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Yifan Hou vs David Navara
Biel (2017), Biel SUI, rd 5, Jul-28
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0


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Jul-28-17  bubuli55: Navara. Naudlot.
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  beenthere240: After 8...Nc6 and the capture of the knight, Black has to worry about the his a pawn. And after it falls, White's a pawn has a clear road to promotion.
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  Sokrates: Navara was climbing on a steep cliffside in the last moves and with 39.-♕h4 he fell off. Hou played this resolutely with self-confidence and consequence. An important victory for the world's strongest female chessplayer.
Jul-28-17  Strelets: Reminds me of how Karpov faced the Sicilian when he primarily used 1.e4 in the '70s and early '80s.
Jul-28-17  CountryGirl: Navara is such a nice guy. And he's a fine player. But boy oh boy you'd never bet on him to win, would you?
Jul-29-17  studentt: Why not 17...exf5?
Jul-29-17  Nerwal: <Why not 17...exf5?>

After 17... exf5 18. ♕c4+ ♔h8 19. ♕xc6 Black doesn't win a pawn and has given up the important d5 square. That said, after the energetic 19... ♖c8!? 20. ♕xa6 ♘c5 21. ♕e2 ♘xe4 22. ♘xe4 fxe4 Black has maybe enough counterplay to hold this strategically lost position (23. ♕xe4 ♖f2 24. c4 ♕a5; 23. ♖hf1 e3!).

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  beenthere240: In a post game interview, Navara went on and on about his reaction to 16. f4. He rattled off a myriad of variations and finally concluded that he had a bad position and punted. Or maybe it was Yifan who put the boot in with an immediate f5.
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