Tshepiso Lopang (White) vs. Jessie Gilbert (Black)

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Tshepiso Lopang (White) vs. Jessie Gilbert (Black)

37th Chess Olympiad, Turin

This is one of Jessie’s games from the Olympiad she played earlier this year. It was one of Jessie’s ambitions to play for her country as an adult and she loved the event.

1. Nf3 g6

2. d4 Bg7

3. c4 d6

4. Nc3 Nf6

5. e4 O-O

6. Be2 e5

7. d5 a5

8. a3 Na6

9. Be3 h6

10. O-O Bd7

11. h3 Nh5

12. Qc1 Nc5

13. Bd1 Nf4

14. Bxc5 dxc5

15. Qe3 b6

16. Bc2 h5

17. Kh2 Kh7

18. Rad1 Bh6

A very interesting position. Jessie has the structurally inferior position and must play actively and dynamically on the kingside to gain any advantage.

19. Qe1 Nxg2

20. Kxg2 Bxh3+

Jessie throws another piece into the attack. Her opponent, who was by now very short of time, makes a decisive mistake.

21. Kxh3 Qd7

22. Kh2 Bf4+

23. Kh1 Qh3+

24. Kg1 Qg4+

25. Kh1 Qxf3+

26. Kg1 Qg4+

Black wins

Annotations from ‘Chess’ magazine by Jovanka Houska

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