Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan – World Chess Champion vs Women’s World Chess Champion

December 7, 2015 - Chess

A classical game played between two current World Chess Champions is extremely rare. This happened however in the 7th round of the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015. The current World Chess Champion and world #1 Magnus Carlsen was paired with the current Women’s World Chess Champion and world #70 Hou Yifan. What happens when Carlsen and Hou enter a great positional struggle in the Kalashnikov variation of the Sicilian Defense?

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. c4 Be7 7. N1c3 a6 8. Na3 Be6 9. Nc2 Bg5 10. Be2 Bxc1 11. Rxc1 Nf6 12. O-O O-O 13. Qd2 Qb6 14. Rfd1 Rfd8 15. b3 h6 16. h3 Qa7 17. Bf3 Ne7 18. Ne3 Nc6 19. Bg4 Nd4 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. Nc2 Nxc2 22. Rxc2 Rd7 23. Qe2 Rad8 24. Rd3 Qc5 25. Na4 Qc6 26. Re3 b6 27. Nb2 Rf7 28. Rd2 Nd7 29. Nd3 a5 30. Nb2 Nc5 31. Nd1 Rdf8 32. Qe1 Rd8 33. Nc3 Rfd7 34. Qd1 Na6 35. Qh5 Nc7 36. Rg3 Kh8 37. Rdd3 Re7 38. Rg6 Qe8 39. Rdg3 Rdd7 40. Nd1 Rf7 41. Qe2 Rf4 42. Qe3 b5 43. Nb2 Rdf7 44. c5 Qc6 45. Nd3 b4 46. Qe2 Rh4 47. R6g4 Rxg4 48. Qxg4 Kg8 49. Qh5 Nb5 50. Rg4 Nc3 51. Qxh6 Nxe4 52. Qxe6 Nxf2 53. Nxe5 Nxh3+ 54. Kh2


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12 thoughts on “Magnus Carlsen vs Hou Yifan – World Chess Champion vs Women’s World Chess Champion


so who won there is not check mate


white always wins


I like your pronunciation of "pawn".

botan mstafa

why don't u just post the main match please
stop adding ur own explanation and extra movements
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAS THE MAIN GAME MOVES please stop ruining matches.
thank u

WHo Roon

Very Good analysis !

Casey Vee

Chessnetwork guy, you are way over my head in chess, but I have a couple of questions: what is your rating? and, when you second guess moves by GMs, how do you (or I) know that they would respond as you anticipate? I realize that there is often a preferred or most logical move next, but there might be an alternative you don't mention, or a series of moves providing a different result many moves later? At times there seem to be assumptions- "If he had done this, this would have happened, then this, etc." Seems to me that if you can make those statements with confidence, YOU should be world chess champion.


There is no "Women's World Chess Champion".
You're either World Chess Champion or you're not.


In 10:45 why not go with Rxh6 (check) ((…gxh6, Qh6 (mate)))…Kg8 Rh8 (Mate)

Luis Lopez

If Carlsen would have taken that pawn at h6 the game would've ended regardless of how it was played. Wether she took his rook or fled to g8 she would've lost.

Old Geek

why would there be a womans championship? makes no sense


Waaaaait…who won? lol

Leonardo Rivera

Wow, Thanks.


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