Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Yifan Hou vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe/Baden Baden GER, rd 3, Apr-02
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1


explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Yifan Hou/M Vachier-Lagrave games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Olga is our default viewer, but we offer other choices as well. You can use a different viewer by selecting it from the pulldown menu below and pressing the "Set" button.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-02-18  Ulhumbrus: 10 Qc3 does not threaten much because Black can always play ...Nh5 if he wishes. If White does not want to play something like 10 Qh4, one alternative to 9 Qxd4 9 Nxd4.

12 Na3 develops the knight on the rim

25 Qe3? instead of 25 Nd5 seems inexact because 25...a5 prepares to obstruct White's queen's bishop by 26...b4 in reply to 26 Nd5.

Premium Chessgames Member
  ajk68: 33. Bf1?? was the fatal mistake. MVL didn't have anything until then.
Apr-02-18  Robyn Hode: Except pressure and superior piece placement.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: yifan missed long term planning around the queenside pawn structure after the heavy pieces were removed. The difference between 100 chess rating points.
Apr-02-18  JPi: Agree. Indeed Hou Yifan was able to draw vs Anand and got more than decent positions against Carlsen and Maxime but somehow around move 25 she failed to find the right plan. Here 22.e4?! is going nowhere. 22.Ne3! then 23.Qa5 looking on a6 and c7 was better. On Carlsen' game 23...Bh8 with Nbd7-Nf8-Ne6 or 23...Nbd7 immediately then Ra8 and Qd8-Qf8 to keep dark squares control pressure on a bit shattered pawn structure. She seems to need this feeling that Judith Polgar haved against the very best "I can beat all of them"
Premium Chessgames Member
  catlover: <ajk68: 33. Bf1?? was the fatal mistake. MVL didn't have anything until then.>

Stockfish agrees and suggests that 33. Bf3 would have been better.

Apr-04-18  dehanne: Yifan needs to manage her time on the clock better.
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: 1) +0.86 (41 ply) 22.Ne3 e6 23.Qa5 Qb7 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Bxd5 Qxd5 26.Qxa6 h5 27.Bb4 h4 28.Qc6 Qxc6 29.Rxc6 Ra8 30.Rc2 hxg3 31.hxg3 Bf8 32.Bxf8 Kxf8 33.e3 Ke7 34.Kg2 f5 35.Kf3 Kf6 36.e4 b4 37.Ke3 e5 38.f4 exf4+ 39.gxf4 fxe4 40.Kxe4 Ra7 41.Rg2 Rh7 42.Rd2 Rh3 43.Rd4 Rh2

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collection [what is this?]
98_A04-A06_Reti / Zukertort / sometimes w/(b3)
by whiteshark

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC