Wijk aan Zee: Carlsen Outplays Hou Yifan But Gets Very Tired (PHOTOS)

Время публикации: 18.01.2015 01:42 | Последнее обновление: 18.01.2015 01:48

Magnus Carlsen continues his victorious series: today, in the 7th round, he has gradually outplayed Hou Yifan with White after long positional struggle.

Curiously enough, Carlsen and his second Peter Heine Nielsen hold different opinions about the game: Nielsen thinks the game has been very good, while Magnus himself isn't too happy about his today's actions over the board.

For a long time, it was seeming that Hou Yifan was able to hold, but, according to Peter Heine, Black's setup was too passive, while Carlsen is enormously strong exactly in long-play positions of this type.

Nielsen was already going to congratulate his protégé, but the latter suddenly slipped in a winning position:

CARLSEN - HOU YIFAN

Had the female world champion played 51...Qxe4!, the favorite would probably have win the game from the very beginning: 52.Rxe4 gxh6 53.Rg4+ Kh7 54.cxd6 Rd7 55.Nxe5 Rxd6. White has an extra pawn but there's plenty of play ahead.
However, Hou Yifan missed this chance: 51...Nxe4? 52.Qxe6 Nxf2? 53.Nxe5 Nxh3+ 54.Kh2 1-0

After more than 5 hours of fight, the world champion wasn't looking fresh.

'I'm very tired', he admitted immediately after he had left the playing hall. 'Still, I'm happy that I've managed to win'.

The fourth victory in a row has made Carlsen one of the leaders, as he has caught up with Vassily Ivanchuk who saved an extremely long queen ending vs Giri (the analysis to follow soon - CN). Both have 5 points out of 7, while Wesley So (draw vs Radjabov), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (won against Saric), and Ding Liren (defeated Van Wely) are half-a-point behind. Radoslaw Wojtaszek lost to Baadur Jobava (for whom it was the first win in the tournament) and remained with 4 points.

[Event "77th Tata Steel GpA"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"] [Date "2015.01.17"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2862"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B32"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Labourdonnais-Loewenthal (Kalashnikov) variation"] [EventDate "2015.01.10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 Be6 9. Nc2 Bg5 10. Be2 Bxc1 11. Rxc1 Nf6 12. O-O O-O 13. Qd2 Qb6 14. Rfd1 Rfd8 15. b3 h6 16. h3 Qa7 17. Bf3 Ne7 18. Ne3 Nc6 19. Bg4 Nd4 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. Nc2 Nxc2 22. Rxc2 Rd7 23. Qe2 Rad8 24. Rd3 Qc5 25. Na4 Qc6 26. Re3 b6 27. Nb2 Rf7 28. Rd2 Nd7 29. Nd3 a5 30. Nb2 Nc5 31. Nd1 Rdf8 32. Qe1 Rd8 33. Nc3 Rfd7 34. Qd1 Na6 35. Qh5 Nc7 36. Rg3 Kh8 37. Rdd3 Re7 38. Rg6 Qe8 39. Rdg3 Rdd7 40. Nd1 Rf7 41. Qe2 Rf4 42. Qe3 b5 43. Nb2 Rdf7 44. c5 Qc6 45. Nd3 b4 46. Qe2 Rh4 47. R6g4 Rxg4 48. Qxg4 Kg8 49. Qh5 Nb5 50. Rg4 Nc3 51. Qxh6 Nxe4 52. Qxe6 Nxf2 53. Nxe5 Nxh3+ 54. Kh2 1-0


  


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