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Nigel Short vs Yifan Hou
Gibraltar Masters (Tiebreak) (2012) (rapid), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Feb-02
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0



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Feb-02-12  ChessMan94: Hard to beat someone who was a contender for the World Championship.
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  Peligroso Patzer: The opening of this game is currently given as "Sicilian, Closed", but with <3. f4> and (especially) <5. Bb5+>, this looks to me like a Sicilian, <Grand Prix> Attack.
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  kingscrusher: No way! I have done recent analysis of the Grand Prix attack on one of my recent videos. David Rumens used this system with great success in the 70's!

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  kingscrusher: The Opening is surely "Sicilian: Grand Prix Attack"
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  chrisowen: <kingscrusher> I agree like too see for Yifan dance merry jig handing Short his heating low in and behold who incubates lot at mentor draw nine in kingh1! Lop effort horrible task in claw back ground against flyer Short indomitable Ms HY in cooperate as inch paltry in explore it her in buy it homage in stewards find your heart it no dark chasm if fed between these to!
Feb-02-12  Robed.Bishop: Has anyone analyzed 17...Bh4?
Feb-02-12  haydn20: <Robed.Bishop> As far as I can tell 17...Bh4 just plain wins a piece. Anybody else?
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  Penguincw: Wouldn't 33...♕h6 be better?

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It does hang a pawn though.

Feb-02-12  Robed.Bishop: <Penguincw> After 34.Rxg8+, white can force the exchange of queens and control the f file, ending with the rook on f5. Still doesn't look good for black.
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  Penguincw: < Robed.Bishop: <Penguincw> After 34.Rxg8+, white can force the exchange of queens and control the f file, ending with the rook on f5. Still doesn't look good for black. >

Yah. It just lasts a little longer. Plus, white is clearly up two pawns.

Feb-02-12  MrSpock: <Robed.Bishop,haydn20> 17...Bh4 18. Qe2 Bg6 19. exd6 Bf6 20. e5 Bg7 White has some, but not full compensation for the piece.
Feb-02-12  MrSpock: 22. Bg5 with the idea to catch the Queen:
22. ... Qg4 23. Nd1 f6 24. Nf3 Qxg5 25. Rxg5 fxg5 should give White an advantage.
Feb-02-12  MrSpock: 26. Bxe5+ Nxe5 27. Ng5 Qh5 28. Rxh7
or 26. ... Rxe5 27. Nxe5 Nxe5 28. Rf5 Rxf8 29. Rxf8 Kg7 or 26. ... dxe5 27. Ng5 Rxg5 28. Qxf5
and White should win!
Feb-02-12  MrSpock: 27. ... Ref8 and Black still can hope for a miracle :-)
Feb-02-12  Robed.Bishop: <Penguincw> I agree.

<MrSpock> I agree.

Feb-02-12  Marmot PFL: 12...gf5 is surely a move black would never play outside of blitz (at this level I'm surprised to see it there). Short must have been happy to see black destroy her own king's defenses.
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  OhioChessFan: 17..Bh4 and Black is much better.
Feb-02-12  Shams: On 17...Bh4 White has a Queen sac that I'd sure try in blitz if I saw it: 18.Rg1+ Kh8 19.Bh6 Bxe1 20.Bg7+ Kg8 21.exf5 h5 22.Raxe1 Kh7 23.Ne4 is one line.
Feb-03-12  Shams: My idea is trivially cooked, 18...Bg6 . No Queen sac here.
Feb-03-12  thomastonk: Is it quite interesting to push the "find similar games" button for this game. Then you'll see, this line produces everything, but almost no draws!
Feb-03-12  vonKrolock: <26.♕f2 ♗xf4 27.♖xf4> ♘ow if 27...♖ef8, then 28.♘g5! should lead to a won endgame even faster than in the actual play

Epic tournament victory for Short

Feb-07-12  Garech: <Mr.Spock>

How about 17...Bh4 18.Qe2 Bg6 19.exd6 Re8 (with idea Bf6, after Re8 having prevented e5 as the response for white):

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I think there is not enough compensation for the piece here. Okay, white has two pawns, but positionally black is doing well.

Surely Yifan Hou considered 17...Bh4 - she must have feared tactical complications, but really - it appears to be quite simple and winning.


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