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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
European Championship (Women) (2004), Dresden GER, rd 10, Mar-31
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  0-1



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Nov-22-04  percyblakeney: 12. ... Nxd4 is a nice move. Another recent Kosteniuk win with black against the FIDE WC here: A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk, 2004
Dec-11-04  karlzen: Since Kosteniuk just turned GM I thought it would be an idea to analyse a great win against her main rival, Stefanova. It is a very nice example of punishing the opponent for making an ugly move (here Qe2?).

Black follows up beautifully and this could possibly be a daily puzzle (starting with 12...Nxd4!) but I'm not so sure since white can probably save herself with 19.exd4 which is just slightly better for black.

After 19.Bg3? however, there's no saving move for white. 21.Be5 is another mistake, although not very obvious, 21.Bb1 is better but black must be winning still. After the game continuation 21.Be5?! Nxd3 22.Kxd3 Rh7!! 23.Rxa7?! Bb5+ 24.Kd2 black blew the win (although she was lucky to score the full point later on anyway) by playing Bc5-b4+ instead of the immediate 24...Bb4+! 25.Kd1 (and this position could certainly be up for "daily puzzle") 25...g4!!.

This move looks like nothing at a first glance but analysis shows that black is now threatening mate by ...f6!!, Rxh7 Ba4+, Ke2 Rc2+, Kd1 Rxf2+, Kc1 Ba3+ and it's soon over. To stop this white has to give up a lot of material and since she's so underdeveloped on the kingside it is already resignable. On 26.g3 black still has 26...f6 and when the white king crawls to g2 black finishes the game by 30...Bd3! which threatens both the white rook which is now at h7 as well as Be4+ and mate on the first rank (or Bxh1 winning).

Dec-11-04  acirce: <karlzen> Hey, nice seeing you back. What have you been up to? Hope you stay around, your analysis is great.
Dec-11-04  karlzen: <acirce>, I don't know really, just been busy with other stuff basically. Thanks for the welcoming words. :)
Apr-26-09  Dillon: Why didn't Stefanova take the knight? Was this a blitz game? It'd be good if the time settings were displayed..
Apr-26-09  AnalyzeThis: It might be an error in the game score. Sometimes they put the moves in the wrong order.
Jun-27-10  Little Chest Partner: Kosteniuk certainly has a good pair of B´s
Jul-30-10  arnakor: Why not 48.Rxe5 ?
Jul-30-10  zanshin: <arnakor: Why not 48.Rxe5 ?>

That's a good question: [-0.21] d=21 48.Rxe5 Rd3 49.Kh4 Bf3 50.a4 Kd6 51.Ra5 Ke6 52.Rc5 Kf6 53.Rf5 Ke7 54.Re5 Kd7 55.a5 Kd6 56.Rb5 Ra3 57.Rd5 Kc6 58.Rf5 Bxe4 59.Rxh5 Bf3 60.Rh6 Kb5 (0:03:24) 21728kN (Rybka 4)

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