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Yelena Dembo vs Irina Krush
"Plaster of Paris" (game of the day Dec-08-2007)
Wch U14 Disney Girls (1996), Paris, rd 5
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0


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Dec-08-07  t3hPolak: Fun game, lots of cool attacks and kingside sacs.
Its also cool that one of the players is in this discussion.
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  Eyal: Krush's decisive mistake was 24...f6? allowing Dembo's 25.h6! which wins by force. After 24...h6 White probably has an edge, but it's still an open game.
Dec-08-07  Tacticstudent: Tacticstudent: Woah! I have never seen USA's top female player losing in such a way! She was still a teenager in this game, though.

<Eyal: Krush's decisive mistake was 24...f6? allowing Dembo's 25.h6! which wins by force. After 24...h6 White probably has an edge, but it's still an open game.>

Well, IMO in case of h6 White can bring his last rook to the attack, what is decisive: 24...h6 25. gxf7 Rxf7 26. Rg1! . White now threatens 27. Qxh6, 28. Tg6, 29. Rhg1 and there's also the possibility of sacs in the g7 square.

Dec-08-07  Ipecac: Most obvious moves marked with "!" in a game you played and won.

Had you been the black player you wouldnīt have put so many "!" for Whiteīs moves.

When you are alone at home you re^10-watch your games and you smile at how good you think you are, right, Lady?

Dec-08-07  wouldpusher: What I think is that the culprit is 21. ... c3?!, which allowed the attack to follow. Much better is 21. ... 0-0 22. ♕e3 cxb3 23. cxb3 ♖fd8 24. ♘d4 ♗e8 25. ♕g3 ♖ac8
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  Eyal: <Tacticstudent: Well, IMO in case of h6 White can bring his last rook to the attack, what is decisive: 24...h6 25. gxf7 Rxf7 26. Rg1! . White now threatens 27. Qxh6, 28. Tg6, 29. Rhg1 and there's also the possibility of sacs in the g7 square.>

I'm not sure it's decisive - Black might still hold on by 26...Kh7 or Bf6 (the latter indirectly defends from 27.Qxh6 - 27...cxb2 28.Kxb2 Rxc2+! 29.Kxc2 Qa2+ 30.Kc1 Rc7+! 31.Bxc7 Qb2#; I'm assuming you meant 26.Rhg1, but the same basic idea works with Rdg1 as well). Do you see clear winning lines for White after those moves?

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  kevin86: The pawn are the kitties and puppies of this game. They clear the way for the big pieces who act as the lions and tigers.
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  Chessmensch: <Ipecac:> What is <re^10>? I don't understand what you are trying to say.
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  playground player: I dunno--I think it would take a lot of "!" moves to crush Ms. Krush.
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  Jim Bartle: It must be awkward using symbols in annotating your own games. Putting ! and !! can look like boasting, when it's really just analysis.
Dec-08-07  PinnedPiece: <Ipecac: When you are alone at home you re^10-watch your games and you smile at how good you think you are, right, Lady?>

Hey Ipecac, has this really neat ! feature ! that I am going to try out! today! It's called the Ignore this user! button!

Dec-08-07  ganstaman: A fun game with a neat attacking theme -- sounds like something I'd want to ridicule in my spare time...

Until playing over some of Yelena Dembo's games, I hadn't seen the g6-h6 (or g3-h3) pawn duo attack. I actually learned something and was able to apply it to one of my games. Maybe some of you are so good that you don't need this, but then why are you commenting at all?

Dec-08-07  Ipecac: <PinnedPiece> !!
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  patzer2: Maybe 25. h6! is a stock sacrifice, offering the Bishop as a pseudo-sac for a decisive Kingside attack. However, it's impressive enough for me to study and add to my weakened castled position collection.

Wouldn't be surprised to see this come up as a puzzle position in the future. Yes, students it may be on a future daily pop quiz (puzzle).

Dec-08-07  morphynoman2: The most interesting about you, Yelena, is your profile: your original books, your original style of play. You're a very witty girl. Congratulations!
Dec-08-07  Hot Logic: It was an under 14's game - so both players would have been teenagers. Don't forget that Krush was an expert analyst on the 'World' team in Kasparov vs the World when she was only 12 - she even produced a strong novelty against Kasparov in that game, 10...Qd6 if I remember correctly.
Dec-08-07  wouldpusher: <Eyal> <Black might still hold on by 26...Kh7 or Bf6>

Let's check: 24. ... h6 25. gxf7+ ♖xf7 and now 26. ♖dg1 ♔h7 27. ♗xg7! ♖xg7 28. ♖g6! ♔h8 29. ♖hg1 However, this must be very hard to see OTB. 26. ... ♗f6 in this line does look like it leads to an even game.

So I assume that it's going to be 26. ♖hg1 cxb2 27. ♔xb2 ♗f6 28. ♗xf6 ♖xf6 29. e5 ♖xc2+! 30. ♔xc2 ♕a2+ 31. ♔c1 ♖f8! and now if 32. ♕c5 ♕a1+ 33. ♔c2 ♕a2+ leads to perpetual check. In order to break this, White can try 32. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 33. ♖g1+, but after 33. ... ♔f7 34. ♕a7+ also leads to a perpetual check. So the question is, can White still break through after the 24. ... h6 defense? Maybe 25. gxf7+ is not the solution to this.

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  Eyal: 24...h6 25.gxf7+ Rxf7 26.Rhg1 cxb2 27.<Bxb2> might be helping White here; 26...Kh7 or Bf6 are probably better.

Dec-09-07  sanyas: Near the end it becomes patently obvious that Black's attack isn't going anywhere.
Dec-09-07  sanyas: Btw, Disney girls? what kind of tournament was this?
Dec-12-07  Hot Logic: A sponsored one with money would be my guess. Something we need more of in the chess world I think. Plus if it was sponsored by Disney it might have been promoted to kids - involving more children in chess increases the fan base and raises up the next generation of champions.
May-24-08  Alphastar: I do not think 25. h6 merits two exclamation marks, or even one. It's a very common breakthrough pattern.
May-24-08  nummerzwei: Well, itīs apparently nothing else than the FIDE World Youth championship in the mentioned age category.

I donīt know if the annotator awarded too many exclamation marks. I think itīs a matter of taste. 25.h6 involves the sacrifice of a piece, so it might be worth "!".

If the double exclamation mark is justified is a matter of taste. Perhaps the notes were used in chess training or an opening book?

May-21-12  zakkzheng: Yelena Dempo as a big crush on Irina Krush as putting the guns on black.This defentaly counts as one of Yelena's best games of her life of chess
Dec-08-12  Abdel Irada: This looked like bughouse: Keep throwing pieces, preferably with check, until something gives.
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