1. Jasmine Fermin (tied for first in the 14 and Under section), who managed two rook sacs in one tournament. Notice Angelica behind her, cracking up.
1...Kxg7 [1...Rxg7 2.Qxh6+ Kg8 3.Qxe6+ Kh8 4.Qxc6]
White unwisely took on d6 (20. Qxd6) , and Jasmine unleashed
21.Ka1 [21.Kxb2 Qc2+ 22.Ka1 (22.Ka3 Nb5+ 23.Kb4 Nxd6) 22...Qxd1+]
27. Rec1! (although I should say that 27. Rf1 looks very good also-- if black ignores it white will double or triple on the f-file; if black takes on f1, white recaptures with the rook and threatens 29. Bxg6 hxg6 30. Qxg6 and 31. Rf7, winning. Thanks to Mr. Andrei Zaremba for that insight.)
27... Ng7 [I suggested 27...a6, but it doesn't help after 28.Bc2 Qb5 29.Bc5 Rf7 30.a4 Qc4 31.Bxg6-- point is that if black trades queens, white throws in the zwischenzug 32. Bxf7+]
28.Bc2 Qb5 [28...Qa6! is much better: 29.a4 Bd7]
3. And the big hero, Angelica Berrios, winner of the 16 and Under section (she's 14):
6.Be2 Black's basic plan in this line is to take on d4, play Ng8-h6-f5, Be7, 0–0, f6 and get some attack going on the f file. Angelica's play is logical and thematic.
11.Nc3 [11.g4 Nh6 12.Rg1]
11...Qd8 [11...Ncxd4 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 Bc5 Angelica saw this and thought (correctly) that it was equal. ]
13. g3 f6
18.h3 Bc5 stage one: hitting f2. She says to me at this point (at this point in analysis, obviously), "Here I thought she would play Bd3, but I had calculated it lost." My response-- "Huh? Seriously?"
21.Be2 [21.g4 Nh4+ 22.Nxh4 Qxh4 23.Rdf1 Bxg4 24.hxg4 Qxg4+ 25.Kh2 Rf3]
28.Rxd5 Qe7 they played a few more moves but 0-1
Reuder,Emma - Berrios,Angelica [A84]
Girls Nationals, 29.04.2008
4.Nf3 d5 After the game Angelica said she thought she was supposed to play Bb4, but it seems like everyone else plays 4...d5 too.
12... Ne4 In the game and afterwards, we both thought Angelica had somehow messed up in losing the pawn, (she suggested moving the queen somewhere instead of castling) but she's making Rybka's first choice each time. [in analysis we (ok, mostly Angelica) found the following hilarious line: 12...Nh5 13.Qg4 (better is 13.Qc2) 13...Rf4 14.Qh3 g5 15.Bg3 (15.g4!) 15...g4 16.Qh4 Be7]
16.a3? [16.0–0–0; 16.Rd1]
17.Kxd2 Nb6 [17...c5 Angelica rejected this because of 18.d5 Ne5 19.Qe6+]
20.Rxd4 Rc8 [20...Qb5+ 21.Ke1 Qxb2 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Rad1=]
21.Qg4 [probably white should run with her king: 21.Kf1 Rc2 22.Kg1 Qf7 23.Rf1 Nd5 24.Rxe4 Rxb2]
27.Qe2 Qa4+ [27...Qe5]
29.Qd2?? Qg4+ 0-1