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Anish Giri vs Yifan Hou
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Fianchetto Variation (B70)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-13  Kikoman: Congratulations Yifan Hou! ^^
Jan-18-13  newton296: :) dragon strikes
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  HeMateMe: Well done, she bags a GM scalp on the biggest stage. Tricky endgame. I wonder if Giri could have held with different play, or will the side with the Rook always win (with perfect play), in that pawn configuration?
Jan-18-13  Marmot PFL: Many times 3 pawns to 3 with R vs B draws, but here black can force the passed pawn with h6 and g5. Don't see any way to stop that.
Jan-18-13  chesssalamander: Nice! Yifan Hou takes one in Tata 2013. Hope she takes another!
Jan-18-13  Peter Nemenyi: It's pleasing to see the classic rook-in-jail motif from game 13 of Fischer-Spassky 1972 recur here (move 77). Fischer's rook was on g8, so Hou's occupies an even smaller cell.
Jan-18-13  vinidivici: No kidding, this is what we call a perfect ending, i have checked that on the tablebases.

From the move #69 until the end of the game, black made no mistakes AT ALL to guarantee a win although not all moves are the best moves.

And 66.g5! is just the right move, it simplified the pawn structures on the king side, if 67.fxg hxg 68.hxg Rg7 doesnt help either for white.

And i can say that white showed the near perfect/perfect endgame expertise for this game when the queens trade begun, so after 48...Rxc6, due to the blacks moves sequence, white couldnt find any single crack to save himself.

Jan-18-13  ceebo: I analysed this endgame with an engine.

Instead of 63.Bc6, I couldn't find a win after the alternative 63.Bc8.

The position seems definitely lost after 61.Ke3. eg. 61.Ke3 Ra3+ 62.Kf2 Ra2+ (I think this move is better than the immediate 62...Kd4) 63.Ke3 Rc2 64.Bc8 Rc3+ 65.Kf2 Kd5 66.Bb7+ Kd4.

Now white cannot play the annoying move Bc8 that I alluded to above and I think Black can force a win (either by getting the king to e3 or by eventually forcing through g5)

Jan-19-13  stst: At last, at least one win for a girl among men!!
Jan-19-13  Jim Bartle: The end of the game has been discussed on the main Tata page. Looks to me as if right after shaking hands, Giri starts showing Hou different variations, and my guess is he was showing her how she could have won more quickly. She looks confused. But just a guess.
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  blazerdoodle: ! What a game.
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  Morten: Chinese Girl beats Amish Girl.
Jan-20-13  torrefan: Yif Yif Houray!
Jan-22-13  bachiller: Hou of the rising sun.

The ruin of many a poor boy.

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  perfidious: And gawd, I know I'm one.
Jan-23-13  ceebo: Here Karsten Muller claims that 65.Bg2 "defends the fortress" but Stockfish says that 65...Rf7 wins for Black. Black's next moves will be Rf6, h6 and g5 creating a passed e-pawn as in the game.

Playing Bg2 at move 63 is also insufficient for White. For example 63.Bg2 Ra5 64.Bh3 Rf5! (the exchange cannot be taken!). Rf6, h6 and g5 will again follow.

I cannot crack the move 63.Bc8 however.

Mar-08-13  Twocolors: Somehow I'm sure that 'dragon lady' and 'Hou dunnit' are already in there somewhere..
Feb-25-17  rwbean: With Stockfish150217 and 6 piece table bases, after 63. ♗c8 it plays 63 ... ♖a2+ and it starts failing low after 80 ply - evaluation drops from -2.04 to -14.36 i.e. it sees a win (after about 23,000 seconds on my MBP)
Dec-10-17  orbisignis89: Hou to Train your Dragon

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