(2) Carlsen,Magnus (2553) - Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) [D31]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (2), 16.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]

This game against the 14-year old prodigy didn't go well for me. It all started with a very strange plan that I chose in the opening after which I got into a worse position. After my blunder on the 22 move the game was almost finished

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.0-0 Bb4
[7...Be7 is seen more often]

8.Bg5 Qa5?!
The beginning of all my problems [Better was 8...h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Ne4 Qd8 with unclear play]

9.Qc2 Nd5
I didn't like [9...0-0 10.Bxf6 Nxf6 because of 11.Ne5 but I think my position is not so bad here and I had to choose this continuation]

10.Ne4 b5
[10...h6 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Qxc4 Bxd2 13.Nexd2 e5!? was interesting; During the game I wanted to play 10...c3 but then realised that after 11.bxc3 Nxc3 12.a3 Nxe4 13.axb4 Qf5 14.Ra5! I'm in a big trouble]

11.b3 h6
[11...cxb3?! 12.Qxc6 Qc7 13.Qxc7 (13.Qxa8 N7b6 14.Rac1 Nxa8 15.Rxc7 Naxc7 16.axb3 Black is ok here) 13...Nxc7 14.axb3 White's better; 11...c3 that was the best move in this position. 12.a3 Bf8 13.b4 Qa4 14.Qxa4 bxa4 15.Rfc1 f6 16.Be3 a5 17.bxa5 Rxa5 18.Nxc3 Nxe3 19.fxe3 e5 20.Nd2 Ra6 White's position is slightly better but Black has some counterchances]

12.a3 Bc3?!
After this move White gets better position with no counterplay for Black [12...Bf8 seems to be the only move here and it's kind of moves you don't think about during the game 13.Bd2 Qa6 (13...cxb3 14.Qxc6 Qc7 15.Qxa8 N7b6 16.Ba5 ) 14.bxc4 bxc4 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Be7 17.Nd6+ Bxd6 18.exd6 White's better anyway but at least I would have had some chances; 12...Bxa3? 13.Bc1 b4 14.Nd6+ ; 12...Be7 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.bxc4 bxc4 15.Qxc4 Ba6 16.Qxc6 White's better]

13.bxc4 bxc4 14.Bd2 Bxd2 15.Nfxd2 0-0 16.Nxc4 Qc7 17.Rfc1 Ba6 18.e3 Rab8 19.Ncd2 Bb5 20.Nc5 Nxc5 21.Qxc5 Ba4 22.Ne4 Rb3
simply a blunder. I should have chosen [22...Rb2 that I actually was planning to play. After 23.Nc3 Nxc3 24.Rxc3 Rfb8 25.Bxc6 Bxc6 26.Qxc6 Qa5 with some chances to make a draw (26...Qxc6 27.Rxc6 Rd2 (27...a5 28.Rc5 a4 29.Ra5 winning) 28.Rc7 Rbb2 29.Rf1 a6 30.Rc6 a5 31.Rc5 a4 32.Rc4 Ra2 33.Rxa4 Rd3 34.Ra8+ Kh7 35.a4 Rda3 36.Rb1 Rxa4 37.Rxa4 Rxa4 it's a winning endgame for White but they have to be precise and to show a good technique) ]

23.Qc4 Nb6
[More stubborn was 23...Qa5 24.Nc5 Rc3 25.Qxa4 (25.Rxc3 Bb5 26.Qb3 Nxc3 27.a4 Nd5 28.Rc1 Ba6 ) 25...Rxc5 26.Qxa5 Rxa5 27.Rxc6 Rb8 28.Rc5 Rxc5 29.dxc5 White's winning anyway]

24.Qe2 Bb5
[24...Rb5 25.Nc3 Ra5 26.Nxa4 Nxa4 27.Bxc6 winning]

25.Qc2 Ba4 26.Nc5 Rb4 27.Qd2 Rb5 28.Bf1 Qd6 29.Bxb5 cxb5 30.Qa5 e5 31.Nxa4 1-0