Anatoly Karpov beats Hou Yifan in Hainan

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11/12/2010 – The 59-year-old 12th World Champion from Russia won the first game against the phenomenally talented Chinese prodigy, 43 years his junior. But after that, all the remaining games were drawn, so that Karpov won the match 3.5:2.5. Two of the games were rapid, in one Hou had a chance to equalise. The world's third strongest female player spent the free day learning yoga and martial arts.

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Match Anatoly Karpov vs Hou Yifan

This encounter between the twelfth World Champion and one of China's most remarkable young talents took place from November 6th to 11th 2010 in Sanya City, Hainan, China. The event consisted of four classical games (90 min for all moves + 30 sec increment for each move) and two rapid chess games (25 min + 10 sec.). It ended in a narrow 3.5/2.5 victory for Karpov, who won the first game. The rest were drawn.

In the last (rapid) game of the encounter the Chinese girl had a chance to equalise:

Hou,Yifan (2577) - Karpov,Anatoly (2619) [C93]
Match rapid Sanya/Hainan/China (2), 11.11.2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a3 h6 13.d5 Nb8 14.Nh2 c6 15.dxc6 Nxc6 16.Ng4 Nxg4 17.hxg4 Na5 18.Bd5 Be7 19.b4 Nc6 20.Qf3 Rf8 21.Nf1 Qd7 22.Ng3 Nd8 23.Nf5 Ne6 24.Rd1 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Rfd8 26.g3 Qe8 27.Be3 Rac8 28.Rd3 Rc6 29.Rad1 Rdc8 30.Bd2 Qf8 31.Kg2 Rd8 32.Qe2 Bg5 33.Rh1 Rd7 34.Bxg5 Nxg5 35.f3 Qc8 36.Qd2 a5?

37.Rd1? Hou misses a golden last-game opportunity: 37.Rxh6! gxh6 38.Nxh6+ Kh8 39.Qxg5 with good winning chances. This way she can only draw: 37...axb4 38.axb4 Qa8 39.Qe2 Qa3 40.Nxd6 Rxc3 41.Rxc3 Qxc3 42.Nxb5 Qc6 43.Rxd7 Qxd7 44.Nc3 Ne6 45.Nd5 Qa4 46.Qb2 Qd1 47.Ne3 Qd3 48.Kf2 Nd4 49.Qa2 g6 50.Qb2 Kg7 51.Qa2 Qc3 52.b5 Nxb5 53.Qd5 Nc7 54.Qd1 Ne6 55.Qc2 Qb4 56.Qc4 Qb2+ 57.Qe2 ½-½ and Karpov wins the match. [Click to replay all games]

    Classic   Rapid
 Hou Yifan CHN
 Anatoly Karpov  RUS

Anatoly Karpov won the first game with the black pieces

After that Hou Yifan drew the rest of the match

The young Chinese player does some martial arts with a master of the Shaolin Temple

...and some seaside Yoga with an Indian teacher

The 16-year-old is very supple

... and learns all of the Yoga moves with enthusiasm

All photos by GM Ye Rongguang courtesy of Sina Sports Blog


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