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Yifan Hou vs David Navara
"Hou Knows Where the Knight Goes" (game of the day Jan-14-2019)
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-16  STEVE8562: where's the mate,guys
Jan-19-16  Eduardo Leon: <STEVE8562> Black is going to lose at least a whole rook, and then possibly a minor piece as well. His resignation was by no means premature.
Jan-19-16  Kaspablanca: I said it many times; when Hou beat Muzychuk in March she should quit playing in women tournaments and focus in playing only with the men as Judit did, Hou is simply to strong and way above the other women.
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  yiotta: This is a popular variation up to move 12, and enters unfamiliar territory with 13.c4, played once in the 80's by two 2400 rated Danes, varying with 13...Be7, Black won. What a great, energetic game by Hou; be still, my heart!
Jan-20-16  Ulhumbrus: If White can answer 14...0-0 with 15 g5, this suggests 14...Be7 first.
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  yiotta: <Ulhumbrus> Yes, 14...Be7 does seem prudent, although White's kingside is also opened in this line.
Jan-20-16  talwnbe4: well, Yifan had to sac the rook it was stuck on e6.. but superbly played anyway
Jan-20-16  talwnbe4: maybe 25.. h5 was better for Navara in this game instead of 25.. Rc7 ?
Jan-20-16  talwnbe4: 25..h5 26. Qh3 Nf6 27. exd6 Rc6


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  yiotta: <talwnbe4:25...h5 26.Qh3 Nf6 27. exd6 Rc6 holds> not so fast, my friend. If 26...Nf6 in your line, then 27.Bxc8 Qxc8 28.f5 gives trouble.
Jan-20-16  MCDreamz: Sweet!
Jan-20-16  thegoodanarchist: Black's plan was interesting. Ultimately, it was insufficient
Jan-20-16  Ayaend: I love 23 & 25 th move! And of course the subtle 34.Nc1. A really nice game played by Hou.
Jan-20-16  talwnbe4: 25..h5 26. Qh3 Nf6 27. Bxc8 Qxc8 28. f5 Be7 29. exf6 Bxf6 is fine for Navara here, this is a Stockfish line - great attacking line by Hou but Navara didn't defend correctly.. with the rook on c7 after exd6 the rook is attacked with tempo and has to move again.
Jan-27-16  ragtag: The mind of a woman is a trap for a man. Play at your own risk.
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  Alex Schindler: I think Navara's ...a5 was a poor response to her c4 novelty. What did it achieve? An unnecessary weakness or two. Hou's brilliant rook penetration from the sixth rank owes itself to that move and its fruits. Interesting is analyzing the natural response dxc4. It looks very tough for black to come out OK. I'm not sure how Hou's novelty is best answered.
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  hesyrett: This game reminds me of some 19th-century attacking games in that White's initiative persists after the exchange of Queens.  Holistic chess!
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  hesyrett: talwnbe4:  After 25...h5 26. Qh3 Nf6 White should play for mate via 27. exd6; Black Q is tied to the defense of the R at c8.  Here's a sample line:  25...h5 26. Qh3 Nf6 27. exd6 Ne4 28. Be1 Nxd6 29. Bh4 Qc7 30. Bf6+ Kg8 31. Qg3+ 1-0
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  offramp: Well done <thegoldenband>! Three of your puns chose in 4 weeks!
Jan-14-19  OrangeTulip: Nice game!
Jan-14-19  Ironmanth: Awesome squeeze! Thanks, chessgames.
Jan-14-19  weisyschwarz: Excellent pun, excellent game.
Jan-14-19  morfishine: Chinese 'Hou' is pronounced 'Ho', like hoe your garden or Santa Claus 'Ho, Ho, Ho'

Something went askew here with this play on word

But, who knows

Jan-15-19  The Kings Domain: Poor play by Navara, opening up his kingside to an attack as if he wanted to lose. Guy sure was off.
Jan-16-19  thegoldenband: Thank you, <offramp>! Some of these were submitted years ago, so it's a bit surreal (but a very nice surprise) to see them again.

<morfishine>, quite right. Not sure I knew that back in 2015, but I certainly do now. Still, I'd probably grit my teeth and force the pun to make the Fairport Convention reference either way.

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