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Yifan Hou vs Marie Sebag
"Hou, Hou, Hou!" (game of the day Dec-24-2011)
1st Hangzhou Women's GM Tournament (2011), Hangzhou CHN, rd 2, Jul-15
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

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Dec-24-11  jahhaj: This is a good system to try if you don't want to learn lots of Sicilian theory. By giving up the bishop for knight you get a free position which is easy to play. You can play aggresively by castling queenside as Hou did, or you can play more modestly by castling kingside. As a bonus I found that weaker players often play the terrible 8...e5.
Dec-24-11  erniecohen: 26. ♕g4 is a huge blunder. Black could have defended with 26...♔g7 27. ♖g3 g5 28. h4 ♗e7 29. ♕h5 ♗c6 30. hxg5 ♗xg5 31. ♖xg5+ hxg5 32. ♕xg5+ ♔xf7 and the attack fizzles out.

The correct continuation was 26. ♖g1 ♔h7 27. ♖f6 and Black is helpless.

Dec-24-11  KingV93: Beautiful and clever sacrificing combination at the finish.

It seems Black allows White to dictate a little too much in this game, some counter punching might've helped.

Dec-24-11  King Death: <jahhaj: This is a good system to try if you don't want to learn lots of Sicilian theory...>

This system has plenty of theory too.

<...By giving up the bishop for knight you get a free position which is easy to play.>

But Black doesn't have to play 4...Nc6 5.Bb5 either. He can try either 4...a6 or 4...Bd7.

Dec-24-11
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  Penguincw: Promotion ends this game.
Dec-24-11
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Nice game !!
Dec-24-11
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  maxi: I am not sure if I like this game, but I certainly do like the way the White Queen sneaks in the enemy castle at the end.
Dec-24-11  Galaxy7: Merciless Annihilation from the Top Female Chiness GM ...
Dec-24-11
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  playground player: This opening looks a lot like one of Morphy's games, but I can't remember the opponent. Does anybody else?
Dec-24-11  weisyschwarz: She's a monster! :-)
Dec-24-11  JoergWalter: <playground player: This opening looks a lot like one of Morphy's games, but I can't remember the opponent. Does anybody else?>

Can't be a sicilian by Morphy.

Similar set up, Qxd4, Bb5xc6, Bg5 etc is most likely in a philidor.

Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858

Morphy vs H Baucher, 1858

Dec-24-11
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  Once: As a lifelong e4 player, I would dearly love to end a game against a sicilian with "f8=Q+, 1-0". The ultimate triumph of the f pawn, so often the weapon of choice against the sicilian.

Can it get much better than this? I suppose f8=N# might just top it. But I would have had to be a very good boy all year for Santa to bring me a present like that one.

Dec-24-11  JoergWalter: <Once> sure that underpromotion to N will top it? if f8=N then Kg8.
Dec-24-11
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  Once: As I said, I would have had to have been a very good boy all year for f8=N# to work in this game, or any other for that matter.

But here's a funny thing. I had meant the reference to f8=N to be a hypothetical statement - a "wouldn't it be great if..."

But Fritz reckons that 32. f8=N+ does indeed win, although it isn't mate in 1. Of course, black can't take either rook or knight. 32...Kxh6 33. Rh7+ is a very pretty finish:


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But with best play we get something like this ... 32 f8=N+ Kg8 33. Ng6 Qf1+ 34. Nd1 Qf7 35. Rxf7 Kxf7 36. Nxe5+


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And white's extra material ought to win.

Funny what happens when you wish upon a star...

Dec-24-11  lemaire90: 30. Qxh6 !! with an awesome checkmate.
Dec-24-11  dandanakan: I think 17.Rf1 is the cascade move to demoralize black
Dec-25-11
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  playground player: <JoergWalter> Yes, those are the games I was thinking of.

Surely Morphy faced the Sicilian in some of its more primitive forms.

Dec-25-11  JoergWalter: <playground player>

you might be interested in Morphy's annotations to a sicilian game.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

Dec-27-11
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  kevin86: Queen lost,queen regained,queen lost again---mate is given.
Jul-26-12
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  Abdel Irada: <Lethal generosity>

In which White showers her opponent with gift queens until the latter cries "Aunt!"

Apr-18-14  Whitehat1963: What a finish!
Aug-21-14  AnowonTheRuinSage: erniecohen is not correct in saying that 26. Qg4 is a huge blunder. After 26... Kg7 27. Rg1 is totally winning. The main line goes 27...g5 28. Qh5 Be7 29. h4 Qd4 30. Rgf1 Rf8. 31. Rg3 Kh7 32. hxg5 Bxg5+ 33. Kb1
Jan-31-15  MariusDaniel: Very nice chessplay,attacking force by Women's World Chess Champion!!It's Great!
Mar-02-15
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  Alex Schindler: I must say, though she was clearly winning her ending took me by surprise. That was a a beautiful little mating combination. Has almost a 19th century feel to it, as artistic as it is effective
Mar-29-15
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  kingscrusher: Very exciting game! Almost "mega-exciting" !
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