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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Wesley So
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 3, Sep-09
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Bayonet Attack (B12)  ·  0-1

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Sep-09-17  Marmot PFL: < Paco is a friend of Wesley. He want Wes to reach the finals>

Read that on another site. Wouldn't argue based on this game.

Sep-09-17  fisayo123: One feature of So's games I noticed is that he's extremely ruthless at punishing players who over extend against him. I noticed this and I'm nowhere near as strong as Paco. Paco played this like it was a must win affair. Very poor match preparation from such a great player it has to be said.
Sep-09-17
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  tpstar: Vallejo Pons scores well with the Caro-Kann Advance Repertoire Explorer: Francisco Vallejo Pons (white) but has never played this sharp variation before. Eight straight Pawn moves to start the game.

24 ... Rxf4! 25. Nxf4 Qa5 gives back the exchange, then the pin the Nc3 plus the pin on the Nf4 prove fatal. 28 ... 0-0-0 gains a tempo on the Rb7.

Go Wesley!

Sep-09-17
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  ChessHigherCat: FVP played horribly in that game, nowhere near his usual level. Already on move 11. black could have played Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 and white would have been a wreck.
Sep-09-17  CountryGirl: What a crush. I sure wish my opponents would play stuff like 4.g4 against me!
Sep-09-17  The Kings Domain: Interesting opening by Pons but did he throw this game? Suspicious play by a GM of his caliber.
Sep-10-17
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  FSR: Wow. This looks like a blitz game one might win against some random fish on the Internet, not a game between two elite grandmasters in the third round of the World Cup. Truly pitiful.
Sep-10-17
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  Honza Cervenka: <ChessHigherCat: FVP played horribly in that game, nowhere near his usual level. Already on move 11. black could have played Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 and white would have been a wreck.>

After 11...Qg3+ 12.Bf2 Qxg4 13.Be2 Qf5 14.Nf3 white has solid compensation for a Pawn. If now 14...Ng4, then 15.Rf1 Nxf2 16.Rxf2 Qh3 17.Ng5 Qh1+ 18.Bf1 Bh5 19.Qd3 Qxh4 20.Ne6 (diagram), and it is rather black, who faces troubles despite of two extra Pawns.


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Sep-10-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Honza Cervenka: <ChessHigherCat: FVP played horribly in that game, nowhere near his usual level. Already on move 11. black could have played Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 and white would have been a wreck.>

After 11...Qg3+ 12.Bf2 Qxg4 13.Be2 Qf5 14.Nf3 white has solid compensation for a Pawn. If now 14...Ng4, then 15.Rf1 Nxf2 16.Rxf2 Qh3 17.Ng5 Qh1+ 18.Bf1 Bh5 19.Qd3 Qxh4 20.Ne6 (diagram), and it is rather black, who faces troubles despite of two extra Pawns.>

Okay, but that's not a forced line. What about this line, for example: 11. Nc3 Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 13. Be2 Qf4 14. Nh3 Qh6 15. Rg1 Nbd7?

Black is threatening to trade down with Bh5 and castle queenside. White can't castle and doesn't seem to have any clear attack and is a pawn down.

Anyway, maybe you're right because otherwise it would certainly be very strange that So didn't play 11...Qg3, but you have to admit FVP played way below his normal level.

Sep-10-17
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  Honza Cervenka: <What about this line, for example: 11. Nc3 Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 13. Be2 Qf4 14. Nh3 Qh6 15. Rg1 Nbd7?> 15.Ng5 can be better than 15.Rg1 in this line. Black is Pawn up but white is fine here as well. 11...Qe6 is much more unpleasant for white, and 12.Kd2 was not the best reaction to it. 12.Qe2 Nxg4 13.Bf4 was more promising way of defense. Black is again a Pawn up but his pieces are not well coordinated and Pawns e and g are quite weak.
Sep-10-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Wow. This looks like a blitz game one might win against some random fish on the Internet, not a game between two elite grandmasters in the third round of the World Cup. Truly pitiful.>

To me, it looked like they were drawing moves out of a hat, which had been suggested by the audience...

Sep-15-17
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  Clement Fraud: I was of the understanding that in this line of the Caro-Kann 4.g4 is best met with 4... Bd7; and yet in this game Wesley So demonstrates just how feeble are the kingside pawn advances of white.

This game should bring about a resurgence of interest in the Caro-Kann after Anand appeared to have refuted it Anand vs Karpov, 2003

Sep-16-17
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  Richard Taylor: It is interesting the way the Caro-Kan can produce such crazy games (I suppose all openings can do this).

There were the two games of Fischer-Petrosian. One was won by Petrosian and in the other it was one of the epic games with both players getting two Queens during the game, although it ended in a draw. But it was the Two Knights variation.

Sep-17-17  morfishine: Game of the Century
Sep-17-17  Pulo y Gata: I agree--
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Jul-07-18  ambongtumbong: These 2 great GMs will meet tomorrow at the finals for Leon, Spain chess festival. Good luck to both..
Jul-07-18
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  ChessHigherCat: I wrote the above comments before I had ever used computer analysis. SF shows that some of the moves that look very questionable are really the optimal moves and So played very well, but on the other hand <Honza> points out of quite a few sub-optimal moves on white's part, and some of the stronger kibbitzers like <FSR> and <Country Girl> seem to think it was surprisingly poorly played, too, and they were already using computer analysis, so I tend to think my initial intuition was valid.

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