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Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs Wesley So
"Frayed So" (game of the day May-18-2019)
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019), Moscow RUS, rd 1, May-17
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0



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May-17-19  Pulo y Gata: This great game deserves a quote---

“Loss invites reflection and reformulating and a change of strategies. Loss hurts and bleeds and aches. Loss is always ready to call out your name in the night. Loss follows you home and taunts you at the breakfast table, follows you to work in the morning. You have to make accommodations and broker deals to soften the rabbit punches that loss brings to your daily life. You have to take the word "loser" and add it to your resume and walk around with it on your name tag as it hand-feeds you your own @#$% in dosages too large for even great beasts to swallow. The word "loser" follows you, bird-dogs you, sniffs you out of whatever fields you hide in because you have to face things clearly and you cannot turn away from what is true.” ― Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

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  HeMateMe: why doesn't white play 12.g4 to break the pin on the knight, and then NxP(e5)? He seems to cleanly win material?
May-17-19  epistle: coz it weakens white's kingside and the black queen could go to h4 later and then ...f5
May-18-19  andrewjsacks: Excellent pun.
May-18-19  amadeus: After 12.g4 Bg6 13.Nxe5, 13...Bxf2+ 14.Kxf2 Qh4+ seems pretty nasty.
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  piltdown man: Marvellous pun.
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  tpstar: 6 ... d5 is an early break aiming to give Black more active play compared to the Old Stodge line 6 ... d6 Opening Explorer and then White plays for d3-d4 while Black plays for ... d6-d5. One drawback is how the half-open e file leads to Re1 attacking the Pe5. So used this variation before with success Anand vs W So, 2017 but something went wrong as White won a Pawn after 13. Ng3 Bg6 14. Nxe5 and Black had no compensation.

25 ... Bd1?? 26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27. Qxd1.

25 ... Bc4 26. Re4 threatens the Bishop along with the Discovery 27. Ng6+.

Black would probably have to endure 25 ... Rxe2 26. Qxe2 Bd5 27. Nxd5 cxd5 28. Qb5 losing a second Pawn.

Go Wesley!

May-18-19  goodevans: I followed this game yesterday and it seemed to me that rather than any outright blunders, So was punished for playing too many timid and ineffectual moves. Moves like <10...Kh8>, <12...Ba7> and <16...c6>. None of them dreadful howlers, just too passive when more energetic options were available.
May-18-19  wordfunph: <goodevans: So was punished for playing too many timid and ineffectual moves>

you hit the nail on the head.

May-18-19  Eyal: So fell in the opening for a kind of move-order trick. In the position reached after 9...Bg4 the usual continuation is 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nbd2, to which Black have responded in top-level games with either 11...f6 (as in M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2017 ) or 11...Nb6 (as So himself did in Anand vs W So, 2017).

10.Nbd2 is less forcing than h3, and now 10...f6 (to support e5) isn't so good because of Qb3 - the point being that with the bishop still on g4 there's no Bf7 (and in case of Be6 the bishop is in a vulnerable position to d4 breaks). 10...Nb6 seems ok, though. The position after 10.Nbd2 was actually reached via a different move order in a Bacrot - Matlakov game from last year ( ); Matlakov played 10...Ba7, which also seems better than what So did, since after 11.h3 Bh5 12.Ne4 the knight is not attacking the bishop on c5 and there was time for 12...f6.

Perhaps 10...Kh8? by So was played with the idea of getting the king out of the a2-g8 diagonal and so preparing to advance the f-pawn even with the bishop still on g4 rather than h5, but it's too slow - allowing White to gain <two> tempi with knight moves (e4-g3), attacking in turn both of Black's bishops.

May-18-19  Nina Myers: solyanka soup
May-18-19  jith1207: <solyanka soup> sounds like a nice pun as well.
May-18-19  JohnBoy: I like the pun.

It looks like 19...Qf6 admits the loss of a pawn but opts for an endgame where it will be rather difficult to be of much value.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi HeMateMe,

Duda broke the pin on the f3 Knight with piece play, always a better option, Ne4 and Ng3 and took the e5 pawn under more favourable circumstances.

As noted 12.g4 and 13.Nxe5 walks into 13...Bxf2+ and at the very least Black has a pep-draw and almost certainly a win.

A pun and GOTD within hours of the game finishing. (where I am it is still the 18th of May) I know Wes is more than most players here a victim of site Schadenfreude but this is surely a G.C. record.

("Schadenfreude, is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. ")


May-18-19  The17thPawn: Duda bests So in a miniature! Not something you see very often at tbis level.
May-18-19  Ulhumbrus: If 6...d5 leads to the loss of the e5 pawn this suggests 6...d6 instead.
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  Dionysius1: Weeel, it's only a miniature because So decided things weren't going to be good a bit further down the line. There's no immediate mate. In principle yes, he resigned on or before move 25, so it's a miniature, but he could have gone on for another 5 moves before his position got much worse.
May-18-19  john barleycorn: <Dionysius1: Weeel, it's only a miniature because So decided things weren't going to be good a bit further down the line. There's no immediate mate. ...>

A miniature is not a mate in or in less than 25 moves. It is "game over" in 25 or less moves including resignation.

