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Hao Wang vs Joshua E Friedel
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Beverwijk Variation (C65)  ·  1-0



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Nov-22-09  briandwall: (November 20) <Tonight is the opening ceremony, and the games start tomorrow at 3 PM local time. I've never played my opponent, Wang, Hao (2708) but I've played in a few of the same tournaments, and we're pretty friendly. He's pretty sharp and aggressive, more so than most of the other Chinese players, though he's also gotten quite solid as of late. He has played many openings with both colors, so even guessing the first move will be a challenge. Wish me luck!>
Nov-22-09  kdogphs: I am thoroughly disappointed with New Hampshire's own Mr. Friedel's performance in the World Cup. Like his last game, he got two pawns down and couldn't recover.
Nov-22-09  GaeBulg: Friedel must have thought that queening would be able to hold something, but he ran outta checks in a few moves and the mating net around his own king was tightened.
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  chancho: Everybody Wang Hao tonight...

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  tpstar: <chancho> That gets my vote for the best song with the worst video. Instant headache and/or seizure, plus they're scowling the whole time. A straight-up performance video and everybody would have fun tonight.

Speculative 2-Pawn gambit by Black, although he did get lots of play with the h Pawn.

Nov-23-09  FistofPawn: Was it inferior opening preparation? For instance I am wondering, did you play 5.o-o knowing the variation? Even Bc5 seems a bit ambitious, at least from the point of view of hindsight and Rybka :)

One has the distinct impression of a well booked up opponent.

Nov-23-09  FistofPawn: Amendment, although looking at the rybka book 6.dxc looks allot easier on black then the bx variations.
Nov-23-09  s4life: <FistofPawn: Was it inferior opening preparation? >

Most likely it was the 160 point rating difference... I mean what did you expect?

Nov-24-09  FistofPawn: To say it was a rating difference is to say nothing, the question is how did the victory manifest itself?

Or How did the rating difference manifest itself?

Better opening preparation is a possible attribute of a higher rated player, but far from the only possibility.

May-12-10  Don Cossacks: Terrible battering.

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