NM Rohan Agarwal, age 15, of California likes to play the Philidor Counter Gambit. In this game, IM Emory Tate [pictured above] avoids the main lines with the unusual 3.c4, all to no avail as Black wins in 29 moves. The USCF ratings shown are post-tournament.
Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit
IM Emory Tate (USCF 2365) - NM Rohan Agarwal (USCF 2212), North American Open 12/27/2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c4 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 O-O 7.c5 Nc6 8.cxd6 Qxd6 9.O-O a6 10.a3 Be6 11.Ng5 Nd4
12.Nxe6 Qxe6 13.exf5 Qxf5 14.Be3 Rad8 15.Bxd4 exd4 16.Nb1 Nd5 17.Bf3 Nf4 18.Be4 Qg5 19.g3 Rd6 20.Nd2 Rh6 21.Bg2 Nxg2 22.Kxg2 Qf5 23.h4 Bxh4
24.g4 Qf4 25.Ne4 Bxf2 26.Rh1 Rg6 27.Kh3 h5 28.Qe2 Rxg4 29.Qxf2 Qxf2, White resigns.