Friday, January 22, 2010


( Gm So in 5th round action against GM Harikrishna of India. Gm Anand, the current World Champ is watching their game in the sideline. Photo by Mr. Reginald Tee )

Hear Yeah! Hear Yeah! At long last, the sleeping dragon has awaken. After five consecutive draws, GM So finally nailed his first win at the expense of former European champion GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania. The win was carved after 35 moves of the Reti opening when GM So's oppponent resigned or faced further loss of material.

GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu who is known for his attacking style and is considered as the Tal of Romania surprisingly opted for the modest Reti opening. GM So answered with the solid Slav set-up and emerged a pawn up in the middle game although his opponent had the benefit of two bishops. GM Nisipeanu, the second seed in Corus B with a rating of 2681, had difficulty organizing counter-play and eventually fell in time trouble that lead to his doom.

GM Nisipeanu resigned at around 12:25 A.M of January 23, 2010 Philippine time and I was one of those thousand of pinoy chess fans all over the world who watched the game live at CHESSBOMB to the very end. I went to sleep tired but with a smile in my face savoring the victory of GM So as if I won the game myself. It was a long way waiting but it was worth the wait.

Here's the PGN of the game:

Nisipeanu (2681) - So (2656) [A07]
Corus B (6), 22.01.2010

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0–0 Bg4 5.c4 e6 6.d3 Nbd7 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 0–0 11.e4 dxe4 12.dxe4 Be5 13.Bg2 Rc8 14.Qe2 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qa5 16.Rd1 e5 17.a4 Qxc3 18.Ba3 Rfe8 19.h4 Nc5 20.Rdc1 Qa5 21.Qc4 b6 22.Bb4 Qa6 23.Qxa6 Nxa6 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Bd6 Nc5 26.Rc1 Nfd7 27.Bh3 Rc6 28.Rd1 h5 29.a5 Nxe4 30.Ba3 Ndf6 31.Bb2 Nxf2 32.Rd8+ Kh7 33.Bg2 Rc2 34.Bxe5 Rc1+ 35.Bf1 N6g4 Black wins 0–1

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