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Yifan Hou vs Mariya Muzychuk
Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016), Lviv UKR, rd 5, Mar-08
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <HeMateMe>: Well-stated. I concur.
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  Robin01: I am not sure why Hou is taking so long, I just assumed the move 10.Bc3 was coming next and was going to be played like almost immediately.
Mar-08-16  patfoley: Bc3 leads to a Q chase and lots of free moves for Black.
Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <Robin01>: Plus, White's Bc3 might prompt . . . Nd5, offering an exchange at c3 that, if accepted by White with b2xNc3, would open up White's b-file, which might be undesirable.
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  HeMateMe: any info on what team of Ukrainian GMs, if any, has helped Ms. Muzychuk prepare for this match? Surely she has done some homework, for something this important.
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  PawnSac: < patfoley: Bc3 leads to a Q chase >

right. 10. Bc3 Be6 11. Qh4 f6 with the threat of Nf5 if the Q runs back to e4 or a4 black has a nice square Nc5, and certainly not Qh3? Nd4 etc. Yifan played prudently.

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  PawnSac: I was thinking on the problem of the Bc8 (the light square bishop development is so typically key in these openings). but if ..Be6 Ng5 when Bd5 is impossible because of the Nf5 (e4 fork) so then Bd7?! its all kinda awkward, which probably is why Muz chose the immediate Nd4 to trade off that pesky KN.
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: I love the way that Mariya plays dynamic chess. She is a fighter all the time....
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: After 12...Bg4! Black threatens to isolate White's d pawn by exchanging twice on f3, but on 13 Nxd4 exd4 White has a backward e pawn. The move 12 Re1?! begins to look like an error.
Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <Robin01>: 14. Bh6 (backed by Qc1) suggests another reason why White kept her dsb at d2.
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  Robin01: <luftforlife:>Thanks.
Mar-08-16  BOSTER: If Capablanca as black had this pos, he'd win.
Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus>: I see what you mean. I had thought doubled pawns for White at f2 and f3 would be problematic, but this seems worse for White. Black's pawn at d4 binds White's backward pawn at e2, and this prevents White from advancing her pawn and rook down e-file so she can move her a-rook to e1.
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  Robin01: Black has equalized nicely, but the position looks kind of equal to me. Both sides look like they are waiting for the other side to start something so they can just react to it.
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  Robin01: I think it is time for white to start a minority attack on the queenside.
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  whiteshark: Both <♘ax> need better squares...
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  Gypsy: <BOSTER: If Capablanca as black had this pos, he'd win.>

Capa would win with White, just the same.

Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: Would someone please tell me about the delay? How long is and why are they using it? Is this another Kramnik/Topolav issue?/
Mar-08-16  caissafan1963: I think Black is better here. That thorn on d4 is really cramping her.
Mar-08-16  Sanjeev Thakur: Position of black is better
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: <GiuocoPianoMan: Would someone please tell me about the delay? How long is and why are they using it? Is this another Kramnik/Topolav issue?/> Here is a link to the live games display on the chess24 website:
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: "Yes Virginia. There really is an En passant rule." I teach chess at a grade school. Kid asked the other day- "Why do some people think taking a pawn en passant is cheating?"
Mar-08-16  GiuocoPianoMan: <ULHUMBRUS> Thanks. I have that link but I dont understand what all this talk about a delay is?
Mar-08-16  luftforlife: <GiuocoPianoMan>: I believe our feed is delayed one half-hour.
Mar-08-16  Ulhumbrus: Hou Yifan would like her isolated d pawn to become a weapon while Black wants it to be a target. Let us try a few moves: 21 d4 Nc7 22 Rad1 Rad8. The White pawn seems kept back for the moment but if we assume that Hou Yifan is a dangerous tactician this suggests that she will look for ways to play d4-d5 as a pawn sacrifice. Muzychuk may try to blockade it by ...Nd5 and avoid d5 as a pawn sacrifice. Whether she can and does remains to be seen.
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