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Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan, Game 6: Women's World Chess Championship, Lviv 2016


Muzychuk, Mariya (2554) - Hou, Yifan (2673) [C54]
Women's World Championship/Lviv (6) 2016

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 The Italian Game. Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 O-O 7. Bg5 Mariya Muzychuk played 7.h3 in game 1. h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 g4 10. Nh4 Nh5 11. a4 a6 12. Na3 Qg5 13. Nc2 Ba7 14. Ne3 A novelty. In the game Jakovenko-Bok, Gibraltar Masters 2015 White continued 14.d4. Mariya sacrifices a pawn to open f-file to attack. Ne7 But Yifan preferred 14...Ne7 to control the d5 and f5 squares, with counterplay. 15. d4 Qg7?! 15...exd4! 16. cxd4 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Qg7 is better. 16. dxe5! dxe5 17. Nef5?! 17.Qc2 is more precise. Bxf5 18. exf5 Bc5? An error. 18...Nxg3 is correct, 19.hxg3 Nc8 20.Qe2 Nd6=, with equality. 19. Re1? A mistake. Better is 19.f6! to take the g4-pawn and free the knight, with a clear edge to White. Nxg3 20. hxg3 Kh8 21. Qe2 Bd6 White has a small advantage. 22. Qe4 Again White must play 22.f6. Rab8 23. Be2?! h5 24. Rad1 Ng8! A strong plan. Black blocks the f5-pawn with the knight. 25. Kh2?! White can play the strong positional sacrifice 25.f6! with the idea of Nf5 and big chances to a draw. Qg5! 26. Bc4 Nf6 27. Qe3 Qxe3 28. Rxe3 e4! The best move. In the endgame Black is better, because White's knight is on the rim. 29. Re2 Rbd8 30. Bb3 Rd7 31. f3 Re8 32. Rde1 Rde7 33. Bc2? The last mistake. exf3! Winning. 34. Rxe7 Rxe7 35. Rxe7 f2! A small combination, and Black has a new queen. A great game by Hou Yifan! 36. Rxf7 f1=Q 37. Ng6+ Kg8 38. Rxf6 Bc5 0-1

Women's World Chess Championship 2016 match Mariya Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan


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