-15  King Radio: Very strange queen trade by Wei Yi. Must have overlooked the f5 idea?
Dec-23-15  Pulo y Gata: Why not 29.Rf5? The threat is simply Qxh7 followed by Rh5#. To defend, black is forced to move his knight, for example 29...Nf8, then white can play 30.Rg3 Rxg3 31.hxg3 Ne6 32.Rh5 mating.
Dec-23-15
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  keypusher: <Pulo y Gata: Why not 29.Rf5? The threat is simply Qxh7 followed by Rh5#. To defend, black is forced to move his knight, for example 29...Nf8, then white can play 30.Rg3 Rxg3 31.hxg3 Ne6 32.Rh5 mating.>

What if Black plays 30....Rg6 instead?

I'm sure we'll see lots of writeups of this game.

After 34.Qg4:


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Black played the innocent-looking 34....Re8, and White pounced with 35.Rxg6!. The point is 35....fxg6 36.Rxh6+!! Qxh6 37.Qd7+.

So Black soldiered on with 35....Rg8. I'm sure he was stunned to wind up winning, though.

Dec-23-15
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  Sally Simpson: I know what the wee lad is going through.

Spec-sac, keep the pressure on the defender till they blunder defending - and they always do. (34...Re8 leaves d7 hanging Black cannot play fxg6 due to Rxh6+ and Qg7+) then strike. (35.Rxg6).

Curse your luck because your opponent never took on g6. Drift, lose track and refuse to admit it's a draw.


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Here if White could have taken a draw with 62.Qe6+. If Not White then Black could have claimed a three fold rep draw by stating his intention to play 62...Kf8

And after all that you screw up the ending.

"I know what the wee lad is going through."

It happened to me dozens of times, he will get over it. These you just shrug off with a 'OK in future I'll think about taking the draw...now when is my next game and who is it I'm playing?"

Dec-23-15  Pulo y Gata: <keypusher> I failed to consider 30...Rg6 in my first analysis. What a game, full of ideas! A pity that Wei Yi failed to cash in on his effort.

But continuing that line <keypusher>, I am fascinated by 31.Rg5 preventing the capture of the queen. Just to make black fall for it: 31...Qe6 32.Rxg6 mating because the xray protection on g7 is gone.

Perhaps 31...Re8 for black in this juncture, when 32.h4 is aesthetically too irresistible for me not to play. Is that zugzwang lite? :-)

Myriads of possibilities and i haven't looked at that endgame properly yet. What a fight!

Dec-23-15  Pulo y Gata: <keypusher> This game woke me up, but 31.Ne6 or 32.Ne6 in my line above seems to hold. I am not deleting the post because I still find the variation fascinating.
Dec-23-15  Imran Iskandar: Admirable defending by Vignesh in the face of a scary attack from a guy who knows how to attack. For instance, I would never have even considered playing 26...Ng6!, which is pretty much the only good move one can make.

There were some chances for Wei Yi to consolidate his advantage when Vignesh erred, but he somehow missed the critical moves. The queen trade is somewhat iffy as other kibitzers have noted. Why would he intentionally give his opponent a passed pawn? Was he in time trouble?

Dec-23-15
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  keypusher: <Pulo y Gata> This is an amazing battle from the beginning to the end.

<II> After 68....f5 I expect it took Wei Yi about 2 seconds to realize he was lost. But ...f5 is the only winning move. So he must have missed it! The engine preference, 68.Kh4, is not that appealing or obvious.

Dec-23-15  Pulo y Gata: 68...f5 is very obvious so it's not obvious, if you know what I mean. A terrible blunder to suffer from, doubly so because Wei Yi was pursuing the full point the whole game.

68.Kh4 is very engine-like, I looked briefly at 68.Kf5 and I think even here white can still push for the full point (with mutual risk for both players). That b4 pawn deserved a better accolade.

Dec-24-15  Pulo y Gata: Vignesh offered solid resistance starting with 26.Ng6 and throughout the game. Kudos to both player for their fighting chess.

White has at least a draw with 36.Rgxh6 Qxh6 37.Qf5+ Rg6 38. Rxh6+ Kxh6 39.Qh3+ with perpetual.

Dec-24-15  Flipboard Newsstand: Attack, attack, surrender. Hype job.
Dec-24-15
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8II....
Dec-25-15  notyetagm: https://chessdailynews.com/meet-ind...
Dec-25-15
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  luzhin: 57.e5! had some poison: if 57...Qxc3? 58.Qf6+ Ke8 59.Qh8+ Kd7 60.e6+ wins the Queen (as does 60.exd6+ after 59...Ke7)
Dec-27-15  iking: 68. ...f5 ... missed by wei yi
Dec-27-15  iking: 11 Gagare 2470 0 b −8.2 20.12.2015
12 Basso 2438 1 w +1.5 21.12.2015
13 Goryachkina 2493 b −3.0 22.12.2015
14 Vignesh N R 2422 0 w −8.6 23.12.2015

these two indian upstart upended the Chinese star .. not afraid of him ...

Jan-01-16  saintdufus: I'm incredibly impressed by the performance of N. R. Vignesh in this game. An International Master facing an elite super-GM (WITH the black pieces!), Vignesh accomplished all of the following--any one of which was a formidable hurdle in itself:

1) He kept his cool in the opening and middlegame, finding hard-to-find moves and staying in the game;

2) He weathered the initial sacrificial attack (which must have been quite frightening coming from an elite player);

3) He found some stunning defensive resources in the even-scarier second wave of the attack (35...Rg8!);

4) And then, finally--incredibly--he managed to WIN a pawn-down queen ending. [insert standing ovation here]

An epic game, and a well-earned scalp for this very talented Indian player, soon to be a GM no doubt.

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