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Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Daniel Stellwagen
Corus (2000), NED, rd 1, Jan-21
French Defense: Two Knights Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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  ckr: Kosteniuk is very familiar with the Steinitz variations of the French. Black plays 8...f6 to uncramp his position and open the bishop file. Black castles kingside and Kosteniuk on the queenside. Black has his bishop file and plays 11...Nh5 twice attacking the loose bishop on the file! Kosteniuk wastes no time rescueing the bishop but plays 12.Bxh7+ and sacs the other bishop! She draws the king into the open and sacs a knight for a pawn forking queen and rook. Black has to recapture, allowing her queen to check the black king! 16.Rxd5 threatens 17.Rxh5# so black is left with captureing the bishop and covering the mating square. Kosteniuk checks and picks up his queen for a rook. Black has R,R,N,N and B to white's Q, R and N, but blacks pawn's have been decimated. White having a very slight advantage out plays her opponent who resigns after 31.Nf7+ as he has just lost a rook after 32.Ne5.

The kibitzers frequenting her page should be checking out her games rather than her pic.

Nicely played.

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  schnarre: A nice Two-Knights nicely handled!
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  JohnBoy: How should white respond to 14...Nxf4?
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  grubyilysy: With 15.Qg4+
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