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Game of the Day - Round 2
Hou,Yifan - Khotenashvili,Bela [B11]
Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva (2.2), 04.05.2013
[Commentary by GM Adrian Mikhalchishin]

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 This was the favourite variation of young Tal and Fischer! 3...Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 [Wrong is the retreat 4...Bh5 5.exd5 cxd5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5] 5.Qxf3 [Tal tried to surprise Botvinnik here with unusual and unlogical 5.gxf3?! ] 5...e6 6.d4!? [Fischer played here King s Indian way 6.d3 ] 6...Nf6 7.Bd3 [Possible was the simple development 7.Bg5 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nbd7] 7...Qb6!? Very sharp,usual development would be [7...dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 Nd7 10.0–0 Nf6 11.Qe3 Bd6 12.Bd2 0–0 13.c4] 8.0–0 Qxd4


[Not big fun was 8...Be7 9.e5 Nfd7 10.Qg4] 9.Be3 [It was possible to start central action immediately 9.exd5 Nxd5?! (9...cxd5) 10.Rd1 Qf6 11.Qg3 Nd7 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Bg5 Qxb2? (13...Bd6 14.Bxf6 Bxg3 15.Bxg7 Rg8 16.Bc3 Be5 17.Bxe5 Nxe5 18.Bxh7 Rg7 19.Bd3±) 14.Rab1 Qa3 15.Rxb7 Bd6 16.Bf4 Bxf4 17.Qxf4 a6™ 18.Rdb1 Rd8 (18...Qxa2 19.Qd6) 19.Rxd7! Rxd7 20.Rb8+ Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Kxd8 22.Qb8+ Ke7 23.Qxh8 with winning position, Balashov,Y (2490)-Smagin,S (2545)/Russia (ch) 1995] 9...Qb4 10.exd5 cxd5 [Here there are possible two other captures 10...exd5 11.Rfe1 Be7 12.Bf4 Kf8™ 13.Qg3 Nbd7 (13...Nh5!? 14.Qg4 Na6! 15.Qxh5 Qxf4 16.Bxa6 bxa6 17.Qe2±) 14.Rxe7!! Kxe7 15.Bc7? (15.Re1+ Kd8 16.Bd6!± Lechtynsky,J) 15...Ne8! 16.a3 Qxb2 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Bd6+ Kg8 and Black defended,Balashov,Y (2555)-Lechtynsky,J (2470)/Trnava 1988; 10...Nxd5 11.Nxd5 cxd5 12.c4!±] 11.Nb5 Na6 12.c4!
 Diag 2
[Another way was 12.Bf4 Be7 13.a3 Qc5 14.b4 Qb6 15.c4 dxc4 16.Bxc4 0–0 17.Rfd1] 12...Be7?! [It was necessary to try to eliminate dangerous Bishop 12...Bc5 13.a3 Qb3 14.Qe2 Bxe3 15.Qxe3 and Black did not equalised fully yet.] 13.a3 Qa5 [Dangerous was another retreat 13...Qb3 14.Rad1 0–0 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.Qe4 Nf6 17.Qxb7] 14.Bxa7 White prefers to return pawn back,but more chances promised continuation of the development [14.b4 Qd8 15.Rfd1 0–0 16.Rac1] 14...0–0 15.b4 Qd8 16.Bd4 [Better was direct 16.Rfd1 and Hou was unnecessary afraid of 16...b6 17.Qe3] 16...Nb8 Only chance is to return this Knight to the center. 17.Rad1 Nc6 18.Bb2 Qb8
Diag 3

[Black faces huge problems after 18...Qb6 19.c5 Qd8 20.Rfe1] Correct decision to win a pawn 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.cxd5 Ne5 21.Qe4 Nxd3 22.Rxd3 exd5 23.Rxd5 Re8 24.Qd3 Qf4 [Slightly better was try to control the center 24...g6 25.Rd1 Be5] 25.Nd6 Now Black pieces are in total disorder 25...Reb8 26.g3 [Very strong was to include the last piece into action 26.Re1 b6 27.Re3] 26...Qh6 27.Kg2 Qg6 28.Qf3 [White decided to keep Queens on the board,but the endgame was easily won too. 28.Rd1 Qxd3 29.R1xd3] 28...Bb2 29.Nc4 Bf6 30.Rd7 b6 [Counterattack cant be successfull 30...h6 31.Rfd1 Qc2 32.Ne3 Qa2 33.Nf5 Rxa3 34.Nxh6+ Kh7 35.Qf5+ Kxh6 36.g4] But another pawn sacrifice does not help 31.Nxb6 Ra6 32.Nd5 [Even better was 32.Rb7 ] 32...h5 33.Nf4 [Very good was 33.Rc1 ] 33...Qf5 34.Rd5 Be5 35.Re1 f6 36.Qb3 Kh7 37.Nd3

Diag 4

37...Rba8 38.Nxe5 Rxa3 39.Nc6! Last simple tactics 39...Qxf2+ 40.Kxf2 Rxb3 41.Ra5 1–0
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