But, I knew her. Back in March when I was circulating petitions to run for USCF Executive Board, I had gone to the Marshall Chess Club to collect signatures. I had asked everybody for their signature and, when a young chess expert offered to sign, I had not thought much of it.
Her name is Roza Eynullaeva. In the USCF, her name is spelled Eynullayeva. She was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, the home town of Garry Kasparov, on 10 September 1987, so she is still 14 years old. She is a Woman FIDE Master with a FIDE rating of 2196. Her USCF rating is 2085. She is now the number two rated girl in the USA. ( Laura Ross is still number one).
In her game against Grandmaster Yusupov, Roza played somewhat passively and allowed him to gain the initiative. However, on move 28, she sacrificed a pawn with e6. If Yusupov accepted with Bxe6, she could then play 29. Bb2, attacking the rook on g7. Yusupov cannot move the rook, because Roza would play 30. Qh8+ followed by checkmate, so Roza would win an exchange with good chances.
However, Yusupov countered by ignoring the sacrificed pawn and threatening checkmate. Roza had to defend against successive mate threats and finally, when Yusupov was about to force a trade of queens leaving him with a decisive material advantage, Roza resigned.
In spite of losing this game, it was a remarkable performance for a 14-year-old girl against one of the strongest chess players in the world.
Here is the Game:
[Event "US Open"] [Site "Cherry Hill New Jersey"] [Date "2002.07.28"] [Round "02"] [White "Eynullayeva,Roza"] [Black "Yusupov,Artur"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A90"] [WhiteElo "2085"] [BlackElo "2699"] 1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nf3 c6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Bb2 Ne4 9.e3 O-O 10.O-O Qf6 11.a4 Rf7 12.Ne1 Qh6 13.Nd3 g5 14.f4 Ndf6 15.Nf3 Rg7 16.Nfe5 Bd7 17.Ba3 Bc7 18.cxd5 exd5 19.b4 Re8 20.Rc1 Bxe5 21.Nxe5 Rxe5 22.dxe5 Ng4 23.h3 Nxe3 24.Qd4 gxf4 25.Rf3 Nxg3 26.Rxe3 fxe3 27.Re1 Ne4 28.e6 Qg5 29.Re2 Nf2 30.Rxf2 exf2+ 31.Qxf2 Bxe6 32.Bb2 Rg6 33.Kh2 f4 0-1
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