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Yifan Hou vs David Navara
Cez Trophy Navara - Hou Match (2013), Prague CZE, rd 1, Jun-11
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-16-13  Ezzy: Hou,Yifan (2595) - Navara,David (2707)

CZECH CHESS TROPHY 2013 Prague (1), 11.06.2013

1.e4 < Hou exclusively plays this>. 1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0–0 Be7 8.f4 Qc7 9.Kh1 0–0 10.a4 <10 Qe1 Gallagher v Navara 0–1 European Team Championships 2001 >10...Nc6 11.Be3 Re8 12.Bf3 Rb8 13.Qd2<Navara has had this position with the white pieces before, and played 13 g4> Bd7< 13...Bf8 was played in Hou v Stellwagen 1/2–1/2, Corus B 2008 >14.Nb3 b6 15.Bf2 Bc8 16.Bg3 Nd7 17.Rae1 Na5 < Novelty. 17...Bb7 Was played by Kasparov against Karpov (Draw) in their World Championship Match in Mosow 1985.> 18.e5 Nxb3 19.cxb3 dxe5 20.fxe5 Bb7 21.Ne4 <Threatening 22 Nf6+ Winning.> 21...Bxe4 22.Bxe4 a5 23.Qf4 Rf8 24.Rf3 b5 25.Bh4?!< White had better prospects switching play to the queenside and pressure down the 'c' file. [25.Rc3! Nc5 26.Bf2 f5 27.Bf3 Rfc8 28.Rec1 Qb6 29.axb5 Qxb5 30.g4! Rc7 31.Bxc5 (31.gxf5? Nd3) 31...Rxc5 32.Rxc5 Bxc5 33.gxf5 Qd3 34.Qe4 And white has a lot more potential than the game line.]> 25...Nc5 26.Rg3< Threatens mate in 4 with 27 Qh6 g6 28 Bf6 Bxf6 29 exf6 Nxe4 30 Qg7 Mate.> 26...g6 27.Bxe7 Qxe7 28.axb5 Rxb5 29.Bc2 Rb4 30.Qh6 Rh4 31.Qd2 Qd8 <black stands slightly better due to his better pawn structure. White has 3 pawn islands and doubled pawns on the 'b' file.> 32.Qc3< [32.Qxd8 Rxd8 33.Rd1?? Rxd1+ 34.Bxd1 Re4 Winning.]> 32...Na6?!< Doesn't seem right allowing whites rook to d3 attacking the queen and gaining a free move.> 33.Rd3 Qb8 34.Rd6< Lovely outpost for the rook all for free by black playing 32...Na6?! >34...Rc8 35.Qxa5 Kg7 <[35...Rxc2?? 36.Rd8+]> 36.Rb6 Qc7 37.Qxa6 Qxc2< Threatening 38...Qf2 Winning.> 38.Qf1< Threatening 39 Qf6+ winning the rook on h4 >38...Qf5< The computer says this line is a lot more active for black 38...Rh5 39.h3 Rf5 40.Qe2 Rf2 41.Qxc2 Rcxc2 42.Rg1 Rce2 43.Rb5 Rf5 44.b4 Rxb2 45.Rb7 Rxe5 46.Rf1 Rf5 47.Rxf5 gxf5 48.g3 e5 49.Kg1 e4 50.Kf1 Kf6 51.Rb6+ Ke5 52.Rb5+ Ke6 53.Rb6+] >39.Qxf5 gxf5 40.h3 Rc2 41.Rb7 Rh6 42.Rd1 Rg6 43.g4!< The only move to keep active.> 43...fxg4 44.Rf1 gxh3 45.Rfxf7+ Kh6 46.Rxh7+ Kg5 47.Rxh3 Kf4 48.Rb4+ Kxe5 49.Re3+ Kd6 50.Rd3+ Ke7 51.Re4 Rxb2 52.Rde3 Rc2 53.Re2 Rc5 54.b4 Rh5+ 55.Rh2 Rhg5 56.Rhe2 Kd6 57.Rd2+ Kc6 58.Ree2 Kb5 59.Re4 e5 60.Rd5+ Kc6 61.Rc5+ Kd6 62.Rh4 Rg1+ 63.Kh2 R1g2+ 64.Kh1 Rb2 65.Ra5 Rb1+ 1/2-1/2

The players tested a line played in the 1985 World Championship Match between Kasparov and Karpov. Navara was the first to play the novelty 17..Na5.

Hou tried to get something going on the kingside, but it came to nothing. In the meantime Navara had some play on the queenside and developed a slight initiative. Hou played accurately and kept active (43 g4!) was nice.

A fair draw and an interesting game.

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