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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Wesley So
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 8, Sep-10
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1

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Sep-10-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Is Black lost after 42.e6, I ask?
Sep-10-16
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  WorstPlayerEver: Dunno. Kf8 didn't too good either.
Sep-10-16  Boomie: Robson blundered away a point. Now So must win to halve the match. Bummer.
Sep-10-16
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Had looked at 45.Qxa4,Qxe6; 46.Qa8+ and 47.Qxb7. Why did White play 45.Qd2? Won't he be four pawns down after Qxe6?
Sep-10-16
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  thegoodanarchist: Wow, was I ever wrong. I hate this stupid game.... :)
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: Nepom is completely lost here and can resign. Qxc6?? Qc4+
Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: We draw the match! Wesley's a stud! First loss this event for Nepo.
Sep-10-16  Ulhumbrus: The American team drew a match against a Russian team which had as many players capable of playing for the world championship and on average a higher overall rating. Not a bad result.
Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: Is it Rex Sinquefeld's sponsorship that brought Caruana aboard? I'm not sure if he was the catalyst or not, but if so Rex deserves a BIG round of applause too!
Sep-10-16
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  PawnSac: < HeMateMe: Is it Rex Sinquefeld's sponsorship that brought Caruana aboard? >

His strong support, transforming St Louis into a center for strong events sure played a big part in Fab's jump to the USA. He was in Italy due to the larger chess activity in Euro, but that has all changed now. So in that sense, cheers to Rex! He certainly has improved USA chess

Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: Would anyone know, by chance if, Rex S is actually paying Fab a stipend to play here? Just wondering. I believe he gave up such a stipend in Italy, to come here.
Sep-10-16
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  OhioChessFan: Anyone else keep thinking it's a shame So came along shortly after Carlsen?
Sep-10-16
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  WannaBe: <OCF> Plenty of time left, plenty of time for them two young men to meet. =)
Sep-10-16
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  whiteshark: Wesley So with Daniel ♔ in a post-mortem analysis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxYT... ENJOY!
Sep-10-16
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  OhioChessFan: <Wassabi> well, Carlsen is in his own league right now. After a couple years of uninspiring results, So is on a rampage up the ratings ladder. But there's a huge roadblock ahead at #1.
Sep-10-16
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - <Anyone else keep thinking it's a shame So came along shortly after Carlsen?> I'm not sure about the logic of this. Would you really prefer a system where an undisputed champion had ten or fifteen years on top (like Steinitz, Lasker, Karpov) before being replaced by a star from the new generation? Surely it's a good thing when two strong players compete at the top? Alekhine and Capablanca (apart from the fact that they only played one match, due to the ad-hoc nature of the WCC), or perhaps Karpov vs Kasparov?

I agree that So's rise has been impressive. Just a couple of years ago I didn't believe he could rise to the top, but he has proven me wrong. I look forward to his rivalry with Carlsen (even if a few other players, such as Karjakin, Caruana, Giri, and perhaps Nepo... are also up there).

Sep-10-16
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  Sokrates: Many thanks for this great link <Whiteshark>. Friendly guy, this Wesley So and a great victory as well.
Sep-10-16
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  Domdaniel: 42.e6? Rxh4! is a beautiful move by So. The obvious 43.e7 loses - Black lets the e-pawn promote but mates with ...Qh3 and ...Qh1.
Sep-10-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: Anyone else keep thinking it's a shame So came along shortly after Carlsen?>

Nope. Kinda like when Emitt Smith and Bary Sanders came into the NFL about the same tim. It was great!

Sep-10-16  Marmot PFL: <Wesley So with Daniel ♔ in a post-mortem analysis:>

Are those Wesley's relatives or female admirers?

Sep-10-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: <Wassabi> well, Carlsen is in his own league right now. After a couple years of uninspiring results, So is on a rampage up the ratings ladder. But there's a huge roadblock ahead at #1.>

Karpov was a huge roadblock at #1 for a guy named Kasparov. What fun it was to watch him battle to take the crown from the force of chess that was Anatoly,

Sep-10-16
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: White was caught with his pawns down.
Sep-10-16  kamagong24: i believe in Wesley!

:)

Sep-10-16
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  HeMateMe: So is the real deal, I think he's converted all of the doubters, at this point. The closed USA championship is going to start looking like a 'flipping category 22 super GM event!
Sep-11-16
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  Sokrates: Sokrates: True, So is making progress of late, but let's not get carried away, huh? All in the top ten have had their moments of triumph (just recall Caruana's 7-0 streak) whereafter it usually evens out. MVL had a fantastic year until he played with a mediocre result in the Sinquefield. Where So won not entirely without luck (game Carlsen), whereas Bilbao ended 50-50 for him. Sure, So is now in the elite, but better than Caruana, Karjakin, Kramnik, Nakamura, Anand, Aronian? Substantial claims of this requiere more than a few olympiad victories.

I don't say all this to reduce the great player and sympathetic man Wesley So, but you get sort of annoyed by all the one-sided statements about his capabilities, conveniently emphasizing all the pros and ignoring all the cons.

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