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Yifan Hou vs Fabiano Caruana
GRENKE Chess Classic (2017), Karlsruhe GER, rd 1, Apr-15
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1-0
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Apr-15-17
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  Boomie: <Imran Iskandar: 15...Rf7 is inexplicable.>

Black's pieces are clearly misplaced. The Bd6 belongs on g7 to fill those black holes. His other pieces seem to be stumbling over each other.

Perhaps Rf7 is a prelude to Bf8. Or does he want to double up on the f-file?

I have noticed that Hou plays the openings at least as well as her opponents. She almost always has a plus coming out of the opening. Although Caruana is perhaps the leading openings expert, he is outplayed here.

Apr-15-17
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  SirRuthless: To see Caruana get blown off the board in his pet Ruy is a shocking thing. It feels like his g6-g5 idea was not good but having to play around the white-owned e file for half the game didn't help much either.
Apr-15-17  shintaro go: Berlin got cracked
Apr-15-17
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  tamar: Leko originally thought that 23 Qd2 allowed 23...Nf5, but when it appeared on the board, he saw the trick Hou had prepared

if 23...Nf5 24 Bxf5 Bxf5 25 Re8+ Qxe8 26 Rxe8+ Rxe8 27 Qxd5 attacking both bishops

Apr-16-17
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  maturner: Caruana has been in a slump but so has Hou until now.
Apr-16-17
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  HeMateMe: what's the finishing line?
Apr-16-17  Nerwal: <what's the finishing line?> After some checks ♖1e3 will be decisive.
Apr-16-17
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  Jambow: What a nice game by Hou, her pieces were influencing the whole board, tactically brilliant. Fab is just having a rough go of it the last few weeks.
Apr-16-17
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  chancho: This is worse than hitting a wall.

It's like falling off a cliff.

Apr-16-17
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  whiteshark: Repost from the tournament discussion page:

<alfamikewhiskey: <[CB R1*] report> Fun fact from that report (given it is a fact): Hou-Caruana 1-0: <this was the second time a woman beats a 2800-rated in classical chess. The only other instance dates back to 2006 when Judit Polgar won against Topalov.>>

* http://en.chessbase.com/post/grenke...

Apr-16-17  j4jishnu: Ooi what a game!
Apr-16-17  j4jishnu: Congratulations Yifan. You are a gem.
Apr-16-17  JohnBoy: <Norwalk, HMM> - I like 40...Kg6 41.Qg3 Kf5 42.R (either) e5 fe5 43.Re5 Kf6 44.Qg5#
Apr-16-17  The Kings Domain: Disappointing game by Caruana, he should have won this, considering his opponent's recent whipping by Ivanchuk. Uncharacteristic lifeless play by the Italian master.
Apr-16-17
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  HeMateMe: nice mate john boy!
Apr-16-17
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  Marmot PFL: Good game by Hou but black essentially damaged his own pawn structure with 17...c5 and 20...g5.
Apr-16-17
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  HeMateMe: the black pawns looked big time ugly. Many lost children.
Apr-16-17  Mudphudder: Caruana is simply too streaky. He has good games but this is mixed too often by crappy games that are simply uncharacteristic of a 2800 player. I don't really see him as a world title contender.

Not to discredit Yifan's win here at all b/c she also played a very splendid game here, well above her rating level.

Apr-16-17
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  ChessHigherCat: So what, Caruana loses as black against a 2650 player. If every know-it-all who claimed bad play or a blunder had to show the winning line without resorting to stockfish, I bet there would be a lot fewer yelping patzers out there.
Apr-16-17
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  Gilmoy: <Imran Iskandar: 15...Rf7 is inexplicable. Is a rook on f7 thematic in any lines in this opening?> The only opening I can think of is King's Indian, with the full Bg7-Rf7-Bf8 dance to reinforce d6 and support the pawn storm on g/h. But maybe it works there <because> e is blocked.
Apr-17-17  marcwordsmith: does anyone know why Caruana is skipping the Grand Prix?
Apr-17-17
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  Bobby Fiske: The very top players have good reasons avoiding the present Grand Prix series: *Uncertain schedule: When they sign up, they tie up their schedule, losing other possible tournament invitations. And it's not even sure all scheduled events will take place. *Bad pay and bad play conditions.

The only carrot is that the top two winners gets seeded into the Candidates.

Above is due to the messy state of FIDE organization and economy.

Apr-17-17  marcwordsmith: Thank you, Mr. Fiske. Sad state of affairs indeed. And LOL, Blunderclap.
Apr-19-17  MichaelAndrewLo: Game Analysis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwZ...

Aug-21-17  Yeary: For those who wanna know how Yifan would take the rook and eventually mate:

40. ... Kg5 41. Qxg3+ Kh5 42. Rg8 Rg7 43. Rxg7 Rxg7 44. Qxg7 f545. Re3 Qg6 46. Rh3+ Kg4 47. Qe5 Kg5 48. f4+ Kg449. Qe2+ Kxf4 50. Qe3+ Kg4 51. Qg3#

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