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Yifan Hou vs Alexander Beliavsky
Rising Stars - Experience (2009), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Aug-23
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0


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Aug-23-09  Bobsterman3000: Nice!! 39. b6+ was a nice little finesse to wrap up the win.
Aug-23-09  muradov: Beautiful finish by a 15 year old Yifan!
Aug-23-09  notyetagm: 25 ?

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25 ♘g3-f5+! <file-opening: e-line>

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25 ... g6x♘f5 26 e4xf5 <pin>

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<Hou Yifan was slightly surprised by the opening choice of Alexander Beliavsky, who opted for one of the oldest openings in the world, the venerable Philidor Defence. Initially Black had nothing to complain about and it was only after White had managed to push f4, that she got some edge. <<<Still, it didn’t amount to much and it was only after Beliavsky committed a serious blunder, 24…Ne6 (the only move was 24…Nh7) that White could strike. As a seasoned tactician Hou Yifan needed little time to find the crushing 25.Nf5+, a temporary piece sacrifice that blew Black’s position to shreds.>>> Shaken by this sudden turn of events, Beliavsky committed another blunder with 26…d5, where 26…Kh7 was the only possibility to prolong the fight. Despite his serious material deficit, Beliavsky kept playing on, but with a couple more tactical shots Hou Yifan soon put him out of his misery.>

Aug-24-09  Whitehat1963: Tuesday puzzle after 37...Rg7.
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  HeMateMe: that mobile f pawn was brutal
Nov-25-11  Eduardo Bermudez: Bravo !!
Apr-04-13  devere: After 39...Kc8, 40.Qxe6+,Rd7, 41. Qf5! forces checkmate. It's a beautiful finish.
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