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Anna Ushenina vs Ju Wenjun
Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013), Geneva SUI, rd 7, May-10
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. General Variation (A83)  ·  0-1

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May-10-13  Sequoia: Is Ushenina playing or is she a copy? Basic mistakes : don't play the Q in the opening... don't give up the centre...

9 useless moves with the Q to be back to... d1.

May-11-13  OrigamiArtist: The Staunton gambit is hardly a scary opening for black and the almost novelty 7.Bd2 turns equality/ unclear into a clear much worse position by move 10.
May-11-13
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  perfidious: Having played both colours in the Staunton from time to time, this line has always struck me as unimpressive, but after the standard 7.Bxf6, even a reigning world champion had to grovel before securing half a point in the end: Tal vs S Johannessen, 1961.

White gets a spatial advantage and some play, but it hardly seems enough to compensate for the bishop pair and all those dark squares.

Feb-23-14  cowscowscows: Thanks for the pointer <perfidious>. It seems to be in the Tal v Johannessen game that gxf6 might be stronger, giving Black play on the g-file and allowing Black to develop his bishop to h6 to prevent White from castling.

On this game, it seems to me White might be able to improve with 8. d6 to disrupt Black's development further. 8. dxc6 seems to play right into Black's hands.

I very much like this line though, because the seemingly logical 5. d5 and 6. Qd4 plays into Black's hands - perhaps 5. f3 would be more challenging.

Nov-26-16  The Kings Domain: Fine attacking game by Wenjun.
Aug-15-17
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  fredthebear: Castling isn't such a bad idea. It was plausible on the infamous move 7.Bd2. White actually had better development at the time. Those who leave their king on an open file until move 25 are gonna lose.

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