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Wesley So vs Boris Gelfand
Tata Steel Masters (2014), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-14  MarkFinan: I meant qxd3!!
Jan-17-14  Pulo y Gata:
Jan-17-14  cro777: In the position after 20.Qxb6

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according to Wesley, the correct move was 20...Qa6

20...Qa6 21.Qxa6 Rxa6 22.b3

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Jan-17-14  Pulo y Gata: <Mark> I usually don't look at engine evals when watching games, so I didn't check it. I used that link only to watch the interviews/analysis in the live video. Some useful insights there.
Jan-17-14  Ed Frank: Wesley the pit viper.
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  tamar: Yet another game where Wesley So grows stronger as play goes on.

I think Gelfand had to play 21...c4, and try to mess up White's pawn structure.

21...Rb8 is a very uncharacteristic move for Boris. He must have thought his...Qg6-c2 was counterplay, but it is was easily parried.

Jan-17-14  MarkFinan: Pulo.. Wes Wes just spoke to me on his player page! But you know I've always liked him, haha.. Nah, he seems a very nice young lad, very talented of course, but sugardom, Hatsis, the guy with 294 accounts?? Doesn't look good on So himself. If those people weren't so horrible (to put it nicely!) he'd probably have more people rooting for him.. I've always said that.. People want So to lose just so they can gloat to the aforementioned "lovely people!"

Jan-17-14  haydn20: In hindsight, Black has to stop the Qside excursion and after 20...Qa6 21. Qxa6 Rxa6 22. b3 White will have to prove he actually has something. But I can understand how Black might feel he has an initiative and can't give it up--only to find White has everything covered.
Jan-17-14  MarkFinan: Very clever kingside play by white, coupled with very poor king *and* queenside play by black.. This is an old football analogy but it rings true with this game...

"You can have a bad day at the back (defense for our American cousins!) and get away with it. You can have a bad day up front (Offense for our American cousins!) and get away with a result... But you *can't* have a bad day in both and come away with a result!".

And that sums this game up perfectly. Gelfand did nothing right but So did everything right. He had a bad day in attack and defence, and you can't do that without being punished at this level.

Jan-17-14  checkmateyourmove: Fascinating opening by Mr. So, I enjoy off beat openings at the highest level.
Jan-17-14  mrbasso: This is not offbeat. 3...e5 once was very popular but it always looked suspicous.
Jan-17-14  chessguru1: Black's Queen moves are questionable. At move 12.axb5, better is 12.Qxb6 then at 24....Qc2(?) better is Qe8. Too many queen moves on the b1-h7 diagonal. The position after white's Rf1 is like a zugzwang for black. After white's Rxb7, the a pawn is becoming very dangerous. So black's resignation at move 29(!) is in order. But this is just an armchair warrior's opinion. :)
Jan-17-14  cro777: "The opening was interesting with 8.Qd2 being an idea So thought of over the board rather than the normal 8.f3 and the players slowed down a lot and time trouble was a factor for both players." (Mark Crowther)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Bc4 Be7 5. d3 Nf6 6. Nd2 d6 7. Nf1 Bg4

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The main move here is 8.f3 but Wesley wanted to avoid pawn weaknesses in his position.

The idea to play 8.Qd2 came to him over the board. But this move has been tried before. Black's usual answer was 8...0-0. Gelfand opted for 8...Nd7 as occurred in the game Inarkiev - Roiz (Aeroflot, Moscow 2003).

8. Qd2 Nd7 9. Nd5 O-O 10. c3 Be6 11. Qc2 Nb6 12. Nxb6 axb6

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With slightly different move order, the same position occurred in the game Inarkiev - Roiz which soon ended in a draw (at move 18).

The position is approximately equal, but Wesley's strategy in this tournament is to push with the white pieces.

Jan-17-14  SirRuthless: I really enjoyed the utter strangling that Wesley did to Boris today. He is beating the the players you need to beat and drawing the games he needs to draw in order to have a chance to win the event. Very nice.
Jan-17-14  prensdepens: This is `Sicilian Defense So attack'
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  kingscrusher: Qd2 is preferred by Houdini 4 at high depth :

W So - B Gelfand, Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee NED 2014

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Analysis by Houdini 4 x64:

1. = (0.06): 8.Qd2 Be6 9.Ne3 0-0 10.0-0 Nd7 11.a4 Bg5 12.Qd1 Bxe3 13.Bxe3 a6 14.Nd5 Nb6 15.Nxb6 Qxb6 16.b3 Qc7 17.c3 Qe7 18.Qd2 h6 19.Rad1 Rad8 20.h3 Qh4 21.f3 Bxc4 22.dxc4 2. = (0.02): 8.f3 Be6 9.Ne3 0-0 10.0-0 Nh5 11.g3 Nf6 12.a3 Qd7 13.Ncd5 Rab8 14.c3 b5 15.Ba2 h5 16.Qe2 h4 17.Bd2 a5 18.f4 Bh3 19.Rfe1 a4 20.Nxe7+ Nxe7 21.fxe5 dxe5

(Doe, 18.01.2014)

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K

Jan-20-14  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 11...Nb6, 11...f5 seems consistent, otherwise why did Black defend against White's KB on the a2-g8 diagonal by 10...Be6?
Jan-20-14  mrbasso: 11...f5 might be consistent but it doesn't work.
Jan-21-14  Ulhumbrus: <mrbasso: 11...f5 might be consistent but it doesn't work.> Having looked at it again in the light of your remark, I think that you are right eg 11...f5 12 ef Bxf5 13 Nxe7 discovered double check or 11...f5 12 ed Rxf5 13 Ne3
May-15-14  Kindzero: I'veSeenBorisMakeTooManyPoorQueenMovesInTooManyG-
Oct-23-14  iking: winning bigtime ...
Aug-24-21  cormier: SF Depth 38

0.00 20....Rfb8 21.Bc1 Qa6 22.Qxa6 Rxa6 23.Rd7 Rxa4 24.Ke2 Kg8 25.Rhd1 Bf8 26.Nf1 b5 27.Rc7 Na5 28.Nd2 Ra8

+0.09 20....e4 21.Bc1 Qa6 22.Qxa6 Rxa6 23.Rd7 Rxa4 24.Rxb7 Ne5 25.O-O Bd8 26.b4 Nd3 27.Nc4 cxb4 28.cxb4 Rxb4

Aug-24-21  cormier: SF Depth 43

+0.09 21....c4 22.O-O cxb3 23.Qxb3 Qxa4 24.Qxe6 Rad8 25.Bc1 Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Bc5 27.Rf1 b6 28.Qc4 Ra8 29.Qxa4 Rxa4

Aug-24-21  cormier: SF Depth 43

+1.67 22.O-O Rfd8 23.Bc1 Rd3 24.Qb5 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Qb1 26.h3 e4 27.Ba3 Qa2 28.Bxc5 Bxc5 29.Qxc5 Qxb3 30.Rd6

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