Almira Skripchenko has just won the French National Women’s Chess title for the fifth time. Also going for the fifth crown was Sophie Milliet. Pause after Black’s Move 39 and think awhile about White’s plan before you continue replaying the game with the Chess King applet. This was one of the crucial chess games of the French National Chess Championships 2012 that helped Skripchenko on her path to tournament victory. Do you know which other sport GM Skripchenko is fantastic at? Find the answer in these Chess Blog posts.


Almira Skripchenko – Sophie Milliet

Result: 1-0
Site: Pau,France
Date: 2012.08.18
[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤c3 ¤f6 3.¤f3 ¤c6 4.g3 ¥c5 5.¥g2 d6 6.d3 a6 7.h3 O-O 8.O-O ¥a7 9.a4 h6 10.¤h4 ¤d4 11.¤e2 ¤xe2+ 12.£xe2 c6 13.a5 ¦e8 14.¥e3 d5 15.¥xa7 ¦xa7 16.¤f3 dxe4 17.dxe4 ¦a8 18.£e3 £c7 19.¦fe1 ¥e6 20.£c3 ¤d7 21.¤d2 ¦ad8 22.¤c4 ¥xc4 23.£xc4 ¤f6 24.¦e3 ¦d4 25.£c5 ¦ed8 26.¦ae1 ¤d7 27.£e7 £xa5 28.c3 ¦d2 29.b4 £b6 30.¥f1 f6 31.¥c4+ ¢h7 32.¦1e2 ¦d1+ 33.¦e1 ¦d2 34.¦3e2 ¤f8 35.¦xd2 ¦xd2 36.¦e3 ¤g6 37.£f7 ¦d8 38.¦d3 ¤h8 39.£e6 ¦xd3 40.£g8+ ¢g6 41.£e8+ ¢g5 42.h4+ ¢g4 43.¥xd3