Candidate Wesley So: Thou Shalt Not Rely Exclusively on Computer Engine Preparation

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DeirdreSkye wrote:

To me it's clear after 4th round that it will be a battle between Aronian and Caruana.

 I will be very surprised if someone else manages to keep up with these 2.

Kramnik never convinced me that he can be first. It's a very demanding and difficult tournament and he is not at his prime. He will probably though be in the first 4. In fact , anything can happen for the third place. Even So might recover and go for it if he gets a nice ego boosting win.

 

Wesley So played an AlphaZero positional pawn sacrifice and won a really nice game as White against Levon Aronian today.  So now he gets back to -1 for the tournament and no longer the cellar dweller.

 

Also, Wesley said this in an earlier press conference:  "I’m not sure why I played very bad. There’s a lot more pressure here in this tournament than in others - also I really badly wanted to win this tournament, as second place is worth peanuts."

 

That's the right attitude, Wes!!

 

Lastly, Levon is not having a good tournament.  He bounced back after losing a brilliancy to Kramnik by winning the next game, BUT he blew a half point by not beating Grischuk in a won game, and today, he lost to Wesley.

DeirdreSkye

Aronian will recover. He knows how to leave behind bad results and plays every game like it is the first one. That is what makes him and Grischuk very dangerous. They never are emotionally affected and they will always do their best no matter what. So on the other hand , is much more talented but a bad result might make him collapse. If a tournament doesn't go well from start it usually never does.Will this one be an exception? That will be interesting.

 

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Wesley So got roasted and toasted by the Chess Brahs GM Hansen and GM Hambleton.  They were very disappointed in Wesley's approach with the White pieces today and just playing a perfunctory drawish, symmetrical line.

 

It might be worthwhile to see if Kasparov (or someone like that who) could light a fire under Wesley and motivate him to be more aggressive.

DeirdreSkye

Svidler and Gustaffson said the same.Seems like Wesley is afraid to take risks.If the game happens to sit on his side , he will win it. If it doesn't, he will do nothing about it and he will just take the draw. Even Giri took more risks in the previous Candidates.

DeirdreSkye

Well . it's easy to judge from the comfort of our couch. 

Wesley might be in bad form and instead of losing game after game he decided to be cautious. Competitive chess is a very difficult sport and there is not even one , not even one top athlete that doesn't have bad games or bad tournaments.

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BobbyTalparov wrote:

I think So and Kramnik are both making the case that MVL, Giri, and Nakamura would have been better candidates.  While Aronian hasn't had the best tournament, at least he is willing to take risks!

 

Even though Kramnik has been taking a lot of heat for his post-mortem analysis and excessive optimism, at least, and much to his credit, he is trying to win every game!!  I really respect that in Big Vlad.

SmyslovFan

MVL fell apart in the last qualifier. It's easy to judge by the results that the bottom 3 of any tournament shouldn't have been there. But who would have guessed that So, Kramnik, and Aronian would be the bottom three this time?

macer75
SmyslovFan wrote:

MVL fell apart in the last qualifier. It's easy to judge by the results that the bottom 3 of any tournament shouldn't have been there. But who would have guessed that So, Kramnik, and Aronian would be the bottom three this time?

Someone who doesn't understand chess, perhaps?

m_n0
BobbyTalparov wrote:

His excessive optimism, and the fact that he was announced as the wildcard before the final qualifiers had finished, is really what annoys me about Kramnik being there.  That, and it seems the other candidates have figured out the key to beating him consistently:  make the game go for 5+ hours and eventually he will crack.

Isn't Kramnik the one voluntarily making the game go 5+ hours? Against Grischuk he had at least two chances to effectively draw the game instantly and passed them up to """""press for a win""""""

yureesystem

Wesley So played aggressive before he was in the top ten, maybe he adjusted too much and is playing more caution; but I faith In Wesley, he will learn a valuable lesson and next time he play his true strength and start winning tournaments.