Biel (1): Hou Yifan devora a Giri

Participantes del Magistral de Biel 2014
Participantes del Magistral de Biel 2014
Participantes del Magistral de Biel 2014

Dudas despejadas. La campeona mundial Hou Yifan va en serio y está preparada para combatir contra la élite. Favorecida por un dudoso sacrificio de peón de Giri en la apertura, Hou tenía ya una ventaja apreciable tras apenas 10 jugadas y lo convirtió con energía sin dejarse en ningún momento intimidar por la pseudoactividad de su rival. Mientras tanto el polaco Radiskaw Wojtaszek vencía con negras en un final igualado en el que su rival, el actual campeón de Europa, Alexander Motylev, intentó forzar de más sacrificando un peón que le llevó pronto a una situación inferior. Tampoco habrá quedado contento Vachier-Lagrave con sus experimentos con la Trompowsky contra Pentala Harikrishna. El francés quedó peor en pocas jugadas y tuvo que sudar tinta para empatar la partida.

Hou, Yifan – Giri, Anish 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime – Harikrishna, Pentala ½-½
Motylev, Alexander – Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 0-1

Más sencillo no pudo ser. Hou Yifan eligió dar el jaque en b5 contra la siciliana para calmar el ímpetu de Giri pero éste no venía preparado para una partida y sacrificó casi sin pensar un peón lo que le llevó a caer en una posición perdida muy pronto. El mismo Anish reconocía su error en twitter casi nada más acabar la partida: «Optimista – 9 rondas más por jugar con ¡8 peones para cada uno!»

Lea el resto de la crónica, con partida analizada, en

Excelente reportaje sobre la 1ra ronda en

Las partidas de la ronda 1:

[Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"]
[Site "Biel SUI"]
[Date "2014.07.14"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Black "Harikrishna, Pentala"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "2766"]
[BlackElo "2726"]
[PlyCount "102"]
[EventDate "2014.07.14"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

{Today's round was certainly a strong start to the tournament. The game
between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) and Pentala Harikrishna was wild from the
start. MVL's unusual choice in the Trompowsky backfired when Harikrishna
unleashed the powerful sacrifice 5...e5!? which put White in the defensive. It
was only thanks to MVL's resources and somewhat passive play by the Indian
player that the Frenchman held a suffered draw; Black had the better end of
the deal the entire game.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 d5 4. e3 Bf5 5. g4 $5 e5
$1 {A very precise counter. Black is using his advantage in development to
strike and get a good position.} 6. Bxe5 Qh4 7. Qf3 Bxg4 8. Qg2 Nd7 9. Bg3 Qe7
10. c3 c6 $6 {The start of maybe a plan that is too slow. White eventually
finds time to consolidate, but he never quite equalizes until the very end.}
11. Nd2 Nxg3 12. Qxg3 Bf5 13. Bh3 Bxh3 14. Nxh3 g6 15. O-O-O O-O-O 16. Kb1 Nf6
17. Ng5 h6 18. Ngf3 Qe6 19. Qe5 Bd6 20. Qxe6+ fxe6 21. Rdg1 g5 22. Kc2 Rdf8 23.
Kd1 Rf7 24. Ke2 Rhf8 25. Rg2 b6 26. h3 c5 27. dxc5 bxc5 28. c4 Kb8 29. Ne1 Rb7
30. b3 a5 31. Nd3 a4 32. Rb1 axb3 33. Rxb3 Kc7 34. Rxb7+ Kxb7 35. Rg1 Ra8 36.
Rb1+ Kc6 37. Rb2 h5 38. Rc2 Ra4 39. f3 Nd7 40. cxd5+ exd5 41. e4 Nb6 42. exd5+
Nxd5 43. Nc4 Rxa2 44. Rxa2 Nc3+ 45. Ke3 Nxa2 46. Nxd6 Kxd6 47. Nxc5 Kxc5 48.
Ke4 Nc3+ 49. Kf5 Ne2 50. Kxg5 Ng1 51. Kxh5 Nxf3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"]
[Site "Biel SUI"]
[Date "2014.07.14"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Motylev, Alexander"]
[Black "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B52"]
[WhiteElo "2698"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2014.07.14"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

