Wesley So: 'I Was Trying To Be Careful in the Middlageme'

Время публикации: 11.01.2015 20:59 | Последнее обновление: 12.01.2015 02:31

The round 2 encounter between Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So in Wijk aan Zee has been anticipated with great interest, similar to the yesterday's game Giri - Carlsen, even if for slightly different reasons. Recently, Wesley has achieved a number of outstanding successes, including the convincing victory in the Millionaire Chess Open, and got the 2762 Elo. Besides, he is the biggest chess hope of the United States where he has moved from the Philippines some months ago - the intercontinental rivalry always provides an additional element of intrigue. Finally, today's game was the first encounter vs the world champion for the 21 y.o. American chess celebrity, even though he is already #10 in the world rating list.

The game itself went in a positional way and has ended in a calm draw. At the end, it was Carlsen who had to force simplifications in order to avoid worse things. That's what the world champion told in the video interview for the official website after the round:

'He outplayed me in the middlegame. He played a very decent game. At the end I didn't have any choice but to go for something drawish. I hoped to put some more pressure on him, but he's a good player, that's nothing new'.

Probably this is one of the moment Carlsen was talking about:


20...Nb8! This somewhat unexpected maneuver underlines the drawbacks of Carlsen's 13.a4!? The knight goes to take control over the weakened b4-square, and it's in fact White who has to be a bit more careful.

At the press conference, Wesley said: 'I had a comfortable game and didn't experience any problems after the opening... Maybe I was a bit better, but, of course, it's very hard to win against anybody. I didn't see any concrete way to increase my advantage... I think he made some slight mistakes with this knight maneuevers from e2 to f4, then to d3 and to e5. I'm not sure about this maneuver.'

So added that he 'was trying to be careful in the middlegame', probably having remembered that the fact of getting no problems after the opening vs Magnus isn't of crucial meaning.

Meanwhile the world champion is keeping his confidence: 'Two draws isn't an ideal start, but last time I played here I started with two draws, and that went pretty well'. According to So, Carlsen 'is still trying to catch his rhythm, his fire, to get excited'. As for Wesley himself, he is also 'looking forward to have a long tournament'.

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.11"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2862"] [BlackElo "2762"] [ECO "E46"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "Reshevsky variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. d4 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Ne2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. g3 Nbd7 9. Bg2 Nb6 10. O-O Re8 11. b3 h6 12. Qc2 Bd7 13. a4 a5 14. Nf4 c6 15. Bb2 Bb4 16. Nd3 Bf5 17. Qd1 Bd6 18. Re1 Nbd7 19. Ba3 Bxa3 20. Rxa3 Nb8 21. Ra2 Na6 22. Rae2 Re7 23. Ne5 Nb4 24. e4 dxe4 25. Nxe4 Bxe4 26. Bxe4 Nxe4 27. Rxe4 Qd5 28. R4e3 b5 29. Ng4 Rxe3 30. Nxe3 Qe4 31. Ng4 Qc2 32. Ne3 Qe4 33. Ng4 Qc2 34. Ne3 Qe4 1/2-1/2


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