Must Confess. I Really Enjoy Watching Women's Chess

melvinbluestone
Mikeyjc3 wrote:

Women should play in bathing suits

    Of course, this is a ridiculous idea. But it would be interesting to see if women playing OTB in skimpy outfits had any effect on the performance of male opponents. I think if Magnus or Fabiano faced Ju Wenjun in a bikini, they'd still do alright. But we don't really know, do we?

     I was watching the Cairns Cup yesterday, and I think I watched more of Anna Cramling than the games. I could not take my eyes off her. What a doll! I wonder if she's busy tonight..........

DamonevicSmithlov

I didn't get to watch much of the Cairns Cup this year but checked the results every few rounds to see how it was going. It seems like it's off to a good start. Maybe they can get Hou Yifan next year (I don't think they'll ever be able to get Judit to play) and it'll be even stronger.

Good job Rex and Jeannie.

Quasimorphy
melvinbluestone wrote:

     I was watching the Cairns Cup yesterday, and I think I watched more of Anna Cramling than the games. I could not take my eyes off her. What a doll! I wonder if she's busy tonight..........

I see she has joined chess.com recently.  ...and has been busy playing blitz.

https://www.chess.com/member/acramling

SeniorPatzer

I haven't watched this player yet, and didn't even really heard of her, but she sounds and looks amazing.  Her name is Alina, and chess.com just did a feature article and interview with her:

 

https://www.chess.com/article/view/professional-spotlight-how-chess-helped-alisa-melekhina-become-a-successful-attorney

Uncle_Bent
SeniorPatzer wrote:

I haven't watched this player yet, and didn't even really heard of her, but she sounds and looks amazing.  Her name is Alina, and chess.com just did a feature article and interview with her:

 

https://www.chess.com/article/view/professional-spotlight-how-chess-helped-alisa-melekhina-become-a-successful-attorney

Actually, her name is Alisa... Alisa Melikhina.  Before law school, she was strong enough to play in the US Women's Championships, but eventually, all the "teens" (Yu, Wang, Yip, etc.) passed her in strength... although she is still in top 20 US women.  Alisa is one of those "wonder-women," with chess skills, dance skills and law school graduate at 22 or 23. 

She has a video that is on you tube that offers a clever gambit vs the French Defense -- a variation that starts off as a Milner-Barry but then veers off with 9. Nbd2.  It's a clever gambit that gives White a long-term initiative, but nothing more.