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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:57 am 
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Wow! This is the kind of enterprising chess we sometimes yearn for. The Wei Yi – So game in the 6th round evidently kept every chess fan following it on the edge of their seats.

It opened as a Reti, and Wesley (playing Black) opted for that line of early pawn capture on c4. Both players were clearly on ‘no holds barred’ fighting mode as they deliberately refrained from castling all throughout the entire opening and mid-game phases.

The position started to get ‘wild’ after the Chinese initiated an aggressive pawn push to g4 on his 10th move. A few moves later, Wesley uncharacteristically made an inferior knight capture on e4 giving White more open lines for his pieces. Sensing the imminent danger to his rather unsafe King position, Wesley decided to counter strike at once on White king’s territory via the ambitious 19...Qh4. The chess engine evaluated this move as positionally weak, but it seemed to be the most dynamic way to proceed (the merits and demerits of which are still debatable). Nonetheless, a sharp tactical struggle ensued – with White creating havoc on the queenside while Black was cleverly concocting mating threats on White’s king position.

The exciting factor was the great imbalance generated by either side’s unsafe king position. One or two slips committed by either side could spell disaster. Under severe time pressure, Wei Yi crumbled and made a couple of weak moves that allowed Wesley to tactically simplify the play into an endgame in which our boy had the quality up (rook against bishop). Finally, White’s pawns started to fall like ripe apples paving the way for the Chinese’ surrender of the Spratly’s... :D

Good luck, once again, for the remaining games.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Thank you for the nice write-up. Congrats GM Wesley So. Keep the fire burning ;)


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Wow! This is the kind of enterprising chess we sometimes yearn for. The Wei Yi – So game in the 6th round evidently kept every chess fan following it on the edge of their seats.

It opened as a Reti, and Wesley (playing Black) opted for that line of early pawn capture on c4. Both players were clearly on ‘no holds barred’ fighting mode as they deliberately refrained from castling all throughout the entire opening and mid-game phases.

The position started to get ‘wild’ after the Chinese initiated an aggressive pawn push to g4 on his 10th move. A few moves later, Wesley uncharacteristically made an inferior knight capture on e4 giving White more open lines for his pieces. Sensing the imminent danger to his rather unsafe King position, Wesley decided to counter strike at once on White king’s territory via the ambitious 19...Qh4. The chess engine evaluated this move as positionally weak, but it seemed to be the most dynamic way to proceed (the merits and demerits of which are still debatable). Nonetheless, a sharp tactical struggle ensued – with White creating havoc on the queenside while Black was cleverly concocting mating threats on White’s king position.

The exciting factor was the great imbalance generated by either side’s unsafe king position. One or two slips committed by either side could spell disaster. Under severe time pressure, Wei Yi crumbled and made a couple of weak moves that allowed Wesley to tactically simplify the play into an endgame in which our boy had the quality up (rook against bishop). Finally, White’s pawns started to fall like ripe apples paving the way for the Chinese’ surrender of the Spratly’s... :D

Good luck, once again, for the remaining games.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:43 pm 
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TheEnigma wrote:
Wow! This is the kind of enterprising chess we sometimes yearn for. The Wei Yi – So game in the 6th round evidently kept every chess fan following it on the edge of their seats.

It opened as a Reti, and Wesley (playing Black) opted for that line of early pawn capture on c4. Both players were clearly on ‘no holds barred’ fighting mode as they deliberately refrained from castling all throughout the entire opening and mid-game phases.

The position started to get ‘wild’ after the Chinese initiated an aggressive pawn push to g4 on his 10th move. A few moves later, Wesley uncharacteristically made an inferior knight capture on e4 giving White more open lines for his pieces. Sensing the imminent danger to his rather unsafe King position, Wesley decided to counter strike at once on White king’s territory via the ambitious 19...Qh4. The chess engine evaluated this move as positionally weak, but it seemed to be the most dynamic way to proceed (the merits and demerits of which are still debatable). Nonetheless, a sharp tactical struggle ensued – with White creating havoc on the queenside while Black was cleverly concocting mating threats on White’s king position.

