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Wesley So vs Gata Kamsky
US Chess Championship (2016), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-14
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Apr-15-16  iking: nice analysis <Sally Simpson> ....
Apr-15-16  MCDreamz: 1. e4!?
Apr-15-16  ambongtumbong: may kaibigan pala na pinoy si Gata!! ok ahh??
Apr-15-16  MCDreamz: The exclamation and question marks on white's first move were Gata's comments.
Apr-15-16  ambongtumbong: thanks <MCDreamz> on your deep analysis!! I agree!! Gata have surely said.. !?
Apr-15-16  kamagong24: <iking: 22. Nhf5 .. nifty move ... how many minutes did Wesley spent on this Knight sac?>

just stumbled on this; it took Wesley 5 mins

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  HeMateMe: strange to see Gata lose so convincingly.
Apr-15-16  MCDreamz: Ambong, Gata was expecting 1. d4.
Apr-15-16  Sokrates: <iking: nice analysis <Sally Simpson> ....> - yeah well done, Mr Chandler.
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  tamar: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Apr-15-16  Howard: STILL WISH that Kamsky would cut his hair, but I guess that's his business.
Apr-15-16  john barleycorn: <Howard: STILL WISH that Kamsky would cut his hair, but I guess that's his business.>

Well, I hope he will ask a professional hairdresser and not do it himself. (or have daddy Rustam do it)

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  HeMateMe: I think he kind of looks like one of the Ruttles. Or, Moe from the Stooges. Either way it's better than that zek buzz cut he had before.
Apr-15-16  not not: i dono how u submit puns here but my first thought was

You are so So!

Apr-15-16  castleguy12: ok another pun is coming! "So Lopez"
Apr-15-16  Moszkowski012273: The immediate 24.d5... looks a bit stronger.
Apr-16-16  STEVE8562: how does u mate from here anyone
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  offramp: <Apr-16-16 STEVE8562: how does u mate from here anyone>

Here is a possible continuation.
28. g4

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28...Nb6 29. g5 Qh8 30. Nxe7 cxd5 31. exd5+ Kg7 32. Qe3 Nc4 33.Qf3

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33...Nc7 34. Qf6+ Kf8 35. Ng6+ Kg8 36. Qxh8#

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Almost none of that is forced. In the game's final position after 28.g4 So is soon going to be a rook up. That is a lot of material at this high level of chess and So would have many ways to win the game.

Apr-17-16  morfishine: Wow, that murky word "Theory" is used at least 7-times (not counting posts by those I have on ignore, which is considerable)

For such an off-used eloquent word, which for the most part appears to be used to create the illusion of credibility and expertise by the user[and nothing more], I still have no idea what it means...


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  mjmorri: Opening: Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid
Hmmm... That usually means Black did not quite know what to do.
Apr-25-16  Shams: <mjmorri> For some reason chessgames uses that description for a lot of mainline Breyers like this one.
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[Fritz 10]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bd2 Bg7 17. a4 [Last book move Opening Explorer ] c6 18. axb5 axb5 19. Rxa8 Qxa8 20. Nh4 Qd8 [20 ... exd4 21. cxd4 c5 22. d5 =] 21. Qc1 [ ] Kh7 22. Nhf5 gxf5 23. Nxf5 ["the knight is the knight!"] Re6 24. Bxh6 [24. d5 cxd5 25. exd5 Nxd5 (25 ... Bxd5? 26. Bxh6 Ne4 27. Bxg7 ) Nxd6+ Kg8 27. Nxb7 Qc7 ] Ne8 25. Bg5 Bf6?? [25 ... Qa8= was possible] 26. Bxf6 [ ] Qxf6 [26 ... Nexf6?? 27. Qh6+ Kg8 28. Qg7#] 27. d5! [An unexpected blow] Re7 [27 ... cxd5 28. exd5 Combination] 28. g4 1-0.

Wesley So placed three games in the Top Ten during a spectacular breakout year where he skyrocketed to the top. His success sends a strong message throughout the chess world: prodigies should come over to the US immediately. His rapid ascent is also a direct repudiation of his former entourage, specifically the Wesley So Fan Cult who caused So much pain and suffering on his page in 2009 and beyond. Except the BW Hardcore group never closed their Facebook page, and <rusticbull> never shut off his blog, leaving that legacy of damage right there. I had everything all figured out, then after the Great Banishment of May 2015, it wasn't needed. For the record, at least one person's place in chess history is secure - as leader of the anti-Wesley faction.

A Ruy Knight is a fierce beast on f5 playing point for attacking the Black King. Trying to dislodge it with ... g6 weakens Black's Kingside and/or leads to tactics on h6 and/or allows White to advance h4-h5 opening lines. Here Wesley sacrificed a piece to gain a powerful Ruy Knight (22. Nhf5 gxf5 23. Nxf5) which later won material after a defensive lapse by Black (25 ... Bf6??). See how the Ruy Knight creates a mate threat in the variation 26 ... Nexf6?? 27. Qh6+ Kg8 28. Qg7#, a mating pattern which also shows up in the Sicilian Dragon. Black has no defense to 29. g5 winning the Re7.

As a junior, I played the Ruy Lopez Anderssen (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3) which got me safely out of the opening with a quiet but playable position, while sidestepping all that massive theory. I often played Nbd2 & Nf1 & Ng3 before castling, which typically produced a Ruy Knight at f5 based on Black's play. Many times Black would punish me for this passive system with an early ... d5 & ... d4, yet that advance didn't really cause problems as I could play around it due to the closed center. Several of my early games featured a Kingside attack with my Queen, Queen Bishop and Queen Knight (usually on f5) working together, where it became Automatic = T Palmer vs L Maring, 1984

Go Wesley!

Mar-31-17  SirRuthless: Wow this is one of the worst positions I have ever seen Kamsky find himself in with more material than his opponent if we count Bs as 3. Great game by the young Wesley So. Total positional domination.
Mar-31-17  WorstPlayerEver: 21...Nh7
Apr-08-17  N0B0DY: <tamar: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.>

If <N0B0DY> expects the Spanish Inquisition... then who were their mothers?

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