May-18-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. + / - (0.71): 16.Bf4 f6 17.Re2 Nxc4 18.dxc4 Re8 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Bxc7 Qc6 21.Qd6 Qxc4 22.Bb6 Bb8 23.Qd8+ Qg8 24.Rd1 Bxg3 25.Qxg8+ Kxg8 26.fxg3 Re8 27.Kf2 Bc2 28.Rd4 Kf7 29.a5 h5 30.Bc5 Re5 31.Rd7+ Ke6 32.Rd6+ Kf5 33.b4 Be4 34.Rd7 g5 35.Bd4 Re8 36.c4 Bc6 37.Rf7

2. + / = (0.61): 16.Bb3 Nd7 17.Re1 Nc5 18.d4 Nd3 19.Re3 Nxc1 20.Rxc1 c5 21.dxc5 Qc7 22.Ne4 Rae8 23.Qf3 f5 24.Ng5 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 Bxc5 26.Qd2 Rd8 27.Bd5 Qg3 28.Nf3 Be8 29.b3 Qd6 30.Rd1 b5 31.b4 Ba7 32.Qg5 Bg6

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  Breunor: Eyal,

Thanks for thoughtful analysis! Very helpful!

Computer agrees with you, trouble really starts with 10 ..Kh8?

Computer recommends:

1) +0.27 (20 ply) 10...Nb6 11.h3 Bh5 12.Ne4 Nxc4 13.Nxc5 N4a5 14.b4 b6 15.Ne4 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nb3 17.Rb1 Nxc1 18.Rbxc1 Qd7 19.Qe2 f6 20.Rcd1 Qd5 21.b5 axb5 22.axb5 Ne7 23.d4

2) +0.40 (19 ply) 10...Bb6 11.h3 Bh5 12.Ne4 f6 13.b4 Bf7 14.Bd2 Qd7 15.Qb3 Ba7 16.a5 Rfe8 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.bxc5 Rab8 19.d4 Kh8 20.Bd3 exd4 21.cxd4 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Ndb4 23.Bc4 Nxa5

After Kh8? we get:

1) +1.02 (23 ply) 11.h3 Bh5 12.Ne4 Bb6 13.Ng3 Bg6 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Rxe5 c6 16.d4 Bc7 17.Re1 Qd6 18.Bd2 Rae8 19.Qb3 b5 20.Bxd5 Qxd5 21.Qxd5 cxd5 22.Rxe8 Rxe8 23.axb5 Bxg3 24.fxg3 axb5

Not lost yet, but trouble.

The computer also doesn't like the natural 20 Ba7? probably because it invites 21Bd6.

1) +2.15 (22 ply) 21.Bd6 Rfe8 22.Nf4 Qf6 23.c5 Kg8 24.b4 Bf5 25.Re2 Rxe2 26.Nxe2 Re8 27.Nd4 Bd7 28.Qxf6 gxf6 29.b5 axb5 30.axb5 Bb8 31.bxc6 bxc6 32.Ra6 Bxd6 33.cxd6 c5 34.Nf3 Bb5 35.Ra7 Kf8

And now black is probably lost. Better was:

1) +0.91 (22 ply) 20...Qf6 21.c5 Qe7 22.b4 Re8 23.Bxb8 Raxb8 24.Qf4 Rbd8 25.Qc1 Qd7 26.Rd1 Qc7 27.Rxd8 Qxd8 28.Qd1 f6 29.Qxd8 Rxd8 30.h4 Re8 31.Nd4 Kg8 32.Rd1 Kf7 33.a5

2) +1.08 (21 ply) 20...Re8 21.Bxb8 Raxb8 22.Nf4 Bc2 23.a5 Qf6 24.c5 Rbd8 25.b4 g5 26.Ne2 Qxf3 27.gxf3 Bf5 28.Kg2 Kg7 29.Nd4 Bd7 30.Kg3 f6 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.Rd1 Kg6 33.h4 Re5

where it would stillb eafight

May-18-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = (0.06): 10...Nb6 11.Ne4 Nxc4 12.Nxc5 b6 13.dxc4 Qxd1 14.Rxd1 bxc5 15.Rd5 Rfd8 16.Nd2 Na5 17.f3 Rxd5 18.cxd5 Bf5 19.b4 Nb7 20.Nc4 f6 21.Ne3 Bd3 22.Kf2 Kf7 23.Ba3 c4 24.Bc1 Nd6 25.Bd2 Rd8 26.Re1 h5 27.h4 g6

2. + / = (0.41): 10...Ba7 11.a5 Nf6 12.h3 Bf5 13.Qc2 Qe7 14.Nf1 Qd6 15.Be3 Rfd8 16.Bxa7 Rxa7 17.Red1 h6 18.Ng3 Bh7 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.b4 Raa8 21.Nc5 Rab8 22.Bb3

May-18-19  cormier: if 10. ... Nb6:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
11.h3 Bh5 12.Ne4 Nxc4 13.Nxc5 Nd6 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 b6 17.Bg5 f6 18.Ne6 Qd7 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Bxf6 Rxf6 21.Qe2 a5 22.Re7 Qc6 23.c4 Nc8 24.Re3 Rf8 25.b3 Qf6 26.Re1 Qc3 27.Qd1 Nd6 28.R1e2 c5 29.Kh2 = (0.13) Depth: 24 dpa done

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  tamar: Duda Day? Frayed So.
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  Tabanus: Game of the day before it was played.
May-25-19  tinnderbox: Unfortunately for Duda this quick win didn't help him progress. He lost the next day after So out-calculated him in a very tactical Sicilian. Then, during the tiebreaks, he blundered in the second rapid game and went out without scoring any World Cup Points.
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