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Wei Yi vs Yinglun Xu
"The Royal Wei" (game of the day Feb-11-2018)
HD Bank Cup (2017), Ho Chi Minh City VIE, rd 7, Mar-16
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0



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Mar-17-17  scholes: Wei makes four attempts to sacrifice his bishop. All were sound
Mar-17-17  fisayo123: 17. Nf5!! 18. Bc6! what an amazing tactical sequence. White sacrifices an entire piece and leaves black's king stranded in the center of the board with nowhere to go or hide. With so many games as proof already, it's not an exaggeration to say this 17 year old is the most formidable tactical wizard in the chess circuit right now.
Mar-17-17  protonchess: Without starting the engine (of course), the finish is far from obvious to me. What would've happened after 20. .. Bd7, or even 20. .. Kxd6 (to be followed with Bd7 and Kc7)?
Mar-21-17  Mudphudder: Right on point with Wei Yi's style. What an exciting game, just the way chess ought to be.

This has to be one of the shortest, yet most exciting Najdorf games I've ever seen.

Mar-21-17  7he5haman: <protonchess> I'll give it a try without an engine... Eek!

20...Kxd6 21.Red1+ mates quite quickly (21...Kc7 22.Qg3+;21...Ke7 22.Qxg7+)

20...Bd7 - the best I can see is 21.e5 with the dual threats of 22.Qg5+/Qxg7+.... But maybe Black can escape with 21...Kd8?!

Mar-24-17  ajiteshjaiswal: 20 .... Bd7 fails to
21. Qxg7+ Kxd6
22. Red1+ Kc7
23. Qe5+ Kd8
24. Qxh8+
And black loses his second rook too.
Mar-24-17  ajiteshjaiswal: 23. .... Kc8 can be countered with

24. Rd6 Qc7
25. Qxh8+

Mar-24-17  protonchess: @ajiteshjaiswal : Indeed, thanks!
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  whiteshark: REQUEST ANALYSIS

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Black to move

1) +1.66 (29 ply) 20...Qxd6 21.Qxg7+ Ke8 22.Qxh8+ Qf8 23.Qe5 Nd7 24.Qxe6+ Kd8 25.Red1 a5 26.Qg4 Qe7 27.Rb5 Ra6 28.Qg8+ Qe8 29.Qxh7 Kc7 30.Rd4 Kb8 31.Qh4 Nf8 32.Qg3+ Ka8 33.Qe5 Qxe5 34.Rxe5 Rc6 35.Rd8 Nd7 36.Re7 Nf6 37.e5 Ng4 38.h3 Ne3 39.Kf2 Nf5 40.Rf7 Rxc2+ 41.Ke1 Ne3 42.e6

2) +3.35 (29 ply) 20...Nd7 21.e5 Kd8 22.Nf7+ Kc7 23.Nxh8 b5 24.Nf7 Bb7 25.Nd6 Qc5+ 26.Kh1 Bd5 27.Qxg7 Rf8 28.Ne4 Bxe4 29.Rxe4 Qf2 30.Ree1 Qf7 31.Qg5 Nc5 32.Qd2 Qd7 33.Qa5+ Kc8 34.a4 Qc7 35.Qxc7+ Kxc7 36.axb5 axb5 37.Rxb5 Kc6

3) +6.90 (29 ply) 20...Bd7 21.Red1 Kd8 22.Qxg7 Kc7 23.Qe5 Rhg8 24.Nxb7+ Kc8 25.Nxc5 Qc7 26.Rd6 Rb8 27.Rxb8+ Qxb8 28.Nxd7 Qb1+ 29.Kf2 Qxc2+ 30.Ke1 Qc1+ 31.Rd1 Qxd1+ 32.Kxd1 Kxd7 33.Qd4+ Ke7 34.Qa7+ Kf6 35.g3 h5 36.Qxa6 Rg4 37.Qe2 Rg5 38.Kc1 Kg7 39.Kb2

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8 v270317

Comment: Black missed the best move, <20...Qxd6>. Being down the Xchg, the position (and probably a pawn) he resigned early enough.

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[Fritz 10]: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qb6 [last book move] Opening Explorer 8. 0-0 Qxb2 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. Rb1 Qc3 11. Bxd5 Qc7 [11 ... e6 12. Re1 =] 12. f4 e6 13. Re1 [Black has a cramped position] Nc5 [Not 13 ... exd5 14. exd5+ Ne5 15. Qh5 ±] 14. f5 Be7? [14 ... h5 ⩲ would keep Black alive] 15. Bxe7 [+-] Qxe7 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Nf5 Qc7 [17 ... exf5 18. exf5 Qxe1+ 19. Qxe1+ Kd7 20. Qc3 +-] 18. Bc6+ Qxc6 19. Nxd6+ Ke7 20. Qg4 Nd7 [20 ... Qxd6 21. Qxg7+ Ke8 22. Qxh8+ Qf8 23. Qe5 +-] 21. e5 1-0.

Wei Yi is a sharp tactician with a bright future. There is lots of interest in his play; eleven of his games were nominated in our 2017 Best Games contest, second only to Levon Aronian's fourteen. This is a Poisoned Pawn line where Black snatches the Pb2 (8 ... Qxb2) at the cost of time and development. 8. Bb3 safeguarding the Pb2 is most common for White, then 8. Qd2 and 8. 0-0 both offer the Pawn grab. Piece sacrifices on d5 and f5 are fairly typical in sharp Sicilians, but not in the same game! Here Black makes one slip (14 ... Be7?) and gets crushed quickly.

<With so many games as proof already, it's not an exaggeration to say this 17 year old is the most formidable tactical wizard in the chess circuit right now.> He won the Best Games contest two years ago. Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015

Feb-11-18  AlicesKnight: Some people will just refuse no matter how often you offer them something....
Feb-11-18  1092c: Could also name it as 'He knows de wei'

I dunno why, but crushing the sicilian/seeing it get crushed gives me a sense of satisfaction. idk why

Feb-11-18  morfishine: <14...Be7> is one "culprit" for this disaster

Another earlier culprit would be White's decision to play the poisoned pawn variation against Wei Yi

Bad decision lol


Feb-11-18  morfishine: Oops, Black's
Feb-04-19  Richangles: 14.f5! 17.Nf5!! 18.Bc6!!? This is just a spine-chilling game
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