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Carissa Shiwen Yip vs Tatev Abrahamyan
US Chess Championship (Women) (2016), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 3, Apr-16
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation (C03)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-16-16  notyetagm: Carissa Yip vs T Abrahamyan, 2016

Tatev will hang herself tonight for not winning this game.

Yip is showing you how to win tournaments: draw a lost position against one of the top seeds.

Apr-17-16  Conrad93: 13. Ba4 seems to be the decisive mistake. Playing 13. Re1 or 13. Nb3 and keeping the bishop on c2 offers her more chances of winning.
Apr-17-16  Conrad93: By the way, 9. Qe2 doesn't do anything, except waste tempi. 9. Re1 with the idea of playing Nf1-Ng3 is about equal.
Apr-17-16  notyetagm: Carissa Yip vs T Abrahamyan, 2016

<Conrad93: <<<13. Ba4 seems to be the decisive mistake.>>> Playing 13. Re1 or 13. Nb3 and keeping the bishop on c2 offers her more chances of winning.>

As a French player myself, I am sure Tatev was happy beyond words when White traded off her important <LIGHT-SQUARED BISHOP>.I am a fish but in my opinion, in these French structures, White almost always stands *worse* without that bishop.

When I have Black in those positions, I almost always think that I am better once that bishop is gone. And Tatev went on to duly get a winning position very quickly before messing it up and having to settle for a draw.

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