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Alireza Firouzja vs Wesley So
Aimchess US Rapid (2021) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 1, Sep-01
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1

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Sep-14-21
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  DaltriDiluvi: This was a must-win game for So. I think it's a good example of what can go wrong when you have the white pieces and only need a draw: Firouzja played to passively.

The final mistake of the game was made after <57...d4+>:


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For reasons I don't understand, the white king must stay away from the d-file in this position: <58.Kd2> and <58.Kd3> both lose, while the other 3 legal king moves maintain the draw. Firouzja played <58.Kd3>, and So never gave him another chance.

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