(11) Karjakin,Sergey (2599) - Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) [C28]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (11), 28.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]

We had 3 more rounds to go but I already was very tired. Due to this I lost this game and played badly in the next rounds.

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
I had expected this move, in fact during my home preparation I guessed correctly the whole variation that took place in the game. Normally Sergey rarely turns away from the main lines. That once more shows that many chess players now encounter problems with getting the advantage in the Petroff's defense

2...Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Nge2 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Be6 8.Bxd5 Bxd5 9.f4 0-0 10.f5
Funnily enough, 5 years ago I played this position with White and got an absolutely winning position. After the game Sergey admitted that it was not a very good idea to play against me in thisvariation

10...Bxc3!?
I think this move is better than 10. ... f6, because white is going to attack the King's side and he will need his knights to break through the Black's fortress [10...f6 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Ng3 Rf7 13.Ne4 Bf8 14.Be3 b6 15.Qh5 Bc5 16.Bxc5 bxc5 17.b3 a5 18.Qf3 Rd8 19.Qf2 c4 20.bxc4 Qd4 21.Qxd4 Nxd4 22.Rf2 Rb8 23.c3 Nc6 24.Nc5 Re7 25.Rd2 Nd8 26.Rdd1 Nf7 27.Rab1 Rd8 28.Ne6 Rc8 29.Rb5 Nd6 30.Rxa5 Nxf5 31.Nc5 Rd8 32.Re1 Nd6 33.Kf2 Kf7 34.Ra7 f5 35.Na6 e4 36.Nb4 Rdd7 37.Nc6 Re6 38.Ra5 Nxc4 39.Rxf5+ Kg6 40.Nd4 Rxd4 41.cxd4 Nb2 42.Ra5? (42.Rf3! winning) 42...Nxd3+ 1/2-1/2, Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) 2398 - Shchekachev Andrei (RUS) 2503, Moscow (Russia) 2000]

11.bxc3 f6 12.Ng3 Qd7
this position is not new, see for example game Canal, E - Unzicker, W, 1950(!)

13.Be3 Ne7 14.c4 Bc6 15.Qg4 Kh8 16.Rae1 b6
I liked my position very much, at the same time I felt that my opponent didn't like his position

17.Re2 Rf7 18.Qh5 Nc8
this move is not a necessity, but I like the idea of getting my knight to d6. Of course [18...Kg8 or; 18...Raf8 were possible]

19.c5 Rf8 20.Ne4 Qf7 21.Qh4 Qxa2
I didn't see any danger from White's attack so I decided to take the pawn

22.g4 Ne7
[After 22...Bxe4 23.dxe4 Qc4 Sergey was planning to play 24.Rg2 Qxe4 25.Rg3 Rf7 26.Rh3 but of course here I have some defense 26...g5 27.fxg6 Qxg6 28.Rhf3 Ne7 29.Rxf6 Rxf6 30.Rxf6 Qe4 and a pawn is a pawn]

23.g5 fxg5 24.Nxg5 Qg8
Sergey told me that he didn't see this move and only was thinking about [24...h6 25.f6 with a very strong attack]

25.Ref2 Bd7?
[25...Nd5 26.Bd2 Bd7 27.Rf3 Nf6 Black is better]

26.Nxh7 Qxh7 27.Qxe7 Bxf5 28.Qg5
here I need to be precise [28.Qxe5 Rfe8 29.Qg3 Qh3 30.Rxf5 Qxg3+ 31.hxg3 Rxe3= ]

28...g6 29.h4 Rae8 30.d4 bxc5?
I made this move without spending even one minute before. After [30...Qe7! white is almost forced to go for a draw 31.Qh6+ Qh7= ]

31.dxe5 Rf7
[31...Rxe5 32.Bc1! Rd5 33.Bb2+ Kg8 34.c4 winning]

32.h5 Re6?
the last mistake [32...Qg7 still allowed me to to hang by a thread 33.Bxc5 (33.hxg6 Bxg6 34.Rf6 Rg8 35.Kf2 Bh7 ) 33...Rg8 34.Rg2 gxh5 35.Qxh5+ Qh7= ]

33.Bxc5 Qg7 34.Rh2 Qh7
[34...gxh5 35.Rxf5! Rg6 36.Rxh5+! Kg8 37.Kh1 amazing position! Black is helpless]

35.Qd8+ 1-0