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Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Carol-Peter Gouw
Corus (2000), NED, rd 5, Jan-25
French Defense: Two Knights Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: Wow, what an attack! My favorite move is the coolheaded 12. Kf1! (and not 12. O-O?), neutralizing Black's threats, yet leaving the rook on the h-file for the second wave of the attack.
Aug-19-02  morphynoman2: I agree. Very impressive.
Aug-19-02  bishop: Nice game! Maybe ...a6 was needed before ...c5, or ...c4 instead of ...0-0, or ...f5 instead of ...cxd4.
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  seoulmama: Absolutely gorgeus.
Apr-14-04  alvishope1: So... this mean that uncle Watson need to chance his faworite French...
Apr-14-04  alvishope1: I'm so excite about this gorgeous attack that words are flying down to alley......
Apr-14-04  Kenkaku: Somewhat of a Danish Gambit in the French. Quite original.
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  iron maiden: This game makes me feel a lot better about playing against the French.
Apr-14-04  Minor Piece Activity: Nice play.
Jul-30-04  Knight13: Good game.
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  schnarre: The Two-Knights vs the French isn't very common, but offers a great deal of chances for the adventurous. <iron maiden> Why would you have any reservations about playing against the French?
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  ksadler: When playing the French, I play 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 c5! going into a mainline Sicilian if they try to throw the 2 Knights at me. A wonderful attack by White in this game though.
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  Open Defence: c5 seemed a weak move leading the Knight trying to exploit d6
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  Karpova: @Open defence
i don't think it's too weak a move. he could have tried or c4 instead of 8....a6 losing a tempo. he could counter any tries to bring the knight to d6 with bc7
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  Open Defence: <Karpova> I think 8..cxd would lead to White having pressure on the c file, 8..c4 seems a little better, however the biggest issue with c5 is that the Black ♗ on a5 seems out of the game somewhat which compunds the problems on d6
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  Karpova: the bishop could get into play by bc7 threatening the knight on d6 if he gets there. the bishop would be out of play anyway so maybe he should have exchanged immediately. 5...c5 doesn't change much since the bishop could only go to c5 if he gets attacked and then d4 would win a tempo for white hadn't black played 5...c5.
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  schnarre: A ...c5 move is thematic in nearly all French positions, but White stayed in firm control here!
Apr-12-06  DeepBlade: <schnarre> Indeed, see this line for typical French (pawn)defelopment

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. a3 Nge7 7. b4 cxd4 8. cxd4

The pawnstructure is stable, and can be a dangerous weapon if used correctly, see my game in the French

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.0–0 Qc7 8.a3 Rc8 9.b4 cxd4 10.cxd4 a6 11.Bb2 Qb6 12.Nc3 Nf5 13.Na4 Qc7 14.Nc5 Be7 15.Bd3 h6 16.Rc1 Nh4 17.Nxh4 Bxh4 18.Qg4 g5 19.g3 h5 20.Qe2 Rg8 21.Qxh5 a5 22.f4 Bxg3 23.fxg5 Bxh2+ 24.Kxh2 Rf8 25.g6 Nd8 26.g7 Bc6 27.gxf8R+ Kxf8 28.Qh6+ Ke7 29.Rg1 b6 30.Rg8 Qxe5+ 31.dxe5 bxc5 32.Qf8+ Kd7 33.Qd6# 1–0

Aug-23-08  just a kid: I got exactly par on G-T-M.Great game by Kosteniuk!
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  arsen387: I don't like quick wins but this one impressed me much. Fascinating tactics by Alexandra
Oct-01-08  Ladolcevita: relatively for the most part,a successful combination is established by opponet's mistake........lets imagine together,what if the person sitting there is a higer rated grandmaster,i doubt whether Kosteniuk would succeed checkating in the end.
Jan-17-09  Phantom.Nightmare: A nice quick game for enjoying in the less played Two Knights Variation of the French .
Apr-10-09  ChessYouGood: Hot game by a hot babe
Dec-05-09  djbu: i love that girl she play chess like a god =D
Dec-05-09  tonsillolith: <Hot game by a hot babe>

<i love that girl she play chess like a god =D>

You guys sound like those people who play World of Warcraft all the time and then get really excited when you see a woman talking about World of Warcraft on some game review TV show.

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