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Yifan Hou vs Magnus Carlsen
Tata Steel (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-22
Ponziani Opening: Jaenisch Counterattack (C44)  ·  0-1


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Jan-22-13  Michael1234567891011: houdini eval is now at has a slight edge in this position ;)
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  lost in space: she resigned.
Jan-22-13  frogbert: looks like hou takes the loss in good spirit. :o)
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  FSR: Houdini says it's mate in 29.
Jan-22-13  Cemoblanca: All in all, she has done a good job!
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  morfishine: There's something about that dancing rook; it looks so silly, yet I can't take my eyes off it
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  perfidious: <FSR> Mate in 29, is it? And I thought Carlsen was implacable....
Jan-22-13  DcGentle: Conclusion: Carlsen won in spite of some inaccuracies. Other players lose due to some inaccuracies.
Jan-22-13  yoozum: <Van Wely beat Sokolov? Now, thats news>

Van Wely beating anyone at a tournament like this is news.

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  whiteshark: Good show!

Here's some chess-related music to conclude the game ...

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  pawn to QB4: <Jan-21-13
pawn to QB4: Having seen his methods so far, my prediction: Carlsen in 70.>
Blast, she threw in the towel - I had hopes for that one. Foiled again!!
Jan-22-13  sfm: "There's something about that dancing rook; it looks so silly, yet I can't take my eyes off it" The drawing is 35 years old. The guy made excellent drawing for our chess club publications. Here are more (non-chess, though) on his home page.
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  lost in space: MC has the potential to reach ELO 3000
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  DrNyet: <sfm> Looks like the same artist used in Mihail Marin's book Learn from the Legends. Nice.
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  lost in space: 66...c5 is a very nice move to finish the game. White can not take the pawn and now White will move 67...Qd4, breaking the control of the diagonal a1-h8, breaking the pin of Pb2. White has no serious checks and so 68...b1=Q next (also after 68. Qe1+)
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  whiteshark: Carlsen annotates his game:
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  chancho: Hou played her heart out, but Magnus is just too good.
Jan-22-13  Tadeucouto: A grand game!
Jan-22-13  mrbasso: She needs a better trainer. Apparently she had no idea how to play this opening. Black is already clearly better after only 12 moves.
Jan-22-13  Ulhumbrus: Two alternatives to 5 e5 are 5 cd and 5 Bc4
Jan-22-13  csmath: This is actually a brilliant game. Starting with 33. ... c3!! which is like a cutting of Gordian knot, so simplistic and yet not so "obvious."

The rest of the game is just complete demonstration of exceptional positional power of this guy. Hou Yifan deserves kudos for bravery and a better coach. She really had no chance.

Jan-22-13  LivBlockade:

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If White tries 55. f6, Black wins quickly with 55 ... b2! The point is that after 56. Qxb2 Qh1+ followed by ...Qh2+ wins the queen.

Jan-26-13  isemeria: In addition to <LivBlockade's> line, with 54...Ka6 black also threatens ...Qb5+ with a simple win.

<54...Ka6!> is such a beautiful move, and one that I couldn't understand during the live game. Engine confirms it's the most effective move for black.

Feb-02-13  Ulhumbrus: Here are Lasker's comments on the variation of the Ponziani opening which begins with the move 3...Nf6 in the opening section of Lasker's manual of chess:

<<Black will do best to attempt neither gain of a pawn nor to sacrifice a pawn but rather to strive for continued development>

3...Nf6 4 d4 Nxe4

<Now 5...f5 is possible; hence White is forced to attempt a counterattack>

5 d5 Nb8

<The knight must not go to e7 where it would block bishop and queen.>

6 Nxe5

<Or else 6 Bd3 Nc5>

6...Bc5 7 Nd3 Bb6 8 Be2 0-0 9 0-0 d6
10 Nd2 Nxd2

<The knight is captured because it threatens to exchange the valuable KB via c4

Black will now complete his development by Nd7, Re8 and Nf8

Black is by no means restricted to the above line of play. He may, for instance, very well play>

4...exd4 5 e5

<Or 5 cxd4 d5 , whereupon Black is secure.>

5... Nd5

<5...Ne4 would be speculative, not to say hazardous. 6 Qe2 f5 7 exf6 d5. Still, White's task is by no means simple. For instance, 8 Nfd2 Qxf6 9 f3 d3 10 Qe3 Qg5 and White has had his trouble for next to nothing>

6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nbd2 d6

or 6...d6 7 Nc3 Be6 8 Bb5 Be7 9 exd6 cxd6

<All in all, the difficulties that Black encounters in this opening are not considerable>


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  thegoodanarchist: Carlsen beat Hou. <Who?> Yes, Hou. <Right, I am asking who did he beat?> Hou! <Just answer the question!>
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