The Best. Almost Officially

Время публикации: 05.02.2015 23:12 | Последнее обновление: 05.02.2015 23:22

Hou Yifan wins women's category in Gibraltar and becomes the top ranked in the world

Back in 2012, when Judit Polgar was still an active player, she has expressed an opinion that Hou Yifan, who just turned 18 back then, is the only player capable of reaching 2700.

The Gibraltar Masters is over. While Hou Yifan hasn't reached this benchmark yet, and, what's more, she is still far from Judit's peak of 2735 in 2005 when the latter occupied the 8th overall position in the world, the Chinese celebrity has already accomplished something which was almost unthinkable of during the latest 26 years. As a result of the Gibraltar Masters which has come to an end today, Hou Yifan has pushed the legendary Hungarian off the top position in the rating list: her current rating is 2685.7 versus Polgar's 2675.0.

Of course, Hou Yifan still has a chance to play an unlucky tournament and lose back the points to appear the second again in the official FIDE rating list for March, but this seems to be highly unlikely.

While her performance was striking in any case, it could even better than that.

HOU YIFAN - HOWELL (round 10)

The even middlegame has gradually turned for Black into a hopeless endgame. 37.Bd5! is quite easy to find; if 27...Bc8 then 38.Bc6, while the rook ending is lost too: 37...Bxd5 38.Rxd5 f6 (38...a5 39.bxa5 b4 40.a6 b3 41.Rd2 and so on) 39.Kf2! fxg5 40.Ke3 Kf6 41.Kd4 Ke6 42.Kc5, etc.
37.Bb1+?! Kxg5 38.Bf5 Rd8 39.d7 Bf3 40.Rd4 Kf6 41.Rd3 Bb7 42.Kf2 Ke7 43.Re3+ Kd6 44.Re8 Kc7.

45.g5? This move deprives Hou Yifan of the clear second place, giving it to Howell. 45.Re7! Bd5 had to be pasted, and only now 46.g5! Then the march of the white king should decide the game.
45...Bc6! 46.Re7 Rg8! The difference is that Black is now controlling the e8-square. The pawns are being exchanged and the draw becomes inevitable. 1/2

Thus, the World Women's Champion took 7.5 points out of 10 and has been tied for the 3rd place with 8 other players including Topalov, Vitiugov and Wei Yi. At the same time, she took the first female prize amounted to £15.000 (we have already reported on the distribution system in Gibraltar Masters - CN).

The overall winner was already predictable: the 2nd seed Hikaru Nakamura drew Pentala Harikrishna and took clear first with 8.5/10 (our separate report to follow soon).

Below you can find all the games played by Hou Yifan in the GIbraltar Masters.

