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Sabina-Francesca Foisor
S Foisor 
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Number of games in database: 372
Years covered: 2001 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2228 (2312 rapid, 2240 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2386
Overall record: +102 -126 =109 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 35 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D37 D31 D35 D38 D39
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E32 E34 E39 E43 E24
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A46 D02 A45 D00 A41
 King's Indian (25) 
    E97 E92 E81 E87 E60
 Slav (13) 
    D11 D12 D14 D10
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D85 D91 D94 D80 D90
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (29) 
    D11 D10 D15 D12 D14
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B15 B10 B12 B18 B13
 Sicilian (16) 
    B27 B23 B20 B28 B30
 French Defense (16) 
    C18 C05 C02 C07 C11
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A40 D00 D04 D02 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D37 D31 D35 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M M Pavlovic vs S Foisor, 2012 1/2-1/2
   S Foisor vs E Formanek, 2012 1-0
   A Virkud vs S Foisor, 2017 0-1
   S Foisor vs A Dergatschova, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs S Foisor, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (Women) (2017)
   US Chess Championship (Women) (2016)
   US Championship (Women) (2014)
   US Championship (Women) (2015)
   US Championship (Women) (2019)
   US Championship (Women) (2020)
   European Championship (Women) (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   Tromso Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   American Continental (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2017 U.S. Women's Chess Championships by AchieverofChess

   🏆 U.S. Women's Championship
   R Wu vs S Foisor (Oct-19-22) 1-0
   S Foisor vs A Lee (Oct-18-22) 1/2-1/2
   S Morris-Suzuki vs S Foisor (Oct-17-22) 0-1
   S Foisor vs R Yan (Oct-15-22) 1/2-1/2
   T Cervantes Landeiro vs S Foisor (Oct-14-22) 1-0

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(born Aug-30-1989, 34 years old) Romania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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WGM and National Instructor Sabina-Francesca Foisor. Her parents, both IMs, are Ovidiu-Doru Foisor and the late Cristina-Adela Foisor. She represented the USA 2010 (Women's) Olympiad team on the reserve board and won the US Championship (Women) (2017). Her sister, WIM Mihaela-Veronica Foisor, also plays chess. Foisor won three medals at the European Youth Chess Championships in various age categories: one silver (girls U16 in 2004) and two bronze (girls U14 in 2003 and girls U18 in 2007). She represented Romania in the European Girls U18 Team Chess Championship in 2004 and 2007, winning three medals: two gold (2004 individual medal, 2007 team medal) and one bronze (2007 individual medal).

Foisor was awarded the titles Woman International Master (WIM) in 2005 and Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in 2007. She achieved the norms required for the WGM title at the Acropolis women's tournament in Athens in 2006 and European Individual Women's Chess Championship in Dresden in 2007.

Her result at 2007 European Women's Championship qualified her for the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 in Nalchik, Russia. The final armageddon tiebreak game of her first round match against Monika Soćko ended in controversy. Foisor only needed a draw to advance to the next round, and reached a drawn ending with each player having only a king and a knight. Although Foisor ran out of time, the arbiter initially ruled that the game was a draw. Soćko appealed, pointing out that what matters is not whether checkmate can be forced, but rather if it is possible. Soćko won the appeal and advanced to the next round, eliminating Foisor from the event.

In 2007, Foisor tied for first place with her mother, Cristina Adela Foisor, at the Villard-de-Lans Open in France. In 2008, she tied for first in the Liege Master tournament in Boncelles, Belgium.

In 2008, Foisor transferred chess federations to represent the United States. Since 2010, she has represented the US in the Women's Chess Olympiad and the Women's World Team Chess Championship. On April 9, 2017, Foisor won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

