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Ivan Sokolov vs Yifan Hou
"Ivanhoe" (game of the day Mar-19-2016)
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-26-13  bangkokgambit: Very interesting to watch Yifan's play in category A, her skill is improving game by game.
Jan-26-13  Kikoman: 3rd win, all holding a black pieces ^^ Bravo Yifan Hou!
Jan-26-13  chesssalamander: Good game Yifan!!! She has proved she deserved inclusion in the A section.
Jan-26-13  Expendable Asset: <chesssalamander> I thought she already proved that a while ago by kicking a bunch of asses in a tournament?
Jan-26-13  csmath: Very nice defensive game by Hou Yifan.
But this is more of the same for Sokolov. He plays good up to some point and then disintegrates completely after.

Can you believe this is one of the guys that has beaten Kasparov?

Hou needs better coach, she needs to find Chinese sponsor that can pay Kasparov to work with her.

She is a diamond in the rough and this is exactly the time she needs to make a step forward. If so she will be able to join male elite, if not she will regress.

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  HeMateMe: She should move to Europe, and play in elite German league play, and play in more men's tournaments, the second tier 2500-2600 level. I think she should stay in Europe and play in these type of men's events, and stay out of all women events, except for qualifiers for the world championship. She has the talent to be playing in the men's game, but she has to make a full time commitment to it, like Judit Polgar did.
Jan-27-13  andyatchess: i didn't get the resignation
Jan-27-13  nblack02: @andyatchess the knight is trapped, as well as black having connected passed pawns
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  al wazir: Why didn't black just take the ♘, say, with 25...fxe5 ? After 26. fxe5 Qe7, what does white have? If 27. d6 Qf7 28. Bc4 Be6, white is busted.
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  piltdown man: Who you callin' a hoe?
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  alexmagnus: <Who you callin' a hoe?>

Reminded me of this Jeopardy moment -

Mar-19-16  catlover: <al wazir> I wondered the very same thing. It didn't make sense to me.

So I ran the middle game through Stockfish. The analysis had it as equal until 23. Ne5, so that seems to have been Sokolov's error.

But if 23...fxe5, it appears that Hou's advantage would slip away. Stockfish gives this line: 25. Kh1 fxe5 26. fxe5 Qe7 27. e6 Qg5 28. Qf3 Rbd8 29. exd7 Rxe1+ 30. Rxe1 Rxd7.

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  morfishine: <alexmagnus> Thats funny, and the follow up is great too:


Dec-09-16  j4jishnu: Exclusively Exceptional Play Lil Girl.
Dec-10-16  siggemannen: Ivanhou would've been a better pun?
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