Unive Hoogeveen: both games drawn

10/23/2012 – Women's world champion Hou Yifan of China, eighteen years old and rated 2605, battled it out with top Dutch GM Anish Giri, four months younger and rated 2730, in the second round of the Univé Crown group. Her winning attempts were parried and the game ended in a 58-move draw. Sergey Tiviakov and Hikaru Nakamura drew their game after 47 moves. Commentary by GM Eltaj Safarli.

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The 16th Univé Chess Festival is taking place from the 19th to 27th of October 2012, in Hoogeveen, Holland. The main event is a four-player Crown Group double round robin with Hikaru Nakamura, USA, rated 2786, Anish Giri, NL, 2730, Sergey Tiviakov, NL, 2659, and women's world champion Hou Yifan, China, 2605. The average rating is 2695, making this a category 18 tournament. The Unive Open has 78 players and is a nine round event that started on October 19. The prize fund is € 7,500, with a first prize of € 3,000. The sponsor of the Univé Chess Festival is Univé.

Second round Crown Group report

Round 2 – Monday, October 22, 2012, 14:00h
Hou Yifan
½-½
Giri, Anish
Sergey Tiviakov
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru

Commentary by GM Eltaj Safarli

[Event "Hoogeveen 2012"] [Site "?"] [Date "2012.10.22"] [Round "2"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B93"] [WhiteElo "2623"] [BlackElo "2693"] [Annotator "Eltaj,Safarli"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2012.10.22"] [SourceDate "2012.10.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f4 {I think that by selecting this variation, White simply wished to play without much preparation - just wanted to create problems for Black over the board. Let's see what happens...} e5 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. a4 Qc7 {Black doesn't allow White to develop his bishop on c4.} ({The main line is} 8... Be7 9. Bc4 ({or} 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O exf4 (10... Nc5)) 9... O-O 10. O-O exf4 11. Bxf4 Qb6+) 9. Bd3 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. Kh1 Nc5 (11... b6 {This was another setup for Black which is also interesting}) 12. Qe2 Bd7 13. fxe5 dxe5 14. Bg5 Be6 15. Nh4 Nxd3 16. cxd3 Ne8 $1 {After this typical maneuver Black doesn't have any problems} 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Nf3 ({Black is also okay after} 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. Rxf5 (19. exf5 Nf6) 19... Nc7) 18... f6 (18... Qd6 $5) 19. d4 Rc8 20. Rac1 ({Of course} 20. d5 {here would be a mistake because after} Bg4 {even though White has a well protected passed pawn, Black's position is still much better, taking into account the strong knight on d6 and White's weaknesses on the queenside.} 21. h3 Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Nd6 $15) 20... exd4 21. Nd5 Qd6 22. Rxc8 Bxc8 23. Qc4 Be6 24. Nxd4 Rf7 25. h3 $6 (25. Re1 $5) (25. Rd1 $5) 25... Bxd5 {Anish is playing too fast.} ({I think after} 25... Qe5 $1 $15 {Black would have slightly better position without any risk.}) 26. exd5 Nc7 27. Nf5 $1 Qxd5 28. Qg4 h5 $2 {Another mistake.} ({Black should have played} 28... Rd7 $1 29. Nxg7 Rxg7 30. Qc8+ Kf7 31. Qxc7+ Kg6 32. Qf4 Qe5 $11 {with equality.}) 29. Qxh5 Rd7 30. Re1 $1 Kf8 $1 (30... Qf7 31. Qg4) 31. Qh8+ Qg8 32. Qh4 a5 33. Qg4 (33. Re3 Qd5 $1) (33. b4 Qd5 $1) 33... Qf7 ({Now} 33... Qd5 $2 {is wrong because of} 34. Nxg7 $1 Rxg7 35. Qc8+ Kf7 36. Qxc7+ Kg6 37. Qc2+ f5 38. b3 $16) 34. Nh4 (34. Qf3 $1 {was also possible and probably even better. White's attack might be strong here} b6 35. Qa3+ Kg8 36. Qe3 Qh5 (36... Nd5 $2 37. Qg3 $1 {and White is almost winning in this spectacular line} Qh5 38. Qb8+ Kh7 39. Re4 $1 $18 Qxf5 40. Rh4+ Kg6 41. Qe8+ Rf7 (41... Kg5 42. Qh5#) 42. Rg4+ $1 $18) 37. Ne7+ Kf8 38. Nc8 (38. Qxb6 $2 Qe8 $1) 38... b5 39. axb5 Qxb5 40. Nd6 Qb8 $8 41. Qe4 $40) 34... g5 $6 { Black did not necessarily have to weaken his pawns on the queenside} ({Better was} 34... Qd5 $1 {and it seems after} 35. Ng6+ Kf7 {Black has nothing to worry about}) 35. Nf5 Qd5 36. Rf1 Qd3 37. Ng3 Ne8 38. Rf3 $6 ({After} 38. Kh2 $16 {Black was supposed to defend in an unpleasant position.}) 38... Qd1+ 39. Kh2 Rd3 $1 {Nice trick, after which the position gets simplified and most probably is going to end in a draw.} 40. Qxg5 Rxf3 41. Qc5+ Qd6 $5 (41... Kg8 { is possible as well} 42. gxf3 Qxf3 43. h4 Qb3 $11) 42. Qxd6+ Nxd6 43. gxf3 Nc4 44. Ne4 Nxb2 45. Nc5 Kf7 46. Nxb7 Nxa4 47. Nxa5 Kg6 48. Kg3 Nc3 49. Nb3 Ne2+ 50. Kg4 f5+ 51. Kh4 Kh6 52. Nd2 Nd4 53. Kg3 Kg5 54. Nf1 f4+ 55. Kg2 Kh4 56. Nd2 Nc2 57. Nc4 Ne1+ 58. Kf2 1/2-1/2