{Meanwhile Alexander Motylev and Radoslaw Wojtaszek had their own interesting
game. A quick endgame was reached but one that was certainly strategical
interesting. Motylev sensed that the position was slipping away from him as
every move kept punishing how far advanced and weak his pawns were. He
sacrificed a pawn to try to obtain compensation, but it was insufficient and
the Polish player took an important game one victory with magnificent
technique.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7.
d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bg7 9. b3 Nc6 10. Bb2 Qg4 11. Qxg4 Nxg4 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. h3
Ne5 14. O-O-O Nd7 15. f4 Rg8 16. g4 O-O-O 17. h4 h6 18. g5 Rh8 19. e5 dxe5 20.
Ne4 Rhg8 21. Rhe1 hxg5 22. Nxg5 Nc5 23. Nxf7 Nd3+ 24. Kb1 Rd7 25. fxe5 Nxe1 26.
Rxe1 Rd2 27. Ba3 Rf2 28. e6 Bf6 29. Rg1 Re2 30. h5 Rxe6 31. Bc5 Re2 32. hxg6
Rb2+ 33. Kc1 Rxa2 34. Rg4 Kd7 35. Be3 Rb8 36. Bd4 Ke6 37. Bxf6 exf6 38. Nh6 f5
39. Rg3 f4 40. Rf3 Rg2 0-1

[Event "Hans Suri Mem 2014"]
[Site "Biel SUI"]
[Date "2014.07.14"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Hou, Yifan"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "2629"]
[BlackElo "2750"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2014.07.14"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Be2 {A very strange
move; Hou Yifan continues employing the unusual openings that have brought her
success in the women events.} Ngf6 7. O-O e5 8. Qe3 d5 $6 {This move is
somewhat strange. Opening the position doesn't make sense as long as Black is
underdeveloped.} 9. exd5 Bc5 $2 {Giri goes for some kind of bold sacrifice.
However where exactly his compensation is is very unclear.} (9... Nxd5 10. Qd2
N5f6 11. Nc3 $14) 10. Qd2 O-O 11. c4 e4 (11... Ne4 12. Qc2 Ndf6 13. Nc3 Nxc3
14. Qxc3 $16) 12. Nd4 Ne5 (12... Qb6 13. Nb3 Bd6 14. Nc3 $16 {This is simply a
pawn up for White.}) 13. b4 {White takes advantage of her position to grab as
much space as possible. She does not fall into passive play as there are no
threats to take care of yet.} Ba7 14. Nc3 Bg4 15. c5 $1 {A very powerful move.
White is using her extra material to shut down Black's bishop on a7 and with
that preventing any kind of counterplay. The threat of installing a powerful
passed pawn on d6 is very real.} a5 16. a3 Nxd5 $6 {Not a good move, but
Black's position was already bad.} 17. Nxe4 Bb8 18. f3 $1 {Very precise. The
Light-squared bishop does not have a good retreat.} Nf4 $2 {Some kind of
attempt to muddy the waters, but Hou Yifan has everything under control.} 19.
Nd6 $1 {This well calculated move nets a piece.} (19. Qxf4 Nxf3+ 20. Nxf3 Bxf4
21. Bxf4 axb4 {turns the tables. White cannot recapture on b4 and the three
pieces dont have the necessary coordination yet.}) 19... Bxd6 20. cxd6 Nxe2+
21. Qxe2 {This is the point. Now both e5 and g4 are hanging.} Qxd6 22. Nb5 {
And now it is the Queen and the Bishop.} Qf6 23. fxg4 $1 (23. Bb2 Bd7 24. Bxe5
Qb6+ 25. Nd4 Rfe8 {probably wins somehow but it is not as clear.}) 23... Nf3+
24. Qxf3 Qxa1 25. Be3 (25. Bf4 {with the idea of Bd6 was also game over.})
25... Qf6 26. Qxf6 gxf6 27. Nc7 Rac8 28. Nd5 {White is up a significant amount
of material and Black has nothing to show for it. An amazing demolition of a
2750 player.} 1-0



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