Kayin Barclay (1850)
Stephanie Ballom (1535)

North American & Carribean Youth Champ
Boca Raton, FL, 2004

This game feature two scholastic stars: Kayin Barclay (Chicago, IL) and All-Girls champion, Stephanie Ballom (Mansfield, TX). Both have set an example for other young African-American players and have bright futures ahead.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 e6 4. Qe2!?

Interesting move order and while not a new idea, white's more common plan stems from the usual 4.d4... fighting for the center immediately. 4... Nf6 5. c3 White's move order is exploited after 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 (6. c3 is the Smith-Morra Gambit.) 6... Nc6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 and black has practically equalized. White is never able to set up the dangerous Velimirovic Attack. 5... a6 6. d4 6. Bb3 6... cxd4 7. cxd4 Be7 7... Nxe4!? 8. Qxe4 d5 9. Bxd5 Qxd5 10. Qxd5 exd5 11. Nc3 Be6 is roughly equal. 8. Bd3 O-O 9. h4 Qc7?! Playing natural moves without understanding the nuances is asking for trouble. Black puts her black queen on the open file, and although it wasn't exploited directly, white was building a powerful attacking formation. 9... e5 10. d5 Bg4 exploiting 9.h4 10. Nc3 h6 11. e5! Ambitious... cuts off black's pieces from the kingside. A slower and more positional choiceis 11. Bd2 Nc6 12. Rc1 setting up future shots like Nd5! 11... dxe5 11... Nfd7 12. Qe4 f5 13. exf6 Nxf6 14. Qg6 12. dxe5 Nfd7 13. g4 Again 13. Qe4! is direct and strong. 13... Nc6 14. Bf4 Bb4 To be honest, black should be more concerned with the safety of her king and keep the bishop for defense. She should stunt the strength of the towering bishop on d3 with a move like 14... Nc5! 15. h5 White is trying to batter the door down. 15... Bxc3+ How will black guard her dark squares now? 16. bxc3 Nd4 Flashy, but the plan backfires. 17. cxd4 Qc3+ 18. Kf1 Kayin will demonstrate why five attacking pieces on the king is more important that an inactive rook. 18... Qxa1+ 19. Kg2 Qc3 20. g5

20... hxg5 21. Bxg5 Rb8 22. Qe3 Threatening 23.Bh7+ netting the queen. 22... Kh8?? 23. h6 23. Qe4! and black can resign. However, white has such an overwhelming attack that it plays itself. 23... g6 24. h7! b5 25. Bf6+ Nxf6 26. exf6 Bb7 27. Qh6 Bxf3+ 28. Kg3 Qc7+ 29. Kxf3 Qc6+ 30. Be4 Qc3+ 31. Kg2

A very energetic game by Kayin. 1-0 [Shabazz D.]

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