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Wesley So vs Magnus Carlsen
Norway Chess (2018), Stavanger NOR, rd 6, Jun-03
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  1-0



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Jun-05-18  paavoh: A very Carlsenesque game by So, IMO. Well played.
Jun-05-18  ChessHigherCat: <takchess> Funny, I just encountered your expression for the first time in The Bonfire Of The Vanities - Chapter 9 - Indexnovel Anyway, here they were, the three of them, sitting in this <Good Enough for Government Work office> at $36,000 to $42,000 a year instead of down at Cravath,

Tom Wolfe adds a twist of irony because, as the DA's office, it really is for government work.

Jun-05-18  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: PS corr. 19... Nc4 is not forced; Black also can play Nb5, but still the Knight moves were not very effective.>

That's what I said during the game. Black still loses a pawn with 19....Nb5 but it's only the doubled b pawn. Uncle FishStick he say: 19....Nb5 (+0.93), versus Nc4 (+4.52), a huge difference in white's favor.

Jun-05-18  Abonuhi: Carlsen didn't move his light-square bishop.. i can only imagine the evil plans he had for w. So..
Jun-05-18  Abonuhi: Was this aggressive game played by the gentle SOul¿
Jun-05-18  The Kings Domain: Good win by So, he played well. Perhaps the guy's in the zone again?
Jun-05-18  Kapmigs: It is more like Carlsen losing the game (through overconfident, reckless play) than So beating him. Nothing exceptional with the latter's game. He just took advantage of Carlsen's uncharacteristic play. It won't happen again.
Jun-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 29 dpa done

<1. + / = (0.47): 23...b5> 24.Qd5 Bg5 25.Rfe1 Bf6 26.e4 Rd8 27.Qb7 Rb8 28.Qc7 Rc8 29.Qb6 Rb8 30.Qa5 Qe6 31.Rc3 Bd8 32.Qa2 Ra8 33.Rc2 f6 34.Na5 Bf7 35.Qxe6 Bxe6 36.Ra1 Rf7 37.Nc6 Rd7 38.f4 exf4 39.Bxf4 Bc4 40.Nxd8 Rdxd8 41.c6 Rd4 42.Rd2 Rxe4 43.c7 Ree8 44.Kh2

2. + / = (0.49): 23...e4 24.f4 Bf5 25.Nd4 Bd7 26.Qd5 Bc6 27.Nxc6 Qxc6 28.Qxc6 Rxc6 29.Rfd1 Rd8 30.Rxd8+ Bxd8 31.Rd1 Bc7 32.f5 Kf8 33.Bxc7 Rxc7 34.Rd5 Ke7 35.Kf2 g6 36.fxg6 fxg6 37.Re5+ Kd7 38.Rxe4 a5 39.Rd4+ Ke6 40.Rd6+ Ke5 41.bxa5 Rxc5 42.Rd7 h5 43.Kf3 Rxa5 44.Rxb7 g5 45.Rh7 h4 46.Kg4 Ke4

Jun-05-18  tuttifrutty: <It is more like Carlsen losing the game (through overconfident, reckless play) than So beating him. Nothing exceptional with the latter's game. He just took advantage of Carlsen's uncharacteristic play. It won't happen again.>

I'm just saying a prayer for those desperate hearts tonight...


Jun-05-18  Chessinfinite: A great game by So to beat Magnus for his first win.. and in style. Congrats!
Jun-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
<22...Bg5> 23.Rfe1 Qd7 24.c6 bxc6 25.Qc5 h6 26.Nxc6 Qb7 27.h4 Bd8 28.Qd6 Re8 29.Red1 Kh7 30.Kh2 Bf6 31.e4 e5 32.Qd5 Re6 33.Na5 Qxd5 34.exd5 Rxc1 35.Rxc1 Rb6 36.Nc6 e4 37.d6 exf3 38.gxf3 Bf5 39.Bf2 Rb5 40.Kg3 Bd7 41.f4 Kg6 42.Ne7+ Bxe7 43.dxe7 Rxb4 = (0.21) Depth: 26

