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Luke McShane vs Wesley So
"How the Wes was Won" (game of the day Nov-07-2014)
Tata Steel Group B (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-11  luzhin: Played in the style of Tal by McShane - and not just in the choice of opening variation. The sac with 16.Bxc4 is unsound -- but So cracked on move 24 (Qd6?) when he gave back the piece.After that McShane was relentless: 41.Rg5+ Kh6 42.Qd1 would be the execution.
Jan-29-11  Marmot PFL: They said that So resigned without even waiting for white's reply. He should never do that. Mates in one have been overlooked even in grandmaster play.
Jan-29-11  borginburks: glory glory luke mcshane!just like luzhin said.in the style of tal!!!he's the one that deserves to win this and play in group A next year.he proved he's competitive on this level on the london chess classic

p.s. i am glad that the caro can't was demolished once more :)

Jan-29-11  jerry crus: Tal, i dont think so..he was losing until wesley blundered on move 24 (Qd6?) . Tal atacking style is perfect nobody compared to him
Jan-29-11  sevenseaman: Good enough for a Tuesday puzzle.
Jan-30-11  iking: Analysis by Houdini 1.5a w32:

1. (-1.37): 25.dxc6 bxc6 26.Rd1 Rxd1 27.Qxd1 Qd3 28.Qa4 Qd6 29.Qf4+ Nf6 30.Bd5 Qb8 31.Bxc6 Qb1+ 32.Kh2 Kg8 33.f3 Qb6 34.Bb5 Kh7 35.Qc4 Qd6 36.Qc5 Qxc5 37.Rxc5 Ne8 38.Bd7 a6 39.Rc6 Bf7

2. (-1.79): 25.Re3 Qd6 26.dxc6 bxc6 27.Qa5 Re8 28.Rce1 Bf7 29.Bxf7 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 Kxf7 31.Qxa7+ Ne7 32.a4 c5 33.a5 c4 34.Qb7 Re6 35.Qf3+ Kg8 36.Kf1 Rxe3 37.Qxe3 Ng6 38.g3 Qd1+ 39.Qe1 Qd3+ 40.Kg1 c3 41.a6 Qxa6 42.Qxc3 Qb5 43.Qf3 Ne7 44.Qe4

3. (-1.98): 25.Rc4 Qd6 26.dxc6 bxc6 27.Qc3 Be8 28.Rce4 Nf6 29.Re1 Bf7 30.Bxf7 Kxf7 31.g3 Kg8 32.Re6 Qd2 33.Qxc6 Qxa2 34.Qc7 Rd7 35.Qc5 Rd2

4. (-2.00): 25.g3 Bf7 26.Re3 Qd6 27.Bxf7 Kxf7 28.dxc6 bxc6 29.Qe2 Nf6 30.Qf3 c5 31.Qf5 Kg8 32.Qxc5 Ng4 33.Re7 Qxc5 34.Rxc5 Rf6 35.Re2 Rdf8 36.f4 Rf5 37.Rc7 R8f7 38.Ree7 Rxe7

5. (-2.22): 25.Qd2 Nf6 26.Qf4 Qd6 27.dxc6 bxc6 28.g3 Re8 29.Rce1 Bf7 30.Bxf7 Rxe5 31.Rxe5 Kxf7 32.Qc4+ Nd5 33.Qe2 Kg8 34.Rxh5 Re6 35.Qa6 Re1+ 36.Kh2 Nf6 37.Qc4+ Qe6

Jan-30-11  bubuli55: As so many have seen the logical 24...Nf6, that 24...Qd6 still keeps Black ahead with 26...Kh7 instead of 26...Rh6
Jan-30-11  wordfunph: GM Luke McShane was quoted..

"...today was a crazy game. I mean I sacrifice a piece, it wasn't entirely intentional but I didn't have much choice and I had to just try for my chances. At some point, he made a blunder under a lot of pressure."

Jan-30-11  kellmano: <jerry crus: Tal, i dont think so..he was losing until wesley blundered on move 24 (Qd6?)>

That's exactly the point. By Tal's own admission his sacrifices were largely unsound, but he still won because chess is a deep enough game for people to make mistakes in positions where their opponents have all the pressure.

Bravo MacShane. He will be a good addition to the A group. No whipping boy - that's for sure.

Jan-30-11  FISCHERboy: Nice win by McShane. Carlsen is right, this guy is underrated!
Jan-30-11  20MovesAhead: all in all a so-so game by the gr8 Wesley
Jan-30-11  pulsar: Luke here had more faith than his biblical namesake. 16.Bxc4 took guts and some other internal organs.
Jan-31-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Loose Pieces Drop Off (LPDO)!
Mar-24-11  notyetagm: https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i...
May-11-11  Nina Myers: So that is some progress at least.
Nov-05-11  Six66timesGenius: <"...today was a crazy game. I mean I sacrifice a piece, it
wasn't entirely intentional but
I didn't have much choice and I
had to just try for my
chances. At some point, he
made a blunder under a lot of
pressure.">
Nov-07-14  morfishine: I would like to see the Tal quote where he admitted his sacrifices were "largely unsound". I don't think this exists in literal form
Nov-07-14  celtrusco: <luzhin><...After that McShane was relentless: 41.Rg5+ Kh6 42.Qd1 would be the execution.>

Luzhin, you are right .
Another variants : 41- Rg5+ Kh8; 42-Qd8+ Kh7; 43- Qg8+ Kh6; 44- Qh8+ Rh7; 45-Qf8+ Rg7; 46-Qg7++

Or 41-...Kf6; 42- Rg6+ is enough.

Or 41- Rg5+ Kf8; 42-Qd8+ Qe8; 43-Rg8+ Kg8; 44-Qe8+

Faster or slower, white will win the game.

Nov-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: oops, I did it again!
Nov-07-14  Gryz: <I would like to see the Tal quote> Check out this page:
http://www.chessquotes.com/player-tal

Third quote:
<There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine.>

Nov-07-14  Rookiepawn: <Gryz: <I would like to see the Tal quote> Check out this page: http://www.chessquotes.com/player-tal
Third quote:
<There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine.>>

True, but Tal's modesty and elegant reject of bragging was well known. The vast majority of his sacs were deemed "unsound" after years of analysis by both brains and engines.

I wish I could be that "unsound"!

Nov-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Tal understated the essence of his sacrifices rather cleverly:

"months of analysis and minutes over the board are not quite the same".

Nov-07-14  morfishine: I've seen that quote by Tal and obviously it has to be taken as "tongue in cheek".

On the flip-side, I'm reminded of a quote where a GM states "If Tal sacs a piece, you may as well play on; he may sacrifice another, and well, you never know; However, if Spassky sacrifices a piece, you might as well resign right then and there"

*****

Oct-18-19  Kapmigs: Congratulations to McShane

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