TATA Steel Tournament round 2. Van Wely misses a win (or two)

The first real shocker of the tournament came in Round two. The game between the Grandmaster Loek Van Wely (white pieces) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek was a sort of a Catalan opening and led to a complex and interesting battle. The dutch missed at least two clear opportunities to take the full point:

VanWely-Wojtaszek1Van Wely – Wojtaszek
Position after 37…Bxh5
 White to play and win!

The second chance (and even more clear) came later in the game:

VanWely-WojtaszekVan Wely – Wojtaszek
Position after 48…e4
 White to play and win!

In the first Diagram white wins by playing 38.Ra6!! (38…Qxa6 39.Qc7+ wins) 38…Qb8 39.Rc6 and there is no defense against Rc7. For example 39…Rf8 40.Rc7+ Bf7 41.Bxf7 Rxf7 42.Rxf7+ Kxf7 43.Qh7+ and white wins.

The second chance is the kind of position where you just can’t believe black can scape, and in fact he doesn’t. Van Wely played 48.Bxd7+ Rxd7 49.Qxe4+ of course white is still winning but he missed the strong 48.Qxe4! (threatening Qg6+) 48…Qxc7 49.d6! (the key move blocking the square d6 so the black king doesn’t scape) and after 49.d6 black would have to resign.

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GM Loek Van Wely (2667)

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