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Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-11
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense (B13)  ·  0-1



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Jan-11-15  ColdSong: I hope miss Hou knew what she was doing by playing this terribly difficult tournament.Anyway best hope of safe play for the coming rounds.
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  HeMateMe: She must have thought she'd win back the pawn, being that black's extra pawn was in an ugly double isolated pawn formation. Apparently Ding saw through the complications better and kept his extra pawn.
Jan-12-15  stst: after losing a pawn too early, white did not seem to have any initiative at all.... doubtful if her mind was inclined to have a good fight (esp. with a compatriot.)
Jan-12-15  devere: 21. Ne5+? was a dreadful positional blunder that led to White's loss.

Hopefully playing against this very strong competition will cause Yifan Hou's positional judgment to develop, to match her tactical skill.

Jan-15-15  visayanbraindoctor: An intense battle between the two Chinese in this tournament. Hou sacrifices a pawn right out of the opening. Saddled with an ugly pawn structure, Ding opts to give back the pawn in return for being able to develop his pieces.

<devere: 21. Ne5+? was a dreadful positional blunder that led to White's loss.>

White ends up in a bad endgame where she has the bad bishop and a glaring weakness, the e5 pawn, which Ding exploits in order to win.

Ding and Hou are no strangers to each other, having played 8 previous games, all in China.

This is their first game outside China and Asia.

In their last game, Hou's victory cost Ding the Chinese Chess championship trophy.

Ding and Yu tied for first but Yu got the trophy by tiebreaks. Ding's only loss was to Hou.

So Ding was obviously out for revenge in this game.

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