Perfect Game at the National Elementary Chess Championship

Luke Zhao, a first grader from Fremont, played a perfect chess game at the 2010 Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Below is his game with notes by his chess coach Chris Torres.

[Event “Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship”]
[Site “Atlanta, Georgia”]
[Date “2010.05.08”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Jha, Kubair”]
[Black “Zhao, Luke”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C50”]
[Opening “Giuoco Pianissimo”]
[Variation “Canal, 6…h6”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 {The Four Knights
Opening is frequently seen at scholastic chess tournaments.} 4. Bc4 {This
bishop is better placed on b5 to prevent the “Fork Trick” which continues
4… Nxe4! 5. Nxe4 d5. Black regains the sacrificed piece and maintains a
center pawn.} Bc5 {Luke chooses not to play the fork trick and instead
bring on an Italian Four Knights.} 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 d6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6
Qxf6 9. Qd2? {This is a mistake. White should have taken the opportunity to
play Nd5 which forces the black queen to retreat to d8.} Bg4! {Black
threatens to capture on f3 and expose white’s king.} 10. Qe2?? {This move
is a disaster. Better would have been Nd5.} Nd4 11. Qd1?? {Rybka finds:
-1.40 11. Nxd4! Bxe2 12. Nxe2 Qg5 13. Bb3 Bb6 14. Rb1 c5 15. Nd1 Kh7.
Surprisingly white is still fighting after dropping the queen.} Nxf3+!
{Luke Zhao will now punish his opponent’s inaccuracies with perfect
tactics.} 12. gxf3 Bxf3 13. Qd2??? {White has to play Ne2 if he wants to
stay alive longer.} Qg6+ 14. Qg5 Qxg5# {Luke Zhao played yet another error
free game. This is a beautiful example of a first grader playing brilliant
chess.} 0-1


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3 Responses to “Perfect Game at the National Elementary Chess Championship”

  1. Students Achievements | Chess Musings Says:

    […] to Luke Zhao on defeating his coach, Chris Torres, during our class at Achiever Institute in Fremont California. […]

  2. MSJE Wins Big at the 2015 Calchess Super States | Chess Musings Says:

    […] Chen (with 4 points) and Mihir Bhuptani with 3.5 points.  Abhinav Raghavendra, Amulya Harish, Luke Zhao, and Sriram Bharadwaj also competed for the MSJE K-6 Championship […]

  3. Mate in 4 Challenge from Emory Tate’s Simultaneous Exhibition at MSJE | Chess Musings Says:

    […] Below is a game from IM Emory Tate’s chess simul at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. The simul consisted of 30 boards occupied by many of the top scholastic chess players in Northern California. Emory Tate won on every board and completed the task in under 2 and 1/2 hours. I am purposefully leaving the game incomplete to see if my readers can spot the mate in 4 that Emory produced to conclude his game with Luke Zhao. […]

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