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So, Wesley (2808) - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (2750) [E06]
Tata Steel Masters, Haarlem (10) 2017

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. d4 Be7
The Catalan Opening. Here White develops the light-squared bishop on g2 to pressure on the centre and queenside.
5. Bg2 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. O-O Nc6
The alternative is 7...cxd4.
8. dxc5 d4








   
9. a3
White plans to seize space on the queenside. After 9. Rd1 e5 (9...Bxc5) 10. Nbd2?! (10. Nc3) 10...Bxc5 11. Nb3 Be7 12. h3 (12. e3) 12...Be6 (12...Bd7!) 13. Ng5 Nb4 14. Nxe6 Nxc2 15. Nxd8 Nxa1 16. Nxb7 Nxb3 17. axb3 Black had a smal advantage in Leer Salvesen, B - Carlsen, M, Gausdal 2003. Or 9. Bg5 Nd7 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. b4 Nxb4 12. Qb2 Nc6 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Nxc5, with equality in Wojtaszek, R - Kryvoruchko, Y, Poland 2016.
9...a5 10. Rd1 e5 11. Nc3 Bxc5 12. Nd5 h6








   
13. Bd2!?
A novelty. After 13. b3 Be6 (13...Bg4) 14. e4 Bg4 15. Rf1 Rc8 (15...b6) 16. Qd3 (16. Ne1) 16...Re8 the position is equal, Mikhalevski, V - Gerzhoy, L, Tel Aviv 2001. 13. e4?! is not good, 13...a4 14. Bd2 Bg4 15. h3 Bh5, with a small edge to Black in Stella, A - Pavlovic, M, Budapest 2016.
13...a4
13...Bd6 and 13...Bg4 are also possible.
14. Bb4! Nxb4
Other continuations are 14...Bxb4 and 14...Bd6.
15. axb4 Nxd5 16. bxc5 Nb4 17. Qd2 Nc6 18. b4!
White attacks on the queen's wing.









   
18...Qe7?
A mistake. 18...Be6! is better, 19. e3 (19. b5 Na5) 19...Bxc4 20. exd4 e4 21. Ne5 Nxe5 22. dxe5 Bd3 23. Re1 Qd5, with counterplay.
19. Qb2 Bg4 20. Re1!
White defends the e2-pawn with the idea to play Nd2 to control e4, c4 and b3 squares.
20...Rfd8 21. Nd2! Be6 22. b5 Nb8
Or 22...Na5 23. Rxa4 Nxc4 24. Rxc4 Bxc4 25. Nxc4 Qxc5 26. Rc1, with a clear edge to White.
23. Qb4
White is better.
23...f5 24. Nb3 Nd7?!
Black could try 24...Rf8 25. Rxa4 Rxa4 26. Qxa4 f4 to counterattack on the kingside.









   
25. Bxb7!
White gives the strong bishop, but intends to push pawns.
25...Rab8 26. Rxa4! Rxb7 27. c6
Winning.
27...Qxb4 28. Rxb4 Rc7 29. cxd7 Rxc4 30. Rxc4 Bxc4 31. Rc1 Be6








   
32. Rc8
Or 32. b6 Rxd7 33. Rc8+ Kf7 34. Nc5 Re7 35. Rd8.
32...Rxc8 33. dxc8=Q+ Bxc8 34. b6
After 34...Kf7 35. Nc5 White wins the bishop.
Black resigned. 1-0










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So, Wesley (2808) - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (2750) [E06]
Tata Steel Masters/Haarlem (10) 2017

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. dxc5 d4 9. a3 a5 10. Rd1 e5 11. Nc3 Bxc5 12. Nd5 h6 13. Bd2 a4 14. Bb4 Nxb4 15. axb4 Nxd5 16. bxc5 Nb4 17. Qd2 Nc6 18. b4 Qe7 19. Qb2 Bg4 20. Re1 Rfd8 21. Nd2 Be6 22. b5 Nb8 23. Qb4 f5 24. Nb3 Nd7 25. Bxb7 Rab8 26. Rxa4 Rxb7 27. c6 Qxb4 28. Rxb4 Rc7 29. cxd7 Rxc4 30. Rxc4 Bxc4 31. Rc1 Be6 32. Rc8 Rxc8 33. dxc8=Q+ Bxc8 34. b6 1-0


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