Jun-05-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
21...Bg5 22.Bxg5 Qxg5 23.e4 Rfd8 24.Rcd1 Qe7 25.Nb3 f6 26.Na5 Bf7 27.Rxd8+ Rxd8 28.c6 b5 29.Qc3 Qc7 30.f4 Bg6 31.e5 Rd3 32.Qb2 Kf7 33.Re1 Bf5 34.Qf2 fxe5 35.Rxe5 h5 36.Re1 Kg8 37.Qc5 Kf7 38.Nb7 Rd2 39.Qe3 Rd3 40.Qc1 h4 + / = (0.32) Depth: 25
Jun-05-18  talwnbe4: as Cormier just analyzed..?!
23.. Bd8? is the losing move and perhaps
16.. Nxa3?! gives Wesley a slight advantage.
So could have taken the pawn immediately
22. Bxe5

in the game line after 24. Qd5!
24. Qd5! Bg5 25. Rfe1 +-1.00 or maybe even more.. e.g 24. Qd5! Bg5 25. Rfe1 Qb5 26. Na5 Qxb4 27. Nxb7 Qa3 28. Bf2 +- 1.6 Carlsen cannot defend the e-pawn. 24. Qd5 Bg5 25. Rfe1 Bf6 26. Na5 +-
24. Qd5! was the correct move to smash
Carlsen's position.

Jun-05-18  karlmarx2000: Whatever other people say to discredit So's win, it's still a WIN. And that's all that matters.. Condolence kapmigs, chupa and the rest of the likes.. Hahahahahahahaha.....
Jun-05-18  Kapmigs: There is no need to belittle what, in the first place, is already little. A little win which decides nothing and changes nothing. Hehehe
Jun-05-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa

<1. = (0.12): 16...Bf6> 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Bd6 Bd3 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.Re1 Bb2 21.Rxc4 Bxc4 22.Qc2 Bxa3 23.Qxc4 a5 24.bxa5 Rxc5 25.Qb3 Rxa5 26.Qxb7 g6 27.g3 Kg7 28.Kg2 Bf8 29.Rb1 h6 30.Rb2 Qe7 31.Qxe7 Bxe7 32.Rb7 Bf8 33.e4 Kf6 34.Nd2 Rc5 35.f4 e5 36.Rb6+ Kg7 37.f5 Rc2

2. + / = (0.30): 16...b5 17.cxb6 Qxb6 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Rxc1 20.Qxc1 f6 21.Bd4 Qb7 22.Qd2 Rc8 23.Rc1 Bd6 24.Rxc8+ Qxc8 25.g4 Be4 26.Qc3 Qb7 27.f3 Bg6 28.f4 Be8 29.Bd3 Bb5 30.Bb1 h6 31.Kf2 Qd7 32.Bd3 Kf7 33.Qc2 Ke7 34.Bxb5 axb5 35.Qg6

Jun-06-18  cunctatorg: A lovely game, perhaps a chess gem!!
Jun-07-18  Chesscrazyin: 13 a5 was not convincing, giving away edge in the middle. Instead f7 to f6 and defending f7 with bishop could much better consolidate black n white had to change its whole strategy, could have been difficult.
Jun-08-18  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4

13...Na5 14.Nc5 Nxc5 15.dxc5 Bf6 16.b4 Nc6 17.Bd6 Bb2 18.Bxf8 Qxf8 19.Nh4 Be4 20.f3 Bxc1 21.Qxc1 Bg6 22.Nxg6 hxg6 23.g3 g5 24.Kg2 Qe7 25.Qd2 a5 26.f4 axb4 27.axb4 gxf4 28.exf4 Ra8 29.b5 Nb8 30.Qe3 Ra2 = (0.13) Depth: 27 dpa

