Learn From The Masters: So's Blunder

Learn From The Masters: So's Blunder

EOGuel
EOGuel
Jul 7, 2018, 2:28 PM |
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What's up, guys and gals?

Many of us know of the strides Rameshbabu Praggnanandhha has been making, and his hard-fought journey to the highest title in chess, International Grandmaster. He fell short of Karjakin's record for youngest GM of all time, though second place is not bad at all!

What many of you may not know (for some reason, the games are not all that accessible), is that there is an event going on, Leon Masters. While I don't know the particular details of this match, I do know that So and Prag duked it out for four games, with the American emerging 2.5-1.5, and an all-Spanish matchup took place, Jaime Santos Latasa vs. Francisco Vallejo Pons, the latter delivering in tiebreaks, and the winners play each other.

I'm sure the young Indian GM wanted to win the match, though he did keep it to the smallest of margins, and even managed to win the first game! It was a crazy game with missed opportunities from both sides, though I wanted to look at the final position on the board:

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Wesley is White in the position above, and can easily draw with 62. Rxg2. I think Wesley was looking too hard for a win and missed Black's simple move that won the game instantly. Can you find the move that the American #2 missed? 

I'm sorry it's been a while... I hope you enjoyed this brief presentation!