Wesley So’s brilliant tactical idea | 44th Chess Olympiad

Featured is a round 7 game from the 44th Chess Olympiad held in Chennai, India between USA’s Wesley So and Armenia’s Hrant Melkumyan. The opening is Caro-Kann Defense, Two Knights Attack. About half the game is quiet development and maneuvering, however play sharpens immediately after Melkumyan’s 17….e5. What follows is a brilliant tactical idea by Wesley So that can easily remind the chess enthusiast of old school romantic style combinations. Are king walks ever not enjoyable?

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1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 e6 6. Be2 Bc5 7. O-O Nd7 8. exd5 cxd5 9. Rd1 Ngf6 10. d4 Be7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. Bf4 Nb8 13. Ne2 Nc6 14. c3 Re8 15. Re1 g6 16. Ng3 Nd7 17. Re3 e5 18. Bh6 e4 19. Rxe4 Nf8 20. Rf4 f5 21. Nxf5 gxf5 22. Rxf5 Qd6 23. Qg4+ Ng6 24. Rxd5 Qf6 25. g3 Bf8 26. Rf5 Qe7 27. Bc4+ Kh8 28. Bg5

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118 Comments

  1. Well if you compare it to the king-march towards his inevitable death it wouldn't be so interesting but doesn't mean it didn't require incredible planning & positioning. Holy shit.

  2. Hindsight is 20/20 obviously. But the Tal-like sacrifices cannot be overstated.

  3. Jerry, you do a fantastic job with these videos. Your detailed analysis is spot on!!!! Thank you.

  4. Impressive game by Wesley,. Incredible moves, sacrifices.,..,,.

  5. Rxe4 is just brilliant! I paused and looked for the move and couldn't find Rxe4. What an amazing feat of calculation and tactical creativity!

  6. Isn't Hikaru nakamura playing in chess olympiad?

  7. Your analysees and your tone of voice! Thank you, Jerry!

  8. Amazing game. It is so unusual at this level and in classical time control. I could imagine this game played on a Titled Arena and that black would thought white just pre-moved bh6 or something.

  9. I watched agadmators analysis. I like your in depth viewpoint. I enjoy your voice, personality, and commentary

  10. What I love about this video is that although I'd already seen the mate in 6 featured heavily on Twitter, I learned a lot just from the way you explained those opening moves. Great analysis as always!

  11. It would be funny if Wesley just actually blundered a fork and didn’t see the queen sac lol only later

  12. after 17…e5 you never say what is the best move for W

  13. I like that you mentioned the time that the players spent thinking, makes me better understand how they felt about the moves. Wesley calculated for 10 minutes, this should have been a red flag for black to calculate further.

  14. It was actually ballsy for Wesley to play Bh6, hoping Melkumyan would not play Bf8 so he can execute the insane tactical idea. When the latter didn't, it was over. I wonder if Wesley would do the Bh6 if he's playing against Magnus Carlsen. In any case, this is got to be one of the most amazing games in the olympiad.

  15. Thank you for the lucid and instructive comments as usual, Jerry! Also for publishing this fantastic game (btw. my modesty likes Wesley both for his mastery and for his personality). Keep on the excellent work, teaching us, chess lovers, and giving us plesaure and joy.

  16. I dont know what it is, but you always seem bored. Other than that good recap.
    Maybe its becuz i just watched the Over enthusiastic recap of this by Johnathan schrantz

  17. Oh what could've been, that would have been a beautiful finish

  18. The game you're thinking of is Edward Lasker vs. George Alan Thomas, London 1912. (I knew the names of the players and the decade by memory, but nothing else.)

  19. Hey Jerry, I watch a couple different chess channels, and your analysis is by far the best- patient and thorough without any unnecessary flair. I appreciate every one of your uploads. Thanks.

  20. Looks like transposed to a london system set up

  21. What a brilliant move by idol GM WES 👏👏👏

  22. So he basically calculated mate in 7 when he was 200 moves before the queen sac? Such a genius!

  23. I love your videos man. Been watching them for years

  24. Wow that was amazing! Also I love how you explain each move so I don't have to sit there for a half hour lol

  25. I don't know if you are the best on youtube but definitely up there. Love your chill vibe and clarity

  26. Great analysis can we have mote like this please

  27. Amazing game. Inspires me to keep playing. Thanks for the analysis

  28. I think it was Edward Lasker , who played a ten move combination and it may have been castles long and check mate. I do believe the bishops also played a prominent role .

  29. Six move ahead. How do you accomplished that. Thanks for showing nice games.

  30. Wesley So's is the best of the best is next to the greatest ! 🎉

  31. Very instructive facilitating of the game…more video. Gbu.

  32. I really like story time chess!

    I really like [Chess at 3]!
    Teaching kids to recognize patterns, understand action and consequence, as early as age theree, is valuable training whether they  go on to play chess or not.

    I started at age 6, but if I had the opportunity, I would have started younger. It should be available to children everywhere.

    Wesley So

  33. I really like story time chess!

    I really like [Chess at 3]!
    Teaching kids to recognize patterns, understand action and consequence, as early as age theree, is valuable training whether they  go on to play chess or not.

    I started at age 6, but if I had the opportunity, I would have started younger. It should be available to children everywhere.

    Wesley So

  34. The Art of Chess: Exploring Wesley So’s Playing Style
    Wesley So’s playing style can be characterized as a harmonious blend of precision, creativity, and deep strategic understanding. He is known for his exceptional ability to calculate complex positions and his relentless focus on finding the most accurate moves in any given situation.

    Positional understanding is a key aspect of Wesley’s game. He has a natural talent for identifying the critical squares and pieces in a position, enabling him to craft plans that exploit his opponent’s weaknesses while safeguarding his own. This ability to maintain a strong sense of harmony among his pieces often leaves his opponents struggling to find counterplay.

    Another hallmark of Wesley’s playing style is his versatility. He is comfortable playing a wide range of openings and is not afraid to venture into unfamiliar territory. This flexibility keeps his opponents guessing and allows Wesley to adapt his approach depending on the specific demands of a position.

    Endgame prowess is yet another area in which Wesley excels. His deep understanding of endgame principles, combined with his remarkable calculating abilities, often enables him to convert even the slightest of advantages into full points.

    Wesley So’s playing style is a testament to his dedication to the game and his relentless pursuit of perfection. By continually pushing the boundaries of his own understanding, Wesley has not only achieved personal success but has also contributed to the evolution of chess as a whole.

  35. I can see the logic behind playing ..e4 and doing it without much thought: either I'm going to beat a top 10 player, or they're going to do something spectacular. Whatever happens, people may be talking about this game for a long time.

  36. Unbelievable deep attack. They have to be more careful with W So after this game 😅

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