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Elena Sedina vs Yifan Hou
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008), Nalchik RUS, rd 3, Sep-05
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0

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Sep-05-08  socnegoti: Yifan got simply out-booked in this one.

In the Chekhover Variation black should take with Bxc6 rather than 7...bxc6. It just seems as if black is really struggling from then on. In fact, black has a very bad record with ..bxc6

Black would have had much better drawing chances if she took with 19...cxd5.

19...exd5? was bad move. After this white is definitely winning.

Sep-05-08  socnegoti: http://nalchik2008.fide.com/mediafi...

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Sep-05-08  Blackreptile: Congratulations Helena from an anonymous fan of you! Once more we can apreciate the virtue of playing secondary lines versus super prepared opponents! Impressive game where Black simply do not exist: I hope some commentators will temper their exagerated enthusiasm on this very gifted young chinese player.
Sep-06-08  belgradegambit: All of this heartache can be avoided by playing 4...Bd7.
Sep-08-08  sharkw: I wouldn't say that Hou got outbooked - I assure you that anyone over 2500, even if they don't play this opening, knows that the book move is 7...Bxc6. Rather, she went out of book believing she could outplay her opponent, which turned out to be a dubious decision in hindsight.

After 19. Nxd5 Black is already lost, on 19...cxd5 20. Qa4+ White wins at least a pawn immediately, so relatively speaking the game continuation with 19...exd5 was best, though losing.

Jun-01-10  weisyschwarz: A bold game by Sedina! I am surpised that Hou was somewhat unaware of this opening. Sedina succeeded by keeping the pin alive.

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