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Yifan Hou vs Humpy Koneru
Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship Match (2011), Tirana ALB, rd 2, Nov-15
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-15-11  haydn20: <master> 34. Kc1 Bf4+ 35. Bc2 Rc8+ wins the B at cf2.
Nov-15-11  sevenseaman: I think Humpy will sac her dsb at a3. Accepted she can catch Hou's LSB thru a discovered check.
Nov-15-11  gunjan8390: hey one thing amazed me today there is no comment regarding her hot bindi!!
Nov-15-11  BobbyFissure: Looks dead equal to me.
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  Gypsy: Well, thus far I see White dancing between threats in all I can think of. (But I am bad in tactics.)
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  Domdaniel: Looks like they've decided to draw. Black has no good Zwischenzugs or intermezzos, unfortunately.
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  Chessmensch: I hope it's not like yesterday when there was an obvious draw, but they played on and on, each (apparently) hoping that the other would blunder, which didin't happen.
Nov-15-11  sevenseaman: A tough node for White.
Nov-15-11  sevenseaman: Humpy should win.
Nov-15-11  gunjan8390: in last 5moves humpy loses her winning chances and now its a dead draw..humpy played well but now yifan managed to equalise preety well.may be we r heading towards an end game of bishops with opposite colour...
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  Domdaniel: The main drawing factor is the balanced pawn formation, not the bishops. Opposite colour bishops only become drawish when rooks are gone.
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  tamar: Hou confirmed she did not prepare anything special when misunderstanding a question in the press conference.

She answered "not much in the Russian" when asked how much preparation she did before the match, and went on to say that she just prepared "normal openings"

Nov-15-11  sevenseaman: How about 42. Bxd2+ in lieu of Rc8+?
Nov-15-11  gunjan8390: 34..Ra8?? The point where everything changes on the other hand if 34..Bb3+35.Kb2/Kb1..Bd1 ..winning a pawn 35Kc1??losse to Bf4+ only 35Ka1 which can maintain the pressure on the position..
Nov-15-11  haydn20: <gunjan8390> 34...Bc3+ 35. Ka1 and Black still has to play 35...Kf8 to free the rook, similar to the game.
Nov-15-11  haydn20: That is, Bb3+
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  HeMateMe: I think Yifan went for the piece swap in the center with exchange of queens, because her Q-side pawn structure looked vulnerable to attack. Black's attack would arrive before white could get anything going on the kingside.
Nov-15-11  haydn20: <HeMateMe> Agreed. And what does this indicate about 0-0-0 in this line?
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  HeMateMe: ...I think it means Yifan wasn't prepared for black's bringing the Queen out so early, or some other move that she hadn't looked at, or ran through the computer. It happens.

It may be Hou Yifan is just planning to beat Koneru without significant prep, just get by on her talent OTB.

Nov-16-11  xanadu: I agree with HemateMe and Haydn20. However, talent will not be enough (I think) to beat now Koneru, who has prepared this match very well from the strategic point of view. Playing Petroff with black and Catalan with White is the best choice she could make. She has to wait till impatient leads Yifan to make mistakes. To take a chance on that, Koneru must avoid to be under time pressure, something that is also prevented with a good opening preparation; I mean a specific preparation for playing against Hou. Koneru is following the recipe perfectly. She has to wait her moment, as a shark. Tactic talent versus positional and strategic preparation. WeŽll see a nice match!
Nov-16-11  xanadu: Ezzy raised the relevant question some pages before: if Koneru equalizes easily with the Petroff, will Hifan play d4 then? Sooner or later Hifan will try to play agressively to demonstrate she is the best and becasue is in her spirit. At that moment Koneru must not be under time presure, otherwise she usually makes silly mistakes, and with a good positional structure of pieces and pawns skeleton. Koneru must no search for complications: just expect the complications to come and then get a litle but enough advantage after middle game.
Nov-16-11  DAVI DE RAFE: koneru lokachampionavan sadhyathayundu.
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  Penguincw: Opposite side castling can't create a "1" for either side.
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