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Pavel Eljanov vs Yifan Hou
FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017), Geneva SUI, rd 1, Jul-06
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0
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Jul-06-17  actinia: quickly losing a nearly symmetric opposite-colored bishop endgame is an impressive feat. 35. ... Kf8 and centralizing the king seems called for
Jul-07-17
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  perfidious: <actinia: quickly losing a nearly symmetric opposite-colored bishop endgame is an impressive feat. 35. ... Kf8 and centralizing the king seems called for>

By no means is it so simple as that; Black's queenside weaknesses give her considerable defensive difficulties and the exchange at d4 leaves her no better off than in the game continuation, which I am sure Hou realised if even a player my strength perceives it.

If Hou had tried your suggestion 35....Kf8, 36.Be4 will play against the weak queenside pawns, when 36....Nc4 appears to be well met by 37.Ke2.

Jul-07-17
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  perfidious: <actinia: quickly losing a nearly symmetric opposite-colored bishop endgame is an impressive feat. 35. ... Kf8 and centralizing the king seems called for>

By no means is it so simple as that; Black's queenside weaknesses give her considerable defensive difficulties and the exchange at d4 leaves her no better off than in the game continuation, which I am sure Hou realised if even a player my strength perceives it.

If Hou had tried your suggestion 35....Kf8, 36.Be4 will play against the weak queenside pawns, when 36....Nc4 appears to be well met by 37.Ke2.

Jul-07-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: Went quickly through this game and stopped when Hou played 34... Ba7

I understand that Hou wants to eliminate the Knight d4. However, 34... Kf8 seems a far better way to a. defend the pawn c6, b. strengthen Black's position.

34... Kf8 35. b3 Ke7 36. Be4 Kd7

Position after 34. Bc2


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Jul-07-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: PS 34... Kf8 35. Be4 c5 36. Nb5 Nc4 might be instructive as well.
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