Wijk aan Zee 2017 was won by the American, Wesley So who stopped World Champ Magnus Carlsen’s run of lst place finishes in the Tata Steel events.
White: Magnus Carlsen Black: Wei Yi Opening: Bishop’s Opening
l. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 This appears to be favored by Carlsen and modern theory. After 3. Nc3 we could run into the Alekhine era of old…N:e4 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3 Nc6 6. Nb5 g6 7. Qf3 f5 8. Qd5 Qf6 9. N:c7+ Kd8 10. N:a8 with sharp tactics covering a host of explosive articles on the ups and downs for both sides.
Carlsen chooses a more quiet line seen so often in this computer age of chess play.
3… c6 4. Nf3 d6
Black aims for a solid line but the aggressive 4…d5 is an alternative.
5. O-O Be7 6. Bb3 O-O 7. c3 Nbd7 8. Re1 Nc5 9. Bc2 Bg4 10. Nbd2 Ne6 11. h3 Bh5 12. Nf1 Nd7 13. g4 Bg6 14. Ng3 Ng5 15. B:g5!
I like this move over 15. Kg2 as to how the game continued.
15… B:g5 16. d4 Bf4! 17. Ne2 Qf6 18. Kg2 e:d4?
Yielding the center to White is not correct. He has 18….Rfe8. Perhaps he visions that the bishops are less pertinent than knights in rather closed compact formations.
19. Nf:d4 Rfe8 20. N:f4 Q:f4 21. f3 Nb6 22. Qc1 Q:c1 23. Ra:c1 d5 24. e5!
Carlsen sees a king-side pawn rollup coming.
24… Nd7 25. f4 B:c2 26. R:c2 Nc5 27. Re3 Rad8 28. Kf3 Ne4 29. b4
White builds on square count gaining minor but important threats arising.
29. … g5? 30. c4 c5 31. Nb5!
Another inroad via square count. White is superior in all directions.
31. … g:f4 32. K:f4 c:b4 33. c:d5 Black resigns.
Style and confidence play a major role in pressure chess which the above example attests.