(5) Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) - Nikolic,Predrag (2676) [C90]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (5), 20.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 Bg4 9.h3
[Most popular is 9.d3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Nf1 look, for example at the game Short Nigel - Karpov Anatoly, Linares 1989]

9...Bh5 10.a4 0-0 11.Qe2
I found something unusual, but I'm always looking for something new and fresh

11...b4 12.a5 d5 13.d3?
[During the game I thought that after 13.exd5 e4 14.dxc6 Nikolic was planning to play 14...Re8 (I thought that Black has no problems after this move 14...Bd6 I can't remember that I was thinking about 15.g4!? exf3 16.Qxf3 Re8 17.Rd1 Bg6 18.d3 and although Black has some initiative, I have 2 pawns) 15.Bxf7+ Bxf7 16.Ne5 Bd5 Black gets some compensation, but that was interesting to try anyway and I had to continue like this if I wanted to get the advantage. After the move in the game the advantage goes to Black 17.d4 exd3 18.Qxd3 Bd6 19.Bf4 Bxc6 20.cxb4 Bxb4 21.Nc3 Qxd3 22.Nxd3 White's better]

13...bxc3 14.bxc3 Rb8 15.Nbd2 d4 16.Ba4 dxc3!
[While my opponent was thinking I hoped that he was going to choose 16...Nxa5 here after 17.cxd4 exd4 18.g4 Bg6 19.Ne5 I'm without a pawn but at least I have compensation for it and an obvious plan - f4-f5]

17.Bxc6 cxd2 18.Bxd2 Bxf3?
[I was very afraid of 18...Rb2! because I didn't know what I was going to do as 19.g4 is losing (19.Red1 Bb4 and Black's much better) 19...Nxg4 20.hxg4 Bxg4 Black is winning]

19.Qxf3 Bb4
[19...Rb3 20.Bg5 Rxd3 21.Qe2 with compensation]

20.Red1 Qd6 21.Rac1! Bxd2 22.Rxd2 Rb4
[22...Qa3 23.Rdc2 Rfd8 24.Qf5 with compensation]

23.Rdc2 g6?!
After this move White doesn't have any problems [23...Rd8 24.Bd5 Nxd5 25.exd5 Qxd5 26.Qxd5 Rxd5 27.Rxc7 g6 28.R1c5 Rb5 29.R5c6 Rxa5 30.Rf6 although here it's always a draw]

24.Qe3
[First I wanted to play 24.Bd5 Nxd5 25.Rc6?! but here Black has 25...Rb1 and Black is slightly better]

24...Rfb8 25.Rc5 Rd4 26.Qg5 Rxd3 27.Qxe5 Rd2 28.Qxd6 cxd6 29.R5c2 Rxc2 30.Rxc2 Kf8 31.Bd5 Nxd5 32.exd5 Rb5 33.Rc6 Rxa5 34.Rxd6 Ke7 35.Rb6 Rxd5 36.Rxa6 1/2-1/2