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Vladimir Malakhov vs Wesley So
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-02
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-09  thathwamasi: Can someone explain the win here?
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  Sastre: If <55...e2>, then for example <56.Rb1 Kd3 57.c6 Kd2 58.c7 e1=Q 59. Rxe1 Kxe1 60.c8=Q Bxc8 61.g8=Q>.

If <55...Kxc5>, then <56.Re7 Bd5 (56...Kd6 57.Rxe6+ Kxe6 58.g8=Q+) 57.Rxe3>. Black will have to sacrifice his bishop to stop White's g-pawn promoting.

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  al wazir: So's sac of the exchange was bold and it gave some good chances, but maybe 29...R5f8 would have been the better part of valor.

Where are all the fan-boys now? This was an interesting game and deserves comment.

Dec-02-09  ashalpha: I did not like 21. Bxc3 giving up the bishop pair but this was rapid. :-(...Wes was looking for counter chances but you are right al wazir the exchange sac was not needed...the fan boys are still here. Some will jump off the bandwagon but those who really think Wesley has the talent and will to compete for the world championship like me are still here....
Dec-03-09  Ryan Razo: Just a small setback. I know Wesley's going to bounce back from this loss, besides, he had gotten as far as the Round of 16. ;-)
Dec-03-09  arkansaw: He will have real chance at world championship, only after a sex change!
Dec-04-09  13stitches: <Where are all the fan-boys now? This was an interesting game and deserves comment.>

Hello <al wazir>! It is interesting to note that those who praised So(almost all are my countrymen) for sending home Ivanchuk and Kamsky suddenly were absent from kibitzing in this game when their hero kid lost. I may not be as "nationalistic" as them but So needs them commenting here despite his setback.

Al wazir, you were wrong about calling them fan-boys. You should call them "fair-weathered fan-boys". They're there when the kid won but when he lost, you won't find any post from them. Sad.

So is still young and can/will learn a lot from his losses. After all, losses are lessons to be learned in order to be great. The kid should get a very good trainer who can unleash more of his potential.

By the way, So will gain rating points from his Cup performance, right?

Dec-04-09  shintaro go: <arkansaw> And you'll have a real chance to post something intelligent only after a brain surgery.
Dec-04-09  shintaro go: <13stitches> You might want to visit the Wesley So page. All the supporters are still there. We're with him all the way.

Wesley gained 16 points from the WCC, live rating up to 2656.

Dec-04-09  johnox07: So lost because of trying hard to win. His moves starting with the sac are over ambitious. Not a mature player yet.
Dec-04-09  shintaro go: <Not a mature player yet.> Duh. 16 years old nga e.
Dec-06-09  5hrsolver: Wesley drew both of his classical games against this very strong player. Starting from round 1 that is 8 classical games against world class players where he more than held his own. And he is only 16 years old. With the proper trainer he can go very far indeed in the chess world.

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