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Wesley So vs Eltaj Safarli
Aeroflot Open (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Castling line (C86)  ·  0-1



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Feb-21-09  brucejavier: ouch, GM Wesley So really did get smashed in this game...
Feb-21-09  shintaro go: It was a bad game by Wesley. I don't remember him playing the Worrall Attack before in the Ruy so I think the opening did him in this game. Safarli played really well.
Feb-22-09  notyetagm: 23 ... ?

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23 ... ♕b6-e6! <queen fork: g4,e1>

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Safarli's 23 ... ♕b6-e6! <QUEEN FORK> <FORKS> the 1-1 <LOOSE> g4-pinning square and the 1-1 <LOOSE> e1-back rank mating square.

23 ... ♕b6-e6! is a lovely example of a <DOUBLE ATTACK> against two <EMPTY SQUARES>.

Feb-22-09  muradov: Where are the So fans? Get outta here :)
Feb-22-09  timhortons: GM Filippov, Anton-2556- win
IM Pankratov, Pavel-2557- loss
IM Kosintseva, Tatiana-2497- win
GM Grigoriants, Sergey-2565-draw
GM Safari, Eltaj 2564-loss(junior)
GM Sju Girov, Sanan-2562-draw(junior)

rating average of opponent is elo 2550 going to 6th round.

TPR after round 6 is 2548.

Now these aeroflot 2009 is not the end of the world for these 15 year old boy.

hes just playing bad. that's it. he play better than these one.

Goin from one tourney to another,Fatigue takes its toll.

Feb-22-09  notyetagm: <timhortons> And Aeroflot has many underrated, strong Russian GMs and IMs.

You can ask Van Wely about that. :-)

Feb-22-09  timhortons: <notyetagm >pankratov win against wesley and tigrano is lousy, both guys are not just playing well, 2 game won by so is just won by luck,hes not himself in these tourney, nothing is special with these pankratov guy, moiseenko just crushed him simply.

These is not the wesley so that play at corus, these is my own personal opinion, corus c just drain his energy,authorities of philippine chess give his ticket for corus at the last minute, the boy is not sure if hes joining these one, beside he attend schools back home,the gap of corus and aero is just a week.Hes just too tired fot it.

Feb-22-09  timhortons: <notyetagm> theres still room for improvement.

caruana, indian junior masters and the rest of top class junior are enjoying the benifit of seconds and coaches in there game, wesley push himself alone till corus, hes type of defense and opening is even predictable each game.Now you cant compete with carjuana and the rest of top class junior if youre training is not at par with them, thats what we lobby here at his page,that philippine chess must provide him a world class training, some member of wesley so page start contrbuting money for it.

These are some of the realities that must be taken up into consideration.

Nnow regarding these aeroflot, were not blaming luck of coach or second for these subpar performance, fatigue factor is just creeping in and pulling down in his games, he cant win corus c, dubai tourney, and a gold medal in ist asian club competition if hes performing like these consistently, these is the worst we have seen and we know the reason for it.

Feb-22-09  KERESOV: Definitely not a good opening choice as GM Wesley So is avoiding possible preparation against him, but then he ventured into unknown territory that he is less familiar with. The hallmark of this young Pinoy GM is his uncanny ability to wiggle himself out of any position ... only this time his high sense of danger eluded him. It's probably better for him to essay the same Ruy Lopez lines he played in Corus and previous rounds where even if his opponents find any improvement the worst that could happen is a draw, it is obvious that fatigue finally reared it's ugly head. Inspite of this, he's always been the comeback kid from the Phillipines and all of us Filipinos believe in him and in full support of his campaign. He's a fighter he can still pull himself together and fight back like an injured lion. Beware next round opponents !!! this young GM has a strong will to win ... he will most likely demolished his adversaries in the next coming rounds.
Feb-22-09  Libispusher: 21...Qb6 was a very good stealth move by black (instead of the less subtle, engine-recommended 21...Qf6) preparing to seize control of the e-file and the long white diagonal.

White had to play 23.Qf5 to contest this but still had to face an arduous task of maintaining equilibrium with his acutely uncoordinated heavy pieces.

White obviously overlooked the potential threats and instead played the lemon Qg3.

Feb-22-09  wouldpusher: I believe 22. f3 would have held the position. Same thing with the 24th move: 24. f3} or (24. ♔f1 should be safe.
Feb-23-09  ChessEscudero: I've never seen Wesley played this bad before... it's Soooo Unwesley!
Feb-23-09  Bradah: I think Wesley is just tired and cold. When someone is not comfortable with environment, every mood and feelings changes. Brain activities changes as well. He is not acclimated to the weather, let alone, there was no rest prior to the games. Next time around, I will guarantee he will be better and well prepared not for the game because he already got IT but the environment. Try to go to a very cold place if you are from a hot place and you will exactly know what I am talking about. It work vice versa. I agree, he could have done better in this game but he is only human. No one is perfect.
Feb-23-09  zanshin: When we were following the game live, I mentioned that Rybka had found a sacrifice for Black at move 20, which I re-create here:

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I'm also showing the last ply that includes the move played (Nxg4).

[-1.11] d=15 20...Nxe4 21.dxe4 Rxe4 22.Qg3 Bd6 23.f4 Kh8 24.Bb1 d3 25.Ra2 Qe7 26.Rf2 Re8 27.Ne5 Bxe5 28.fxe5 Rxe5 29.Bd2 Bd5 (0:01.51) 13002kN


[-0.46] d=12 20...Nxg4 21.Qxg4 Qf6 22.Bf4 Rad8 23.Qg3 c3 24.Re1 g6 25.h3 Ra8 (0:00.09) 825kN

Feb-24-09  PAWNTOEFOUR: GM SO just left his 'comfort' zone..he'll bounce right back and provide the chess world with plenty of thrills in the future...he's going to be one of the great ones
May-12-11  Nina Myers: So remember what I've told you.
Mar-12-22  Saniyat24: So suffering...!

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