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.01.27"] [Round "1.13"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Cordes, Hans-Joerg"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "FM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2262"] [ECO "C11"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "4602234"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O f5 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. Kh1 Ne4 13. Qe1 Bb7 14. dxc5 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 bxc5 16. Bxc5 Rxf4 17. Nd4 Rxf1+ 18. Rxf1 Bxc5 19. Qxc5 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Qd6 21. Bg4 e5 22. Qf2 Qe7 23. c3 Bc6 24. h3 Rd8 25. Re1 Re8 26. Bd1 g6 27. a4 Rf8 28. Qe3 Kg7 29. b4 Re8 30. b5 Ba8 31. a5 Qd7 32. Qc5 d4 33. Bg4 Qf7 34. Kg1 Qf4 35. cxd4 h5 36. Qxa7+ Kh6 37. dxe5 hxg4 38. Qe3 Kg5 39. h4+ 1-0 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.01.28"] [Round "2.13"] [White "Das, Arghyadip"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "IM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2476"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B83"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Scheveningen, 6.Be2"] [WhiteFideId "5003610"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be2 Be7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Be3 O-O 9. a4 Bd7 10. f4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bc6 12. Bf3 Nd7 13. Qd2 b6 14. b4 a6 15. Ne2 Bb7 16. c4 a5 17. b5 Rc8 18. Rac1 Rc7 19. Nd4 Qc8 20. Rfd1 Rd8 21. Qc2 g6 22. Nb3 Qa8 23. Qf2 Rdc8 24. Nd2 Nc5 25. Bxc5 Rxc5 26. Qe3 Bf8 27. Kh1 d5 28. exd5 exd5 29. Nb3 Rxc4 30. Qxb6 Bb4 31. Rxc4 Rxc4 32. Qf6 Qc8 33. h3 Qc7 34. b6 Qd7 35. Nd4 Bf8 36. Nb5 Rxa4 37. Nc7 Bg7 38. Qg5 h6 39. Qg3 Rd4 40. Re1 Rb4 41. f5 Qxf5 42. Ne8 Bc3 43. Qb8 Kh7 44. Nd6 Qd7 45. Rc1 Rxb6 46. Nxf7 Qe7 47. Qf4 Bg7 48. Rc7 Qe1+ 49. Kh2 Qb4 50. Qg3 Rc6 51. Rd7 Bc8 52. Rxd5 Be6 53. Nd8 Bxd5 54. Nxc6 Qc5 55. Bxd5 Qxd5 56. Qxg6+ Kxg6 57. Ne7+ Kf6 58. Nxd5+ Ke5 59. Nb6 Ke4 60. Kg3 Bd4 61. Na4 Kd3 62. Kf3 Kc2 63. Ke4 Bf2 64. Kf3 Ba7 65. g4 Kb3 66. h4 Kxa4 67. Ke4 Bf2 0-1 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.01.29"] [Round "3.10"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Al-Sayed, Mohammed"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2516"] [ECO "B91"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Zagreb (fianchetto) variation"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "12100196"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O b5 10. a4 b4 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Ra7 13. Be3 Be6 14. Qd3 Rb7 15. f4 Qc8 16. Na5 Rc7 17. f5 Bc4 18. Nxc4 Rxc4 19. Rfc1 d5 20. exd5 e4 21. Qb3 Bc5 22. f6 gxf6 23. Kh1 Bxe3 24. Qxe3 Re8 25. Re1 Kg7 26. Rad1 Rxc2 27. Rf1 Qg4 28. Rde1 Nd7 29. Rf4 Qh5 30. h3 Kh8 31. Rxe4 Rxe4 32. Qxe4 Qe5 33. Qxb4 Qxg3 34. Rg1 Qc7 35. Qe7 Kg7 1-0 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.01.30"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Lalith, Babu M.R."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2537"] [ECO "B19"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, Spassky variation"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "5024595"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Kb1 O-O 14. Ne4 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 Nf6 16. Qe2 Qd5 17. Be3 Rad8 18. Ne5 Nd7 19. Nd3 Qb5 20. f4 c5 21. g4 Nb6 22. dxc5 Na4 23. c4 Qxc4 24. Qc2 Qxc2+ 25. Kxc2 Nxc5 26. Nxc5 Bxc5 27. Bxc5 Rc8 28. b4 b6 29. Rd7 a6 30. a4 bxc5 31. b5 axb5 32. axb5 Rb8 33. Rb1 f5 34. gxf5 Rxf5 35. Kc3 Rxf4 36. Rg1 Rxb5 37. Rgxg7+ Kf8 38. Rh7 Kg8 39. Rxh6 Rbb4 40. Rg6+ Kh8 41. Rh6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.01.31"] [Round "5.7"] [White "Oparin, Grigoriy"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2551"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "E46"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "Reshevsky variation"] [WhiteFideId "24125890"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Ne2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. g3 Nbd7 9. Bg2 Nb6 10. O-O a5 11. b3 Re8 12. Qd3 Bf8 13. Bd2 g6 14. f3 c5 15. dxc5 Bxc5 16. Nd4 Nbd7 17. Na4 b6 18. Nxc5 bxc5 19. Nb5 Ba6 20. a4 Qb6 21. Rfc1 Ne5 22. Qc3 Bxb5 23. axb5 Qxb5 24. Re1 a4 25. bxa4 Rxa4 26. Rxa4 Qxa4 27. g4 h6 28. h3 Qc4 29. f4 Nd3 30. Qxc4 dxc4 31. Rb1 Kf8 32. Bc6 Re6 33. Rb8+ Ke7 34. Bb5 Rd6 35. Bc3 g5 36. Rb7+ Nd7 37. fxg5 hxg5 38. Bxc4 f6 39. Kg2 Ne5 40. Bxe5 fxe5 41. Kf3 Rb6 42. Ra7 Rb4 43. Bd3 Kd6 44. Bf5 e4+ 45. Kg3 Ne5 46. Ra6+ Nc6 47. h4 gxh4+ 48. Kxh4 Kd5 49. g5 Ne7 50. Be6+ Ke5 51. Bg4 Nf5+ 52. Bxf5 Kxf5 53. Rc6 Rb3 