GM Alexandra Kosteniuk Vs Grandmaster Hou Yifan – Womens Grand Prix

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Alexandra Kosteniuk Vs Yifan Hou, Round 3 of the Women’s Grand Prix 2011 in Rostov: Yifan Hou has been playing some extremely aggressive chess in 2011, and this game was no exception. She plays fearlessly with the black pieces and her results have been an accurate reflection of this aggression. Opening with the Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Hou was able to quickly achieve a dynamic position with tremendous pressure immediately. Kosteniuk was unable to find an active plan and was forced into a passive defense as Hou quickly seized space on both sides of the board with 9. …g5 and later with 16. … b5. With an open H-file and excellent coordination, Hou was able to precisely finish the attack – forcing Kosteniuk’s resignation after 35. …Qxe2+.



[Event “2011 Women’s Grand Prix”]
[Site “Rostov, Russia”]
[Date “2011.08.04”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Alexandra Kosteniuk”]
[Black “*Yifan Hou”]
[Result “0-1”]
[Opening “QGD: Ragozin variation”]
[ECO “D38”]
[NIC “NI.27”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8.
e3 c4 9. Nd2 g5 10. Bg3 Bf5 11. Be2 Nc6 12. h4 Rg8 13. hxg5 hxg5 14. Rc1 Qe7
15. O-O Bxc3 16. Rxc3 b5 17. a4 a6 18. Qa1 b4 19. Rcc1 Ne4 20. Nxe4 Bxe4 21.
a5 g4 22. Qa4 Qe6 23. Rfd1 Rc8 24. Bf4 Qf5 25. Kf1 Qh5 26. Ke1 Bxg2 27. Bd6
Bf3 28. Bxf3 gxf3 29. Bxb4 Qh4 30. b3 Rg2 31. Rc2 Rg1+ 32. Kd2 Qxf2+ 33. Kc1
Qxe3+ 34. Bd2 Rxd1+ 35. Kxd1 Qe2+ {White resigned} *


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