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Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar
"Passing the Torch" (game of the day Jul-26-12)
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Taimanov Variation (B46)  ·  1-0
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Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar (2012)
Photo courtesy of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.

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Feb-01-12  arunjangity3: Why is this game any more historical than Judit Polgar vs Koneru, 2012, which came first?
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  JointheArmy: <arunjangity3> Because Koneru couldn't muster anything more than a draw and Polgar got blew off the board by Hou?

Forget best women's player, Hou could be giving Magnus a run for his money in a few years time.

Feb-01-12  haydn20: 10...Qb6 from Opening Ex seems more "in the spirit" with some Q-side action. 15...g5 is aggressive, as always: Taimonov got draws with 15...Rd8 and 15...e5. I'd bet that Polgar didn't see 21. e5+. Finally, after 23...f6 24. f4 Black is uncomfortable, but 23...h6? seems to be losing (and Hou never lets up). Seems to me Hou could be a threat against the men right now, and has huge upside.
Feb-02-12  Jaburu: 32.Be4!!! is the stratagem of Makogonov. On this subject, that makes to live the great Vladimir Makogonov, see "Secrets of Chess Intuition", Gambit Publications, page 103.
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  Naniwazu: Nice win by Hou.
Feb-11-12  kurtrichards: <FIDE revised the pairings.> As usual, FIDE played as the "spoiler" again.

What about Hungary-China match? :)

Jul-26-12  LoveThatJoker: I've seen this game before.

GG from GM Hou Yifan, and a worthy GOTD!


Jul-26-12  andrewjsacks: Worthy game and worthy pun (Olympics opening in a day), but Judit has not passed the torch to Yifan yet, and probably won't for quite some time, if ever.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Excellent--I get to ask the Dumb Question of the Day! What happens after 14...Nd5? Is it the pawn sacrifice 15.e5,f6; 16.Ne4,fxe5; 17.c4? Or perhaps the answer is 15.exd5,Kxd6; 16.dxc6+,Kc7; 17.cxd7,Rb8; 18.dxc8/Q+ (and isn't that a journey!)?
Jul-26-12  LoveThatJoker: <An Englishman> There is in-depth analysis of this game by GM Alejandro Ramirez in the following link,

In his analysis he looks at 14...Nd5.


Jul-26-12  master of defence: Why not 22...Kf5?
Jul-26-12  LoveThatJoker: <master of defence> 22...Kf5 23. Nd6+! Kf6 24. Rxe5!

Analysis Diagram - Position after 24. Rxe5!

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <LoveThatJoker>, thanks for the link. If the line really is sound, do you think they might name the variation after me?
Jul-26-12  LoveThatJoker: <An Englishman> Yes! That would be great! :)


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  kevin86: the bishop is trapped!
Jul-26-12  zakkzheng: <kevin86>

Bc8 the bishop is not trapped

Jul-26-12  lemaire90: I have been waiting for this game for a super long time (Y. Hou vs. J. Polgar) !! Glad to see some good chess between the two and looking forward to more games !
Jul-26-12  thendcomes: <JointheArmy> <Because Koneru couldn't muster anything more than a draw and Polgar got blew off the board by Hou? Forget best women's player, Hou could be giving Magnus a run for his money in a few years time.>

You're clearly a big Yifan fan, but relax on the hyperbole, no? Hou didn't blow Polgar off the board (?), and Hou will never compete for #1 in the world.

This is Polgar's first loss to a woman in something like 13 years, and one game doesn't say much, never mind actually prove anything.

Hou is great though, and could eventually take over as best woman in the world.

Jul-26-12  weisyschwarz: ...Bc8 48.f6+ Rxf6 49.Rxc8
May-03-13  mrk1839: this game got Hou Yifan the cover of chess news year book 103 - she is an exciting player to watch and i wish her great luck in winning back her title this year! a full match one day with polgar would also be good for chess - FIDE must join the 21st century soon and organize the women's championship with the same rules and equality we see in men's play - as for this game i have no doubt that both came to win and fight for best play - i have no idea what plumber joe has to do with this game, fischer, or anything worth noticing really
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  Alien Math: Note of some interest are the game after has the Polgar Sisters reappear in Chinese discussions and history of, on the Chinese websites Sohu/Baidu/Weibo
Jan-08-15  MariusDaniel: Very Good game by two GM Ladies!
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  beenthere240: Looking at the comments made in 2012 about Hou's nonexistent chances to play effectively against men. Based on what I'm seeing at Tata Steel 2016, I'm not so sure.
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  beenthere240: Another post after my last entry a little over 1 year ago. This one written while Hou is 3/6 at Grand Prix playing exclusively against men. "Passing the Torch" is quite apt as a title.
Feb-24-17  donjova: <beenthere240:> Hou indeed can play effectively against the top players (who happen to be men), it is enough to look at her rating to see that she is very, very strong grandmaster.

However, she still has a lot of catching up to do to even get close to Judit Polgar's achievements. Hou is currently not in the top 100 players on the rating list, and even her dominance against other women, while great, can't be compared to Polgar's.

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