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Jialin Ding vs Conrad Holt
U.S. Junior Championship (2011), St Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Jun-22
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  0-1


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  perfidious: One is tempted to wonder whether Holt had an improvement in mind over the following classic game: Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931.

In future, he's much more likely to play 6....Nc6, I think.

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  FSR: I played the f3 gambit once against a lower-rated player named Joe White. I was lucky to get a draw in an opposite-colored bishop ending two pawns down. Unfortunately I don't have the game score anymore. But I see on's database, 7.f3 scored 100% - although this game will change that.

This is a strange game - why didn't White simply play 9.fxe4, regaining his pawn with advantage?

btw, how the hell does a sub-2200 player get into the U.S. Junior Championship? I know I never got an invitation.

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  perfidious: <FSR:..btw, how the hell does a sub-2200 player get into the U.S. Junior Championship? I know I never got an invitation.>

Do you suppose we could ask Shankland, Robson or Hess, amongst others?

My understanding is that one of the players is a local kid, a formula the St Louis organisers have also employed in the senior championships.

Even circa 1983, I remember playing local events all the time with the likes of Patrick Wolff (then 'only' ~2350), David Glueck and Jonathan Yedidia, all of whom were a lot stronger than 2200 and didn't even win the Junior. Wolff only won it later, after players such as Maxim Dlugy were out and he became much stronger.

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