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Game of the day 7

IMG 2636 By Adrian Mikhalchishin

Socko,Monika - Kosintseva,Tatiana [D38]
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 23.09.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 0–0  

Favourite line of both Kosintseva sisters.They are real experts here,in this critical situation few different moves were tried against them. 7.Bd2 [Here many top players tried different ways against Tatiana 7.h3 Ne4 8.Qc2 b6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Bf5 11.Bd2 Nxd2 12.Nxd2 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Ne7 14.a3 Bd6 15.Nb5 c6 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.0–0 a5 18.Rac1 a4 19.e4 Qg6 20.Rfe1 Rfd8 21.Nf3 with slight advantage,1/2 Chiburdanidze,M (2514)-Kosintseva,T (2562)/Ulaanbaatar 2010; 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne4 (Possible was 8...Bd7 9.Qc2 Na5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.a4 Re8 12.Bd3 b6 13.Ba3 Ne4 14.0–0 Bf5 15.Ne5 f6 16.Nf3 h6 17.Nh4 Bh7 18.f3 Ng5 19.Bxh7+ Nxh7 20.Rae1 Nc4 position is equal, Koneru,H (2621)-Chiburdanidze,M (2516)/ISTANBUL 2009 ) 9.Bb2 (9.Qc2 b6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Na5 12.0–0 Bb7 13.a4 c5 (13...f5 14.Ne5 c5 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.c4 Qd6 17.Bb2 Rae8 18.f3 Nf6 19.Qc3 White strong Bishop pair confirms her advantage,1–0 Zhao Xue (2544)-Kosintseva,T (2539)/Sochi RUS 2009) 14.Ba3 Rc8 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.Rab1 Re8 17.Rfd1 Qc7 18.Nd2 Re6 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Be2 Rb6 21.Rd2 Rxb1+ 22.Qxb1 Qe5 23.Qd1 White control over d file is unpleasant,1–0 Zhao Xue (2544)-Kosintseva,T (2539)/Sochi RUS 2009 ) 9...Qe8 10.Qc2 Na5 11.Bd3 b6 12.cxd5 exd5 13.0–0 Bb7 14.a4 Nc4 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.c4 Qe6 18.cxd5 Bxd5 19.Qxc7 Nc5 with good counterplay,1/2 Van Wely,L (2641)-Kosintseva,T (2515)/Moscow RUS 2010; 7.Be2 Ne4 8.Qc2 b6 9.0–0 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Ba6 11.Qa4 Nxc3 12.Qxa6 Nxe2+ 13.Kh1 Nxc1 14.Rfxc1 Na5 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Ne5 Qd6 17.Qd3 f6 18.Nf3 Nc4 19.e4 b5 Strong Black Knight c4 allows them to play for win,0–1 Nebolsina,V (2360)-Kosintseva,T (2573)/Moscow RUS 2010; 7.Qc2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bd6 9.0–0 e5 10.h3 exd4 11.exd4 Nb4 12.Qd1 Bf5 13.a3 Nc6 14.Re1 h6 15.Ne5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Qxd1 17.Nxd1 Nd7 18.f4 Na5 19.Ne3 Nxc4 20.Nxf5 Nc5 21.b4 Nd3 22.Re4 White structure is better, Chiburdanidze,M (2506)-Kosintseva,T (2536)/Ningbo CHN 2009 ] 7...dxc4 8.Bxc4 Bd6 This simple move order was proposed by Kramnik and since that is believed to guarantee Black sufficient counterplay. [8...a6 9.Qc2І] 9.Nb5 [Other options here 9.0–0 e5 10.d5 (10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 (11.Be2 Nxf3+ 12.Bxf3 Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2 Qxd2µ) 11...Bxe5 12.Rad1 Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2 Ng4+ 14.Kg3 (14.Kg1 Qh4–+) 14...Qd6+ 15.f4 Qg6‚) 10...e4 11.Nxe4 Nxe4 12.dxc6 Nxd2 13.Nxd2 Bxh2+ 14.Kxh2 Qxd2 15.Rad1 (15.cxb7 Bxb7 16.Kg1 Qd6 17.Rfd1І) 15...Qxb2 16.Rd4 with compensation for sacrificed pawn, Danielian,E (2489)-Kosintseva,T (2536)/Ningbo CHN 2009; More sharper line happened in the World Championship match 9.Qc2 a6 10.a3 e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.f4 Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Qe7 15.0–0 Qxe3+ 16.Kh1 Qb6 17.f5 Bd7 18.Bb4 Rfe8 19.Rad1 Qc6 20.Qb3 Kh8 21.Rc1 Qb6 22.Bxf7 Re5


with very sharp play,0–1 Koneru,H (2600)-Hou Yifan (2578)/Tirana ALB 2011] 9...Be7 [Strange-other moves are not worse ,but tried not so often 9...e5


