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Wesley So vs Alexandre Lesiege
Baku Olympiad (2016), Baku AZE, rd 11, Sep-13
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0



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  saffuna: The rook sacrifice 34...Qe5 is the type of blunder I know well. He thinks it leads to unstoppable mate, but doesn't see white has a mate first.
Sep-13-16  ambongtumbong: Napakasakit Kuya Eddie!!! panalo na naman... why oh why
Sep-13-16  Sokrates: Wonderful game by So. Ingenious and precisely executed.
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  saffuna: So took advantage of a gross blunder on move 39 and started a mating pattern. Leseige apaprently thought he had checkmate.

So, even game at move 39, excellent calculation by So after the blunder.

Sep-13-16  manorchy: That knight excursion was quite a knightmare for black's pieces.
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  thegoodanarchist: <manorchy: That knight excursion was quite a knightmare for black's pieces.>

I was thinking the same thing!

GOTD: "Knight on the town"

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  OhioChessFan: "Under Siege"
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  patzer2: Congratulations to Wesley So for winning this critical final game of the 42nd Olympiad, which enabled the USA to win the team Gold medal on tie breaks over the Czech Republic. The win also solidified an individual third board Gold Medal for Wesley, who had a 2896 rating performance.

The move that appears to turn the game strongly in Wesley's favor is 22. Qxd5! (diagram below):

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Here Wesley gives up the exchange for two central passed pawns. After the expected 22...Qxc3, he has to calculate carefully and play the clever Knight move 23. Ne5! to win Black's pawn on f6 as well as the passed pawn on c4.

Immediately attempting to snatch the dangerous passed c4 pawn with 23. Nxc4? backfires after 23. Nxc4? Ra4! 24. Nd6 Qxd4 (-1.63 @ 23 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

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  patzer2: For some reason Weley's 22. Qxd5! in giving up the Rook for winning chances with his Knight and passed pawns reminded me of some dialogue in the Movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer:"

<Vinnie: He didn't teach you how to win, he taught you how not to lose. That's nothing to be proud of. You're playing not to lose, Josh. You've got to risk losing. You've got to risk everything. You've got to go to the edge of defeat. That's where you want to be, boy - on the edge of defeat.

Josh Waitzkin: But...
Vinnie: But what? Play. Never play the board, always the man. You've gotta play the man *playing* the board. Play *me*. I'm your opponent, you have to beat *me*. Not the board, beat *me*.>

Of course in this case, Wesley was playing both the man and the board and really risking nothing, other than giving Black a slim chance for a draw, with the strong exchange sacrifice 22. Qxd5! to .

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  patzer2: Black's decisive mistake was 34...Qe5?, allowing 35. fxe3 Qg3 36. Qa1+ with mate-in-five to follow.

Instead, the computers indicate Black could have held with 34...Rd3 35. c6 Qxc1 = (0.00 @ 37 depth, Komodo 10).

Earlier, our silicon friends indicate that instead of 28. Qc3 Ra2 (0.69 @ 21 depth) Wesley might have maintained a stronger and more secure advantage with 28. Ng4 Qf4 29. Ne3 (+1.18 @ 44 depth, Komodo 10.1).

P.S.: Perhaps with 28. Qc3 , instead of 28. Ng4 , Wesley was playing the man more than the board.

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  thegoodanarchist: "Ending Lesiege"
Sep-16-16  hashtag: SoQualified
Sep-16-16  fivealpha: Le Siege de Lesiege
Sep-16-16  ambongtumbong: the Seige is So much to bear.
Sep-17-16  morfishine: <OhioChessFan: "Under Siege"> This comment is simply stupid. Lesiege lost this game



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  beenthere240: 33. R8e3 is such a pretty move. You could throw gold coins on the board. Too bad it loses. This game reminds me of Carlsen vs Anand.
Sep-19-16  ZURTAGA: Where can I find history of chess olympia? Also their games.
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  perfidious: <ZURTAGA> Have a go at
Oct-11-16  Ayaend: So is impressive in this game !! And black try to found some pretty good move like Re3! But So saw ^^ Congrats Black & White

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