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Camilla Baginskaite vs Hikaru Nakamura
US Championship 2006 (2006), San Diego, CA USA, rd 3, Mar-05
Tarrasch Defense: Schara Gambit (D32)  ·  1-0



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  pawn to QB4: Writing as one of the many players for whom 2299 is, yeah, with effort and a bit of luck I delude myself I might and 2644 is whoa! some sort of demigod, do these people really exist outside the magazines, I'd like to congratulate White on this great performance. You have championned ordinary mortals and shown us what can be done.
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  Dim Weasel: Way to go, Camilla ;)
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  tamar: A smart game by Baginskaite.

34 e3 was very brave, as 34 Bb2 was available and could have led to a repetition.

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  lostemperor: It's games like this that should make headline news rather than a Wimbledon winner or Superbowl. I mean in what other sport does a woman beat the defending male champion? Like Zhu Chen beats the Fide worldchampion and Judit Polgar beat the world's number one.
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  offramp: There is a cool rating difference of ~350 points. Black plays an opening gambit that leads to a Benko-type position and he has a big initiative. But white defends herself well and the ending is an utter rout, with black being totally helpless.
Mar-06-06  lentil: i think B went wrong with the h-pawn rush... what was the point, except to hope for a blunder? a waste of 3 moves to eventually lose the pawn anyway. surely there was something in the centre ...
Mar-06-06  ChessVip: maybe Nakamura is in training for Dos Hermanas Internet tournament!
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  lostemperor: Of course I forgot Yang Shen who beat the Russian champion to be. Talk about girlpower:)
Mar-06-06  s4life: Not only she beat him, she actually check-mated Rublevsky :)
Mar-06-06  euripides: As <tamar> says, White's decision, near the first time control, to sacrifice the Q side pawns and break Black on the king's side seems really excellent judgement.
Mar-09-06  NohGrobbing: Great triumph for Baginskaite and terrible result for Nakamura. An 18 year old very human male (albeit a chess god) likely has a lot of "stuff" on his mind besides chess, notwithstanding what he might have us believe. It's evident his concentration was off. A skosh of underestimating his opponent probably played a part. Look at the rating difference. It was to be an easy win. His penchant for blitz moves didn't help either. By the time he settled down to pay attention to his position Camilla had the goods on him. She's all business and concentrates on every move. I wonder if Nakamura will play more predictably once he gets married ;-) TIC.
Mar-09-06  Jim Bartle: No matter what the opponent's rating, you can't just shove pieces out there and wait for him or her to self-destruct.
Apr-17-15  zanzibar: From move 18 to 35 White never put a piece beyond the 4th rank.

Who was waiting for whom to self-destruct?

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