Unive Hoogeveen: Nakamura wins again, beats Hou Yifan

10/23/2012 – Top US grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the second of three games in the Univé Crown group, beating women's world champion Hou Yifan after she had blundered on move 19. This translates to a 2936 performance so far, with a five-point rating gain. Sergey Tiviakov drew against Dutch prodigy Anish Giri. Wednesday is a free day, the return round begins on Thursday. 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.

Third round Crown Group report

Round 3 – Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 14:00h
Sergey Tiviakov
½-½
Giri, Anish
Nakamura, Hikaru
1-0
Hou Yifan

Commentary by GM Eltaj Safarli

[Event "Hoogeveen 2012"] [Site "?"] [Date "2012.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2623"] [Annotator "Eltaj,Safarli"] [PlyCount "97"] [EventDate "2012.10.22"] [SourceDate "2012.10.23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 h6 7. Rg1 (7. h4 Nc6 8. Rg1 h5 9. gxh5 Nxh5 10. Bg5 Nf6 {is a main line. Hundreds of games have been played here and most are extremely important.}) 7... e5 $6 {This move weakens Black's position and probably he does not have sufficient counterplay.} (7... Nc6 {is I think the best for Black.} 8. Be3 {Probably this was Hikaru's plan during his preparation.} (8. h4 h5 {transposes to the main lines})) 8. Bb5+ Nbd7 (8... Bd7 $6 {is dubious because after} 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 (9... Nbxd7 10. Nf5 Nc5 11. Qf3 {and I don't like Black's position here.}) 10. Nf5 g6 (10... h5 $2 {now it doesn't work because after} 11. Bg5 {White is almost winning.}) 11. Ne3 $14 {White is just much better}) 9. Nf5 a6 10. Bxd7+ Qxd7 11. g5 (11. Qf3 $5 {was also possible}) 11... Nxe4 12. Nxg7+ $1 Bxg7 13. Nxe4 Qc6 14. Qd3 $1 { I liked this quiet move. First I was looking at 14.Nd6, but it seems that Black is okay there, compared to the game.} (14. Nxd6+ Ke7 15. Nxc8+ Raxc8 16. c3 Rcd8 17. Qg4 hxg5 18. Bxg5+ Bf6 19. h4 Bxg5 20. Qxg5+ Qf6 {with a good chances to save the game}) 14... Ke7 15. gxh6 Bxh6 16. Bxh6 Rxh6 17. Qe3 $1 Rh5 $8 18. Rd1 $1 ({A little incaution after} 18. O-O-O Bf5 19. Nc3 Rah8 20. Rd2 Kf8 {could take Black to an okay position.}) 18... Bf5 19. Ng3 Bxc2 $2 (19... Rah8 $1 {was the last chance for Hou Yifan} 20. h3 $1 {This seems very strong and it's the first line of my engine. I doubt that White wanted to play it.} ( 20. Nxh5 $6 Rxh5 $132 {Here Black has enough compensation.}) 20... Bxh3 21. Nxh5 Rxh5 22. Kd2 $1 Bf5 23. Qc3 Qb6 24. Kc1 Rh2 25. Rgf1 {White is better here, but anyway it's not so easy.}) 20. Nxh5 Bxd1 21. Kxd1 Qd5+ 22. Ke2 Qxa2 23. Qg5+ Kd7 24. Qf5+ ({White could have won the game by force after} 24. Rc1 $1 Qxb2+ 25. Kf1 $18) 24... Ke7 25. Qc2 Qa5 26. Ng3 Qb5+ 27. Kf3 Qc6+ 28. Qe4 Rh8 29. Nf5+ Kd7 30. h4 {White has an overwhelming advantage. In a few moves Black is supposed to confess being defeated.} Qb5 31. Rd1 Qxb2 32. Nxd6 Kc7 33. Nc4 Qb5 34. Nxe5 f6 35. Rc1+ Kb8 36. Rb1 f5 37. Qxf5 Qd5+ 38. Qe4 Rf8+ 39. Ke3 Qc5+ 40. Qd4 Qxd4+ 41. Kxd4 Rf4+ 42. Ke3 Rxh4 43. f4 Kc7 44. f5 Kd6 45. Ng6 Rh7 46. Rd1+ Kc7 47. Kf4 b5 48. f6 Rf7 49. Ke5 1-0

[Event "Hoogeveen 2012"] [Site "?"] [Date "2012.10.23"] [Round "3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Tiviakov, Sergei"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "2693"] [BlackElo "2656"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2012.10.22"] [SourceDate "2012.10.23"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Be3 Bd6 8. Bd3 Bd7 9. Qe2 Qe7 10. O-O-O Nd5 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bd2 Nf4 13. Bxf4 Bxf4+ 14. Kb1 O-O-O 15. Rhe1 Qd6 16. Be4 g6 17. c4 Qa6 18. Bd3 Rhe8 19. c5 Qa4 20. Bc2 Qb5 21. Bd3 Qa4 22. Be4 Bb5 23. Bxb7+ Kxb7 24. Qe4+ Rd5 25. b3 Qb4 26. Qxf4 e5 27. Qxf6 e4 28. c6+ Kb6 29. Qf4 Qc3 30. Qe3 1/2-1/2

Standings after three rounds

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
½-½
Giri, Anish
Nakamura, Hikaru
1-0
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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