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Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan, Game 1 and Photos: Women's World Chess Championship, Lviv 2016

Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine against Challenger Hou Yifan, Game 1. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar
Women's World Chess Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine against Challenger Hou Yifan of China (Ex World Champion), Game 1, 2nd March 2016, Potocki Palace, Women's World Chess Championship, Lviv 2016.









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Muzychuk, Mariya (2554) - Hou, Yifan (2673) [C54]
Women's World Championship/Lviv (1) 2016

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 The Italian Game is a calm opening. Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. c3 d6 7. h3 Mariya Muzychuk played 7.Bb3 vs Natalia Zhukova in Lviv 2014, and 7.a4 vs Antoaneta Stefanova in Beijing 2014. h6 8. Re1 a6 9. a4 Ba7 10. Nbd2 Re8 11. Nf1 Be6 12. Bxe6 Rxe6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Nxe3 d5! Hou Yifan counterattacks in the centre and has sufficient counterplay. 15. Qc2 Qd7 Black can continue 15...a5, with equality. 16. Rad1 White could try 16.b4 at once. Rd8 17. Nf5 Qe8 18. b4 White seizes space on the queenside. b5 Here Black can play 18...Ne7, with equality. 19. axb5 axb5 20. Nd2 Ne7 21. Nxe7+ Qxe7 22. Nb3 dxe4 23. dxe4 Red6 The position is equal. 24. Nc5 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Rxd1+ The rivals trade pieces. 26. Qxd1 Qd6 27. Qe2 c6 The endgame is drawn. 28. g3 Nd7 29. Nxd7 Qxd7 30. Kg2 Qd6 31. Qe3 1/2-1/2


Grandmaster Mariya Muzychuk Grandmaster Hou Yifan
Grandmaster Mariya Muzychuk. Grandmaster Hou Yifan. Game 1.

A press conference after the game: Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar
A press conference after the game: Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan. Photos by Vitaliy Hrabar

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