The exciting factor was the great imbalance generated by either side’s unsafe king position. One or two slips committed by either side could spell disaster. Under severe time pressure, Wei Yi crumbled and made a couple of weak moves that allowed Wesley to tactically simplify the play into an endgame in which our boy had the quality up (rook against bishop). Finally, White’s pawns started to fall like ripe apples paving the way for the Chinese’ surrender of the Spratly’s... :D

Good luck, once again, for the remaining games.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:40 pm 
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I think Wesley gets lucky in this one, I have not studied this yet but I feel Wei Yi doesnt found the correct continuation in sustaining pressure on the exposed blacks king, maybe its time pressure but its always easier looking in as kibitzers.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:01 am 
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mamedyarov is on a roll winning his 7th round against wes' victim in the 6th, wei yi. he has 4 wins and 3 draws for a total of 5.5 points. wesley holds his ground and drew with anish giri.he is currently tied in 2nd with 4.5 points with anish giri in second, kramnik third. wes 4th and calrsen 5th. wes will play kramnik in the 8th round and he can pounce on the low morale of kramnik who lost to anand in the 7th. unfortunately, he will be playing black.

the 8th round will be interesting as the top 4 will be playing against each other (anish vs mamedyarov and wes vs. kramnik)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:32 am 
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In contrast to the previous round’s exciting game, Wesley’s 7th-round encounter with Giri proved to be an evenly contested positional battle. Essaying the White pieces, Wesley opened with his queen’s pawn, and subsequently trod along the main lines of the QGD (Queen’s Gambit Declined).

Though it’s natural for White to obtain some slight edge from this kind of opening setup, the positional gains are only minimal. During the heydays of Lasker’s and Capablanca’s prime when hypermodern theory was still in its infancy, brilliant masterpieces abound from either the White or the Black side. However, today, computers have already taught the younger generation about the nuances of positional play inherent in QGD and how to deal with the resulting pawn structures.

In any case, both players traded Queens on the 14th move, resulting in Black getting doubled b-pawns. Black’s b6 pawn appeared to be a potential weakness, but with correct play and proper understanding of the nuances of the position, Black could very well hold. Unable to exploit Black’s weakness and make any headway, Wesley resorted to repetition of moves to seal the draw.

More power on the next round...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:33 pm 
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R7 : 20 Jan : GM So, Wesley (2792) - GM Giri, Anish(2752) :  ½-½ : -0.6 : 27797.9

R8 : 21 Jan : GM Kramnik, Vladimir(2787) –  GM So, Wesley (2792) :

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:26 am 
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kramnik/wesley ended in draw while giri exacted the full point against mamedyarov. giri,mamedyarov and carlsen (who beats jones) are tied for the lead with 5.5 points. kramnik and wes also tied for 4th place.

9th round will be played on tuesday, jan 23 with wes playing svidler. hopefully, wes can get the full point to keep in step with the leaders. anish will be playing matlakov and carlsen will face anand while mamedyarov will trade wits vs kramnik


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R8 : 21 Jan : GM Kramnik, Vladimir(2787) –  GM So, Wesley (2792) :  ½-½ : -0.1 : 2797.8

Rest Day : 22 Jan

R9 : 23 Jan : GM So, Wesley (2792) - GM Svidler, Peter(2768) :

R10 : 24 Jan : GM Carlsen, Magnus(2834) –  GM So, Wesley (2792) :

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:03 pm 
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God bless and more power to you Wesley So. Hoping you can get more wins in the remaining rounds... 8) :) :angel:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:51 am 
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another draw by wes (against svidler). anish got the full point vs. matlakov.

he will be playing magnus tomorrow, jan 24. a draw would be find but if you can get the win, better. good luck, wes.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:57 am 
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Hopefully Wesley can get more wins in the remaining rounds. Praying for good health and more power for you Wes... 8) :) :angel:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:15 am 
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So is in the loosing end


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:43 am 
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I think Wes could have moved 44... Be5 threatening b2 and h2 then 45... Kg8 to defend his 2 pawns. It's not among the recommended moves but what do you think?

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R10 : 24 Jan : GM Carlsen, Magnus(2834) –  GM So, Wesley (2792) : 1-0 : -4.4 : 2793.1

Rest Day : 25 Jan

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R11 : 26 Jan : GM So, Wesley (2792) - GM Jones, Gawain(2640) :
R12 : 27 Jan : GM Anand, Viswanathan(2767) –  GM So, Wesley (2792) :
R13 : 28 Jan : GM So, Wesley (2792) - GM Hou, Yifan(2680) :

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