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Gregory Young vs Warren Harper
U.S. Junior Championship (2011), Saint Louis, MO USA, rd 8, Jun-24
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0

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Jun-25-11
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  FSR: 24...h5 looks gross, but it's not clear how Black can meet the threat of h4-h5-h6.
Jun-25-11
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  Fusilli: And the other ...h5 (on move 30) loses by force, but again Black position is unpleasant and it is very hard to come up with something useful.
Jun-25-11  alayo: What's wrong with 17......Rg8?
Jun-26-11  DrMAL: Great game between two top youngsters the sac 16.fxe6 was nice for imbalance but has no advantage. 16.f6 seems slightly better and it allows black to go wrong in re-taking incorrectly, as Rybka 4.1 shows (lines truncated):

[+0.12] d=20 16.f6 gxh6 (0:43:46) 296629kN
[+0.00] d=20 16.fxe6 gxh6(0:46:34) 316240kN

If black plays correctly white has no real way to make progress and the game is drawn. Even with the slight inaccuracies played, 24...Bd8 or 24...h5 or 24...Qg5 or 24...Qd3 all still keep a draw.

28.gxh4 allowed a perpetual via 28...Rxf7 29.Bxf7 Qxe4+ but 28...Bxh4 is still a drawn game.

30...h5 (instead of Bd8 or Be7 or Qe7, etc. to keep a draw) was a huge blunder that loses immediately, and white played the winning combination involving 32.e5 but then 35...Re7 gave mate in 1. Beautiful finish by Young!

BTW, 17...Rg8 is a mistake, white gets an advantage after 18.Qf2 (e.g., 18...Qa7 19.Bd5 Qxf2+ 20.Kxf2 Bxd5 21.Nxd5 Bg5 22.g3).

Jun-26-11  dunkenchess: Is Harper drunk?
Jun-26-11  DrMAL: LOL, if so he plays like a Master when drunk. Apparently, in panic he tried to avoid exchanging rooks and missed the mate.
Jun-28-11
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  Fusilli: <dunkenchess> well, that's a bit harsh on him, but I suppose you are joking. As <DrMal> showed, he defended his position fairly well until he blundered. From having seen a number of his games I can tell you that, like many youngsters, he is very strong when he has the initiative, but needs to work on defence and survival skills.

I played with him once at the Houston Open a few years ago. I had the White pieces and played an English opening in a passive way. He just developed all his pieces and then steamrolled me. He didn't have to spend much effort on the game, I played badly. But it was obvious that the kid had natural talent.

Jun-30-11  Chris00nj: <dunkenchess: Is Harper drunk?> No, probably just hari-kari as opposed to resigning.

Harper is a very talented player. I've played him several times since he started out. I won the first few, culminating in a nice win at the Houston Open, but ever since he's moved to a much higher level and he's crushed me ever since.

Aug-12-11  haydn20: I read the NY Times on this game. It says that Mr. Young has profited from deep study. Indeed, 16. fg may be new: Fritz 12 cites f6 and Be3 in two games of Gelfand. NYT also says there's a forced draw after 28...Rxf7; 29 Bxf7 Qxe4; 30 Rg2 Qe1+, which seems true. 30...h5?? as 30...Bd8; 31 Qf3 Bf6; 32 Rg1 Qe7; 33 Qh3 Be5; 34 a3 and everything's locked up tight. This is just one line, but neither I nor Fritz can find anything better. Is Greg Young the next real deal? <Chris00nj> Agreed, I've done this to myself out of sheer petulance.

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