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  tpstar: Dearly Beloved (1. d4 d5), we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life (2. c4 c6)/Electric word life (3. cxd5 cxd5), it means forever and that's a mighty long time (4. Bf4 Nf6)/But I'm here to tell you (5. Nc3 Nc6), there's something else (6. Nf3 a6)/The Afterworld (7. Rc1 Bf5)/A world of neverending happiness (8. e3 Rc8)/You can always see the sun (9. Be2 e6), day or night (10. 0-0 Nd7)/So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills [last book move], you know the one (11. Na4 Be7)/Dr. Everything'll Be Alright ;>D (12. h3 0-0)/Instead of asking him how much of your time is left (13. a3 Na5), ask him how much of your mind baby (14. Nc5 Nc4)/'Cause in this life (15. b4 Nxc5), things are much harder than in the Afterworld (16. dxc5 Nxa3)/In this life [16 ... b5 17. a4 Nb2 18. Qd2 Nxa4 19. Ra1 =], you're on your own (17. Nd4 Be4)/And if the elevator tries to bring you down [17. Qa4 Nc4 ⩲]/Go crazy (18. f3 Bg6), punch a higher floor (19. Qb3 Nc4)/If you don't like (20. Bxc4 dxc4) the world you're living in (21. Qxc4 Qe8)/Take a look around you (22. Bg3 e5), at least you got friends (23. Nb3 Bd8)/You see I called my old lady (24. Qd5 Qb5) for a friendly word (25. Bxe5 Be7)/She picked up the phone [25 ... Re8 26. Qd4 Bg5 27. f4 ±], dropped it on the floor (26. Qd2 Rfd8)/"Hah Hah" was all I heard (27. Bd6 Bf6)/Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down? (28. e4 h6)/Oh no let's go! [28 ... a5 29. Nxa5 b6 30. Nb7 +-]/Let's go crazy (29. Nd4 Bxd4+), let's get nuts [29 ... Qe8 30. Rce1 Be5 31. Nf5 +-]/Let's look for the purple banana (30. Qxd4 Re8) 'til they put us in the truck (31. Rfe1 Kh7)/Let's go! (32. g4 f6)/We're all excited (33. f4 Qc6) but we don't know why [33 ... Bf7 34. h4 +-]/Maybe it's 'cause (34. f5 Bf7) we're all gonna die (35. h4 Ra8)/And when we do (36. Rc2 a5), what's it all for (37. g5! Bh5)/U better live now (38. g6+) before the grim reaper comes knocking on your door [38. gxf6 nails it down Rg8 39. b5 Qxb5 40. Rb2 gxf6+ 41. Kf2 +-]/Tell me are we gonna let the elevator bring us down? (38 ... Kh8)/Oh no let's go! (39. b5 Qxb5)/Let's go crazy (40. Rb2 Qc6), let's get nuts [40 ... Qd7!? ±]/Look for the purple banana (41. Rb6 Qc8) 'til they put us in the truck (42. Qd5 a4??)/Let's go! [42 ... Ra7 +-]/Come on baby (43. Rxb7 Rg8), let's get nuts! (44. c6)/Yeah (1-0) - Prince & the Revolution + Fritz 10, "Let's Go Crazy"

Let's Go Wesley! ;>D

Nov-05-18  yurikvelo:

multiPV of inacurate play both sides

Nov-06-18  Pulo y Gata: <It won't happen again.>

and so it never did.

Nov-07-18  kardopov: <<It won't happen again.> and so it never did.>> He's been on a slide, downward, in danger of falling out of top ten.
Nov-07-18  wordfunph: He is already out of it
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  tpstar: One more time =

The complete intro starts at 1:00 here =

We followed this game in real time as a live event Wesley So (kibitz #215640) where Wesley got a great game out of the opening, then built an advantage during the middlegame winning a Pawn despite BOOC. The Chessbomb crowd went crazy at time control thinking that 38. g6+ botched everything but Wesley kept it together and converted the full point.

<And if the elevator tries to bring you down> How ironic that Prince died on April 21, 2016 - in an elevator.

<multiPV of inacurate play both sides> Show us how it's done!

Go Wesley!

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