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Peter Svidler vs Yifan Hou
Rising Stars - Experience (2009), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Aug-20
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-09  Don Cossacks: Yifan's stubborn French Defense got crushed.Nice endgame technique from Svidler.
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  whiteshark: Agreed, quite themed.
Aug-21-09  achieve: Would 54...Kf5 have been able to save this endgame?

I'm impressed by Svidler's maneuvering and precision. As I was by Yifan's defence, too, by the way.

Aug-21-09  Veryrusty: Can't see a draw from 54. ... Kf5. 55. h3 e5; 56. Bg4+ Kg6 (can't allow fe to be check); 57. Kxd2 Bxg4; 58. hg ef is still a win for White.
Aug-21-09  percyblakeney: <Can't see a draw from 54. ... Kf5. 55. h3 e5; 56. Bg4+ Kg6 (can't allow fe to be check)>

I still think 54. ... Kf5 draws for Hou (as posted on the tournament page yesterday), if fxe5 is check doesn't matter here, so 56. ... Kf6 57. Kxd2 Ba6 is the way to go and my guess is that this can't be won for white without a blunder by black:

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Aug-21-09  TheChessGuy: A neat way of handling the Steinitz French. My games in it tend to be tactical slugfests with castling on opposite sides and pawn storms. Interesting to see a calmer, positional alternative.
Aug-22-09  nuwanda:
a funny comment at chessbase about this game:

"One can just picture the scene at the post-mortem: a tearful Hou Yifan, wondering how she could lose such a position, whilst old Peter, peering over his spectacles, clicking his false teeth, defiantly wags his finger and declares, in a croaking voice, "Ah, 'tis not so simple, young lady. I remember once losing a similar ending against Philidor, at Karlsbad 1793..."


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  GrahamClayton: 41...♗a6 gaining control of the f1-a8 diagonal might have made things a little more difficult for White.
Aug-09-18  Inocencio: Experience is the best medicine.

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