<Her webpage>

< References / Sources:>

Wikipedia article: Sabina-Francesca Foisor

Last updated: 2022-08-29 03:58:39

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 372  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Khamrakulov vs S Foisor  1-0452001Narciso Yepes OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
2. N Seferjan vs S Foisor  1-0332001Narciso Yepes OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
3. M Panelo vs S Foisor  1-0322001Narciso Yepes OpenB06 Robatsch
4. S Foisor vs Lagno  0-1332001Wch U12 GirlsE14 Queen's Indian
5. S Foisor vs T Kononenko  1-029200420th Cappelle la GrandeD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. S Foisor vs S Djukic  1-0372004Wch U16 GirlsA58 Benko Gambit
7. S Foisor vs A Pourkashiyan  0-1462004Wch U16 GirlsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. M Socko vs S Foisor  1-0542005Athens Acropolis WGMA90 Dutch
9. S Foisor vs R Gjergji  1-0832005Athens Acropolis WGMD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. M Stefanidi vs S Foisor  ½-½712005Athens Acropolis WGMB10 Caro-Kann
11. S Foisor vs B Trabert  1-0552005Athens Acropolis WGMA07 King's Indian Attack
12. N Straub vs S Foisor  ½-½222005Athens Acropolis WGMA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
13. S Foisor vs E Partac 1-01092005Athens Acropolis WGME39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
14. S Foisor vs C Foisor ½-½92005Athens Acropolis WGMD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. E Sedina vs S Foisor  ½-½572005Athens Acropolis WGMB27 Sicilian
16. E Fakhiridou vs S Foisor  ½-½282005Athens Acropolis WGMC01 French, Exchange
17. E Repkova vs S Foisor  1-0402005European Championship (Women)B06 Robatsch
18. K Rohonyan vs S Foisor  ½-½402005European Championship (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
19. S Foisor vs P Malysheva  0-1742005European Championship (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. J Jackova vs S Foisor  1-0742005European Championship (Women)C18 French, Winawer
21. S Foisor vs A Hamdouchi  0-1682005European Championship (Women)E70 King's Indian
22. S Foisor vs K Cyfka  0-1442005European Championship (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. S Foisor vs J Zawadzka  1-0672006Acropolis op (Women)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
24. S Foisor vs A Muzychuk  ½-½6120063rd Szeged CupD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
25. T Shadrina vs S Foisor  ½-½4720063rd Szeged CupB27 Sicilian
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 372  PGN Download
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Jun-07-06  BIDMONFA: Sabina Francesca Foisor

FOISOR, Sabina Francesca

Sep-07-06  dravid: BIDMONFA's first post ever!
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  Benzol: Maybe he was in love.
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  Tabanus: WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor, USA, born 30 Aug. 1989. Now rated 2306,

WIM in 2005, WGM in 2007. Rated 2386 in Jan. 2008

Daughter of IM Ovidiu Doru Foisor and WGM Cristina Adela Foisor. Older sister of WFM Mihaela-Veronica Foisor. She has played for USA since December 2008 (by paying 1300 Euros transfer fee to FIDE).

Their chess site:

From The twenty year old Foisor is a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on a chess scholarship. She is a multiple Romania girls champion in various age categories, and finished among the top 20 at European Chess Championship in 2007, qualifying her for the World Chess Championship.

In World Ch 29 Aug. 2008 she was knocked out in first round by GM Monika Socko. Read about (and watch the video of!) the dramatic Armageddon game here:

Played in European U18 Team Ch 2004 (board 2) and 2007 (bd. 1).

Placed 1st in European U8 Ch 1997, 3rd in European U14 Ch 2003, 6th in World U14 Ch 2003, 2nd in European U16 Ch 2004 (1st in blitz), 5th In Acropolis WGM 2005, 8th in World U16 Ch 2005, 3rd in European U18 Ch 2007, 18th in European Ch 2007, 14th (shared) in World Junior Ch 2-16 Aug. 2008, 8th in Villard de Lans Open (France) July 2009, 12th in Open de Haute-Bretagne July 2009, 2nd in UMBC Ch (Baltimore) Sept. 2009, 6th in US Women's Ch Oct. 2009,

Pan-Am champion with UMBC-A December 2009:

Biographies: (in Polish)

Pictures: (video interview)

Jul-26-13  waustad: What is an NI? According to FIDE she got the WGM title in 2007 and the WIM title in 2005.
Jul-26-13  Karpova: <waustad: What is an NI?>

A National Instructor. She got that title in 2010. (Source: Her FIDE Rating Profile)

Jul-26-13  waustad: Thanks. I was looking at the FIDE titles box.
Sep-07-13  patzer2: A 2012 article in the Baltimore sun at reports she moved to the US in 2008 and played for the University of Maryland Chess team, helping them win the national title in 2009.

According to the article she was scheduled to complete her degree in French from the University of Maryland (Baltimore Campus) in the Spring of 2013, with minors in Psychology and Russian, and that she was planning to begin her master's program in intercultural communication at UMBC.

The article reports <Foisor isn't sure what exactly she would like to do with her degree, but she knows she will keep playing chess.

"I know if there is some way I can promote chess in the U.S., I would like to do so because I really think it helps kids focus more, to become disciplined," she said. "It's really something that I feel is positive.">

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  ketchuplover: Kudos on playing well at the US championship :)
Apr-09-17  DirkMcCallahan: What a way to win the championship! Rf6 was a jewel of a move.
Apr-10-17  NBZ: Congratulations!
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  MissScarlett: Yes, well done, whoever you are.
Apr-11-17  epistle: The lucky winner, on the distaff side.
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  Penguincw: Foisor receives recognition from her hometown:
Mar-15-20  wordfunph: she's engaged with gm elshan moradiabadi.

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