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Krishnan Sasikiran vs Yifan Hou
Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 5, Jan-28
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Jan-29-12  cadwallon: How is this a win? Isn't 59... ♔f7 60 ♔f5 a5 61 bxa5 b4 62 a6 b3 63 a7 b2 64 a8=♕ b1=♕+ 65 ♔g5 ♕b5+ 66 ♔h6 ♔xf6 a draw?
Jan-29-12  Rrrto2005: White can play 62.Ke4! 62.Kxf6 63.a6
Jan-29-12  cadwallon: Ah, I see. Thanks.
Jan-30-12  hellopolgar: 46. ... f5 would have at least secured a draw.

this game shows that the current female world champion, Hou, needs more end game practice.

Jan-30-12  timhortons: Sasikiran,K - Hou,Y, 10th Tradewise Festival 2012 Masters 2012


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<yes 46...f5 could equalize>

1. = (-0.17): 46...f5 47.Ra3 Qd6 48.Kg2 Kh6 49.Kh2 Kh7 50.Kg1 2. = (0.23): 46...Qe7 47.Rxf7+ Qxf7

47...kg8 is better.

the power of rook 2 rook in a wide open board.

Jan-30-12
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  Penguincw: Interesting 2 rooks vs. queen battle. Usually, it's a draw or win for the rooks.
Jan-30-12  The17thPawn: <Rrrto2005> - How exactly does White play a6 on the 63rd move with no a-pawn and a black pawn on a6??
Feb-01-12  Jason Frost: <The17thPawn> He was referring to a6 in the line 59... Kf7 60. Kf5 a5 61. bxa5 b4 62. Ke4 Kxf6 63. a6
Feb-06-12  The17thPawn: <Jason Frost> - Thanks for clarifying that line I was totally confused.
Feb-06-12
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  diceman: < hellopolgar: 46. ... f5 would have at least secured a draw. this game shows that the current female world champion, Hou, needs more end game practice.>

Tell that to Shirov.

Feb-07-12  David2009: Sasikiran vs Yifan Hou, 2012 This lost cost Yifan Hou (Black) first prize:


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The game continued 47.Rd6 Qa2 <timhortons: 47...Kg8 is better.> I agree, I can't find a White win (I haven't tried computer asssitance). White has a solid draw by repetition. Crafty Endgame Simulator interactive link: http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t... In contrast the Pawn ending is easily won in all variations (Crafty ES interactive link http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...).

Feb-10-12  Jason Frost: <David2009><The game continued 47.Rd6 Qa2 <timhortons: 47...Kg8 is better.> I agree, I can't find a White win (I haven't tried computer asssitance). White has a solid draw by repetition.>

True, but barely. The key being that whenever white plays Kg2, black must attack the b pawn, and if white plays Rxf7 Qxf7 Rxf7 with the K on h2, he is one tempo down and the black king makes it to the b pawn.

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