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Re: An inspiring story from the US Women Championship
Reply #3 - 04/13/17 at 22:02:43
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Re: An inspiring story from the US Women Championship
Reply #2 - 04/12/17 at 21:16:22
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The Foisor game shows intrepid classical play. Reminds one a bit of Tarrasch-Alekhine, Bad Pistyan 1922.
  
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Re: An inspiring story from the US Women Championship
Reply #1 - 04/11/17 at 00:59:04
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I finally have time to watch the broadcast of the US Champs but even then, it is too early in the morning for me in Sydney Australia. Avoiding all news, am watching broadcast with a 5 hour delay.
Have to say that St Louis has a pretty good format going with Yasser Seirawan and Jennifer Shade as commentators without engine analysis. It is good combo with very experienced GM former world top 5 providing very good GM intuitive moves, tactics and strategy and very good IM/WGM providing the more basic moves, ensuring explanations are provided for 1500-2000 Elo players. Then you have very enthusiastic Maurice Ashley with engine analysis. And it is not just parroting engine analysis but using GM eyes to evaluate engine moves and lines.
And I think it is very good training video as well when there is only one match for the three to concentrate, ie, this is the Final tiebreak bet Wesley So and Alex Onischuk. Also the fact that it is a rapid is also very good for the 1500-2000 Elo players as the play is not GM perfect, the time is fast/short enough to be enjoyable to watch (not too fast as in blitz).
Game 1 was very interesting and also very impressive that Onischuk managed to play all the best lines as Black. Also very good to watch Wesley and his very pragmatic approach to chess. Playing an exchange sac to complicate matters when Onischuk is down on time (a nearly 2:1 time advantage).
Game 2 was very interesting strategy from Onischuk, playing a Reti-like allowing easy equality from Wesley?
In the commentary after Game 1, Seirawan and Ashley made the point that Wesley has the experience of playing rapid agst the world top 10 but Onishuck has had the opportunity even though he has 15 years experience playing rapid and blitz.
Query: Quality vs Quantity? does it make a difference?
Back to Game 2, a very good tutorial on Reti-like middle game. Remember that Seirawan is an exponent on fianchettoed positions.
Also: Memo to self: learn the power of two bishops!
additional memo: dark square fortress, perpetual checks with knights, finding good moves under time pressure, and luck!
Great Final!
  

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An inspiring story from the US Women Championship
04/10/17 at 12:06:23
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What do you say to the following?
1) You have competed in 7 previous US Women Champs, with 5th the best in 2016
2) This year, You are ranked 6th out of a field of 12
3) When you applied for leave of absence from work (you just managed to get the job!), your supervisor, a chess amateur player refused. So you resigned from the job.
4) In January your mother died of cancer at young age of 49
5) In final round, you are tied first with the defending champion who is playing with White while you have Black. She plays an opponent 173 Elo points lower while you play the 7th seed just 10 Elo points lower than you,

Yet, in the final round you managed to come up with a beautiful combination with a Q sac comprising nearly 10 moves while avoiding some obvious and less obvious lesser moves.

[most of the above taken from GM Yermolinsky's report http://en.chessbase.com/post/sabina-foisor-is-2017-us-women-s-champion for Chessbase and also the live broadcast]



PS In the interview after the final game was finished and she was official champion, when asked about ...Rf6, she credited her fiancé, GM Eshan Moradiabadi and her coach with preparing her with calculation chess puzzles in training. Guess who her coach is? Clue: a famous author who has won all the major chess book awards and who is currently on a chess author promotion tour of India and Asia and whom ChessPubbers either love or hate.


PSII, I have to also add that the last round opponent of the defending champion, IM Paikidze, managed a record of sorts. WIM Jennifer Yu(15 yo) defeated the defending champion in the last round, and in earlier round defeated two former champions, GM Irina Krush and IM Anna Zatonskih (this was a very lucky win as Zatonskih blundered badly but a win is a win no matter how it came about), she is former World U12 Girls Champion (2014 World Youth), first girl from US to win gold in 27 years (since 1987).
She was 12th in US Champs in 2015, 8th in 2016, and in 2017, she is joint 4th.

  

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