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Yifan Hou vs Mariya Muzychuk
Muzychuk - Hou Women's World Championship Match (2016), Lviv UKR, rd 9, Mar-14
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky Variation (B59)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: software thinks it's over; huge eval swing right now. Hou found a way to break through. Great champion.
Mar-14-16  AzingaBonzer: It looks like Hou will gain rating points from this match after all. (Anything less than a win and she would have lost points.)
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  Honza Cervenka: It's over.
Mar-14-16  Kaspablanca: Too easy for Hou.
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  PawnSac: very nice game by Yifan though.. she wins the match without a loss
Mar-14-16  Kaspablanca: In fact Hou havent lost a game in a WC match!
Mar-14-16  boz: Congratulations to the redoubtable Hou.
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  TheFocus: Nice to finish it with a win when just needing a draw.

Congratulations, Hou!!

Mar-14-16  weisyschwarz: Congratulations, Yifan Hou!
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  whiteshark: Congrats to the old and new Campion!!!
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  tamar: Last women's championship for Hou? Not much more to prove, and she has hinted that at Gibraltar.
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  Sneaky: The queen regains her crown!
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  tpstar: <> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

Congratulations Yifan Hou!

Mar-14-16  Eduardo Leon: Wow, so powerful. If the last two games made anyone doubt who the stronger player is, this game confirmed that the answer is Hou.
Mar-14-16  lost in space: Houjojhojui!!!
Mar-14-16  SirRuthless: Congratulations to Hou Yifan. She has demonstrated her dominance once again and Mariya was no slouch. A worthy challenger and a worthy champion.
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  chancho: The embarrassment for FIDE of seeing Hou pick their Champion pretender apart like a Thanksgiving turkey is a pitiful sight to behold.

In the future they should make it a candidates tournament.

(wishful thinking unfortunately)

Hou is the best Woman's player in the world, period!

Kirsan's persistence in this knockout format will only make it possible for Hou to set a record for number of times to regain the title.

Mar-14-16  Eduardo Leon: Just like Ushenina in the previous match, Muzychuk used the Siclian to self-destruct (albeit not as quickly) in the last game.
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  sandtime: "Control that square"
Mar-14-16  scormus: <chanco> yes, FIDE's lack of both judgement and sense of reality is starkly exposed, reminiscent of King Canute (as legend would have it anyway). A lesson I hope they'll learn.

Congratlaulations to Yifan Hou, to leave no doubt she is the rightful champion. Mariya Muzichuk gave it her best shot but wasn't in the same cla

Mar-14-16  kamagong24: Congratulations Hou Yifan!
Mar-15-16  dunkenchess: A lady chess player playing among men is sure to be the Women Chess Champion. Congratz!!!
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  eternaloptimist: Congrats to Hou! She crushed Muzychuk in this match. In this game I think Muzychuk should've played ...♙a5 for her 9th or 10th move. 10...♘a5 didn't accomplish anything good for her. She just exchanged ♘s & ♕s soon after that. She should've avoided the exchange of ♕s for sure. There wasn't much of a chance of her outwitting Hou in the endgame. She could've gained some space on her ♕side w/ ...♙a5 & kept Hou from playing 18.♙a5 which really restricted her ♕side ♙s. I noticed that Hou kept her ♗ on e2 for the extreme vast majority of the game. Perhaps somewhere between the early middlegame & halfway through the middlegame, she saw the potential for ♗xa6 later in the game w/ a passed ♙ on the ♕side afterwards. Anyway it was a job well done by Hou in this match!
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  Sokrates: Congrats to Hou. 3 wins, no losses - can't be more convincing. MM did her best, but she had to bow for the better player.
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  thegoodanarchist: Is anyone else reminded of Carlsen by this game?

The formula for winning was: Go into the ending with material even, and just grind out the win because you are the better player and know more about how to play the ending.

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