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Yifan Hou vs Mariya Muzychuk
Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016), Lviv UKR, rd 4, Mar-06
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  rubato: I don`t think, the move Bc5 is her own calculating; she was moving it quickly, confident that the engine will be right
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  tamar: Hou went through the 12 stages of grief, and has decided to accept the draw.
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  tamar: <rubato> Look at the transmission before 16...hxg4. I think Mariya found it over the board.
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  varishnakov: Every time I see home prep I wish for days without computer assistance. Is it so wrong to want chess to be simply 2 minds engaged in battle without one of the minds being a silicon-based life form?
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  offramp: Do we get signal?
Mar-06-16  caissafan1963: Varishnakov, are you racist against silicon life-forms?
Mar-06-16  Kaspablanca: Muzychuk, you are the one who is losing the match and what you do is playing for a quick draw, i just think Mariya is playing just for not being destroyed as Humpy and Ushenina.
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  varishnakov: I am ashamed.
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  HeMateMe: white was going to finish the exchanges up material? I wonder if Hou should have played on.
Mar-06-16  Octavia: Maria is playing a higher grade, so every draw is a plus pt for her :)
Mar-06-16  caissafan1963: Can Black win this with Qh4? What do the machines say? I think White is in deep trouble.
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  tamar: You can still watch the live stream for awhile on the official site. Mariya looked uncertain after 10 Bc2, but suddenly stared at Hou Yifan before playing 16...hxg4

Thereafter she played almost without thought.

Mar-06-16  Ulhumbrus: < MuzioFan: <Ulhumbrus>: <22..Kh7 23.Qxa8 Rh1+ 24.Kg2 Qh3+ 25.Kf3 Re1(!)>, threatening <26...Nh5#>. On your second line, <21..Kg6> (no fear).> Then how about this: 19 Qxc5 Qh4 20 Bxf7+ Kxf7 21 fxg4+ Kg6 22 Qc2+
Mar-06-16  Kaspablanca: Octavia, if Mariya plays for draw the rest of the match Hou would be very happy because it happens Mariya is down in the match:)
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  tamar: Press conference being streamed now.
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  tamar: Mariya saying 17...Rxh3 was in her home preparation. So she was just checking.
Mar-06-16  caissafan1963: Looks like White wins after Qh4 with Qc6+, Kf8; Qxa8+ Ke7; Bg5+! Qxg5; fxg4 and Black is now in trouble.
Mar-06-16  MuzioFan: <Ulhumbrus:> In your final position <22...Ne4> is threatening mate with <23..Rh1+ 24.Kg2 Qh3#> - white only has some spite checks left, or has to give up the queen with <23.Qxe4+>.
Mar-06-16  zanzibar: <"I'm not going to use Stockfish 7 after this>... commentator.
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  HeMateMe: So...was anyone winning?
Mar-06-16  dehanne: Looks like 98% computer preparation.
Mar-06-16  Tiggler: <dehanne: Looks like 98% computer preparation.dehanne: Looks like 98% computer preparation.>

So what does this mean? Did Mariya's computer wake her up in the morning and say, "this is your variation for today" ? Perhaps the 2% was for powdering her nose? And the reason she did not castle was to prevent the retarded chess fans from peeping up she dress?

Mar-06-16  Rookiepawn: All that fuss about computer preparation... I guess there was a moment in chess history when someone complained about "so many chess books with variants and subvariants are killing the game!".

A computer is a tool to analyze variants, exaclty the same as a book, only more sophisticated, but in essence it is the same story: yes the human mind can learn and investigate chess variants with the help of books or computers, and also chess trainers, teams to analyze positions, etc. Get over it.

Mar-06-16  Mr. V: Was 19.Qh4 better or did Muzychuk wisely take a draw?
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  whiteshark: chess24 report incl press conference:
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