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Alireza Firouzja vs Wesley So
Skilling Open (2020) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 2, Nov-22
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  1-0

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Nov-23-20
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  saffuna: Are 10. a4 and 11. b5 theory at all?

Looks to me as if Firouzja totally abandons the center to black and puts all his bets on the a- and b-pawns advancing.

26...Ra6 looks strange.

Fascinating game.

Nov-23-20
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  WorstPlayerEver: <saffuna>

Nah, 10. a4 bxc5 11. b5 g5 12. Bb2 Bd6 13. h3 Rg8 14. Nbd2 Qc7 15. Qb1 h5 16. Bxf6 Nxf6 17. b6 Qb7 and White is in trouble.

Nov-23-20
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  Pulo y Gata: An attacking masterpiece
Nov-23-20  fisayo123: Firouzja had already played this against Caruana in the Norway chess tiebreaks. Sort of like a reverse Noteboom .
Nov-23-20
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  perfidious: <saffuna>, here is the game mentioned by <fisayo123>: A Firouzja vs Caruana, 2020.

I played the Noteboom in correspondence a few times in the late 1990s; interesting stuff, with theory stretching beyond the twentieth move in the main lines. Lost a game to a Swiss player ca 2550 in one of those variations, which I would submit if it were anywhere near to hand--believe he improved on published theory.

Nov-24-20
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  Check It Out: Great game. Ali turned the tables on the kingside attack.

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