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Wesley So vs Vladimir Malakhov
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-02
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Dec-02-09  computer chess guy: 56. Kd3? loses - White should have just played Kf3, inviting a repetition draw with .. Nf2+.
Dec-02-09  JonathanJ: i think white needed to win here.
Dec-02-09  Billy Vaughan: This is the second time in a row Malakhov won in the rapid phase with three games in a row.
Dec-02-09  pride0fpunta: For GM Wesley So,from your 1st rapid game Instead of 13.e6(?) why dont you move 13.Bc4 ?Please kibitz.
Dec-02-09  danitz: pride0fpunta: For GM Wesley So,from your 1st rapid game Instead of 13.e6(?) why dont you move 13.Bc4 ?Please kibitz.

Shouldn't it be better if you posted this on the game you are referring to?

Dec-02-09  ashalpha: Wesley tried too hard to win in a drawn position, a product of our win at all costs culture in the Philippines which though admirable in some cases also leads to losses in drawn positions. This is I believe the second rapid game, a draw here was not a disaster. The blunder 56. Kd3? was.
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  HeMateMe: <ashalpha: Wesley tried too hard to win in a drawn position, a product of our win at all costs culture in the Philippines>

I'd never heard about this, in print or on TV. Sounds interesting. Can you give specific examples? Is what your describing a sort of reaction against being near economic and military giants like Japan and China? I'm just guessing. Those of us in North America, for the most part, have been lucky in having never been invaded (except for the War of 1812) and have to work harder to gain the perspectives of those in the third world.

Dec-03-09  mod777: it is an easy draw for white but he needed to win here
Dec-03-09  bakit: i like 49.g5+ middle pawns exchange with white king closer to a pawns. but still may end in draw
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  HeMateMe: i guess patience if pretty important in these situations. So can draw, but then he's down, what, 2 losses, with one draw? Frustration must have got the best of him.
Dec-03-09  shintaro go: Wesley would have easily drawn this game but he didn't take the repetition as he needed to win. As noted by many, the talent is there. It is only a matter of honing and polishing the other technical aspects of his game before he can really make an impact against world class players. But he'll get there. He's only 16. The future looks very bright.
Dec-06-09  ashalpha: At this game, he was only down 1-0 HehateMe. After he lost this game, he was in bad shape down 2-0 needing to win with Black just to stay in the World Cup. It is more of a cultural mindset as a result of the corruption in the Marcos Regime and the reason why corruption is still so rampant. Chess-wise, Fisher made a big impression with his win-at-all costs attitude.

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