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Yifan Hou vs Anish Giri
Biel (2014), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-14
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0
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Jul-14-14
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  whiteshark: Mange tak for ingenting, Anish Giri!

Due to your casual loss I've lost big chess bucks on Biel: HOU SPECIAL

Jul-14-14  ex0duz: From the post-mortem here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZV... @ 3:35 in the video, Giri said that he liked his position after 10. 0-0, but after 11.c4, he didn't like it anymore?

What is the point/meaning of that? He was hoping that Yifan would play something other than c4? Or just that he missed 11.c4 which i find hard to believe..?

Jul-14-14  MountainMatt: I'm tempted to get all sportstalk-ish and call this a "statement game". Bravo Ms. Hou!
Jul-14-14  1971: Hasn't he been watching?? You don't play the Sicilian against Yifan Hou. I still don't get why the women keep doing it. Makes no sense.
Jul-14-14  1971: Before the bandwagon gets too crowded, I've been calling Yifan Hou one of my favorite players for years (right behind Anand and Carlsen), her style is one of the closest to Bobby Fischer that I've seen so far.
Jul-14-14  1d410: <1971> If you watch the post-mortem Giri says he made an unsound sacrifice and that's what made him lose, not the opening.
Jul-14-14
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  WannaBe: Giri must have been channeling good ol' Tal.

"There are sound sacrifices and then there are mine".

Jul-15-14  WiseWizard: <1d410> This opening suits her style perfectly. Check her score in it. #bloodbath
Jul-15-14  ajile: 19.fxg4 Qxd4+! 20.Qxd4 Nxe2+ and Black gets the queen back.
Jul-15-14  1d410: I guess Anish should have played the Berlin then??
Jul-15-14  WiseWizard: <1d410> He might have been cocky, wanted to beat her at her best, prove a point, show her she's playing with the men now. I respect it...
Jul-15-14  dehanne: Losing to a girl always sucks.

Also 8...d5 looking dubious.

Jul-15-14  haydn20: Or it may have been just as <d4110> reports: he said in the post mortem that he thought the sac 8...d5?! gave him good play, only to find that White rebuts it with "natural" moves. For ex, after 9.exd5 Bc5?! 10. Qd2, the Q looks awkward but turns out to have a very good square.
Jul-15-14
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  HeMateMe: I wish she would come to New York and play a simul. I'd give it a go. However, it would be impossible to get a board.
Jul-15-14  Thief: <dehanne: Losing to a girl always sucks.> Why? What about losing to a boy?
Jul-15-14  Conrad93: 6. Be2?

I'm no expert on this line, but this move looks odd.

Jul-15-14  JasonStraigh: <WiseWizard> after losing to her Sicilian last year at Tata Steel (one of his only 2 losses in 13 games), that seems very unlikely.

More likely he legitimately thought it gave him the best chances to win.

If you have any doubt about Hou's ability to "play with the men" I suggest you go take a look at her poisoned pawn game vs Shirov in Tradwise Gibraltar 2012.

Jul-15-14
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  perfidious: <ex0duz....@ 3:35 in the (YouTube) video, Giri said that he liked his position after 10. 0-0, but after 11.c4, he didn't like it anymore?

What is the point/meaning of that? He was hoping that Yifan would play something other than c4? Or just that he missed 11.c4 which i find hard to believe..?>

Even great players can err in their judgements, though I agree that Black appears worse off after 11.c4.

Jul-17-14  Xeroxx: Girl Power!
Jul-18-14  JohnBoy: Giri powered...
Jul-19-14  Ulhumbrus: 3...Nd7 avoids exchanging the queen's bishop but also allows White's queen to stay on the central square d4

8...d5?! opens lines in a position where it is White who has a lead in development. Black does not gain in the end sufficient compensation for the pawn

Jul-23-14  laserlight: <1971: Before the bandwagon gets too crowded, I've been calling Yifan Hou one of my favorite players for years (right behind Anand and Carlsen)>

I started her Wikipedia page back in 2006 because I was (and still am) a fan of Yifan :p

Nov-11-14  Thief: Black's game felt... squeezed and overwhelmed at the same time.
Jan-03-15
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  tpstar: <Lovely Knight´s position after 17.Nxe4> Agree!


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Jul-29-16
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  dernier loup de T: Sure Giri is in love, ha ha ha... to much cute, these two!!
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