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Yifan Hou vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
Tata Steel Masters (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-23
Caro-Kann Defense: Tartakower Variation (B15)  ·  1-0

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Jan-23-15
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  HeMateMe: I guess Baadur wasn't guuda nuff. Horrible tournament.
Jan-23-15  Marmot PFL: Chess seems hard enough without playing inferior lines (4..Nf6). I know some people like it but it still just looks bad (like Ba6 in the Winawer, which also has supporters).
Jan-23-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Funny thing is 4...Nf6 5. Nxf6 exf6 was played at various times by Andersson, Bronstein, Korchnoi and Smyslov, and they weren't bothered if white was a certain world champion called Karpov!
Jan-23-15  MindCtrol9: Jobava has been playing extremely bad, and I could not imagine this performance.I think he is completely depressed.The game with Caruana, he had a good position, but lack of a good plan and playing positionaly very bad.
Jan-23-15  Ulhumbrus: How does one handle the white side of this? The move 19 d5 provides one answer: play c4 and in reply to ...c5 gain a protected passed pawn by d5.
Jan-23-15
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  Penguincw: Add Jobava to the "Hou Yifan Club" (list of male players who lost to Hou Yifan).
Jan-23-15  geigermuller: I think what Jobava is producing here is just as big a record as was Caruana's streak of 7 at the Sinquefield Cup. Is there a legal way of backing out of a tournament? How much worse could this be? Poor guy. He will be something like 2680 after this.
Jan-23-15
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  diceman: <Penguincw: Add Jobava to the "Hou Yifan Club">

Carlsen is a member of the Jobava Club.

Jan-23-15
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  piltdown man: <2680> What a tragedy! Who among us patzers wouldn't give our eye teeth to be rated at 2680?
Jan-23-15
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  me to play: < geigermuller: I think what Jobava is producing here is just as big a record as was Caruana's streak of 7 at the Sinquefield Cup. Is there a legal way of backing out of a tournament? How much worse could this be? Poor guy. He will be something like 2680 after this.> Jobava reminds me a bit of Kamran Shirazi who was very active in tournaments back in my day...though Jobava is much stronger. Shirazi was also a maverick in his approach to the game, very enterprising, unpredictable, dangerous and too often just unsound. He had a similarly catastrophic 1984 US closed championship where he scored a lone draw against 16 defeats! Uncompromising play can come at a severe cost sometimes.
Jan-23-15  Nf8: From the chess24 report: <Once again he [Jobava] played an offbeat opening, achieved a worse position and then cracked in dramatic fashion, this time with 39…Kg8??; 40.Qe6+ won the black bishop, with the white queen and bishop comfortably able to shield the white king from any attempt to deliver perpetual check. Hou Yifan generously described her opponent’s play as a "bishop sacrifice" in her post-game interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vb...)>

<After 11 rounds I'm only a point and a half behind Jobava in the #TataSteelChess standings. And more good news, so are you!> (https://twitter.com/chessninja/stat...)

Jan-23-15  luzhin: If Jobava had played the correct 29...hxg6 there would never have been a hole on e6 for White to land on with her Queen. But Jobava likes to break all the rules, including the one that says 'recapture towards the center'.
Jan-23-15  jindraz: Horrible. Jobava just played all the antipositional moves at his disposal and then...well...then he lost. Duh
Jan-23-15  notyetagm: <piltdown man: <2680> What a tragedy! Who among us patzers wouldn't give our eye teeth to be rated at 2680?>

He was <2725> just two weeks ago.

Jan-23-15  notyetagm: <luzhin: If Jobava had played the correct 29...hxg6 there would never have been a hole on e6 for White to land on with her Queen. <<<But Jobava likes to break all the rules, including the one that says 'recapture towards the center'.>>>>

Including the one that says "don't lose all of your games".

Jan-23-15  kdogphs: ^To be fair^, he's won one and drawn one so he hasn't lost ALL of his games...
Jan-23-15
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  plang: I predicted that Jobava would win at least two games in this event and I am sticking to it.
Jan-23-15  greed and death: Jobava is like a vending machine that gives out Elo points for free.
Jan-24-15  Severin: <Add Jobava to the "Hou Yifan Club" (list of male players who lost to Hou Yifan).>

If you have to explain it (which you really didn't) then it isn't funny.

Jan-24-15  Reisswolf: How do you think Wojtaszek feels in all of this? And Vachier-Lagrave?
Jan-26-15  KingchecksQueen: To be fair, I think, overall, BJ was not in the mood to play for this tournament. This game proved it.
Jan-22-16  SimplicityRichard: How about, Yifan Hou is improving and playing brilliantly? It is usually the case that the successes of underdogs especially the female race or people of colour, against the "gate holders" are explained away in such a way as to negate or completely ignore the underdogs brilliance or achievement.#
Mar-09-16  joddle: Surprising opening choice by Jobava... I know he likes to play slightly offbeat choices, but 5... exf6 just seems inferior. I play this in blitz and bullet for quick development, but I would never play it at a classical time control because white basically has the option to create a passed pawn at her disposal and black will struggle to hold in any endgame. It's like a Ruy Lopez exchange variation or Berlin wall but black doesn't even have the advantage of the bishop pair.

Has Jobava tried 5... gxf6? I think this at least offers black dynamic chances.

Mar-09-16
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  keypusher: <joddle: Surprising opening choice by Jobava... I know he likes to play slightly offbeat choices, but 5... exf6 just seems inferior. I play this in blitz and bullet for quick development, but I would never play it at a classical time control because white basically has the option to create a passed pawn at her disposal and black will struggle to hold in any endgame. It's like a Ruy Lopez exchange variation or Berlin wall but black doesn't even have the advantage of the bishop pair.>

On the other hand a lot of grandmasters have played it, including Alekhine, Bronstein, and Andersson. So there's that.

<Has Jobava tried 5... gxf6? I think this at least offers black dynamic chances.>

Also worse pawns. According to the database he usually plays 4....Bf5.

Mar-10-16
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  perfidious: <joddle....Has Jobava tried 5... gxf6? I think this at least offers black dynamic chances.>

Here's a vote for dynamism.

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