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Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren
Chinese Championship (2009), Xinghua Jiangsu CHN, rd 7, Jun-02
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1


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Jun-02-09  brucejavier: amazing imagination from Ding, the black bishop moves from h4, to d8 and ends up on f2.. great defense from Hou.
Jun-06-09  notyetagm: 23 ... ?

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23 ... ♖c8xc5!

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I just *love* Ding Liren's <TACTICAL PLAY> in this game, especially his use of the <PIN> along the a7-g1 diagonal to the White g1-king.

The <RELOADER> 23 ... ♖c8xc5! is just too much.

Jun-07-09  notyetagm: 21 ... ?

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I am just totally infatuated with the magnificent <TACTICAL SEQUENCE> initiated by Ding Liren with 21 ... ♖c3x♗e3!.

21 ... ♖c3x♗e3! <pin: g1>

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And then there is 23 ... ♖c8xc5!,

23 ... ♖c8xc5!

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which to me is eerily reminiscent of Capablanca's 32 ... ♖c8x♘c5! 0-1 in Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1924.

32 ... ♖c8x♘c5! 0-1

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Jun-08-09  blacksburg: very nice game.

23...Rxc5 is nice, and he must have already seen this when playing 21...Rxe3!

25...Rd7 was also striking to me, very patient, he must have already seen that he could block the c-file with the bishop.

it's also rare to see 3...Nf6, no one plays this anymore. is the winawer really that much better?

and very straightforward play in the R+B ending.

Jun-08-09  blacksburg: <which to me is eerily reminiscent of Capablanca's 32 ... Rc8xNc5! 0-1 in Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1924.>

hehehe that's what i thought, and i was going to post it before i saw your post, so here's another famous position that this game reminded me of, Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923, after 30.f3

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Jun-10-09  jeeky1996: Would Anand survive against this kid?
Jun-10-09  slomarko: this game proves one thing: men can play chess, women can't. dziękuję za uwagę.
Jul-01-09  Confuse: Yifan Hou plays 28. Rd1 andddd wat happens?
Dec-17-09  notyetagm: This is just about the best game I have seen all year.

Tremendous <TACTICAL PLAY> by Ding Liren.

Dec-17-09  notyetagm: Anyone know any publication in which this game is analyzed?


Feb-13-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Ding Liren's Best Games
Feb-13-11  zoren: wow, that is a LOT of tactics going on c5.
Feb-13-11  sevenseaman: Very aggressive Ding. This is the first and as yet the only game I've seen from him but he shows loads of promise.
Feb-14-11  kellmano: Is Ding Liren becoming anyone else's favourite player?

All the games I've played through (admittedly recommended) have been astonishing.

Feb-14-11  fisayo123: <kellmano> he certainly plays very entertaining chess!
Feb-15-11  Wyatt Gwyon: The pawn andvances are just inexorable. This dude knows how to play the French.
Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DING LIREN'S BEST GAMES
Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009

<Wyatt Gwyon: The pawn andvances are just inexorable. <<<This dude knows how to play the French.>>>>

Game Collection: FRENCH DEFENSE!

Dec-25-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: RELOAD! RELOAD! RELOAD! RELOAD! RELOAD! RELOAD!

Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren, 2009 23 ... Rc8xc5!

Dec-18-16  Saniyat24: I like Black's 47th and 48th move...
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