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Wesley So vs David Howell
World Junior Championship (2007), Yerevan ARM, rd 5, Oct-07
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-07  timhortons: 15th bishopxh6....18thknightxd5....why black refuse the exchange?can anybody with powerfull chess engine explain it?
Oct-08-07  pulsar: 15...gxh6 16.Bxh7 Kxh7 17. Qxf7+ and Re5 after the King moves is a killer...

18...cxd5 19. Qxd5 and both Black's Rook and dark colored bishop are threatened... :)

Oct-08-07  timhortons: thanks pulsar...howel 14th move is a blunder nh7....crafty gives bishop d6 on 14th move for black
Oct-08-07  Andoy: Great championship start for W So.

This game should likewise be 1-0. W So vs E Pileckis, 2007

Oct-08-07  resty: galing mo wesley! aim for the world championship!!!
Oct-12-07  pulsar: timhortons: thanks pulsar...howel 14th move is a blunder nh7....crafty gives bishop d6 on 14th move for black

>you're welcome timhortons! :)

Apr-17-08  Dindo: Pulsar, Qg6 instead of Re5 might also have a strong foundation of mating attack.
May-08-08  protossmaster12: Up to the 13th move, the two players followed the book moves up to this point.

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Then Howell (black) variated with 14. ... Nh7?. The book move was 14. ... Be6, developing the Qbishop. The game Mueller-Chevelevitch/ hamburg 2002 continued, 15. Rad1 Bd6 16. Na4 Rb8 17. b3 c5 18. c3 Bxf4 19. Qf4 Qa5, which ended in a draw. The text was a blunder, moving a developed piece away from the center.

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Wesley (white) punished him with 15. Bxh6! and Howell replied with 15. ... Ng5? that losses quickly. The kid (Wesley) loves bombarding his opponents with combinations.

Probably he should have tried 15. ... gh6!?. The game will continue as 16. Bh7+ Kh7 17. Qf7+ Kh8.

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Although the White's attack had momentarily stopped, Black with the extra piece but needs to be careful as his king is open.

May-09-08  protossmaster12: After white's 23rd move: 23. Bxe6,

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Wesley should have tried the stronger move 23. Ng4!.

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If, 23. .. Qf4 24. Qxf4 Bxf4 25. Be6 fxe6 26. Rd7! is the crusher,

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then 26. .. a5 27. g3 Bg5 28. Rd6 c5, White with advantage.

Jun-22-08  rjsolcruz: Wesley's 15 Bxh6 is magnificent! It's reminiscent of Tal who makes something out of seemingly safe positions!

I think the Philippines has another "Magician"! The first is Efren "Bata" Reyes in billiards and now Wesley for chess.

Aug-26-08  Artemi: Saludo ako sa yo Wesley! Sana masuportahan ng Gobyerno ang kampanya mo sa ibang bansa!
Jun-17-09  Whitehat1963: Brilliant game from young Wesley! Great stuff.
Dec-17-12  iking: chessbase article for this wonderful game can be seen here


Jul-31-15  iking: 18. Nd5! such a beauty.
Nov-12-15  kamagong24: bringing fire back to the 4 knight's game...

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