Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Carlsen’s winning game vs Yifan, Round 9, Tata Steel Chess 2013

Hou Yifan vs Carlsen, Round 9, Tata Steel Chess 2013

23 January 2013, Kuala Lumpur – Here is a round 9 game between GM Magnus Carlsen and former World Women’s Champion GM Hou Yifan of China at the 75th Tata Steel Chess Championship 2013 at Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Carlsen is a clear point ahead with 7 points.

Chessvibes reported that Magnus Carlsen, who won as expected against the last seeded participant and tail-ender Hou Yifan, gained 8.7 rating points so far in Wijk aan Zee which would bring his already highest rating ever of 2861 to 2869.7. It's hard to believe that the world's number one is getting away from 2850 even further, into the direction of 2900s.

It was a "nice surprise" for Carlsen that someone would play the Ponziani against him and indeed this was a funny opening choice by the Chinese, as Carlsen had played this very rare opening earlier in the tournament, against Harikrishna. Here's the game, and below it Carlsen's explanation:

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Tata Steel Chess Tournament | Games in PGN: A group, B group, C group via TWIC

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