This Big Success!

Время публикации: 01.02.2012 23:30 | Последнее обновление: 02.02.2012 23:44

Hou Yifan gets closer to the first prize

The Women's World Champion Hou Yifan is playing her stellar tournament in Gibraltar. The eighth round hasn't finished yet, however, it's already clear that the result of the Chinese player will become one of the most outstanding achievements in the history of women's chess. Among the players rated above "2700" Hou Yifan has already defeated Almasi Zoltan, Polgar Judit, Le Quang Liem and Shirov Alexei.

The theoretical variant of the Najdorf system in Sicilian defence took place in Shirov - Hou Yifan encounter. The novelty was Shirov's 20th move. On the 24th move Latvian GM agreed to exchange queens by 24.Qxb5, which, probably, wasn't the best decision. White could have saved the sufficient compensation for the pawn as well as good practical chances by avoiding exchange (24.Qe1!?). In a sharp endgame White started to experience difficulties, that became evident after 27...Nb4!. Soon Black's two central pawns decided the result of the game. 



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