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Ashritha Eswaran vs Tatev Abrahamyan
US Chess Championship (Women) (2016), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 11, Apr-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0



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  LucB: Impressive, slow positional crush.

From a 15-year old no less!

Apr-26-16  SvetlanaBabe: An anaconda like positional crush from a 15 year old girl? Wow!
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  FSR: Beautifully done!
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  mckmac: A lovely win by young Ashritha Eswaran. Critical game for the U.S. Championship.
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  FSR: Opening Explorer shows that 8...Be6!, fighting for control of d5, is more popular and scores better than Abrahamyan's 8...Nbd7.
Apr-26-16  Captain Hindsight: A French Defense would have been a better choice.
Apr-26-16  Riverbeast: <A French Defense would have been a better choice.>

Yeah I agree....and I feel bad for Abrahamyan because she's come so close to winning this tournament so many times, and this was about as good an opportunity as it gets

Apparently she was worried about some kind of prep in her favorite opening, which is understandable....but I personally have a rule about Open Sicilians...I never play an Open Sicilian (on either side!) against children...which I define as anybody under 21

Why? Because it's the kind of straightforward, theoretical play that younger players excel in....A French is more strategically complex... the kind of game where younger and lower rated players are more likely to go astray

If she was worried about prep in the French she could have tried a more obscure sideline, like 3...Nc6 or the lines with ....b6 and/or ...Qd7

Theory says these are inferior lines but they're playable....and those are great positions to play against 'children' imho

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  FSR: I agree with <Captain Hindsight>, but it's funny that someone with that handle is the one making the statement.
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  LucB: <FSR> :D
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  mckmac: <Riverbeast> That makes good sense to me, and yet I never saw the logic of making those decisions before. Nicely said.
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