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Wesley So vs Dariusz Swiercz
United States Championship (2021), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 2, Oct-07
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: black will lose all of his central pawns, at the end. Makes you wonder why black accepts the bad pawn structure after 10...cxd4. Seems a strange line to play.
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  cro777: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ <Canal Attack in Sicilian Defense> Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.d4 Qg4

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A rare line (played in only 21 games so far). Wesley admitted during his interview, he was not sure if he had analyzed it for his Chessable course on 1.e4. The main line is 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 g6.

The decisive mistake was 21...h4? (the correct move was 21...Rg8).

Wesley's analysis of the game: (t= 9m55s)

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 31

+0.57 16.Rg1 g6 17.Nb2 O-O 18.Nd3 Kh7 19.Bd2 b6 20.Raf1 Rce8 21.Rg2 a6 22.Rfg1 Ra8 23.h3 b5 24.Rc1

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 33

+0.55 17....b6 18.Nd3 Kh7 19.Nb4 f5 20.Nc6 Rce8 21.b4 a5 22.a3 Bd8 23.Raf1 Bc7 24.Rb1 a4 25.Rhf1 Bd8

+0.65 17....g6 18.Nd3 f6 19.gxf6 Rxf6 20.Raf1 Re8 21.Rf2 Kh7 22.Rhf1 Rff8 23.Rg2 Rf7 24.f4 exf4 25.Rxf4 Rff8

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 32

+0.81 18....b6 19.Nb4 f5 20.gxf6 Rxf6 21.Rhg1 Nc5 22.Nc6 Bf8 23.Bg5 Rf7 24.Raf1 Re8 25.Bd2 Rf6 26.Nb4 Be7

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 36

+1.28 20....Kf7 21.a4 Rb8 22.a5 Rg8 23.Raf1 Rbc8 24.Kd1 Nc5 25.Kc2 Nd7 26.Nf2 Rxg1 27.Rxg1 Rh8 28.Kd1 Nc5

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 37

+1.07 21....Rg8 22.a4 Rxg3 23.hxg3 Rg8 24.Rg1 b6 25.a5 bxa5 26.Bxa5 h4 27.Be1 a5 28.Rh1 Ra8 29.Bd2 a4

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  cormier: sf 10 Depth 42

+2.49 22.Rg4 Rg8 23.Rxh4+ Kg7 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Rg3 Rxg3 26.hxg3 Kg7 27.Rh1 a5 28.a4 b6 29.Kd1 Rh8 30.Rxh8

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