I realized almost right away that my opponent will  not come,  eventually I got paired with another one, girl 14 years old. She is from Colombia, her FIDE rating is 1900+, CFC provisional rating was the same, but dropped to 1711 after not successful play in Canadian Open. Her father is a master.

I got Black and as with her brother, with whom I played about 3 months ago, we got Scotch Gambit again, the same Dubois-Reti defense ( 4… Nf6) and almost the same line, here is the game.

Things went well in the first game. But there was a difference in the class,  she didn’t take my knight on g5, as her brother and it made my defense more difficult. I had to play 12… Ne4, but I thought about Nd2 exchanging my knight and then f5 and e6, though I would have enough time to play c5. The last chance to stay equal was to play 13… Ng5, not allowing Bh6 in the future. I was too optimistic about taking on f6, expecting only 15… gxf6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. dxc5.  I realized right away after Bh6 that things are bad.

She was playing embarrassingly fast, I had 30 minutes less. Fritz says 20. Be6 was too passive. Interesting, that I thought that Bg6, Qf5 will provide enough defense and in the end even started to think that I have a chance to win.  She even slowed down. Then suddenly she took on h7. I completely didn’t see it. Funny, that I looked all the time at Qxh7, but only with the purpose of rook mating on h7. Yes, mate with a knight was a pattern that I didn’t know, too bad I had to learn it this way.

My rating after 3 losses in this tournament will go down by about 45 points, it’s a 3/4 of what I earned at Canadian Open (in 9 games!) . It’s almost like I wish I wouldn’t  play, but the only way to learn is to play, not to sit and look at your past success.

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