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Borya Ider vs Yifan Hou
"This Won't Borya" (game of the day Mar-31-2017)
Tradewise Gibraltar (2017), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 7, Jan-28
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  0-1


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Jan-31-17  Imran Iskandar: Magnificent game!
Jan-31-17  Thrajin: Brilliant positional queen sacrifice. I'll be analyzing these lines for days. I wonder if she would have trusted her abilities and entered that line if she had been playing higher level opposition.

I hope to see such exciting and confident play from her as she continues to climb toward 2700.

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  luzhin: wtpy, after 51.Qh7+ Bh5 Hou has complete shelter from checks and if then 52.Kxf1 Rb8 wins.
Jan-31-17  dehanne: Three pieces vs queen and offside bishop. Black never looked in trouble.
Jan-31-17  Moszkowski012273: Isn't 15...Nc5 quite a bit stronger?
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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Yifan Hou!
Feb-07-17  Mudphudder: I didn't even consider that this entire game was figured out by her over the board. Even more remarkable! Hou really plays some enterprising chess!!! She deserves to joint the ranks of the 2700 players without doubt.
Feb-09-17  FairyPromotion: Considering that this game is a superb one featuring a brilliant queen sacrifice, adding the fact that she is the Women's World Champion, who won't defend her title, plus keeping in mind the way she exited the tournament, I think I have the perfect pun for this game...

GotD: Runaway Bride

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  morfishine: <FairyPromotion> Spare us the dumb comments you asinine fairy: You wouldn't know a pun if it was staring you in the face
Mar-06-17  ColeTrane: <Morfishine> there you go again....well then what's YOUR suggestion...???
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  ChessHigherCat: It's amazing how all seven of the possible squares for white's rook lose the exchange on move 29. At first I thought Rb1 was a safe square but 29..Nf3+ 30. Kh1/g2 and white is forked again with Nd2!
Mar-07-17  Pasker: Brilliant game by Hou YiFan. But I doubt if it works against a strong GM. Seems like Hou took the gamble against the poor IM.
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  perfidious: <Pasker....Seems like Hou took the gamble against the poor IM.>

'Poor' IM?

All the IMs I faced in my playing days were quite competent.

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  Alex Schindler: Unbelievable over the board calculation. (Or intuition, considering how deep some of the lines go at a material disadvantage?) That f3 bishop is more of a pope, dominating the board like some divine emissary. The sacrifice of a queen for two minor pieces and an amazing initiative reminds me of the game of the (last) century, though I feel the positional compensation here and less immediate tactical followup makes it a more sophisticated queen sacrifice to recognize than Fischer's.

I'm curious whether the only computer assessed imperfections in her game, moves 37-40,reflect a rush to conclude the brilliancy with more time to think.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 45...Nxf1 allowed a double check with Rook and Queen. Black allowed a double check. Unbelievable.
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  ChessHigherCat: Hence the famous quote: Take the rook, I'der (Y'Hou)
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  HeMateMe: Amazing. I remember when this was played, the event. You don't forget games like this. Reminds me of stuff by shirov and Morozevich, the long hunt that takes 15 moves or more.
Mar-31-17  protonchess: Despite the sparkling ending, this game was not mostly a tactical matter. It was about WK hemmed in by his own pieces, WB being totally winterized (TM) and not enough open lines for the WQ to make her mark. I admire this kind of sacrifice much more than the tactical kind because it requires courage, something mostly absent from most modern games (IMO).
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  HeMateMe: winterized?
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  catlover: "This Won't Borya"? No, I don't think Ider was bored. My guess is that he was sweating bullets.

Beautiful game by Yifan Hou (Hou Yifan?). I love the way Ider's queen was trapped by his own pawns and Hou's minor pieces for much of the middle game, as well as Hou's king walk starting on move 26.

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  morfishine: With all due respect to the powerful Hou, I'm surprised Ider let this one slip away, certainly a draw was in hand


Mar-31-17  belgradegambit: Reminiscent of this GOTD D Mackenzie vs D Pruess, 2006. I've had 2 blitz games where I had 2 minors plus 2p for my queen. In both my opponent had "trapped" my queen but I won both because of more active minors and a safer king. These games are worth study.
Apr-02-17  protonchess: @HeMateMe:

W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919

May-15-17  Isilimela: I would have titled this "Queen
t-hou-gh Queenless" !
Jul-12-17  The Kings Domain: Impressive victory by Hou, her best yet. The admirable foresight of the queen sacrifice early in the game is very Karpovian; I didn't know she had it in her.
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