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Baadur Jobava vs Wesley So
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-16
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1



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Jan-16-15  Marmot PFL: So describes Jobava as "imaginative", which at this level usually just means unsound. Two bishops against two knights is usually an advantage, and gets bigger as the game opens up.
Jan-16-15  SirRuthless: Wins over Jobava at this point are just cursory. The guard has left post. Santa Claus has left the north pole.
Jan-16-15  Pulo y Gata: I agree, Sir. I think Jobava is just waiting for the whole thing to be over.

At this level, if a player is off-form, he can't count on his opponent's mercy.

Jan-16-15  Gilmoy: So plays <6..Ba7> against Jobava :)
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  Domdaniel: <At this level, if a player is off-form, he can't count on his opponent's mercy.> On the other hand, as the tournament goes on, his opponents may take wins for grated - which is when they are liable to lose. I expect Jobava to pick up a win or two in the later stages of this event.
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  piltdown man: He's having a baad tournament.
Jan-16-15  whiteshark: Round 6 comment by Wesley:
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  tpstar: <Round 6 comment> Wesley likes chocolate milk!

40. Qd2 Qe2 is decisive.

Go Wesley.

Jan-17-15  Ulhumbrus: Jobova may have thought that after moves such as 7 Bd5 or 14 c4 Black would not have time to make count his bishop pair but it seems that Wesley So did. This looks like an example of enterprising but risky play which did not succeed.
Jan-17-15  lainulo: incisive analysis from Wesley. sharp as a razor blade:

Jan-18-15  kamagong24: its nice to see GM Wes' switch from attack to defense then counterattack!!!
Jan-19-15  Gallario9512: Why did White play Rxa7 at move 29?
Jan-19-15  Sally Simpson: 'Why did White play Rxa7 at move 29?'

It offered the best chances.

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White has to take the heat of f2 so played 29.Rxa7.

If 29.Rxf7 Qxf7 and amongst other things Black is threatening a Queen sac on f2 with a follow through mate.

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  thegoodanarchist: I tried to submit this for GOTD with the following pun: "The Italian Job". I got an error saying this pun was already submitted. I am thinking that it might be me who submitted it, but I cannot recall...
Apr-30-15  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Its a mystery how some puns are allowed to be submitted more than once, and even voted for; while others are blocked with the msg, as you note, "pun has already been submitted". I guess one has to be entitled


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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Its a mystery how some puns are allowed to be submitted more than once, and even voted for; while others are blocked with the msg, as you note, "pun has already been submitted". I guess one has to be entitled>

Well, you may have noticed that I once had an avatar and now I do not. I voted with my wallet on this situation you describe

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