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Nadezhda Kosintseva vs Anastasia Bodnaruk
Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Dec-28
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1-0



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  paavoh: A model game by Kosintseva, always aiming towards a favorable endgame. 14.- f5 sealed the worse pawn structure and that was all White needed.
Dec-29-09  TheaN: Depressing Black position after move 29. Striking enough, after 30.f4 Black is almost in zugzwang. In fact, 30....b6? probably loses by force as the endgame was always White's. Probably better is the only try 30....h6, but it's only a matter of time before White gets the upper hand, the main continuation probably being 31.Re3 with 32.Rg3 and deadly pressure on g7 and h6.
Dec-29-09  TheaN: Just to elaborate, when you see the entry of the endgame on Black's 35th move:

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you might want to consider Black has some play. However 35....Ra8 as played is way too passive, 35....a5 36.Re5 does not at all improve Black's position and of course the best try 35....Rd1 36.Kf2 Rd2, normally leading to quite some compensation, is now bombarded by 37.Ke3! and 37....Rxg2 is impossible due to 38.Re8 and Black is obviously lost, as early as move 35.

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  Mating Net: <Black is obviously lost, as early as move 35> No doubt about it. The Black Rook could not counter attack because it had to protect the back rank while the White Rook was a tower of power.

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