Worst yet, although she had the unimpressive rating of 1054 and I figured that the game would be over in about 12 moves, she gave me a good fight. I was really worried.
Then, she started to trade down into an endgame. I was really worried.
I went into a deep think. Fortunately, I found a way to snatch a pawn which not many would have seen.
So, I came out alright. The extra pawn enabled me to beat her up in an endgame in 48 moves.
She did not fail to win a prize, however. She won a chess clock for having the best platform shoes.
Here is the game:
[Event "US Amateur Team East"] [Site "Parsippany NJ USA"] [Date "2001.02.17"] [Round "2"] [White "Katz, Alanna"] [Black "Sloan, Sam"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C40"] [WhiteElo "1054"] [BlackElo "1921"] [PlyCount "96"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. d4 d6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6. Nc3 Qf7 7. d5 Nf6 8. f3 exf3 9. Qxf3 Bg4 10. Qf2 Be7 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O Nbd7 13. Bg5 Nc5 14. Bf5 Qh5 15. Qh4 Qxh4 16. Bxh4 Bxf5 17. Rxf5 Nxd5 18. Nxd5 Bxh4 19. Raf1 Ne6 20. g3 Rxf5 21. Rxf5 Bd8 22. c3 c6 23. Nde3 d5 24. Ne5 Bb6 25. Kf2 Nc5 26. Ke2 Re8 27. N5g4 Na4 28. h4 Nxb2 29. Kd2 Re4 30. Rg5 Bxe3+ 31. Nxe3 Nc4+ 32. Nxc4 Rxc4 33. Re5 Re4 34. Rxe4 dxe4 35. Ke3 Kf7 36. Kxe4 Ke6 37. c4 b5 38. Kd4 Kd6 39. c5+ Ke6 40. g4 a5 41. a3 g6 42. g5 Kf5 43. Ke3 Ke5 44. Kf3 Kd5 45. Kf4 b4 46. axb4 axb4 47. h5 b3 48. hxg6 hxg6 0-1I don't suppose you would want to see her picture, would you?
Her rating on ICC is 1789 and her all time best is 2110, so, as I suspected, she is really much stronger than her USCF rating.
To see her ICC fingerlinks, go to The Internet Chess Club, http://www.chessclub.com, download Blitzin, logon as a guest, and type finger DrEaMgUrL704
On 26 Feb 2001 21:53:25 GMT, in rec.games.chess.misc firstname.lastname@example.org (ABlue892) wrote:
I have found that ICC ratings have little relationship to USCF ratings, and are often much higher (although not in my case). Alanna only scored .5/6 at the USATE, but the draw was against a 1900+ and allowed us to win a crucial match. She was also clearly won in her last game but let it slip away. I don't know about her being MUCH stronger, but she is young and still improving so who knows. In addition her brother is an expert, and she has a fairly well reknowned coach. As far as her being famous, well, once you've got Sam Sloan's attention, that's a given, isn't it? :
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