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Rafael Vaganian vs Yifan Hou
Biel (2017), Biel SUI, rd 8, Aug-01
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Morning: Yifan Hou takes the lead at Biel with this game, which features a very pretty combination starting with an inevitable Puzzle of the Day surprise on move 20. And let's give credit to 18...Ng6, which sets a subtle trap.
Aug-01-17
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  beenthere240: Agree about 18....Ng6. As far as the POD, you have to take into account 22. Qg6 which busts the knight fork but then drops the exchange instead of a pawn.

I thought 16. Qh5 looked awful but in a postmortem Yifan said it was the best move and obvious. She spent a long time before deciding on 16...f5. She also showed improvements on 29...Qf4 but acknowledged that the move played was more effective in shutting down black's game even if it didn't win more material. She's very pragmatic and doesn't appear to give a hoot about chess "artistry". And what's wrong with that?

Aug-01-17  JimNorCal: Agree, quite entertaining to play over!
Aug-01-17
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  patzer2: White should have been content to lose a mere pawn with the Knight fork combination 20...Bxg2! 21. Kxg2 Qxd4! 22. exd4 Nf4+ 23. Kf3 Nxh5 24. Re1 Kf7 (-1.07 @ 33 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Trying to complicate with 22. Qxg6?! Qd5+ 23. e4 + to (-1.77 @ 33 depth, Stockfish 8) only made matters worse for White.

P.S.: This is indeed an entertaining game. With this win, the current world top Women's player is in the lead (four wins and only one loss) ahead of four 2700 plus rated players in the strong Biel, Switzerland 2017 Tournament.

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