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Yifan Hou vs Jon Ludvig Hammer
FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2017), Moscow RUS, rd 7, May-19
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0
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May-19-17
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  tamar: Hou has been on the wrong side of these grinding endgames losses before, so she was ready when Hammer got too aggressive with 65...f4?
May-19-17
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  beenthere240: Ropa-a-dopa.
May-19-17
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  beenthere240: I was surprised that she won the exchange so quickly in the game and held on tenaciously. But I agree with Tamar, it couldn't see a way for White to make progress until Black broke open the position with 65...f4.
May-19-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <tamar: Hou has been on the wrong side of these grinding endgames losses before, so she was ready when Hammer got too aggressive with 65...f4>

Hou to hammer the Hammer

May-19-17
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  tamar: <CHC> and Hou was singing...

Bang, bang, Jon Ludwig Hammer, I came down upon his head,

Bang bang, Jon Ludwig Hammer, I made sure that he was dead.

May-19-17
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  beenthere240: I can't believe that Hammer plays 14...c5 without noticing that it opens a line on his a8R. So what was the idea?
May-19-17  devere: Hammer works long and hard to earn the draw, and then gives the game to Hou with 65...f4??. I am guessing that he overlooked that after 66.gxf4 g3 67.Ra5! stops the pawn from queening.
May-19-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <beenthere240: I can't believe that Hammer plays 14...c5 without noticing that it opens a line on his a8R. So what was the idea?>

I've seen that in some other game recently. I think the idea is that if 15. Ng4 then Rc8 and white doesn't have anything. 15. Ne5 is trickier but I think black would be happy to exchange the rook for the white LSQ because white's castle would be so weak afterwards. For example, 15...Nxe5 16. Bxa8 Qxa8 17. dxe5 Nd5 and I'd rather have black, but I'm a lowly human, only Stockfish knows for sure.

May-19-17
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  SirRuthless: Really nice technical play in the endgame by the young Tigress.
May-20-17
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  HeMateMe: nice grind by Hou. Does anyone set up these endgame positons with an engine, then try to win them playing the stronger side? I wonder if Hammer's position was defendable?
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