GM Chess Analysis #48 Femme Fatale – Gunina vs Sebag, Cairns Cup.

GM analysis of the fiery encounter between Valentina Gunina and Marie Sebag. The Cairns Cup is taking place in Saint Louis, America.

This game is a very exciting struggle in the Open Sicilian. Will White’s aggressive play prevail or will Black counter attack in time?

The Cairns Cup is an elite level tournament for the top female players from around the world. Inspired by its mission to further promote the game of chess to women and girls.
The top three finishers will will receive $40,000, $30,000, and $20,000 respectively.

Valentina Gunina vs Marie Sebag

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3 e6 7. g4 b5 8. g5 Nfd7 9. Bg2 Bb7 10. f4 Nc6 11. h4 Nb6 12. Qg4 b4 13. Ne2 Nc4
(13… a5)
14. O-O a5 15. c3 e5 16. fxe5 dxe5 17. Qf3 Qc7 18. cxb4 Nxb4 19. Nc3 a4 20. Nb5 Qd7 21. Bh3 $16 Qxb5 $2 22. Qxf7+ $18 Kd8 23. g6 h6 24. Bxh6 gxh6 25. Rad1+ Nd5 26. g7 Bxg7 27. Qxg7 axb3 28. Rf7 Qc5+ 29. Kh2 Ke8 Rf8+ $1 1-0

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  1. Totally agree; so much more exciting than the top 10 players cancelling one another out

  2. It will be really good to have more often chess games of women GMs

  3. What a game! Gunina sacrificed so much material (Sebag was +10 at the end!), and it was very sound from her, because she earned this game brillantly. Very inspiring attacking style. Thanks for this share.

  4. Having a separate tournament for women is inherently sexist.

    We are all equal as people in front of 64 squares, and there should be no allowances for discrimination.

  5. 15:44 You want to give discoverys instead of checkmate by taking the rook on h8? 😛

  6. Heartily agree with your assessment of current high level chess play, ending in so many draws, neither side willing to take chances or risks which lead to exciting chess.

  7. The main reason we dont get these type of games in elite tournaments is because this attacking playstyle just doesnt work anymore. They play way too precise at the top level.

  8. Boom! What a game! Thank you for the video Simon.

  9. it would be so good if you played her on livestream 5 min

  10. He keeps maxing some setting on his mike, it seems like he's talking too loud for it. Great analysis, thanks for the video.

  11. I'm no attacking player, but I tried out 6.Nb3 with pawn storm on the king side and it worked out very good. What I don't get used to as an attacker is the sort of randomness, i.e., moves come out of the blue, suddenly a tactic works. I guess, on GM level this is (completely) different, but do both players really anticipate the position, which happens ten moves later? For example, when Gunina played Nb5, did she see the g6 idea?

  12. Brilliant! Just tuned in to see her tournament winning interviews. She’s so nice!

  13. I also have a youtube channel related to chess. Its name is "VaVa Chess". Why I am not getting views? Can you suggest something?

  14. Nc4 at 6:45 is very good move.
    Behind that move ,stays tactic of keeping whites dark squared bishop undevoloped.
    Nc4 controlls d2 and e3 wheres bishop can be devoloped.
    So white must play more moves to get that bishop activated and lose initiative(f5-g6) or must play Bd2 and exchange it for the black monster knight there but that bishop is nice defensive piece for white also helping pawns in moving forward in kingside.

    It wasn't a normal(logical) move,but good tactical move.

  15. Loved the finish 👌👌👌 ♟

  16. Like Ivanchuk, Simon missed a QxR mate in one 😂😂😂

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