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Wei Yi vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Jan-16-17  not not: not really a and h pawn is draw if black kings gets to promo square first
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: Sure, but with a rook pawn black just puts the king in the corner and the best white has is stalemate.
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: If the pawns were on a5 and a6 white would win as the black king would be too far away.
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  whiteshark: <you vs yourself> After Rxa5 Bxa5 Kxa5 the black King is near enough to either keep w♔ ahead of his own pawn on the a file or stalemated as <Marmot PFL> stated.
Jan-16-17  not not: black seems busted, losing a pawn now

unless Im missing something

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  whiteshark: <Marmot PFL: If the pawns were on a5 and a6 white would win as the black king would be too far away.> Right - it all about <one> tempo.
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: <Marmot PFL> <not not> <whiteshark> Are you calculating until the end to conclude this or is there a calculation trick for this type of position?
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  whiteshark: I used / put the position on here:
Jan-16-17  not not: Im calculating, other two r guessing!
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: 66...Bc3? was bad as 67 Rc4 Bb4 68 Rxb4 wins, or else 68 Rc5 and Rxa5
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  whiteshark: D'oh, due to Nepom's careless play this game might as well ends here: Game Collection: yy_x- - -> HALL OF BLAME
Jan-16-17  not not: Nepo decided to copy Capa's
Jan-16-17  not not: opponents!
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: computer says mate in 21...
Jan-16-17  RandomVisitor: mate in 18...
Jan-16-17  you vs yourself: Big win for Wei. Given his tactical fame, I am impressed by his patient play against the super GMs.
Jan-16-17  Marmot PFL: Good win against a highly rated player.
Jan-16-17  FairyPromotion: Wei has knocked Nepo off the World Cup 3 1/2 years ago (I Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi, 2013), so this result doesn't surprise me all. Despite his calm 2016, this kid still remains as the one that everyone should keep an eye on. Tomorrow's game with black against Magnus will be very telling for his current form, and what we might expect from him later in the tournament.
Jan-16-17  fisayo123: Very interesting endgame that requires some serious analysis.
Jan-16-17  Grbasowski: Sicilian!
Jan-17-17  notyetagm: Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017

Game Collection: BLOCKING COMBINATIONS: OBSTRUCTING SQUARE/LINE 26 e5-e6+! blocks e6-sq so that Ra1-d1+ will remove the guard

Jan-17-17  notyetagm: Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017

Fantastic <BLOCKING COMBINATION> concept by Wei Yi, 26 e5-e6+!, so that after 26 ... f7xe6 <BLOCKING> the e6-sq the upcoming ♖a1-d1+ will <REMOVE THE GUARD> of the <LOOSE> Black e7-bishop by <DRIVING OFF> the Black d7-king defender.

Jan-17-17  nuwanda: the next three moves from Nepo (and the time he used for them) after 64. Rxe6+ are very hard to understand, given that he had plenty of time and surely knew that being precise is crucial.

he used only
24sec on 64. ...Kf7 (letting white set up the dangerous position with 65. Re4), 2min 30sec on 65. ... Kf6 (not taking the standard defence-position with Bb4) and 1min 17sec on the losing 66. ...Bc3 (where its really easy to see that after 67. Rc4 the pawn is simly gone)

he is a very experienced super grandmaster. doesnt he have a routine somewhat like: ok, the situation has stabilized, i have a difficult but probably drawn position. so i take myself at least 10, 15 minutes to adjust myself to this situation and make sure that i know where i want my pieces to be, how i can get them there, what i have to avoid and what i aim for.

Jan-17-17  Nerwal: Maybe Nepo thought he was lost or simply lost patience.

Anyway Radjabov vs Van Wely, 2008 shows the correct treatment (see also

Jan-30-17  Cactusjuice: playing sicillian against wei yi is kind of suicide
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