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Wesley So vs Susanto Megaranto
Japfa Match (2008), Jakarta INA, rd 1, Apr-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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May-03-08  cdpjr16: I'd like to say congratulations to GM Wesley So, for being of winner of Dubai Open, ang also beating GM Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia, I think this is a big achievement for him. He is only 14 years old, and think at his age, he is very strong player. thanks...
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  Sally Simpson: Good game.

This postion - Black to play.

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Black played 37...Rg8(!)

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This was puzzle set here by tpstar on Wesley's page. There is a wee sneaky pete for the solver to avoid.

White can just skewer the Rook. (and why not?)

39.Qa8+ Ke7 40.Qxg8

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But there si the catch. 40...Qd1+ 41.Rc1 Qd3+ 42.Ka1 Qd2.

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The Rook has to move, Kb1 is perpetual and there is no other way to protect it. Best is 43.Rb1 Be5.

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And amazingly there is nothing White can do to stop Black from playing Bxb2+ and Qc1+ and Qc3+ a draw. (don't try 44.a3 Qd3! The threat is Qxa3 mate and Ka2 meets Qd5+ and Qb3! It's quite an incredible and instructive position.)

That was a good avoid by 14 year old Wesley so.

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Wes ignored the Rook playing 38.Nxc7! I chose 38.Kc1 (threat Rd2) which also wins due to the coming Rd2+

Wonder what the top computers choose as first choice for Black's 37th move.

It's the best practical choice. (here have a Rook). I'm doubting if any or many will go for 37..Rg8 because they will expect the best White reply.

These things will be seeing things a lot deeper than this...a lot deeper and rejecting them, in some cases over a 0.01 of an evaluation because they are always expecting what it considers is the best move.

We have got to them looking for the human plausible move.

May-16-15  coolconundrum: Thanks for pointing that out, a clever trap indeed.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi coolconundrum,

disasterion has told me Stockfish 5 suggests "resigns" as Black's best move...

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If you force it to play a move it goes for 37...Qd1+ which offers no chance at all after 38.Rc1 the Queen has to scurry back to hold c7.

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