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Wesley So vs Gadir Guseinov
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-21
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  1-0

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Nov-23-09  SamAtoms1980: Oh my gosh, did GM Wes really open a game with 1.d4?

IMO we will see more of this in Corus B since it worked here so well.

Nov-23-09  radicalcation: <SamAtoms1980: Oh my gosh, did GM Wes really open a game with 1.d4? IMO we will see more of this in Corus B since it worked here so well.>

GM So started opening with d4 at SPICE Cup last September but this was his first victory. He has been expanding his opening repertoire because he ascribes recent subpar performances to to being a predictable e4 player.

Dec-01-09  CodenameAdidas: Manny Wesley is Next of Manny Pacman..
Manny Wesley is for Win ^^
Dec-03-09  visayanbraindoctor: IMO this is a more impressive win by GM So than his victories over Ivanchuk and Kamsky. In the latter two games, it was more of GM So making Ivanchuk and Kamsky pay for their dubious coffee-house tactics (undoubtedly spurred on by overconfidence). Here, he masterfully constricts Guseinov from the opening bell until his opponent gasps his last by the time the ending has arrived.
Dec-03-09  metspride07: hey guys, after 13: qe2 why cant black play bxf2 check? am i missing something?
Dec-03-09
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  Sastre: <hey guys, after 13: qe2 why cant black play bxf2 check? am i missing something?>.

Perhaps Black feared the opening of the f-file e.g. <12...Bxf2+ 13.Rxf2 Qxe2 14.Rxe2>. Black has to deal with the threat of <14.Nb5>, so maybe <14...Bd7> or alternatively <14...a6>. White could then double rooks on the e-file with <15.Rae1>. Though a pawn down, White would hava grip on the position, threatening to play <16.Re7>. Black would still be behind in development.

Alternatively, if Black doesn't exchange Queens with <13...Qd8>, then perhaps <14.Raf1> with the idea of <15.Ng5>. If <14...Nbd7>, then <15.Nb5>. Again, Black would be suffering from a lack of devlopment whilst White would have the initiative.

Feb-01-10  radicalcation: I was corrected about when exactly GM So started using d4 for his opening move. Though he started playing it regularly at SPICE CUP 2009, he apparently first used it at the Vietnam Zonals 2009 (Zone 3.3), where he finished 2nd to Darwin Laylo to qualify for the WCC 2009.

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