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Nikola Sedlak vs Wesley So
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 5, Sep-06
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1



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Sep-06-16  kamagong24: aggressive, forceful play by Wesley! makes it look all too easy!!!


Sep-06-16  SirRuthless: Brilliant finish from the world number 7 and rising...
Sep-07-16  gopi11: It seems like this game was a replay for him!
Sep-07-16  izimbra: It's the blessings & curse of not being a spy...people trust you with their confidences whispered in a language you can't quite understand.
Sep-07-16  mckmac: <Izimbra> Come on mate. Try to keep it off the game pages :)
Sep-07-16  5hrsolver: Good tactical game by Wesley. The h pawn push is key to this game. 33...hg3 attacks the rook a third time and makes the h4 square available for the queen.
Sep-07-16  Gilmoy: An insidious route to a well-known pattern -- so deep that even a GM misjudges it. <18..Nxg3 19.hxg3> is a book N-chase-B theme, and White <recaptures toward the center> by rote, with potentially useful pressure on half-open h. But after <22.O-O>, he has essentially castled into the <Greco sac>. With that order reversed, White would hesitate before opening h in front of his castled K!

So promptly dogpiles on the Qb6-g1 diagonal to <see-g1>, creating a K-in-the-corner mate. He values it more than a piece, and gladly pays <exchange + 2 pawns> (R+PPP for N+P) just to pry the diagonal open. N.B. White further erred by accepting that material, wasting tempi to do it.

<23..Bg5> did offer up the 24.f4 fork, which surely gets messy.

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In the ensuing melee, White's pieces seem too defensive, not already projecting force. A Bishop on a good diagonal is more of an immediate problem than a Rook on a non-open file.

May-30-17  cwcarlson: 24.♘c4!? dc 25.♕e5+ ♗f6 26.♕f4 cd 27.♖d3 ♕c6 28.f3 Houdini 3.

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