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That's POW! as in this wonderfully visualized heavy-piece attack from Hou Yifan. (PGN after the jump. Still on the live page at the link.) The Chinese Championship is underway and most of the top stars are there. Nice to see Wang Hao, who always played the most interesting chess among his compatriots, moving his way up into range to get some elite invitations. The unwritten "one invitee per country, unless it's Russia or Ukraine" rule isn't fair, but it exists and I'd swap Wang Hao for Wang Yue or Bu Xiangzhi faster than you can say Free Tibet.

[Event "ch-CHN"]
[Site "Xinghua CHN"]
[Date "2010.05.26"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Zhou Weiqi"]
[Black "Hou Yifan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2585"]
[BlackElo "2589"]
[PlyCount "50"]
[EventDate "2010.05.24"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8.
Qb3 c5 9. dxc5 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 O-O 11. Nd4 Be6 12. Qxb7 Nd7 13. c6 (13. Qb4 Rab8
14. Qa3 Rfc8 15. e3 Qg6 16. f3 Nxc5 17. Kf2 Qf6 18. Rc1 Qe7 19. Kg1 Bd7 20. Re1
Rb1 21. Re2 Rcb8 22. g4 h5 23. h3 Qh4 24. Kg2 Nd3 25. Qd6 Ne1+ 26. Kg1 R8b6 27.
Qe5 Rd1 28. Rhh2 Nd3 29. Qc7 Rbb1 {
0-1 Akobian,V (2601)-Mitkov,N (2528)/Chicago USA 2008}) 13... Rab8 14. Qxa7 Ra8
15. Qc7 Ne5 16. e3 Rfc8 17. Qb6 $2 (17. Qd6 Rxc6 18. Nxc6 (18. Qb4 Ng4 19. Qb2
Rxc3 20. Bb5 Rac8 21. O-O) 18... Ng4 19. Ne7+ Kh8 20. O-O-O Qxc3+ 21. Kb1 d4
22. Ba6 Nxf2) 17... Rcb8 18. Qc5 Rb2 $1 (18... Qg6 {Also winning.} 19. Nxe6
Qb1+ 20. Rxb1 Rxb1+ 21. Kd2 Rxa2#) 19. f4 Rxg2 $1 20. O-O-O (20. Qb5 Nf3+ $1
21. Nxf3 Qxc3+ 22. Kd1 Qxa1+ 23. Qb1 Qxb1#) (20. Bxg2 Nd3+ 21. Ke2 Nxc5) (20.
Be2 Qh4+ 21. Kd1 Nc4 22. Bxc4 dxc4) 20... Rgxa2 21. Be2 Nc4 22. Bxc4 dxc4 23.
Rhg1 Ra1+ 24. Kd2 R8a2+ 25. Nc2 (25. Ke1 Qh4+ 26. Rg3 Rxd1+ 27. Kxd1 Bg4+ 28.
Kc1 Qxh2) 25... Rxd1+ (25... Rxd1+ 26. Rxd1 Qg6 27. f5 Qg2+ 28. Ke1 Rxc2) 0-1


Fun game!

What the heck was he doing postponing his castling and taking the poisoned pawn on b7? Pretty amateurish.

Chinese romantic chess...
Or modern as in "play like Topalov, take in e:f5 and get mauled by the attack".
Bobby also took the poisoned pawn twice (against Geller and Spassky) and did not live afterwards to play move 30.

I think the pawn grab is theory, actually. Retreating the queen to d6 looks viable, if still treacherous. But I found several of the black sacs to be unusual and the way the black queen can come in on either side is cool. It just doesn't seem like Black should have such a crushing attack from long distance.

D38 is the Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation. Here's a 2009 game where Kramnik played white: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1563866

The rapid chess event in Odessa has started. The games are here: http://bank.com.ua/chess/index.htm But... not sure the website will hold up. When I tried just now I can watch live video of Shirov and Karjakin's games, but not the moves.

what happened in the first Shirov-Barcot game ?

[Event "4th ACP World Rapid Cup"]
[Site "Odessa/Ukraine"]
[White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"]
[Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Qf6 6. d4 exd4 7. Bg5 Qd6 8.
Nxd4 Bd7 9. Nc3 Qg6 10. Qd2 f6 11. Bf4 O-O-O 12. Ncb5 *

Been a while since I've seen such a thunderbolt!!

Yep, quite a move! Just tried the site again now and it's working perfectly - it's cool to have the video and board for rapid chess.

it seems that Inarkiev missed a counter-thunderbolt

12.Ncb5 c:b5 13.Qc3 Bc6? 14.Rad1 + -

13.Qc3 Bd6!! 14.B:d6 Bc6! 15.N:c6 R:d6 = (16.Qh3+ f5 17.Ne5 Qe6..etc)

12.Ncb5 c:b5 13.Qc3 Bc6? 14.N:c6 b:c6 15.Q:c6 Bd6
16.Rad1 + - was played

Indeed, great coverage! Arrrrgh... I have to work.

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