Wesley So - Eltaj Safarli
Welcome to the live commentary of Aeroflot 2009 on Chessdom.com! Today we are going to see the game between two juniors that know each other very well. The last encounters between them were the World Junior Chess Championship (draw) and the World U16 Olympiad (Wesley So won). Click here for photo of the two players from the WJCC.
6... b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.Rd1 Standard continuation with the idea mentioned, usual continuation here is 9.Rd1 Na5 10.Bb7 c5, giving stable setup to black as well. Thus, Safarli will have space advantage on the queenside, while white will play 11.d4 to open the center and look for dynamic play.
8... Bb7 After long thought GM Sfarli decided to transpose the idea mentioned, trying to provide a further support for the d5 square first, in case of d2-d4-d5 pawn advance by white, or even in case black decides to go first for the d5 move. Speaking of statistics, the current opening is played often by Paul Keres and Nigel Short, with regular odds of success for white.
12.a3 Analogical reply by Wesley So, throwing the ball back in Safarli's court.
14.Ba2 c5 White is almost obliged to look for a neutral move like Rb1 in order to avoid complications (b4 as an example) and keep the balance on the board. Black have achieved the space advantage on the queen side, but as mentioned earlier, this is not the key element leading to advantage, the game is completely equal.
15.b4 Brave by Wesley So! 15... Nc6 is the best option for Safarli
15... Nc6 After a possible exchange of the pawns white have to bring the queen to support the pawn structure. Another way to go is Bd2 maintaining the pressure, but that will also give black time black.
16.Ne3 Inviting Safarli for a pawn material advantage in exchange for an open diagonal after 16... d4.
26... Rh4 and Wesley So gave up. The Filipino young GM played risky in the middlegame and GM Safarli jumped on the opportunity to take the full point and the lead among the youngsters. Thank you for following with Chessdom.com, we continue with the coverage of Linares and the match Topalov - Kamsky 0-1