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Carissa Shiwen Yip vs Akshita Gorti
US Chess Championship (Women) (2016), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Apr-14
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-16  Fish55: Very nice sequence beginning with 43.Qh8!
Apr-14-16  Fish55: Actually Qg8 on move 43 would have been better, but she got to play that 2 moves later.
Apr-15-16  suenteus po 147: I was scratching my head for a day trying to figure out how White has a won endgame when he she's about to be mated. I just realized that no matter which of the two squares black's king escapes to (h7 or f7) 49.Qf5+ and 50.Qxf3 leaves Yip a piece up in the endgame which she would convert with no problems. Very humbling to be 37 years old and dumbfounded by the masterful play between a 12 year old and 13 year old, respectively.
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  perfidious: White's sixth has scored very poorly in practice and is weaker than the alternatives 6.Be2 and 6.Nb3, the old main line.
Apr-15-16  suenteus po 147: <perfidious> Do you think there are longterm consequences to playing dubious opening moves, even if they ultimately are successful in the game proper?
Apr-15-16  notyetagm: C Yip vs Akshita Gorti, 2016

<suenteus po 147: ... she would convert with no problems. Very humbling to be 37 years old and dumbfounded by the masterful play between a 12 year old and 13 year old, respectively.>

Actually it's not as masterful as you think. Yip *completely* overlooked 42 ... ♗h5-f3 and thought she was mated when it appeared on the board. It was only after she calmed down that she realized she was still winning anyway.


​"The youngest female master in American history thought she had the game won against WIM Akshita Gorti, then overlooked the last-minute salvo 42...Bf3. She initially thought she'd lost the full point, then through a series of geometrical moves (has she even studied geometry?) she nudged her second queen into the right place.

In typical adolescent directness, she put it this way: "I thought I was going to lose! Oh nevermind, I'm not going to lose!"

Apr-15-16  Fish55: <notyetagm> Thanks for the backstory. Watching the game live, I thought that she had foreseen 42...Bf3 and planned the sac in advance.
Apr-17-16  Conrad93: Perfidious' claim that white's sixth move has scored very poorly is misleading.

Results seem to be mixed, with most games resulting in a draw, and it's not exactly uncommon in this opening, being played by even 2500-2600+ rated players.

An interesting idea is 6. Bd3, when playing 6...f6 is not as desirable.

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6...f6 7. Ng5!?

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7...Ndxe5! 8.fxe5 fxg5 9. Qh5+ g6 10. Bxg6+

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10...Kd7 11. c4! Nxe5 12. Bc2 Qf6 13. 0-0 Bd6 14. b4!

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Position favors white.

Apr-17-16  Conrad93: Of course, after 6. Bd3, black does not have to comply, and he can simply play 6...Nb4, when white has nothing better than 7. Be2, but even then white is slightly better.

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