Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Corus 2009 : Round 9 - Wesley Won !

Round 9

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

19.Nxe6? Ali missed an excellent resources 19. Nh3! because if black take the knight with 19... hxg5 then he can at least get a perpectual check with 20. Nxg5+ Kf8

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

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