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Wesley So vs Sergey Karjakin
Grand Prix Riga (2019) (blitz), Riga LAT, rd 2, Jul-17
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Did 12.Nxe5 look like a good idea to anyone besides So?! Certainly not to me. White played more sanely in I Nepomniachtchi vs Vitiugov, 2018.
Jul-19-19  macer75: Absolute f'ing IMMORTAL! What a MASTERFUL display of creativity from the maestro Wesley So! And it was against the blitz master Karjakin too!
Jul-20-19  mikealando: Wow! Grand chess.
Jul-20-19  MightyTal: What an amazing game! Would 28.-b5 offer a better resistance?
Jul-21-19  MightyTal: More thoughts about this game: How could So see so far ahead that R+2B will eventually, with the help of two extra pawns, totally dominate Q+R? Or is it a home-prepared opening variant? I started to search among the game collections, so far without much success, for other similar combinations - R+2N vs Q+R or R+B+N vs Q+R.
Jul-21-19  Nina Myers: So much for that.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The Computer thinks that the big mistake here was 30..Rd6 and that black would have been slightly better after 30..Rxd5, which is certainly not an easy move to see (for me, at any rate). Gutsy play by So--even <Nina Myers> offered grudging respect.
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  beatgiant: How sound was this? For example, was there anything wrong with the simple <22...d2> which seems to allow Black to force a trade of the rooks and knights?

22...d2 23. Rxd2 Rxd2 24. Bxd2 Ne4 25. Nxe4 Qxe4

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Next Black's queen is threatening to maraud White's queenside. What has White got?

Jul-21-19  pdxjjb: I don't understand the fuss. Black got a winning advantage early, played weakly, and then blundered horribly with 30 ... Rd6 and lost. Interesting, but fairly typical for a blitz game. What is the big fuss?
Jul-21-19  Atking: Indeed. The Queen sacrifice is interesting but nothing to praise as fantastic. 2B+2p for a Q is simply playable no more. It was a blitz?
Jul-22-19  MightyTal: Thanks all for rightly dispelling my earlier enthusiasm . No fuss.

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