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Yifan Hou vs Viswanathan Anand
Tata Steel (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-25-13
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  AylerKupp: And at d=24 Rybka is now showing mate in 23 after 46.a5.
Jan-25-13  frogbert: i guess anand feels rather unimpressed with himself right now. he kind of gazes purposelessly into the air, possibly wanting to scream - or just disappear. that's all speculation of course. :o)
Jan-25-13  queenfortwopawns: Anand always has a rather passive expression. Can't read too much into that :)
Jan-25-13  frogbert: after Ke4 it's the game of "corresponding squares": when the black king goes to d4, white needs to be able to play Kb3. hence Kc2 or Kb2 now.
Jan-25-13  Ulhumbrus: On 47 Kc4 White has the option of creating a passed pawn on either the a or b file depending on which diagonal Black's king chooses
Jan-25-13
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  Marmot PFL: 47 b5 also seemed drawn but this could be simpler.
Jan-25-13  haydn20: 47. b5 and the Pawns are just too fast. 47. Kc2 seems to do no harm but b5 seems easier.
Jan-25-13
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  Marmot PFL: 48...e4 so 49 b5 has to be played
Jan-25-13  queenfortwopawns: That picture doesn't do Hou justice. She's way prettier now :)
Jan-25-13
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  OneArmedScissor: <queenfortwopawns: That picture doesn't do Hou justice. She's way prettier now :)> I thought that was a man?
Jan-25-13  Ulhumbrus: He let the win slip. He missed something, whatever it was.
Jan-25-13  SloVice: <Ulhumbrus: He let the win slip. He missed something, whatever it was.>

According to the official site, the Houdini eval dropped from -1.77 to -0.44 after 42...Nf5.

Jan-25-13  notyetagm: <Ulhumbrus: He let the win slip. He missed something, whatever it was.>

Anand missed 45 g3-g4!= when he played ... ♘f5?.

Jan-25-13  notyetagm: <queenfortwopawns: That picture doesn't do Hou justice. She's way prettier now :)>

Yes. And I love the sound of her voice.

Jan-25-13  Medieval Knight: Too bad Yifan's passed pawn wasn't on the a-file!
Jan-25-13
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  beenthere240: Once (but not until) black pushes the e pawn (unprotecting it), white can run the a and b pawns, forcing a passer, which will require black to retreat and abandon the e pawn.
Jan-25-13  IndigoViolet: One of the greatest embarrassments of Anand's career. I just hope Carlsen or whoever puts this fake plastic world champion out of his misery come November.
Jan-25-13
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  HeMateMe: aNUTHER satisfied customer...
Jan-25-13  fisayo123: <indogoviolet> wow
Jan-30-13  notyetagm: <fisayo123: <indogoviolet> wow>

Yes, where were these Anand-bashers after his all-time great victory over Aronian?

Jan-30-13  IndigoViolet: <IndigoViolet: <He also compared the ideas in his game to Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907>

That's like a joke. Rubbishtein found his moves OTB. Vishy's a fake plastic world champion of computer preparation.>

Jan-30-13
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  perfidious: Have to hand it to <Indigo>-he manages to denigrate the world champion and a past contender for the title in one fell swoop.

Anand committed an egregious error in this game: who among us has not?

With little trouble, a list of such mistakes, involving all greats of our beloved game, could be compiled.

As to the remark on computer preparation, for any top player not to use engines would be analogous to one of the great modern tennis players borrowing an old-style racquet from Bjorn Borg and trying to win an event.

Jan-30-13
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  andrewjsacks: Hey, Anand-bashers. You might demonstrate a little self-control until a challenger actually beats him in a WC match. And that will not be easy, despite the fact that Anand may have lost a half-step in the recent year or two. Only Carlsen would be favored over him, and not by much.
Jan-30-13
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  perfidious: <andrew> Words of wisdom, but I fear they will be lost on those ready to pull down the temple, who have had Anand out the door for a long while now.

Once more, I say to the multitudes: Remember Iron Tigran in 1966, facing another young gun with plenty of successes to his credit.

Jul-22-14  Chessinfinite: Nice game by the Women's World Champion against Anand.

However, We got this from the Charming Chinese lady after the match in her blog:

"It is the first encounter between Yifan and the current FIDE champion. The game ended after 52 moves expectedly with a draw. Considering that Viswanathan Anand is the reigning world champion, it is obvious that the International Chess Federation is somehow completely on the wrong track. "

An 'expected' draw with Anand is something to be proud of girl. Good luck to Hou Yifan !

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