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Yifan Hou vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Corus Group B (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-09  computer chess guy: This looked like a draw until 52. ♘e4, which (it seems to me) just drops a pawn unnecessarily.
Jan-18-09  Ladolcevita: Yifan should improve her ending game.....
Jan-18-09  shintaro go: Good job Rustam for snatching the full point.
Jan-18-09  slomarko: i don't understand why is everybody going on about how this Yifan is some great talent. whenever i check her games i see nothing specialy really. anyway here she had a completely drawn endgame.

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but ruined with 52...Ne4??

Jan-18-09  Ladolcevita: <slomarko>
i think its because she is very young and her ELO is relatively high....

Jan-18-09  Andrijadj: Hou Yifan is an fourteen years old girl with ELO close to 2600...Maybe her play in this game was not good,but she is very SPECIAL...
Jan-18-09  Catholic Bishop: <slomarko>
I'm sure you won't mind checking out her game with the 2711 rated Indian #2 Sasikiran right now
Jan-18-09  slomarko: ok she played well but Sasi played like a patzer.
Jan-18-09  dumbgai: <slomarko> Well Anand played well but Kramnik played like a patzer. It takes a great player to make another great player look bad.
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  Albertan: This game is unbeliveable from an opening move perspective.Yifan and Kasimdzhanov followed the game Anand,Viswanathan (2505) - Timoscenko,Gennadij (2490) [C92] Frunze Frunze, 1987 for the first 34 moves (in a different move order) before Kasimdzhanov played 34...Qxb2 which is a theoretical novelty. In the Anand-Timoscenko game, Timoscenko played 34...Qxb2:

Anand,Viswanathan (2505) - Timoscenko,Gennadij (2490) [C92] Frunze Frunze, 1987
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bc2 exd4 14.cxd4 Nb4 15.Bb1 c5 16.d5 Nd7 17.Ra3 c4 18.Nd4 Qf6 19.N2f3 Nc5 20.axb5 axb5 21.Nxb5 Rxa3 22.Nxa3 Ba6 23.Re3 Rb8 24.Rc3 Nbd3 25.Bxd3 cxd3 26.Be3 Nxe4 27.Rc6 Ra8 28.Qa4 d2 29.Nxd2 Nxd2 30.Rxa6 Rxa6 31.Qxa6 Qxb2 32.Bxd2 Qxd2 33.Qc4 Qe1+ 34.Qf1 Qd2 35.Qc4 g6 36.g3 h5 37.Kg2 Bg7 38.Qe4 Bd4 39.Qf3 Qa2 40.Nb5 Bxf2 41.Nc3 Qc2 42.Ne2 Bd4 43.g4 hxg4 44.hxg4 Be5 45.Kf1 Kg7 46.Ng1 Qc1+ 47.Kg2 Qd2+ 48.Kf1 Qc2 49.Nh3 Qb1+ 50.Kg2 Qa2+ 51.Kf1 Qa1+ 52.Kg2 Qa2+ 53.Kf1 Qa1+ 54.Kg2 Qb2+ 55.Kf1 Qb1+ 56.Kg2 Qb2+ 57.Kf1 Qc1+ 58.Kg2 Qd2+ 59.Kf1 Bd4 60.Nf4 Qe3 61.Qxe3 Bxe3 62.Ng2 Bc1 63.Ne1 f5 64.gxf5 g5 65.Nd3 Bf4 66.Kg2 Kf6 67.Nb4 Kxf5 68.Nc6 Ke4 69.Ne7 Be5 0–1

Jan-19-09  Confuse: Can someone explain to me why not 35. Rxa8? I am confuse...d
Jan-19-09  Karpova: <Confuse: Can someone explain to me why not 35. Rxa8? I am confuse...d>

35.Rxa8 Qc1+ 36.Kh2 Nf1+ 37.Kg1 Nxe3+ 38.Kh2 Nf1+ 39.Kg1 Ng3+ 40.Kh2 Ne2 [see diagram]

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41.h4 Qg1+ 42.Kh3 Qh1+ 43.Kg4 Qxg2+ [see diagram]

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This might be the reason.

Jan-19-09  Jim Bartle: He's pretty informed about chess. I wonder if "timhortons hears of Hou"?
Jan-20-09  Confuse: <Karpova> ... I have much to learn. : 0 thank u.
Jan-21-09  KingG: Yes, as <Albertan> points out, it's pretty incredible that this game follows Anand vs G Timoshchenko, 1987 for 34 moves. I wonder if either player was aware of that game?
Jan-25-09  jjp: The position after 36…Qxd2 is given in the Ruy Lopez: a Guide for Black on page 89. The assessment given appears to be accurate; Black has a “slight edge” due to the pawns on d5 and f2 being potentially weak. Presuming that research to play a line is the same type of research that one does to write a book on a line, I would guess that Kasimdzhanov came across this game when he decided to add the 17…c4 Zaitsev line to his opening repertoire. Besides who plays the Closed Spanish without looking at Anand’s games in the chosen line?
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