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Apurva Virkud vs Sabina-Francesca Foisor
US Championship (Women) (2017), St Louis, MO USA, rd 11, Apr-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Apr-09-17  luzhin: How nice to win the championship with a Queen sacrifice. Though the killer was 25...Rf6!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A great finish to a great tournament performance.
Apr-10-17  RookFile: The white queen got locked out of play on a5.
Apr-10-17  paavoh: "The Lady is a Champ" - with a game and tournament finish befitting a Champion.
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  Sally Simpson: That's annoying.

Sabina played the Queen sac 26...Qxg1+ to wrap up winning the title with a cherry on top.

Being honest with myself, I think I would have seen the Queen Sac, but mate is long way off and no discovered checks to win back the unprotected White Queen.

I think OTB (and you must be honest with yourself) here:

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I'd have gone for 28...Bh3 intending to answer 29.Rf2 Rxf1+ and mate. Infact I would gone for the Queen sac on g1 with that line in mind and probably have played it. (delete 'probably' insert 'definitely')

But after wondering why and then spotting why it was not played. I would have got a real fright with 29.Qd8+ and 30.Qxf6.

Luckily Black comes out of this display of sloppiness a piece up and should still win, but being honest with myself, that is how it would have gone if I was Black.

I would have sacced the Queen but followed it up all wrong...that is why it's annoying.


A future Wednesday/Thursday puzzle and I bet others go for my line and I bet they miss the Qd8+ then Qxf6 defence....Watch This Space.

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  ChessHigherCat: As I was playing through the game, it was amazing how often Foiser played exactly the same moves as I would have played, and I was even thinking of looking at her rating to get an idea of what my own rating might be, but then from move 23 on she totally outclassed me. I might have seen the Queen sac on a good day but I lack her sharp killer instinct and would more likely have gone for Ne6 (possibly followed by Rc7) with hopes of mating with Nc7 after the exchange, all of which is tooo sloooow
Apr-11-17  SuperPatzer77: <Sally Sampson: "..I'd have gone for 28...Bh3 intending to answer 29.Rf2 Rxf1+ and mate. Infact I would gone for the Queen sac on g1 with that line in mind and probably have played it. (delete 'probably' insert 'definitely')

But after wondering why and then spotting why it was not played. I would have got a real fright with 29.Qd8+ and 30.Qxf6.">

You're not alone. Some thought 28...Bh3 would be a winning move - actually No Cigar!! Foisor's 23rd move was 23...Rfxf1!!! - real killer.


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  Sally Simpson: Hi SuperPatzer77,

Sounds like it must have been shown live.

I knew I would not be alone in thinking 28...Bh3 just won on the spot.

I would have played the Queen sac for that line. The Qd8+ defence would not have entered my tiny skull because at the time of playing the Queen sac the Rook was still on e8.

Apr-11-17  SuperPatzer77: Hi there, Sally Simpson!!! That's very true, Sally Simpson! Just call me Dave, by the way.

I gotta be honest with you - I love this game because of Foisor's amazing mating tactics. Like <luzhxn> said, 25...Rf6!! is a real killer!! Also, 28...Rfxf1+!! is another real killer, so Black keeps checking all the way to a checkmate - Super wow!!!

28...Bh3 looks very simple but it doesn't help at all. 28...Rfxf1+!!! is much stronger than that.

Sally Simpson, we've gotta tip our caps off to Sabina-Francesca Foisor for winning US Chess Championship for women!! Plus, I just added this to my favorite collections!! I wish that it could be the brilliancy prize for her.


Apr-30-17  chessrookstwo: Great queen sacrifice. I'll be there next year for the championship thanks for the live streaming.

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