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Mariya Muzychuk vs Yifan Hou
Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016), Lviv UKR, rd 3, Mar-05
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: At least "a playable" position.

With the ♗♗pair white should/must open the position (trade at least 2 more pawn pairs).

I'm off now for a while, so enjoy the further game...

Mar-05-16  luftforlife: <whiteshark>: More good stuff. Thanks again, and see you soon.
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  HeMateMe: white needs to get a Rook on c1 and play b3?
Mar-05-16  luftforlife: White's 16. Be3 was wise, for if White had allowed Black's exchange, . . . Nh5xBf4 followed by g3xNf4, White would have ruined her salient, and then left her lsb at g2 pinned by Black's riposte . . . Qg5.
Mar-05-16  GiuocoPianoMan: Someone please tell me, why didnt Hou Yifan play last year?
Mar-05-16  jamesmaskell: Hou Yifan committed already to playing in Hawaii thus didnt play in the KO World Championship. No I'm not joking.
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  HeMateMe: should black play Rook-b8, getting another piece in the game and taking possession of white's second rank?
Mar-05-16  Ulhumbrus: 24...Nb6 prepares ...Ne4. However on 24...Nb6 25 Rb7 can pin the knight. This suggests preparing ...Nb6 by 24...Rf8-b8.
Mar-05-16  caissafan1963: Closed position with pawns on one side of the board usually favors Knights over Bishops. White appears to be tied down here so I think Black is better and definitely has the initiative. Rfb8 seems natural.
Mar-05-16  GiuocoPianoMan: And a second question- why is the time control here 90 mins and not 2 hours?
Mar-05-16  luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus: "24...Nb6 prepares ...Ne4." Can you please elaborate? I would be grateful for your analysis. Thanks.
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  HeMateMe: Eval is about even, stock, Houdini, Black's Knights are tied together, they contribute nothing right now.
Mar-05-16  luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus>: Black has obviated the relative pin you spotted with 25. . . . Rc2. Your suggestion remains intriguing. How would Black's Nb6 support Black's subsequent Ne4?
Mar-05-16  Ulhumbrus: < luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus>: Black has obviated the relative pin you spotted with 25. . . . Rc2. Your suggestion remains intriguing. How would Black's Nb6 support Black's subsequent Ne4?> Because it would free the knight on f6 from having to defend the knight on d7 from White's rook on a7
Mar-05-16  luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus>: Certainly, Black's . . . Nb6 would equalize pressure on d5, but I'm not sure how Black's Ne4 would play into that.
Mar-05-16  luftforlife: <Ulhumbrus>: Thanks for the clarification. Now I see your point, and I understand. Thank you.
Mar-05-16  beenthere240: Ne4 is a good way to lose a pawn.
Mar-05-16  GiuocoPianoMan: My question about the time control is because it looks like both players will soon be in time trouble.
Mar-05-16  beenthere240: 20 min for about 10 moves? I don't see it.
Mar-05-16  devere: Mariya missed her chance to attack with 25.g4, and now absent a blunder winning chances seem minimal.
Mar-05-16  beenthere240: Sure looks like a draw.
Mar-05-16  Kwesi: Opposite coloured bishops = DRAUGH
Mar-05-16  beenthere240: At this point Carlsen would be getting excited.
Mar-05-16  lost in space: hmmmmm, hm, hm, no immediate counterpunch
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  whiteshark: Muzy should start betimes to really get into (her) gear
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