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Yaroslav Zherebukh vs Wesley So
US Championship (2018), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-18
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1

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Apr-19-18  Marmot PFL: After this game Maurice Ashley pointed out 24...Nf5 to So, who said he didn't even think of it and that's why he was only number seven (in ratings). 25 ef5 Nd5 26 fg6+ fg6 and black threatens Bxa1 as well as Nxe3 Qxe3 Bd4. That's complicated though and what black plays is simple and effective enough, he makes the ending look very easy. White I think should not have allowed 26...Nc2.
Apr-19-18  Ulhumbrus: 21 Rf1?! displaces a defender of the c4 pawn. The result is that on 21...b5! White has to play 22 cxb5 and so in effect make the concession of exchanging the more valuable c4 pawn for the less valuable a6 pawn.

25..Nd7 offers a pawn on d6 which White cannot accept as on 26 Qxd6 Nc5 traps the queen and this suggests that So is in good form. The suggestion is wrong if that is how strongly So plays normally.

The sequence begun by 26...Nc2! ends up winning a pawn on a3.

32...h5 prepares to displace a defender of the e4 pawn and Black's pressure on the e4 pawn induces White to concede the bishop pair by 34 Bxc5 and then toe displace his e pawn by e5.

Apr-19-18  Zibbit: Interesting game! I like the early trap by Zerebukh....some interesting lines possible there! https://youtu.be/hMsF5LRTSnw
Apr-19-18  Marmot PFL: <Zibbit> Good video
Apr-19-18  ChessHigherCat: <Zibbit> I agree, very good video. Just the right speed.
Apr-20-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <Marmot PFL: After this game Maurice Ashley pointed out 24...Nf5 to So, who said he didn't even think of it and that's why he was only number seven (in ratings). 25 ef5 Nd5 26 fg6+ fg6 and black threatens Bxa1 as well as Nxe3 Qxe3 Bd4. That's complicated though and what black plays is simple and effective enough, he makes the ending look very easy.>

I am sure, though, Wesley is disappointed he didn't find 24...Nf5! However, from experience I know that he would feel 100 times worse if he didn't get a win, after not finding that line.

In my life I have studied at a minimum 17,000-18,000 tactical puzzles, and I didn't think of it either.

In chess, tactics are what separate the champs from the chumps.

Apr-21-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Pun Submitted:

Zherebukh Stops Here

Apr-29-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 done

1. = (0.00): 21.Bd1 Qe7 22.Ne2 e5 23.bxc5 Nxe2+ 24.Qxe2 exf4 25.Bxf4 bxc5 26.Rb6 Rc6 27.Rcb1 Nd7 28.Rxc6 Bxc6 29.Nf3 Qf8 30.Qd2 Rc8 31.Kh2 g5 32.Bg3 Rb8 33.Rxb8 Qxb8 34.Qa5

2. = (-0.08): 21.Bf2 Nd7 22.Bd1 Nb8 23.Nf3 Nbc6 24.Nxd4 Nxd4 25.Ne2 Nxe2+ 26.Bxe2 Bc6 27.Re1 Rb8 28.Kh2 Qd7 29.Bf3 h5 30.d4 cxd4 31.Bxd4 e5 32.Bb2 Rbc8 33.Kg1 exf4 34.Qxf4

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