Sicilian Defence Grand Prix Attack 5.Bc4 pressures Wesley So to defend. Watch how Grandmaster So turned the tables and won quickly. How do great players make good players look bad? They keep them busy with little issues so that they miss big issues.
The big issue: White did not move his dark squared bishop at all for the entire game. He could not move it because he never moved his pawn on d2. In effect White gave odds of a rook and minor piece to one of the strongest players in the world. That didn’t work well.
In the Sicilian Defence after 1.e4 c5, White normally plays for d4 on moves 3 or 4 after either 2.Nf3 or 2.c3. The Grand Prix Attack 2.Nc3 and 3.f4 takes control of d5 and aims at f5. White pressures Black to defend against a strong attack. Remy Degraeve did well enough that if he taken the bishop 23.cxd4 on his next move, he would be ahead a rook and minor piece. That's hard to do! Then he would get checkmated. That's easy to do.
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Degraeve, Remy (2019) - So, W (2808), PRO League Group Stage chess.com INT (5), 11.02.2017 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 [5...d6 6.0-0=] 6.f5 [6.e5] 6...gxf5 [6...Nge7 7.fxe6 fxe6 8.d3=] 7.exf5 d5 8.Bb5 [8.Bb3!?] 8...e5 9.0-0 Nge7 10.Nh4 [10.Bxc6+ bxc6=/+] 10...Bf6 11.Qh5 a6 12.Bxc6+ Nxc6 13.Nf3 e4 14.Ne1 Rg8 [14...b5=/+] 15.Ne2 [White has to play 15.d3!=] 15...Rg5 16.Qxh7 Nd4!? [It looks like Black had a better choice with 16...Ne7! 17.d3 Bxf5 18.Rxf5 Rxf5-/+] 17.Nxd4 [White might have a better chance after 17.Ng3! Ke7 18.d3 Rxg3 19.hxg3 Ne2+ 20.Kf2 Nxc1 21.Rxc1 Bd7=/+] 17...Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Qf6 19.c3 [19.d3 Rxf5 20.Rxf5 Qxf5 21.Qxf5 Bxf5-/+] 19...Rxf5 20.Rxf5 [20.Qxf5 Bxf5 21.cxd4 cxd4 22.g4 Qh4 23.gxf5 0-0-0-+] 20...Bxf5 21.Qg8+ [21.cxd4 Bxh7-+] 21...Ke7 22.Qxa8 Bd7 [Black can force checkmate in a few moves: 22...Bd7 23.Nf3 exf3 24.cxd4 f2 25.Qe8+ Bxe8 26.h3 f1Q+ 27.Kh2 Q6f4+ 28.g3 Q4f2#] 0-1
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