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Cez Trophy Navara - Hou Match

Yifan Hou4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
David Navara3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yifan Hou vs Navara  1-0202013Cez Trophy Navara - Hou MatchB53 Sicilian
2. Navara vs Yifan Hou 1-0192013Cez Trophy Navara - Hou MatchB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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Jun-14-13  wordfunph: The Discovered Czech vs Genius Girl


Jun-15-13  waustad: They split the blitz tiebreaks, with white winning each and she won the Armageddon by playing black in a French Winawer where he found himself in a situation where he'd find it difficult to hold a draw (at least to my patzer's eyes) so he resigned. What I noticed more than anything else is that she took a lot more time than he did and got into at least moderate time pressure in each game but he usually had somewhere near an hour on his clock at move 40. Here are pictures from the tournament:
Jun-15-13  lakers4sho: Has Navara actually ever won of these yearly matches? Seems like every time I checked he always lost the match.
Jun-15-13  Eyal: <Has Navara actually ever won of these yearly matches?> Yeah, twice - vs. Korchnoi back in 2003 (the first one that he played), and vs. Movsesian in 2011. He lost matches to Shirov, Short, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Polgar & Svidler; drew with Karpov & Gelfand.
Jun-15-13  niemzo: That's some high class opponents for sure. All top ten players at some point. Good practice for Navara, I'm sure.
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  Eggman: <<All top ten players at some point.>>

Indeed, and all except Polgar and Movsesian were top five players at some point.

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  HeMateMe: Nice showing by Hou. I noticed that Chessbase referred to her as "The number two woman player in the world." I would think they are saying that Judit Polgar is No. 1.

Or, because Polgar doesn't play in female events, was this a bit of a gender slip, and the site author really meant that the Russian woman who presently holds the world title is No. 1, and Hou Yifan is then No. 2? I don't really think Yifan is behind the Russian. We'll all find out when they play their match, I think in October.

Jun-16-13  Calar: <HeMateMe> Which Russian woman do you refer to? Judit Polgar is Hungarian, while Anna Ushenina (current World Champion) is Ukrainian.

World no. 2 probably means rating-wise, as YIfan Hou is 2nd highest rated woman player.

Jun-16-13  Kanatahodets: Clearly HateMe has in mind Ushenina. Ushenina is a purely Russian surname. It's a delicate question. Some people may say that HatesMe provokes political scandal. It is like to say in Canada about Garou or Dion, this French guy sings well, or bad. Frankly I don't buy this. It was just a misunderstanding, nothing more.
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  HeMateMe: No misunderstanding, I just forgot the Russian woman's name. I don't think Ushenina can beat Yifan in a match. The mini matches that determined the present world champion were too short to determine the best female player in the world. The two did not meet head to head, in that tournament.

The present rankings, on the FIDE page, are Polgar/koneru/Hou. Just two points separate Koneru and Hou. The women's titleholder, Ushenina, is ranked no. 18 on the women's list.

Jun-16-13  waustad: The 3 way competition for top woman after Judit Polgar is rather tight. The two you mentioned along with Anna Muzychuk are very close. By the way, the two Annas drew in the first round of the Dilijan GP today and Koneru is playing too.
Jun-16-13  waustad: Pia Cramling was a "snowdrop" years ago Maybe Pavel Matchoka should invite her back as a veteran. He does some interesting chess events and has even given up on the purple mohawk. I'm very tempted to do the Chess Train sometime.
Jun-16-13  nok: <Koneru is playing too.> You mean Humpy. Koneru is her father.
Jun-16-13  niemzo: Most people don't know how Indian names work. They think Koneru is the the surname and Humpy the first name. Koneru is actually her father's name as there are no surnames.
Jun-16-13  waustad: <Most people don't know how Indian names work.> You got that right. I'm always confused about what is the polite, correct way to deal with names. I know that the strongest female player is really Polg├ír Judit and never know if it is Yifan Hou or Hou Yifan. On this site, if one tries to find Shen Yang instead of Yang Shen one gets very different results for the search. Naming traditions vary drastically from place to place.
Jun-16-13  waustad: <nok>By the way, thanks for the lesson about the names. So it's like Konerusdottir or Koneruian ... The problem is that non-Indians don't say which name goes first consistently so even somebody well meaning with that information will often mess it up.
Jun-16-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: I have similiar confusion with Yifan Hou (or Hou Yifan) but Yifan does seem more like a first name.
Jun-17-13  Blunderdome: CG messes things up by always putting the given name first, regardless of how the names are ordered in the original language. Her name is actually Hou Yifan. Hou is her family name and Yifan is her given name.
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  HeMateMe: If there are no surnames in India, how can you get a drivers license?
Jun-17-13  N0B0DY: <HeMateMe> with his/her father's name, N0B0DY would guess.
Jun-06-14  waustad: This year David Navara will play a 4 game match with Hikaru Nakamura, which starts tomorrow. Nakamura is playing a simul today. While looking at the official site I noted that they are again going to have a Chess Train, this time in October.
Jun-06-15  zanzibar: When you do a download of the PGN from <CG> how are you supposed to know which game was what?

Gives the official schedule 4-classic, 2-blitz, Armageddon, with most blitz and Armageddon on the day of the last classic.

Unfortunately the PGN download on that site is now stale.

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