It is not everyday that one of our club's top masters gets upset by a house player. Julie Desch-O'Neill, former editor of Chess Life is a remarkable person and player in her own right. In the 1970's, Julie was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers! Julie considers her best achievement in chess was a draw with Anatoly Karpov!
Wagner,Carl - Desch-O'Neill,Julie [B08] Pirc Defence
Markowski (1), 07.01.2009
[Annotated by Aeria,Rick]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 Nf6 The Pirc Defence 5.h3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Qd2 e5 8.Be2 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.f3 c6 11.0-0?! [>=11.0-0-0] 11...Nh5 12.Nb3 Ng3 13.Rf2 Nxe2+ 14.Rxe2 Ne5 15.Bf2? [15.Qc1]
15...Bxh3! Winning a pawn but now Dr. Wagner does his utmost to complicate matters. 16.f4 Nc4 17.Qd3 Be6-/+ 18.Rb1 Nb6 19.Nd2 d5 20.Qg3 dxe4 21.Ndxe4 Bf5 22.Rd2 Qc7 23.Nd6 Red8 24.Nce4 Bxe4 25.Nxe4 Rxd2 26.Nxd2 Nd5 Targeting the f4-pawn 27.f5 Dr. Wagner decides to pitch the doomed pawn as best he can. 27...Qxg3 28.Bxg3 Bd4+ 29.Bf2 Bxf2+ 30.Kxf2 gxf5 and only now 'winning' a second pawn. 31.c4 Nf6 32.Nb3 Rd8 33.Ke3 Kg7 34.Rf1 Kg6 35.Nd4? Ng4+
White must lose the knight so Dr. Carl Wagner, always a classy guy and a gentleman's gentleman, congratulated Julie on her win. 0-1