Karjakin(GM) (2547) -
Kosteniuk(WGM) (2456) [B32]
Dannemann Masters Brissago, Switzerland (4),
1.e4 c5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Cxd4 e5
Alexandra Kosteniuk's second during this match is the famous GM Eugenij
Sveshnikov there's nothing strange that she plays the Sicilian with 4...e5.
5.Cb5 d6 6.C1c3 [ 6.c4; 6.a4!?] 6...a6 7.Ca3 b5 8.Cd5 Cce7 [ Black
also has some alternatives here, for example: 8...Cge7 ; 8...Cf6] 9.c4!?
Cxd5 10.exd5 bxc4 11.Cxc4 Cf6 12.Ae3
A popular plan,
which was used in earlier games by Sergey Kariakin and Ruslan Ponomariov. White
evacuates his Knight from "off-side" on a3 and prepares to gain the b6-square.
Now White has a pawn majority on the Queen-side, so there will be the permanent
threat of b4-b5 creating a passed a-pawn. On the other hand the d-pawn has
become weak and also Black could create a very strong and flexible pawn centre
after f7-f5. 12...Tb8 13.Ae2 Ae7 14.a4 0-0 15.0-0 Ab7 [ Almost the same
position arises after 15...Cd7 16.a5 f5 17.Cb6] 16.Cb6 Cd7 17.a5 f5 18.f3
Cxb6 19.Axb6 Dd7 20.b4
20...Ad8 [ Interesting was 20...Ag5!? trying to create
counter-play along the c-file (The bishop takes control over the c1-square),
f.e. 21.Tb1 Tbc8 with the threat of Qf7. ] 21.Ae3 Af6 22.Tb1
22...Df7?! [ I believe better was 22...Tfc8!? preventing
Be2-c4, f.e. 23.b5 axb5 24.Axb5 Df7 25.Ac6 ( 25.Da4 Axd5 26.Ad7 Txb1 27.Txb1
Ta8 28.Axf5 Ad8) 25...Aa6 26.Te1 Ah4 27.g3 Ad8<=> ( 27...f4!?)
] 23.Ac4 Tfc8 24.Dd3+/= Now pawn d5 is protected very well and White
has the better chances thanks to pressure on the Queen-side. 24...Ta8 25.Tfc1
Dh5 Black has to find counter-chances somewhere. 26.Ab3 Ag5
Good idea - the
a7-g1 diagonal is very important. 27...Axe3+ 28.Dxe3 Df7 29.Db6 Axd5?!
Black missed her opponent's next move or move 34th. Better was [ 29...De7
30.Txc8+ ( 30.b5 axb5 31.Dxb5 Txc1+ 32.Txc1 Aa6 ( 32...e4!?) 33.Db6
Dg5!?<=>) 30...Txc8 31.b5 axb5 32.Dxb5] 30.Dxa6! Nice move, of
course, it dosen't spell death for Black. 30...Txc1+?! A miscalculation.
Better was [ 30...Tcb8 31.Dd3 Axb3 32.Txb3 e4!? ( 32...Txa5? 33.bxa5 Dxb3
34.Tc8+ Rf7 35.Dxf5+ Re7 36.Df8+) 33.fxe4 fxe4 34.De3<=>; but not
30...Txa6?? 31.Txc8+ Df8 32.Axd5+ Rh8 33.Txf8#] 31.Txc1 Txa6? Looses by
force, though after [ 31...Tf8 32.Axd5 Dxd5 33.b5+/- White is better.]
32.Tc8+ De8 33.Txe8+ Rf7
34.Ta8!! Obviously Black culculated only [ 34.Aa4 Ab3
35.Ab5 Ta7<=> After the text White wins a piece, so Black resigned.
A nice combination "Maltese cross"!] 1-0