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Yifan Hou vs Antoaneta Stefanova
FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009), Instanbul TUR, rd 3, Mar-09
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0



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Mar-09-09  autobezerk: Great attacking play by Yifan. maybe 61.Rf5 would be more effective

Mar-10-09  Ladolcevita: wow,resplendent!!Last night,when it came to the ending,I thought it would be a dead draw or practically a draw,and went to sleep;and it turned out to be a subtle and delicate positional priority.
Mar-10-09  Ladolcevita: BTW,Stefanova is not a little fish,shes a woman world champion!! Reminds me of that funny sentence:Latter waves push the frontal waves in ChangJiang River,frontal waves die in the beach.(Formal couplet answer is:New generation replace the old one!)
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  Gilmoy: LOL ... <53.Qc3+> White queen goes down half a flight of stairs, stretches to reach the upper shelf, comes back up the stairs. This motif is rare enough when she uses it to creep closer to a King -- this is the first time I've seen it used to move farther away.

Funny: Jump between <51..Qe8> and <59..Kh8>. Now that's <really> losing a pawn for nothing!!

Mar-10-09  misigabor: Sorry for the question. After a queen change, and ...a6, ...a5, ...a4, ...a3, ... why not draw? If the white king goes to the 'a' column, the black king can reach both white pawns. Or not? How?
Mar-10-09  euripides: <misigabor> the two white pawns effectively protect each other, because if Black ever plays Kxg3, White will play h5 and then queen. So Black can only wait while White takes the a pawn and returns with her king.
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  Gilmoy: Yes, two connected passed pawns form a <shield pair>, which beats a lone King. He can never move farther north than the front one, or it'll run away from him. Corollary: He can <never capture the back one>. So he's stuck. Meanwhile, the other King is free to roam. <Shield pair> is a tyro-level endgame pattern, i.e. newbies learn it to become non-newbies.

An intermediate two-pawn pattern is: <two connected passed pawns on the 6th beats a Rook> (2CCP6 > R), for the same reason: it can capture either one of them, but the other one queens.

An advanced two-pawn pattern is: <a Bishop stalemates a shield pair>. A Bishop is the only minor piece that can capture one pawn and still cover the other one's advance. GMs sporadically exploit this to achieve "miraculous" draws when two pawns down, e.g. Fischer held B+P vs. B+PPP in E Walther vs Fischer, 1959.

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