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Yifan Hou vs Aleksandra Goryachkina
FIDE Online Nations Cup (2020) (rapid), INT, rd 8, May-08
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0



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May-08-20  SirChrislov:

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28.Kxf4 interesting play here, venturing out in an almost open board with open files for the black rooks.

Ms. Yifan has been incredibly dominating, winning 3 out of 4 so far. I find her play just powerful and interesting, and I've never seen that Qd3-e4-h4 line in the French before, it's an interesting sideline.

May-09-20  Viking707: Ms. Yifan seems to have no qualms about tripling up her pawns early in the game, and then using them to her advantage.
May-09-20  beenthere240: Reminds me a great deal of Carlsen with unorthodox opening line, tripled and doubled pawns, and confident endgame play.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Funny that <beenthere240> should mention Carlsen. In his online videos he repeatedly stresses the importance of concrete thinking v. general principles. Certainly I would think thrice before allowing tripled isolated pawns. If the database serves as any sort of guide, 4...Ne7 looks better.
May-15-20  SChesshevsky: < qualms about tripling up her pawns early...>

It's routine for white to have doubled pawns in the c-file in the winawer. And tripled pawns aren't unknown. Think they occurred a few times in the Smyslov - Botvinnik matches.

Guess the compensation is that it often is a pawn up and black needs to spend time dealing with it. White often uses this time to pressure the kside to get something or at least make the king uncomfortable. Stuck in the center or so. Also white does have the two B's which might be compensation enough anyway.

Seems in this game white didn't try too hard to get much for the tripled pawns and I don't think she did. Goryachkina probably should have drawn but for 18...Nb4 which looks to make the b pawn really weak. Wish players had some post game analysis. Very interested in what both would have said about...Nb4.

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