The Amateur Eye – 2001 Eastern Open Upset?!

13 year-old Shirley Ben-Dak (1899) met and defeated a top expert Keith Eubanks (2054).  She demonstrates a maturity and skill that speaks well for the girls playing chess.

White: Keith Eubanks (2054) vs. Shirley Ben-Dak (1899) English Opening

/ 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Bb2 c5 5. g3 O-O 6. Bg2 d6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. d3 Qc7 9. Qc2 c6 10. Nc3 d5 11. d4 a6 12. c:d5 e:d5 13. Rac1 Rb8 14. Na4 c415. Nc3 b5 16. b4 Nb6 17. Rfe1 Bh6 18. Ra1 Bf5 19. Qd1 Ne4 20. Nh4 Bd2 21. B:e4 B:e1 22. B:f5 B:c3 23. B:c3 g:f5 24. N:f5 Kh8 25. Bd2 Qd7 26. e4 d:e4 27. Qg4 f6 28. Bh6 Rg8 29. Qf4 Nd5 30. Q:e4 Rbe8 31. Qf3 N:b4 32. Nh4 Nd5 33. Nf5 Ne7 34. N:e7 Q:e7 35. d5 Rg6 36. Bf4 Qe4 37. Qh5 Q:f4 38.Q:g6 Q:f2+ 39. K:f2 h:g6 40. d6 Rd8 41. Rd1 Kg7 42. Rd4 Kf7 43. a4 Ke6 44. a:b5 45. Rd1 c3  White resigns. Future chess stars and Grandmasters to be from this section included Robert Hess, Fabiano Caruana (both nine-year-olds), both future Grandmasters and top in their field as writers and players through the 2022 era.

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