(7) Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) - Nijboer,Friso (2549) [B67]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (7), 22.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6
Honestly speaking, before the game I expected the Sveshnikov variation from my opponent. Two years before in Wijk-aan-Zee he won against me in a nice style and I thought he had no reasons of not repeating the same variation

6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7
[Here I give you some games with different move orders but with the same kind of positions. In the game we got the same position but I had an extra tempo 8...h6 9.Be3 Be7 10.f3 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 e5 12.Be3 Be6 13.Kb1 (13.g4 Qa5 14.Qf2 Nd7 15.Kb1 Rc8 16.Nd5 Bg5 = Ivanchuk -Salov, Buenos Aires 1994) 13...Rc8 14.h4 Qa5 15.a3 b5 (15...Nd7 16.g3 Rc6 17.f4+/- Gufeld - Csom, Dortmund 1983) 16.g4 Rxc3 16... b4 - De La Villa - Ubilava, Leon 1994 16... Rb8 - Iordachescu - Atalik, Romania 1994 (16...b4 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Qa4 ?! 19.Qxb4 Qxc2+ 20.Ka2 0-0 21.Bxa6 Rb8 22.Rd2 Qc7 23.Qc3+/- ; 16...Rb8 17.Be2 b4 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.exd5 Bd8+/= ) 17.Qxc3 Qxc3 18.bxc3 d5 19.exd5! 19. a4 - Hartmann - Doncevic, Germany 1985 19. g5 - Iordachescu - Korotylev, Moscow 1996 (19.a4?! bxa4 20.Bxa6? dxe4 21.Bb5+ Kf8-/+ Black's better; 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 dxe4 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.fxe4 Ke7 ) 19...Nxd5 20.Bd2 0-0 21.c4! bxc4 22.Bxc4 Rb8+ (22...Bxa3 23.Bxd5! Bxd5 24.Bb4! Bxb4 25.Rxd5+/- ) 23.Bb3! Bxa3 24.Rhe1 f6 25.Re4! Bc5 26.Ra4 Nc7 27.Kb2 Kh7 28.Be1 Bd5 29.Rd3 Bc6 30.Rc4 Ne6 31.Bf2! Bb5 (31...Bxf2 32.Rxc6+/- ) 32.Rxc5 Nxc5 33.Bxc5 Bxd3 34.cxd3 h5 35.Kc3 Rc8 36.Kb4 Rb8+ 37.Ka4 Kg6 38.Be6! Rh8 39.Bf2 Kh6 40.Ka5 hxg4 41.fxg4 g6 42.g5+! Kg7 (42...fxg5 43.Be3 Kg7 44.Bxg5+- ) 43.Kxa6 Rd8 44.Bc4 f5 45.Kb7 e4 46.d4! f4 47.d5 e3 48.Be1 f3 49.Kc7 Rf8 50.d6 Rf4 (50...f2 51.Bc3+ Kh7 52.d7+- ) 51.Bc3+ Kh7 52.Bd3 1-0, Shirov Alexei 2720 - Kramnik Vladimir 2780 , Wijk aan Zee 1998 It (cat.17)]

[9.f4 is more popular, but I decided to play something more solid. My opponent in the last round of the tournament had the opportunity to show what he was going to do, chose I this variation. See game Carlsen - Nijboer, Wijk-aan-Zee, 2005]

9...Be7 10.Kb1 Rc8 11.h4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Qa5 13.Qd2!
[13.g4?! After this move we come to the the same position as in the game but my bishop is still on g5 13...e5 14.Qd2 Be6 ]

13...h6 14.Be3 e5 15.g4 Be6
Diagram #

[16.a3 Rxc3 (16...b5 17.Be2 b4 18.axb4 (18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.exd5 Qa4 and the bishop on e2 doesn't let me take on b4) 18...Qxb4 19.g5 Rb8 20.b3 Nd7 21.gxh6 gxh6 22.Nd5 White's better) 17.Qxc3 Qxc3 18.bxc3 d5 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Rd3 b5 21.Be2 0-0 1/2-1/2, Lahno Kateryna (UKR) - David Alberto (LUX), Istanbul (Turkey) 2003]

