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Yifan Hou vs Tatiana Kosintseva
Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 6, Sep-03
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1-0

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Sep-05-12  scormus: I would not have expected 15 Bxd5, but I suppose it cannot be too bad considering the outcome. Though IMO B made life easy for W by 17 ... Rad8, surely ... Rae8 was the right move.
Sep-06-12  xanadu: Yes, 17...Re8 seems better, I agree. But anyway, I guess White is still better. IMO, the mystake of Black was to sacrifice the d-pawn in move 15.

Beyond this, to play agressive lines (the sacrifice of move 15) is the worst strategy for playing against You Hifan, because her strenght is in the tactic games. I guess the oponents of Hifan should play very strategic-quiet games, waiting for her to get impatient, pushing Hifan to take innecessary risk and then... good luck!.

Sep-08-12  scormus: <Xanadu> yes, I agree (it was 16 Bf5 that sacced the B d-pawn). Possibly 15 Bxd5 caught Tania a bit flat footed. A key part of B's strategy is to seek control of the e-file, and the d-pawn sac effectively demands ... Re8 next.

I see what you mean about Hifan, the sort of style that always gives me a lot trouble

Sep-08-12
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  Phony Benoni: Since Black's attack often includes ...f5, White usually delays playing Bxd5 to keep pressure on the a2-g8 diagonal. Black either have to live with the resultant pin, or waste a move on ...Kh8.

15.Bxd5 cxd5 16.Qf3 is not supposed to be dangerous for Black, and the second pawn sacrifice with 16...Bf5 and 17...Rae8 is the usual course. White has some trouble defending his back rank, and I've caught a number of opponents with 18.Be3?? Be4!

Of course, with a player of Hou's caliber you have to expect an improvement, but Kosintseva rarely plays the Marshall and Hou might not have been prepared.

Here is a game that shows what can happen to White in this variation: Golden Executive / Houdini vs Hosea / Schiller / Wall, 2011.

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