Elegant And Spectacular

Время публикации: 23.10.2014 04:37 | Последнее обновление: 23.10.2014 04:46

Hou Yifan won the rapid event in Corsica

The final match of the Corsican Circiut 2014, according to the tradition, has been held in Ajaccio, despite all the previous stages had taken place in Bastia. The finalists, Women's World Champion Hou Yifan of China and GM Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine, had to go to the largest Corsican city which is situated 150 km away from Bastia, on the other shore of the island - this was exactly the reason for a 1-day break. On October 20th, Fedorchuk had convincingly knocked out no one else than the repeated triumpher of the Corsican Circuit, Vishy Anand, from the semi-finals, while Hou Yifan had defeated Robert Ruck of Hungary only in the armageddon.

However, the final fight was not as persistent as expected: the Women's World Champion won both games. The first encounter was quite tough at first, but ended with an unbelievable blunder by Fedorchuk; the pawn-down endgame was difficult for him but not hopeless yet. Having the black pieces in game 2, Hou Yifan nevertheless was keeping the situation under control - the Ukrainian GM was never seriously better, even in the most favourable moment when he missed 30.c4! At the end, it was only Black who could win.


39.Ka3? (the only chance not to lose at once was 39.Rf6, blocking the f-pawn) 39...f5!, and the struggle was over: 40.b3 (or 40.gxf6 g5) 40...Ke7 41.Rf3 Ke6 42.Kb4 Kd5 43.Rf4 Re4+ 0–1

According to the official website, the crucial match has attracted five hundred spectators - the number which reminds us more of Karpov-Kasparov matches than of modern elite tournaments! So, maybe it's only the matter of organization?

Photo: corse-echecs.com

[Event "Corsican Circuit Final 2014"] [Site "Ajaccio FRA"] [Date "2014.10.22"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Fedorchuk, Sergey A."] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "C23"] [Opening "Bishop's opening"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "14102536"] [EventDate "2014.10.19"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nc3 d6 5. Na4 Na5 6. Bb3 Nxb3 7. axb3 Ne7 8. Nf3 Ng6 9. h3 a6 10. Nxc5 dxc5 11. Be3 Qe7 12. O-O O-O 13. Nd2 Be6 14. Kh2 b6 15. Nc4 a5 16. Qd2 Qd7 17. f4 exf4 18. Bxf4 Nxf4 19. Rxf4 a4 20. Raf1 axb3 21. cxb3 Qd4 22. R4f3 Ra2 23. Qf4 Qd7 24. Rg3 f6 25. Rf2 Kh8 26. Qh4 Qd4 27. Qf4 Ra1 28. Qxc7 Rg8 29. Qf4 b5 30. Nd6 Bxb3 31. Nxb5 Qd7 32. Nd6 Be6 33. e5 fxe5 34. Qxe5 Ra7 35. Ne4 c4 36. Nc5 Qd5 37. Rg5 Qxe5+ 38. Rxe5 Bf7 39. dxc4 Bxc4 40. b3 Bf7 41. Ref5 Bg6 42. Rf8 h6 43. b4 Ra1 44. Rxg8+ Kxg8 45. Rb2 Rc1 46. Nd7 Be8 47. Ne5 Bb5 48. Kg3 Re1 49. Nf3 Re4 50. Nd2 Re2 51. Kf3 g5 52. Nc4 Re5 53. Nxe5 1-0 [Event "Corsican Circuit Final 2014"] [Site "Ajaccio FRA"] [Date "2014.10.22"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Fedorchuk, Sergey A."] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B34"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "accelerated fianchetto, modern variation"] [WhiteFideId "14102536"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2014.10.19"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8. f4 d6 9. Nb3 a6 10. g4 b5 11. g5 Nd7 12. Qd2 Nb6 13. O-O-O Na4 14. Nd4 Bb7 15. Nd5 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 e5 17. fxe5 Bxd5 18. exd5 dxe5 19. Be3 Qd6 20. Kb1 Rac8 21. h4 e4 22. Bd4 Qxd5 23. Qe3 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 Qc5 25. c3 Rfd8 26. Rhd1 Rxd4 27. Rxd4 Re8 28. h5 Qe5 29. h6 Nc5 30. Bg4 Kf8 31. a3 Ne6 32. Bxe6 Qxe6 33. a4 Qf5 34. a5 Qf3 35. Qxf3 exf3 36. Rf4 Re1+ 37. Kc2 Re2+ 38. Kb3 f2 39. Ka3 f5 40. b3 Ke7 41. Rf3 Ke6 42. Kb4 Kd5 43. Rf4 Re4+ 0-1 


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