10.dxe5 (10.Nxd6 Qxd6 (10...cxd6 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Bc3 Qe7=) 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Bc3 Qg5 14.0–0–0І 1–0 Kempinski,R (2543)-Milov,V (2604)/Linares 2001(14.0–0? Bh3–+) ) 10...Bxe5 (10...Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5=) 11.Bb4 Nxb4 12.Qxb4 c5! 13.Qxc5 Bxb2 14.Rb1 Qa5+ 1/2 Shariyazdanov,A (2594)-Dizdar,G (2533)/Dubai 2001/CBM 083 (44); 9...a6!? 10.Nxd6 cxd6 11.0–0 Bd7= ] 10.0–0 a6 11.Nc3 Bd6 12.Qc2 [Better seems to be 12.Rfe1 e5 13.d5 e4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.dxc6 Nxd2 16.Nxd2 Bxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Qxd2 18.cxb7 Bxb7 19.Kg1 Rab8 20.Qa3 Rbd8 21.Qc5 Qd6 22.Qxd6 Rxd6 23.Rac1 and Black has still to protect ownm pawn weaknesses, Lenic,L (2595)-Moiseenko,A (2677)/Moscow RUS 2010] 12...e5


13.d5 [Somehow more logical is not to close the position,but exchange in the center was tried unsuccessfully 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.f4 Bd6 16.Bd3 Kh8 (16...h6N 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 Qe7 19.Bc3 c6 20.Rf3 f6 21.Rg3 Be6 22.Qe2 Kh8ч Krasenkow,M (2651)-Prusikin,M (2571)/Deutschland 99/(282) 2007) 17.Kh1 b5 18.Ne4 Bf5 19.Nxf6 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Qxf6 21.Bc3 Qe6 22.e4 f6 23.b3 1/2 Radjabov,T (2648)-Kramnik,V (2785)/Dortmund 2003] 13...Ne7 14.e4 Bg4 [Very interesting forced play starts after 14...b5 15.Be2 Bd7 16.a3 c6 17.Bg5 Ng6 18.Nh4 Nxh4 19.Bxh4 Rc8 20.dxc6 Bxc6 21.Rfd1 Qe7 22.Bg4 Rc7 23.Qd3 Bc5 24.Qf3 Bd4 25.Rac1 Bb7 26.Nd5 Bxd5 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Rxc7 Qxc7 29.exd5 Rd8 30.b4


With White advantage thanking to more dangerous Bishop.] 15.Be2 c6 [It was possible to prepare this logical attack of Whites pawn center 15...Rc8 ] 16.Bg5 cxd5 17.Bxf6 At least White destroy a bit opponents pawn structure. [Not logical was to allow Black to create strong center 17.exd5 Nd7 18.Be3 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 f5] 17...gxf6


18.Nxd5 [It is not possible to fight for advantage with other moves 18.exd5 Bxf3 19.Bxf3 f5 20.Be2 e4; 18.Nh4 Bxe2 19.Qxe2 d4 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Kh8 22.Rac1 Qd7 23.Qf3 Be7 24.Nf5 Rg8 25.Rc4 Rg5] 18...Nxd5 19.exd5 f5


20.Ne1? [Move in the text is too passive,but it was not so easy to establish blockading control over White squares. 20.g3 Qf6 21.Nh4 Rac8 22.Qd2 Bh3 23.Rfc1 f4 24.Bf1 Bg4 25.Be2 Bd7 26.Bd3 Qg5] 20...Rc8 21.Qd1 Bxe2 [Not bad was 21...Qg5 22.Bxg4 Qxg4 23.g3 Qxd1 24.Rxd1 Rfd8 and pawn d5 will soon be in trouble.] 22.Qxe2 Qf6 [Game plan was possible to start immediately 22...Rc5 23.Rd1 Qf6 24.g3 Rfc8] 23.Nc2


23...f4! Not allowing White Knight even to try the blockade! 24.Rfc1 Qg6 [Very good was immediately 24...Rc5 ] 25.f3 [Kosintsevas idea was to cut the opponents Knight completely 25.Ne1 e4!] 25...Rc5 [This weak pawn on d5 could be attacked differently 25...Rfd8 ] 26.Qd1 [Not good developments avaited White after 26.Qd2 e4 27.fxe4 Qxe4] 26...f5 Kosintseva choses more actrive way,as it was logical to continue attack of the weak d5 pawn [26...Rd8] 27.Ne1 Qf7 28.Rxc5 Bxc5+ 29.Kh1 Rd8 30.Qc2 Rxd5 

Pawn is finally lostand White position is helpless. 31.Nd3 Be3 32.b4 [Even worse is to go under the pin 32.Rd1 Qd7] 32...Kg7 [Possible 32...e4 33.fxe4 fxe4 34.Nf2 Bxf2 35.Qxf2 e3] 33.Re1 b6 [Very logical ,but a bit unusual was 33...Kf6 ] 34.Qc3 Qf6 35.Nb2 b5 [Black did not like to start forced easy realization 35...Bd2 36.Qc4 Bxe1 37.Qxd5 Bxb4 38.Qd7+ Kh6 39.Qc7 Bc5 40.Nd3 Qd6] 36.Qc8 Kh6 37.h3 Rd2 38.Nd1 Bd4 39.Qg8 Qg6 [Very good was 39...e4 ] 40.Qf8+ Kh5 41.g3


41...Rh2+! with mate in two! 0–1

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