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Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2489) - Edouard, Romain (2666) [B01]
Geneva Masters GpB, Geneva (3.1) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 d5








   
2. exd5
The Scandinavian Defence.
2...Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 c6 8. Be3 e6 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O Be7








   
11. Qg3!?
A novelty. Also playable is 11. Ne2 O-O 12. c4 Re8 13. Rad1 Qa5 14. Nc3 Rad8 15. a3, with a small edge to White thanks to a good pawn structure and two bishops, Navara, D - Szabo, G, Rijeka 2010.
11...O-O 12. Ne2 b5
Or the defensive moves 12...g6 and 12...Re8.
13. Bh6 Ne8 14. Bf4 Ndf6 15. Be5 Bd6








   
16. a4
16. c3!? is interesting, with the idea of b2-b4, followed by a2-a4.
16...b4 17. a5 Qc7! 18. f4 c5!
Black undermines White's centre.
19. c3








   
19...cxd4?!
Now 19...c4!? deserves attention.
20. Nxd4
20. cxb4! is better, White has a clear advantage.
29...Bxe5
Correct is 20...bxc3! 21. bxc3 Qc5 22. Kh1 g6, with counterplay.
21. fxe5 Nd7?!
Better is 21...bxc3 22. bxc3 Rd8 23. Qe3 Nd7.








   
22. Be4!
Very strong. White plans the manoeuvre Nd4-Nc6.
22...Rc8 23. Nc6 bxc3?!
23...Nef6 is more stubborn, though after 24. Bf3 bxc3 25. Rac1 Nb8 26. Rxc3 Nxc6 27. Bxc6 Nh5 28. Qe3 g6 29. Bf3 Qe7 30. Bxh5 gxh5 31. Rfc1 White has a huge advantage due to weaknesses on Black's kingside.








   
24. Bxh7+!!
A beautiful move! White sacrifices the bishop and checkmates with his queen and knight.
24...Kh8
Or 24.. Kxh7 25. Qh4+ Kg6 (25...Kg8 26. Ne7#) 26. Ne7 checkmate.
25. Qh4
White checkmates in several moves: 25...Ndf6 26. Rxf6 Nxf6 27. Be4+ Kg8 28. exf6 g6 29. Qh6 Rfd8 30. Qg7#.
Black resigned. 1-0










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Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2489) - Edouard, Romain (2666) [B01]
Geneva Masters GpB/Geneva (3.1) 2013

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 c6 8. Be3 e6 9. Bd3 Nbd7 10. O-O Be7 11. Qg3 O-O 12. Ne2 b5 13. Bh6 Ne8 14. Bf4 Ndf6 15. Be5 Bd6 16. a4 b4 17. a5 Qc7 18. f4 c5 19. c3 cxd4 20. Nxd4 Bxe5 21. fxe5 Nd7 22. Be4 Rc8 23. Nc6 bxc3 24. Bxh7+ Kh8 25. Qh4 1-0


Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo by Georgios Souleidis
Alexandra Kosteniuk.

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