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Yifan Hou vs Humpy Koneru
Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship Match (2011), Tirana ALB, rd 3, Nov-18
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-18-11  DIO: Thank you CG!!
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  tpstar: <> Thanks for the second broadcast. =)

Hou is in the driver's seat, winning a nice game with Black yesterday, but there's plenty of time for Humpy to catch up.

Nov-18-11  14DogKnight: rooting for Humpy
Nov-18-11  14DogKnight: I envy that guy sitting between Kramnik and Carlsen as they analyze their game on the live feed.
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  SCUBA diver: Instead of 23. N-d2, I would have played R-e2. All black pieces are frozen.
Nov-18-11  waustad: The ladies are taking a beating in the Max Euwe tournament today. They'd been leading.
Nov-18-11  Ulhumbrus: Koneru's King is ahead in development of White's King, but is at the moment a target as in a middlegame instead of a weapon as in the endgame. This suggests that Black is advised to try to exchange pieces. With fewer pieces on the board, the Black King may be able to become a weapon as in an ending instead of a target as in a middlegame.
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  Gordon1306: Good Afternoon. I think this is a draw now. Hou should not be trading a strong connected pawn (b2, or f4) for the weak Black pawn (c5).
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  Gordon1306: Black should easily draw now - take the b4 pawn follow up with the D rook to the 2nd rank and keep checking.
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  Gordon1306: Re4 loses a pawn to ... Re4. ... Ne4 and White wins a pawn with Re5.
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  SCUBA diver: Black really messed up and will cost two pawns.
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  Gordon1306: Both ladies deserve to lose this game. Just too many inaccuracies here. Bad for a World Championship match.
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  SCUBA diver: The white Knight belongs on b4.
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  SCUBA diver: 45. R-f6+, 46. R-f2
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  Gordon1306: Black threatens mate on the spot! 46. Kg4 should foil that.
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  Gordon1306: Thanks CG for the broadcast. Good nite.
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Nov-19-11  xanadu: This is not the way for Koneru to play against Yifan. Koneru should continuous playing Petroff as in game 2, trying to go to a positional game not to positions with unstabilities, like Ruy Lopez or Nimzo Indians. Try to force things is not a good advice for Koneru, she should have more patience.
Nov-19-11  xanadu: The above is based on the model that Koneru can only beat Hifan if having a small but clear advantage for the endgame. I assume it is well demonstrated that nowadays Koneru can not defeat Hifan in a tactic-aggresive game. Thus, she must avoid Ruy Lopez, Scotch, Sicilian with black and Nimzo Indians, Ragozin with White.
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  4tmac: Open Ruy surprised me, too. Still, got a relatively even position by move 15. She gets 2 blacks in a row here & I think wants to "mix it up". Probably see a Petroff (Berlin?) today. Not enough matches anymore.
Nov-20-11  Toliman: BTW, this was Game 4.
Nov-20-11  xanadu: 4tmac: yes, a probem of this match is the reduced number of games which strongly constraints the development of an strategic plan.
Nov-21-11  whithaw: Is it just me, or is Hou's play reminiscent of Karpov's play in this game? I really like the clarity of her play. Her calculations are very concrete, and the pieces flow with very precise logic.
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  Penguincw: Once again, the extra pawn is worth nothing.
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