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Yifan Hou vs Antoaneta Stefanova
Ruy Lopez Festival (2007), Zafra ESP, rd 3, Mar-19
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  0-1

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Mar-22-07  russep: is 48. Rf3 a mistake because it looks like a huge blunder on whites part and black could have taken the rook on the next move but didn't.
Mar-22-07  dumbgai: <russep> You're right. Maybe she played Rf4 instead?
Mar-25-07  supertimchan: The pgn is incorrect. 48. Rf4 was played.
Mar-30-07  argishti: i was gonna say...
Jul-04-20
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  Honza Cervenka: <supertimchan: The pgn is incorrect. 48. Rf4 was played> Still it looks weird. After eventual 48.Rf4 Rc3 49.Rf5 black's 49...Rb3 does not make much sense and 49...b3 is obvious choice. Maybe moves 48 and 49 did not happen and the game continued with 48.Kd2 c4 etc.
Jul-04-20  NBZ: I get the feeling White misplayed the ending. In the position after 30. ... Rc1, one gets the strong feeling that White should be able to hold the rook ending. I am not sure exactly where Yifan went wrong but in general she played too passively.

One concrete idea for White is to try to engineer the trade of the c6 pawn for the two pawns on the b-file: this leaves Black a pawn up, but the ending is very difficult to convert. To force Black into the trade before she can activate her king, White could try:

31. b4!? Rc2 32. Kg3 Kg7 33. Ra3 (threatening Rc3) Rxb2 34. Rc3 Rxb4 35. Rxc6 which looks defensible due to White's activity and Black's messed-up kingside pawns.

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