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Yifan Hou vs Monika (Bobrowska) Socko
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-15
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  0-1



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  iking: Yifan was outplayed most of the time, i wonder why, and a strange gangnam style attack by her conqueror ....
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  technical draw: Really bad play by Yifan. Very timid moves.
Nov-16-12  notyetagm: Yifan Hou vs M Socko, 2012

< 29. Qxb8

29. Qc3 Bxd4 30. Qxd4 Bxb3! and again the d-pawn decides the outcome.>

Nov-16-12  notyetagm: Yifan Hou vs M Socko, 2012

< 29. Qxb8

29. Qc3 Bxd4 30. Qxd4 Bxb3! and again the d-pawn decides the outcome.>

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Nov-16-12  Bratek: < Yesterday's round in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk saw some dramatic comebacks. Perhaps the most dramatic was Polish star Monika Socko's crushing victory with the Black pieces over the reigning World Champion Hou Yifan. ''Crushing'' does not do justice, infact! It was a blowout almost from right out of the opening. Hou Yifan was completely unrecognizable!

Perhaps it was her relatively effortless victory over Monika in the previous round that caused her to lose her edge. Perhaps it was an uncertain frame of mind as to whether she should play for a win or a draw that created unfavourable psychological circumstances and left her vulnerable.

IN ANY CASE, Hou Yifan played one of her worse games ever and was soundly and decisively thumped!>

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