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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-29
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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Jan-29-17  notyetagm: <chancho: Congrats to Wesley So-Good at Chess. He left no doubt by winning in the last round.

Magnus now knows he hasafull fledged rival taking aim at him.

Future tournaments will be something to look forward to.>

Yes, So just needs to start beating Carlsen now, not start out <0-12> against him like Naka did.

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  chancho: You have a point <notyetagm>

You look at these standings from some years back:

Tata Steel (2011)

One tournament does not a future world champion make.

Jan-29-17  ChessAgent: GM Ian N. has a lot of explaining to do to the chess fans and chess followers (not to mention the chess organizer and the federation who are concerned).
Jan-29-17  Nerwal: This effort will join some well-inspired ♕b5+ :

O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937

Tal vs Petrosian, 1962

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  devere: 8.O-O-O? followed by 9.Qb5? followed by 10.c6?.

This game resembles some NN vs famous-player game from the 19th century; except NN usually played a bit better back then.

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  Sally Simpson: Don't be too hard on Nepomniachtchi, as I said it was a last round trick from a player out of form.

He tried to get Wes involved in a hand to hand fight, get Wes flustered as he negotiated the last hurdle.

Wes stayed calm, calculated and cleared the last hurdle with room to spare.

Jan-29-17  QueentakesKing: This game is 'highly suspicious'.
Jan-29-17  notyetagm: <devere: <<<8.O-O-O? followed by 9.Qb5? followed by 10.c6?.>>>

This game resembles some NN vs famous-player game from the 19th century; except NN usually played a bit better back then>

What is shocking about this game is that someone with a <2767 rating> should see that these moves just don't work but Nepo played them anyway and went down in flames.

Just shows you what a really difficult game chess really is. Nepo is a very strong Russian GM but he got out of book early and was dead lost with White(!) by move 13(!).

Jan-29-17  notyetagm: <QueentakesKing: This game is 'highly suspicious'.>

No, I don't think so. Nepo had a terrible winless tournament (+0 -3 =10), the only player not to win even a single game, and simply screwed the pooch today.

Jan-29-17  Atking: Right. Nepomniachtchi beats himself here. But it happens more than one time when the leader is So self confident. No conspiracy theory here. Except his "lucky" win vs Rapport, So played very well most of the tournament. His victory vs GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek was a wonderful accomplishment. Congrats for the games and the final result! Carlsen has to fight with his generation of players. Karjakin has got his chance, now could come, So, Caruana, MVL and... some youngers.
Jan-30-17  notyetagm: I Nepomniachtchi vs W So, 2017

"Karpov's drive-by assessment after 11...Bb7!! 12.Qxb7 Qa1+ 13.Nb1 Rb8: busted."


Jan-30-17  KlingonBorgTatar: The Problem of the Difficult Opponent has morphed into monstrous proportions no doubt.
Jan-30-17  blackdranzer: @Sally
I don't get your point...he tried to trick so when Ian was the one out of form.? Sometimes you are too generous!..

Something about this game make me happy and satisfied....!

Jan-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: *cough coughsky* attack
Jan-30-17  ChessAgent: <notyetagm> Believe me. I'm an amateur chess enthusiast and I can see and understand the obvious flaws. Ian played like a beginner.
Jan-30-17  QueentakesKing: <notyetagm> I can understand if Ian N. lost his queen in the middle or end game. But in the opening, are you kidding me?
Jan-30-17  reychong: I find it quite amusing that before the last round started, I entertained thoughts about Wesley not winning against Nepo thus giving chances to the three pursuers (Carlsen, Aronian and Wei Yi) to catch up Wesley in the standings should they win their respective games and subsequently figure in playoff/s; Caissa however, decided for Carlsen to draw and Aronian & Wei to lose. Indeed, Wesley was fated to win this tournament!
Jan-30-17  Eddie Ilarde: This is the start of a long-term client relationship.

So-Nepo 4-0

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  Sally Simpson: Hi blackdranzer,

It appears Nepo made up his mind before the game to go down with guns blazing rather then set up a come and get me position.

What better way to rid yourself of a bad run than to take out the tournament leader in the last round.

All one can do when posting on a game like this is draw from previous experience and other examples.

Last round shocks are not uncommon, you could do a good chess book on the, somebody probably has, I mentioned earlier BCM used to run a column on them.

And having played in a few both as the so called favourite (very nervous) and the underdog (nothing to lose, go for it) I think he was right.

The guns did not blaze as Nepo went down and he will admit it is a bad game to have on a C.V. but there is no conspiracy.

Feb-01-17  QueentakesKing: <Sally Simpson> It was a unilateral act (on the outside).
Feb-01-17  1971: Lol <SallySimpson>, "the guns did not blaze". No they did not.
Feb-01-17  izimbra: So's opening prep has gotten incredibly strong. White is already in some trouble here after <8.O-O-O> even without later mistakes.
Feb-02-17  Pedro Fernandez: <<notyetagm>: I think "tú y yo hubiéramos jugado mejor" this game. I have not any doubt at respect.
Feb-04-17  tedceldor: Ian is a brilliant player but he just fumbled in this tournament. He has nothing to explain.
Mar-06-17  ajile:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 19 ply

1. (-5.87): 29.Re2 Kf6
2. (-7.23): 29.c3 Nd3+

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