After a disastrous blunder in round 8, Wesley meet Dutch IM Ali Bitazaldeh in the round 9 tonight. A terrible lost just before a rest day is the last thing a player want because the lost will haunt you for the whole day. Wesley show maturity however by winning convincingly against Ali. .
Analysed by Hairulov and Fritz 11
IM Ali Bitazaldeh (2400) - GM Wesley So (2627)
Corus C, Round 9 27.01.2009
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nc3 a6 6.0–0 Rb8 7.d3 d6 8.Bg5 b5 9.Qc1 Bg4 10.Rb1 Qd7 11.b3 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nd4
White has a problem now. Wesley is thretening 13...Nxf3 to capture white's important light square bishop and to double white f-pawn . If he retreat with 13.Bg2 then 13...b4and white will have problem with black Nxe2 - forking white king and queen.
12.Bxf3 Nd4 13.Ne4 Nxf3+ 14.exf3 f5 15.Nc3 b4 16.Nd5 e6 17.Re1 Kf7 18.Nf4 h6
if 20... Kf6 21. Rxe6+
if 20... Ke8 21. Nxe6 Kf7 22. Ng5+
21. Nxe6+ Kf7 22. Ng5+ Kf6 23. f4 Re8 (23... Bh6 24. Qb2#) 24. Qb2+
Black chance to avoid the perpectual is 19...Qc6
19... Re8 20.Nd8+ Rxd8 21.Bxd8 Qxd8 22.a3 a5 23.axb4 axb4 24.Qe3 Qd7 25.f4 Bc3 26.Re2 Nf6 27.Qf3 Qa7 28.Rc1 Qa8 29.Kg2 Qxf3+ 30.Kxf3 Ra8 31.h3 h5 32.Rb1 Ra3 33.Rc2 d5 34.cxd5 Nxd5 35.g4 Ne7 36.gxh5 gxh5 0-1