### (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.f3
[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.Bh3!?
[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 #

42.Rh1
[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.Bg4?!
[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
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