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Fabiano Caruana vs Yifan Hou
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Amsterdam NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Gypsy: <tpstar: <Gypsy> Thank you. I was fixated on Qxc5+ lines which don't work due to ... Rc7.

Hou has played very well here.>

Indeed. She seems to be heading towards a strong draw with Black.

(Got to run, have fun guys!)

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  PawnSac: hmm. Is Yifan faultering? I expected Rh7 coming around the outside, but after Rc7 Rb8 white is getting an edge
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  PawnSac: still looks drawn tho. gotta run. have fun folks!
Jan-21-16  botvinnik64: Wow1 Carlsen torched VWely after sacing a piece for pawns; anyone notice this has become his habit in the last year? Seems Magnus has his own brand of "Topa" chess!! Hard for a (mere) mortal) to calculate such positions, he keeps the pressure on and on...
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: What a peculiar position. Hou was clearly looking to imprison the rook after her Rc7. I'm not sure why, but this is entertaining.
Jan-21-16  chessdgc2: I don't recall ever seeing both players come this close to being in zugzwang at the same time
Jan-21-16  chessdgc2: ...Ke5? doesn't the f-pawn fall after 49. Be4?..or doesn't "something" fall?
Jan-21-16  MindCtrol9: The position is better for White.Black does not have too many options,but moving the King.There is something that Caruana may be thinking when he gets a certain position with the pawns,a possibility.The White Rook may be take on <c8> and then all the pawns on the QS.
Jan-21-16  chessdgc2: White may be gaining an adv now
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: I think Hou may have converted a draw into a loss.
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: Draw offer? Suggesting a repetition of moves?
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: If white's k is on c3, I think the exchange sac becomes very powerful. It protects the pawn on b4 and can also stop black's f pawn from running.
Jan-21-16  PhilFeeley: If Kc3 Be4, then what for white?
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: Re8+?
Jan-21-16  nekchess: Unavoidable p exchange and soon to be drawn...
Jan-21-16  PhilFeeley: <beenthere240: Re8+?> Yeah. I'll stop now.
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: Now Be4 has more punch. but I don't think there's too much left without a blunder.
Jan-21-16  PhilFeeley: Who gets to offer the draw? Can Fabiano play out her time?
Jan-21-16  nekchess: After 58.Kd4 maybe she loses the pawn but can still draw the Room ending with a pawn down on queenside?
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: I think this an elementary draw -- except for a possible time issue -- but Hou should be able to bang out moves and build up via the time increments.
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  WannaBe: All R + p = 1/2


Jan-21-16  john barleycorn: bravo Yifan Hou
Jan-21-16  beenthere240: No doubt about it. Fun game with an instructive ending on how to draw a R+P ending.
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  WannaBe: Wei Yi vs Carlsen, 2016

Extra pawn = 1/2


Jan-21-16  SimplicityRichard: A very drawish game from around move 45 with variations of drawn ending themes such as Rook v Rook and Bishop, and also King and Bishop v King. A brilliant effort by the Yifan to stop the Super GM juggernaut that is Caruana.

Go Yifan go!#

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