TURNING THE TABLES
GM Swapnil Dhopade
Headcoach - Chess Pathshala
TURNING THE TABLES
HOU, YIFAN vs. GAPONENKO, I FIDE ONLINE CHESS OLYMPIAD 2020
Hello Dear Readers,
Not always in chess we have a good position to proceed with. Often it happens that we end up in a bad position. In response we panic and start losing the grip.
Hou Yifan, one of the strongest Chinese player who has also won the Woman’s World Chess title before, ended up in a worse scenario against her Ukrainian counterpart. But instead of getting carried away by the hysteria of emotions, she held her nerves and continued to play in the most practical way. Miraculously, her opponent committed a serious positional error which gave Hou the chance to turn the game in her favour.
Find the best plan for white.
Find the best way for white to continue.
Black to play! Can you plan to exploit the knight on h5?
White was worse but she managed to win the game. Some valuable insights from the game:
Don’t lose your psychological control if you find yourself in a weak position.
Hold the position tight and proceed with the most practical way.
Look out for any non-conventional resources which could help you gain any kind of play or initiative.
At last, don’t lose hope. Winning positions are the most difficult ones to continue. Wait for your opponent’s mistake.
I hope you enjoyed the article. Stay tuned for the next article. Before you proceed, down below are the solutions to yesterday’s quizzes.
1. Rxe4! dxe4 2. Qg3! f6 (2… g6 3. Nxg6 fxg6 4. Nh6+ Kg7 5. Bxc7 Kxh6 6. Be5+-) 3. Qb3+ Kh8 4. Ng6+ +-
1. Rxf6! Bxf6 2. Nf5! gxf5 3. g3 Qh3 (3… Qh5 4. Nxf6+) 4. Bf1 +-
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