16...Rxc3 17.Qxc3 Qxa2+ 18.Kc1 d5 19.Bc5
I saw the endgame that appeared in our game and went to this line, because I thought that there is no need for me to get into complications while I can just exchange queens and enter a "winning" (I thought so) endgame [19.Qxe5 0-0 (19...Qa1+ is also possible 20.Kd2 Qa5+ 21.Ke2 (21.c3 Nd7 22.Qd4 0-0 ) 21...Nd7 22.Rxd5 Bxd5 23.Qxd5 Qc7 ) 20.g5 Bb4 during the game I thought that Black has strong compensation for the exchange here 21.c3 Nd7 22.Qh2 (22.Qd4 Bc5 23.Qd2 Bxh3 24.Rxh3 Qa1+ 25.Kc2 Qa4+ Black at least has the perpetual) 22...Rc8 23.Bd4 Nc5 24.Bxc5 Rxc5 with compensation; 19.Qc7!? After the game Nijboer told me that this move was his only worry. In fact Black has quite strong compensation 19...Qa1+ (19...Bd8 20.Qxe5 Qa1+ 21.Kd2 Qa5+ 22.Qc3 dxe4 is also unclear) 20.Kd2 Qxb2 21.Rb1 Qa3 22.Rxb7 Bb4+ 23.c3 0-0 24.Rxb4 Qa2+ (24...d4 25.Bxd4 exd4 26.Rxd4 ) 25.Kd1 d4 26.Bd2 Rc8 27.Rb8 Qb3+ 28.Rxb3 Bxb3+ 29.Ke2 Rxc7 30.cxd4 exd4 31.Kd3 Bc2+ t's just one variation that shows that Black is ok]

19...d4 20.Qa3 Qxa3 21.Bxa3 Nd7
my opponent decided no to take on a3 in order not to open the b-file for my rooks

22.Bxe7 Kxe7 23.Kd2 Nf8 24.Ra1
[24.h5 was better, I should not have let the Black's knight go to f4]

24...Ng6 25.Bf1 h5 26.g5 Rc8 27.Ra3?!
[27.Bh3! was the right move. I should have exchanged bishops, but he has enough compensation to make a draw 27...Bxh3 28.Rxh3 Nf4 29.Rhh1 f6 30.gxf6+ Kxf6 ]

27...Nf4 28.b4 f6 29.b5 axb5 30.gxf6+
[30.Bxb5 probably was better because in the game he was able to help with his King to the passed pawn in this case he doesn't have this possibility 30...fxg5 31.hxg5 g6 32.Ra7 Rc7 33.Bd3 Nh3 34.Rb1 Nxg5 35.Rbxb7 Rxb7 36.Rxb7+= ]

30...Kxf6 31.Bxb5 g5 32.hxg5+ Kxg5 33.c3
I offered a draw here, realizing that my position could be only worse. Not surprisingly my opponent refused the draw proposal and tried to play for a win

33...dxc3+ 34.Rxc3 Ra8 35.Rg1+ Kf6 36.Bc4 Rd8+ 37.Kc2 Rc8 38.Bb5 Ra8 39.Bc4 Rc8 40.Bb5 Rh8 41.Bc4 h4
Diagram #

[I was close to make a losing move here but then I realized that after 42.Bxe6? Ne2 43.Rg8 (43.Rh1 Nxc3 44.Kxc3 Kxe6-/+ Black's winning) 43...Rxg8 44.Bxg8 Nxc3-+ he's winning]

42...Bd7 43.Bd5 Rh7 44.Kd2 h3 45.Rc7 Rg7 46.Ke1
It's difficult for Black to recapture from the pin

46...Ke7 47.Rxb7 Kd6 48.Rb6+ Kc5 49.Rb7 Kd6 50.Rb6+ Kc7 51.Rb7+ Kc8 52.Bc6 Rg6
I was thinking only about [52...h2 53.Rxh2 Rg1+ 54.Kf2 Bxc6 55.Kxg1 Bxb7 56.Rh7 it's a draw]

53.Bxd7+ Kxb7
Diagram #

[54.Bxh3 was the easiest way to make a draw, I didn't see that after 54...Rh6?? I have 55.Bc8+! winning]

54...Ra6 55.Kf2 Ra2+ 56.Kg3 Rg2+ 57.Kh4 h2 58.Bh3 Rb2 59.Kg3 Kb6 60.Bf1 Rb1 61.Kxh2 Kc5 62.Kg3 Kd4 63.Bg2 Rb8 64.Bh3 Ke3 65.Re1+ Kd2 1/2-1/2