Saturday, January 31, 2009

Corus C 2009 : Round 12 - Wesley So tame Tiger !

Wesley So meet Swedish famous GM - Tiger Hillarp Person (photo right) last night . I wrongly predict that it would be an interesing duel considering Tiger is well known as an attacking player - a suitable style if you look at his name . Tiger is also a versatile player. As white he play 1.e4 and 1.d4 regularly.

However, Wesley easily "tame" the Swedish Tiger after his opponent made a series of "unforce error".

GM Tiger Hillarp Person (2586) - GM Wesely So (2627)
Corus C, Round 12, 31.1.09

analysed by Hairulov and Fritz 11

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Qb3 Bxf3
now 7.Qxb7? will be a mistake ( sorry but after checking with The Slav by FM Graham Burgess, 7.Qxb7 is playable. After Bxg2 8.Rg1 dxc4 9.Qxa8 cxd3 10.Rxg2 but black has good compensation) 7.gxf3 Qc7 8.Nc3 e6 9.a4 probably a novelty. My source show only 9.Bd2 and 9.c5 9...Nbd7 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.a5 Nb8 12.Bd2 Nc6 13.Ke2 Bd6 14.Na4 0–0 15.Qb6 Qe7 17.f4? This move cause white a pawn after 17... Bc7 18.Qb3 Bxf4

not 19.exf4?? and Nxd4+ forking white's king and queen 19.Qc3?! Probably 19.Qa3 or 19.Rac1 is better 19...e5! A good move by Wesley. White still can take the bishop on f4 because 20.exf4? exd4+ and white will lose his queen. 20.Nb3? Tiger add another problem to his position. He should have replaced his king to a better square with 20.Kf1 20... Rfc8! 21.dxe5 i Think after 21...Bxe5 Tiger could have resign and safe his energy for tommorow last round game !
21...Bxe5 22.Qc5 Tiger can save his queen with 22.Qc1 but after 22...Nxa5 23.Qd1 Nc4 his position is equally hopeless 22...Nd4+ 23.Qxd4 Bxd4 24.Nxd4

Tiger continue to play a hopeless position 24...Ne4 25.Rag1 g6 26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.h4 Rc4 28.Bc3 Rxc3 29.bxc3 Qc7 30.Kf1 Qxa5 31.h5 Qa1+ 32.Kg2 Qxc3 33.hxg6 fxg6 34.Rh4 Re8 35.Rb1 b5 36.Rhh1 Qc5 37.Rbc1 Qg5+ 38.Kf1 Rf8 39.Rh2?? I don't know what's wrong with Tiger tonight but with 33 minutes left to reach the time control this is too much.

39...Qxe3 0-1

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