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Almira Fyodorovna Skripchenko vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Dec-05
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1

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Jun-02-03
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  patzer2: Interesting and perhaps instructive is how Kosteniuk passes up winning the exchange with 23...e4 (instead of 23...Bxe1 with a bishop for a rook). Apparently Kosteniuk preferred to maintain the initiative with more aggressive counter chances with the black pieces instead of grabbing a material advantage and holding on for an end game win in this position.

It's not clear to me, however, that she obtained any lasting advantage from passing up capturing the rook in this position. In any event, who can argue with success? Kosteniuk is an outstanding player who obviously excels in aggressive tactical play.

Jun-03-03  drukenknight: it doesnt strike me as a great game for instance why not: 35 Rh4?
Jun-07-03
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  patzer2: What does white gain after 35Rh4 g6? Seems to me the game continuation is just as good. In any event, the game reflects a high level of skill, and the ending combination with 53...Nxf2 and 54...QxRf4 is a thing of beauty, done with a flare and style worthy of any GM.

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