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Emma Guo

Emma Guo at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey 2012
Country Australia
Born 23 February 1995
Canberra, Australia
Title Woman International Master
Peak rating 2092 (Feb 2013)

Emma Guo (born 23 February 1995 in Canberra, Australia) is a chess Woman International Master (WIM) who has represented Australia in two Chess Olympiads. In the Oceania Women's Chess Championship, she has finished first outright once and equal first in three (losing the playoff each time).

Early life

Guo was taught to play chess by her older brother when she was six years old, and was later coached by local chess player Peter Simpson.

Chess career

Guo won the Australian Girl's Chess Championship four times in 2004 and 2005 (U-10), in 2006 (U-12), and the Under-18 title 2007 when aged only 11. She represented Australia in the World Youth Chess Championship in Heraklion 2004, Belfort 2005 (where she finished equal 10th in the World Under-10 Girl's Championship), Antalya 2007, Antalya 2009, and Al-Ain 2013. She also represented Australia in the World Junior Chess Championship in Puerto Madryn 2009, Chotowa 2010, and Chennai 2011.

Guo was a member of the Australian Women's Chess Team in the 1st World Mind Sports Games held in Beijing, China in October 2008.

Guo has competed in the Oceania Women's Chess Championship four times, finishing equal first three times. She scored 5/9 and finished third, behind Arianne Caoili and Irina Berezina, in the Oceania Women's Zonal on the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2009, and was awarded the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title for this result. She scored 8.5/10 and finished equal first, with Irina Berezina, in the Oceania Women's Zonal in Rotorua 2011, but lost the play-off match held several months later in Sydney. She was awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title for this result. She scored 4.5/9 and finished equal first placed woman in the 2012 Oceania Open Chess Championship, but the women's title was awarded to Helen Milligan on tie-break. She scored 8/9 to again finish equal first with Irina Berezina in the Oceania Women's Zonal in Nadi 2013, but again lost the play-off match. In the 2015 Oceania Women's Zonal in Cammeray, Sydney, Australia, she won the tournament outright with 7/9.

Guo has represented Australia in two Chess Olympiads in Khanty-Mansiysk 2010, and Istanbul 2012. Her best result was scoring 50% on board 4 at the 2010 event.

Guo was the highest scoring female in the 36th Christmas Open in Zürich 2012.

She is currently coached by GM Ian Rogers.

Personal life

Guo is currently studying for her Psychology and Arts degree at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Notable games

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 fxe4 5.dxe4 Nf6 6.Bg5 Bc5 7.O-O d6 8.c3 O-O 9.Nbd2 Qe8 10.Bh4 Kh8 11.b4 Bb6 12.Re1 Nh5 13.Bf1 Bg4 14.Qb3 Qg6 15.Kh1 Rf4 16.Bg3 Nxg3+ 17.fxg3 Rf6 18.Be2 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 Qxg3 20.Re2 Rh6 21.Nf1 Qf4 22.a4 a5 23.b5 Ne7 24.Rd1 g5 25.Rd3 g4 26.Re1 gxf3 27.Rxf3 Qg4 28.h3 Rg8 29.Qc2 Qh4 30.Qb1 Rf6 31.Rxf6 Qxf6 32.Re2 Ng6 33.Nh2 Nf4 34.Qf1 Qg6 0-1