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Irina Krush vs Robert Lee Hess
US Championship (2010), St Louis, MO USA, rd 5, May-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0

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May-18-10  PinnedPiece: No offense, Robert, but Hooray for Irina!

In post-game interview she agreed she played some pretty random moves in this game. E.g. no good explanantion for 32.c4.

Her quote: "I realized my strategy of playing well [in the tournament to date] wasn't working, so I decided to change it."

May-18-10  weisyschwarz: <PP> I agree. I admire both these players, but I send Irina especially well wishes. She doesn't get the credit she deserves.
May-19-10  VaselineTopLove: Nice game!
May-19-10
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  HeMateMe: seems that black's 31....R-e7 is the losing move, unprotected back rank.
May-19-10  hungry hippo: pinnedpiece you do realize she was speaking tongue-in-cheek right?
May-19-10
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  Eyal: The losing move is 33...Qxf5?? - after 33...Qxf4 34.Rxf6 e3 it might be even somewhat in Black's favor.
May-19-10  Abdooss: <the strategy to play well wasn't working..> but after changing strategy to play VERY well - it worked! :)
May-19-10
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  beenthere240: When you're having trouble winning won endgames...smash them in the mdidle game!
May-19-10  PinnedPiece: <hungry hippo: pinnedpiece you do realize she was speaking tongue-in-cheek right?>

I wouldn't quote it if I didn't think it was a clever quip.

It was a wry, ironic sort of remark, that she lost two hard-fought games where she was doing really well, then wins one that had some definite slop in it.

And don't worry. Her slop would be my haute cuisine.

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May-19-10  YouRang: I didn't see why black didn't simply respond to 32.c4 (attacking Q) with 32...Qxc4. From c4 the queen still defends Rg8, thus preventing white from playing Rxf6.

And as <Eyal> points out, 33...Qxf4 35.Rxf6 would have enabled black to relieve the pressure on his king and put his passed pawn to work.

Very confusing moves by black, but well played by Krush.

May-19-10
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  Eyal: <I didn't see why black didn't simply respond to 32.c4 (attacking Q) with 32...Qxc4. From c4 the queen still defends Rg8, thus preventing white from playing Rxf6.>

Hess probably wanted to avoid 33.Nf4, aiming for e6, which 32...Qxc4 allows - an immediate 32.Nf4 fails to 32...Qxf5. And then he assumed that 33...Qxf5 still works, failing to notice that with the pawn on c4 White has the tactical strike Nd5! (the knight being supported now on this square by the pawn, so that it can't be just captured by the queen).

May-19-10  YouRang: <Eyal> Yes, I'm sure you're right, thanks. I completely missed the force behind Ne6 (hitting Pg7).
May-20-10  perkychesscat: How many times do you think Irina has heard the pun about "crushing" her opponents?
May-20-10
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  Domdaniel: < How many times do you think Irina has heard the pun about "crushing" her opponents?>

18,102 times, at last count. Along with 3495 references to Bond villains.

May-20-10
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  Eyal: <How many times do you think Irina has heard the pun about "crushing" her opponents?>

<18,102 times, at last count. Along with 3495 references to Bond villains.>

When I first saw the question I wanted to respond with "Surely too many", but <Dom>'s answer is more accurate...

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