[Event "16th Unive Crown"] [Site "Hoogeveen NED"] [Date "2012.10.22"] [Round "2"] [White "Tiviakov, Sergei"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B52"] [WhiteElo "2656"] [BlackElo "2775"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2012.10.21"] 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. f3 O-O 10. Be3 Nc6 11. O-O a6 12. a4 e6 13. Nde2 Rac8 14. Rc1 Rfe8 15. Bf2 Qe7 16. b3 Nd7 17. Nd4 Nb4 18. Kh1 Nc5 19. Bg1 h5 20. Rb1 Qd8 21. Nde2 Qc7 22. Qd2 Red8 23. Nd1 Nc6 24. Ne3 f5 25. exf5 gxf5 26. Nc2 Qf7 27. Nf4 Ne7 28. Ne3 Bh6 29. Nd3 Nxd3 30. Qxd3 d5 31. cxd5 Nxd5 32. Nxd5 Rxd5 33. Qe2 Rd2 34. Qe5 Rcc2 35. Rf2 Rxf2 36. Bxf2 Kh7 37. Kg1 Bg7 38. Qd6 e5 39. Qd3 Ra2 40. h3 e4 41. Qe3 Bh6 42. Qc3 Bd2 43. Qe5 exf3 44. gxf3 Bh6 45. Rd1 Rc2 46. Qd5 Qg6+ 47. Kf1 Rc7 1/2-1/2

Schedule and results

Round 1 – Sunday, October 21, 2012, 14:00h
Hou Yifan
½-½
Sergey Tiviakov
Nakamura, Hikaru
1-0
Giri, Anish
Round 2 – Monday, October 22, 2012, 14:00h
Hou Yifan
½-½
Giri, Anish
Sergey Tiviakov
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 3 – Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 14:00h
Sergey Tiviakov
  Giri, Anish
Nakamura, Hikaru
  Hou Yifan
Round 4 – Thursday, October 25, 2012, 14:00h
Sergey Tiviakov
  Hou Yifan
Giri, Anish
  Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 5 – Friday, October 26, 2012, 14:00h
Giri, Anish
  Hou Yifan
Nakamura, Hikaru
  Sergey Tiviakov
Round 6 – Saturday, October 27, 2012, 14:00h
Hou Yifan
  Nakamura, Hikaru
Giri, Anish
  Sergey Tiviakov

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