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Wesley So vs Li Chao
"Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like Wesley" (game of the day Sep-21-2009)
3rd Singapore Masters Chess Open (2006), ASEAN Chess Academy, rd 7, Dec-29
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  1-0

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Feb-11-09  ChessEscudero: I wonder what 21...Qe7 really accomplished?
Aug-08-09  Winter: So Li Chao.

<Trans>

Sorry Chao.

Sep-21-09  horncabbage: Ciao, Chao.
Sep-21-09
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  whiteshark: Here is another,even shorter win in this line: Puc vs A Planinc, 1973
Sep-21-09  Atking: Indeed very impressive for So Wesley but Li Chao forget about the control of center.

<Winter> It took time to me to get it :( In Japanese "So-rry" could be a prime Minister

Sep-21-09
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  Peligroso Patzer: <ChessEscudero: I wonder what 21...Qe7 really accomplished?>

Although it was insufficient to save the game, that move dealt with one particular threat. In the position after 21. Qh4, White threatened 22. Nxf6+ Kg7 (22. ... Kh8 23. Qxh6#) 23. Nh5+ winning the Queen. The move 21. ... Qe7 put the Queen on a defended square.

Sep-21-09  mack: Pfff.
Sep-21-09
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  Richard Taylor: A prepared line of course, but a very good positional sac.
Sep-21-09
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  kevin86: Black is sealed off-mate will follow.
Sep-21-09  YouRang: "Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like Wesley"

Is there some sense in which this even qualifies as a 'pun'?

Sep-21-09  melianis: "Force towards shèji."
Sep-21-09  YouRang: Well, nevermind. I guess "Wesley" loosely rhymes with "a bee". :-\
Sep-21-09  zdigyigy: white pawns on e4 and f4 are strong.
Sep-21-09
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  Peligroso Patzer: Here are a few light notes on this game:

So,Wesley - Li,Chao
3rd Singapore Masters Chess Open 2006
ASEAN Chess Academy, 29.12.2006

< 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Re8 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 Rb8 11.f4 Be7 12.b3 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 Bd4 14.Ne2! Bxa1 15.Qxa1± d6 16.Ng3> [Better: 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Rb4 (If 17...g5 18.exf6 gxh4 19.Qc1 and White wins.) 18.Be1 Nd5 19.Bxb4] <16...Re6 17.f5?!> [The best move was still 17.e5; for example: 17. ... dxe5 18.fxe5 g5 19.Bxg5 hxg5 20.exf6 with a clear advantage.] <17...Re5= 18.Nh5 Kh7 19.Qe1 d5?> [Black unwisely removes one of the defenders of the dark squares. Better would have been 19...Qh8 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Qh4 Kg8±.] <20.Bxf6! gxf6 21.Qh4 Qe7> [Not the best, but it hardly matters now.] <22.Qg3> and <BLACK RESIGNS.> 1-0

It would be hopeless to continue with: 22...Qf8 23.Nxf6+ Kh8 24.Qxe5 and White goes up a piece whilst retaining the attack.

Sep-21-09
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  ajk68: <Atking>: It's not clear to me that the loss of control of the center was the deciding factor. This was pretty much a flank attack initiated by the pin on the knight.
Sep-21-09  ajile: lol

some pretty horrible play by Black

Sep-21-09  WhiteRook48: not to mention some discovered check at the end
Sep-22-09  SugarDom: "Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee" is a famous quote by the "greatest" Muhammad Ali...

Just recently, it was used by Lightning McQueen of Disney's Car fame...

In this game Li Chao was really stung by Wesley So. The game ends in 22 moves...

"A Bee" rhymes with Wesley, replace the same and voila..you've got the game of the day....

Sep-23-09  SugarDom: The opening till the 4th move is shaped like a butterfly too...

Ok, that's going too much...hehe...

May-13-10  iking: <Richard Taylor: A prepared line of course, but a very good positional sac.>

i doubt that a twelve years old boy could prepare such an intricate, and very inviting sacrifice of rook and mount a kingside attack. Just my two cents of course.

Nov-18-11  iking: <Peligroso Patzer: <ChessEscudero: I wonder what 21...Qe7 really accomplished?> Although it was insufficient to save the game, that move dealt with one particular threat. In the position after 21. Qh4, White threatened 22. Nxf6+ Kg7 (22. ... Kh8 23. Qxh6#) 23. Nh5+ winning the Queen. The move 21. ... Qe7 put the Queen on a defended square. >

What if 21 .... Qh8?


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does Black have the chance to survive?

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Aug-14-13  iking: <Atking: Indeed very impressive for So Wesley but Li Chao forget about the control of center.> .... the knight did the trick for Wesley.
Sep-06-14  MarkFinan: <<"Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee" is a famous quote by the "greatest" Muhammad Ali... Just recently, it was used by Lightning McQueen of Disney's Car fame...

In this game Li Chao was really stung by Wesley So. The game ends in 22 moves...

"A Bee" rhymes with Wesley, replace the same and voila..you've got the game of the day....>>

That's what I thought too!? Anyway, the game is pretty poor and I don't get the logic behind white swapping off the a1 rook for a bishop even though it paid off. I guess it's just a game between two (or 1!) very good kids, but in comparison to Carlsen's games at this age there's a world of difference. Guess that's why he's WCC now. ✌

Nov-12-15  kamagong24: another Four Knights gem by So
Dec-03-21  Whitehat1963: I love this possible finish:

2...Qf8 23. Nxf6+ Kh8 24. Qxe5 Qg7 25. Qe8+ Qg8 26. Qxg8#.

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