54. Rxc5+ Kg6 55. Rc6+ Kg7 56. Rc7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.02.01"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Mareco, Sandro"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2583"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "112275"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Qd2 Be7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. f4 b5 11. f5 Bc4 12. Kb1 Rb8 13. g4 Nxg4 14. Rg1 Nxe3 15. Qxe3 Bxf1 16. Rdxf1 Bf6 17. Rd1 Nb6 18. Qd3 Ke7 19. a3 Re8 20. Nc1 Qd7 21. N1a2 a5 22. Qxb5 Qxb5 23. Nxb5 Rec8 24. Nac3 Na4 25. Rd3 Nxc3+ 26. Nxc3 Kd7 27. b3 Rc6 28. Kb2 Rbc8 29. Rg2 h6 30. Nd5 Bg5 31. a4 Ke8 32. c3 Kf8 33. b4 axb4 34. cxb4 Rc4 35. Re2 Rd4 36. Rxd4 exd4 37. Rc2 Ra8 38. a5 d3 39. Rc3 d2 40. Kc2 g6 41. f6 h5 42. a6 1-0 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.02.02"] [Round "7.2"] [White "Yu, Yangyi"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2724"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "B82"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Scheveningen, Tal variation"] [WhiteFideId "8603820"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3 Nc6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O a6 10. g4 Nd7 11. g5 b5 12. Bd3 Nc5 13. Kb1 Bb7 14. h4 Rc8 15. h5 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 b4 17. Ne2 e5 18. Bxc5 Qxc5 19. g6 hxg6 20. hxg6 Rxh1 21. Rxh1 Bf6 22. Qg4 Ke7 23. gxf7 Rf8 24. f5 a5 25. Ng3 a4 26. Nh5 a3 27. Qg1 Rxf7 28. Qxc5 dxc5 29. bxa3 bxa3 30. c4 Kd8 31. Kc2 Bc6 32. Nxf6 gxf6 33. Kb3 Rg7 34. Rh3 Rg4 35. Re3 Kc7 36. Kxa3 Kb6 37. Kb3 Ka5 38. a3 Rh4 39. Kb2 1/2-1/2 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.02.03"] [Round "8.4"] [White "Svidler, Peter"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2739"] [BlackElo "2673"] [ECO "A18"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "Mikenas-Carls variation"] [WhiteFideId "4102142"] [BlackFideId "8602980"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e4 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. e5 Ne4 6. d4 Bb4 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. Bb5 O-O 9. Ne2 Bd7 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 a6 12. Bxc6 Bxc6 13. Qc2 Bb5 14. Re1 c5 15. f3 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Nc5 17. Ba3 b6 18. Qd2 Re8 19. Bxc5 bxc5 20. Nf5 Re6 21. h4 h6 22. a4 Bc4 23. Rab1 Rb8 24. Rxb8 Qxb8 25. Nd6 Qb3 26. f4 Qa2 27. Qxa2 Bxa2 28. Re2 Bb3 29. Rb2 c4 30. Rd2 g5 31. hxg5 hxg5 32. g3 f6 33. Rxd5 gxf4 34. gxf4 fxe5 35. fxe5 Bxa4 36. Kf2 Rh6 37. Ke3 Kf8 38. Nf5 Rh1 39. Rd6 Bc2 40. Rf6+ Ke8 41. Nd6+ Ke7 42. Kd4 Rd1+ 43. Kxc4 a5 44. Nc8+ Ke8 45. Kc5 a4 46. e6 Bb3 47. e7 Bf7 48. c4 a3 49. Nd6+ Kd7 50. Rxf7 Rxd6 51. e8=Q+ Kxe8 52. Ra7 Rh6 53. Rxa3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.02.04"] [Round "9.9"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Rapport, Richard"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2673"] [BlackElo "2716"] [ECO "B06"] [Opening "Robatsch defence"] [WhiteFideId "8602980"] [BlackFideId "738590"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. d4 a6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 h5 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Qxf3 e6 9. g3 Ne7 10. Be3 Nbc6 11. g4 Qd7 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Bd3 hxg4 14. hxg4 f6 15. exf6 Bxf6 16. Qf2 Qd6 17. a3 Kb8 18. Kb1 Rdf8 19. Ne2 Na5 20. Bd2 Nac6 21. Bc1 Bg7 22. Qe3 Na5 23. Rhe1 Nac6 24. Rh1 Na5 25. Bd2 Nc4 26. Bxc4 dxc4 27. Rxh8 Rxh8 28. Re1 Qc6 29. Bc1 Rh4 30. f5 Rxg4 31. fxe6 Re4 32. Qf3 Rxe6 33. Qf7 Nd5 34. Qxg7 Ka7 35. Qf8 c3 36. Qc5+ Qxc5 37. dxc5 c6 38. Bg5 Re5 39. Bh4 cxb2 40. Kxb2 1-0 [Event "Gibraltar Masters 2015"] [Site "Caleta ENG"] [Date "2015.02.05"] [Round "10.2"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Howell, David WL"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C48"] [Opening "Four knights"] [Variation "Spanish, classical defence"] [EventDate "2015.01.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bc5 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 Re8 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. Nd5 Qd8 10. c3 a6 11. Ba4 Ba7 12. h3 Ne7 13. d4 Nxd5 14. exd5 exd4 15. Nxd4 b5 16. Bc2 Qf6 17. Qd3 g6 18. a4 c5 19. dxc6 dxc6 20. axb5 cxb5 21. Rae1 Rxe1 22. Rxe1 Bb7 23. Bb3 Rd8 24. Qg3 Bxd4 25. cxd4 Kg7 26. Rd1 Rd7 27. Qc3 h5 28. Ba2 Qc6 29. Qxc6 Bxc6 30. b4 Kf6 31. d5 Bb7 32. f4 Ke7 33. d6+ Kf6 34. g4 hxg4 35. hxg4 g5 36. fxg5+ Kg6 37. Bb1+ Kxg5 38. Bf5 Rd8 39. d7 Bf3 40. Rd4 Kf6 41. Rd3 Bb7 42. Kf2 Ke7 43. Re3+ Kd6 44. Re8 Kc7 45. g5 Bc6 46. Re7 Rg8 1/2-1/2 


  


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