Level Up Your Chess with Wesley So’s Genius Play

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So, Wesley (2761) – Shankland, Sam (2710)
American Cup | Champions (chess24.com) [4] 2023.03.19

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.Nc3 d6 7.a4 Na5 8.Ba2 Nc6 9.h3 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Ne2 a5 12.Ng3 d5 13.c3 Nd7 14.Re1 d4 15.cxd4 exd4 16.e5 Nc5 17.Ne4 Qd5 18.Bg5 Bxg5 19.Nfxg5 Nxe4 20.Rxe4 h6 21.Nf3 Rf5 22.Rc1 Raf8 23.Qe2 Rf4 24.Rc4 Rxe4 25.Qxe4 Rd8 26.Kf1 Rd7 27.Ke2 Kf8 28.h4 Ke7 29.Qh7 Kf7 30.h5 Kf8 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Qh7 Kf8 33.Kf1 Kf7 34.b3 Kf8 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Qa8 Ke7 37.Qg8 Nxe5 38.Rxd4 Qc6 39.Qxg7+ Nf7 40.Rxd7+ Qxd7 41.Ne5 Qe8 42.g4

00:00 Hello Everyone!
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08:20 It was in this position!
10:25 Contributions!


The American Cup is an 8-player double elimination knockout taking place from 17-26 March in the St. Louis Chess Club. The matches will be played over two classical (90min + 30s increment) games in the Champions and two rapid (25+10) games in the Elimination bracket. If tied, rapid (10+5) playoffs are held and, if still tied, an Armageddon game (5 vs 4 minutes, with draw odds for Black).

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  1. Feels like a boring move but actually the winning move.. poor black king

  2. How can I get more profitable investment in the market? Is this pump shorts getting wrecked and liquidated, or any indication of whale, corporate treasury buys?

  3. This isn't a Guioco Piano as you mentioned, it's just the Italian

  4. And it was in this position, on move 42 that Sam Shankland understood he needs to level up his chess with Wesley So's genius play

  5. Haha that nice ‘Joker Piano’ opening according to the subs

  6. so sad agadmator still puts the winner in the title..

  7. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    Why isn't the title like 'Wesley So's queen dominates Sam Shankland's back rank' ? I think describing the game better incentivises people to watch. But of course you’d spoil pause the video.

    Anyhoo, the title is 'Level Up Your Chess with Wesley So's Genius Play'. You can also 'Level Up Your Chess960 with Wesley So's TALENTED Play. Remember

    1 – Chess = great = a combination of theory & talent
    2 – Chess960 = pure talent
    3 – Wesley So is still the world (classical) chess960 champion since 45+15 = 60 but 32.5 is rapid (25+5+5/2 = 32.5 is actually fast rapid, not even slow rapid).

    And now for games:

    Games 1 and 2 – Wesley So vs Sam Shankland – both games in Armageddon 2023 finals #suggestion
    Game 3 – Leinier vs Sam Shankland – Sam sacrifices rook in Armageddon 2023 semi-finals of lower bracket #suggestion
    Game 4 – Philippine women's chess #suggestion – WGM Janelle Frayna, the female Wesley So, upset Georgian GM (really GM not just WGM) Bela Khotenashvili at the 2022 world blitz.

    There's a 13-move UNDERPROMOTION puzzle here.

    [Variant "From Position"]
    [FEN "6k1/6b1/1p1P3p/6pP/3pPpP1/p2NqP2/6K1/5Q2"]

    1. Qd1 a2 2. Qb3+ Kf8 3. d7 Qe2+ 4. Nf2 Ke7 5. Qd5 Kd8 6. Qe6 Bf6 7. Qe8+ Kc7 8. Qc8+ Kd6 9. e5+ Qxe5 10. d8=R+ Bxd8 11. Qxd8+ Kc6 12. Qa8+ Kb5 13. Qxa2

    For some reason none of the Philippine channels except Kelvinllovejr even cover this game. LOL. But Janelle did cover the game where e drew against Nemo, so maybe Janelle will cover this game later on.

    P.S. Please help get Wesley So on Lex Fridman's podcast. See


  8. Time to resign when you know nothing else can be done nice offensive attack by white getting his Queen in good position putting all the pressure on Blacks king with no countermoves to be made Thanks for the Game and Breakdown of play

  9. Dude…you’re incredible at what you do. You make it look easy!

  10. The combinations GM So creates are such masterpieces! Phenomenal play by Wesley, America's future hope for a 2nd world champion. His strides are unlimited. Bravo Wes!!! Also a very fine post ~

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