(8) Ramirez,Alejandro (2507) - Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) [D31]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (8), 23.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.g3 Nf6
I was wondering what my opponent had prepared, because this variation has already been seen in my game against Carlsen

6.Ne5 Nbd7
[6...b5 is also a possibility 7.Bg2 Nd5 ]

7.Nxc4 b5 8.Ne3?!
the knight is very badly placed on e3. The normal move would have been [8.Nd2 Bb7 9.Bg2 Qb6 10.0-0 c5 the idea of this kind of structures for Black is to play c6-c5. If White cannot prevent this movement Black gets fine and easy-to-play positions 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.Bxb7 Qxb7 13.Nb3 Rd8 see Romanishin - Georgiev, Kiril, 2000]

8...Qb6 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.0-0 Be7 11.a4 0-0
it's better not to play b4 because after thar White's knight gets the c4 square

12.a5 Qa6!
of course I shouldn't let my opponent to go too far

13.Qc2 Rac8 14.Rd1 Rfd8 15.Bd2 b4 16.Ne4 c5 17.Nxf6+ Nxf6 18.Bxb7 Qxb7 19.a6 Qb5 20.dxc5 Bxc5 21.Qc4 Qb6
Black solved all their opening problems and now it's White who has to be careful [21...Qxc4 22.Nxc4 Bxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Rxc4 24.Bxb4!= ]

now one more of White's pieces is badly placed. I considered [22.Qb3 as the only move. Of course after 22...Ne4 my position is still better]

22...Bd4 23.Be1 h6 24.Ra4??
Diagram #

I would have been able to finish the game immediately after [24...Bxe3 25.Rxd8+ Qxd8!! 26.fxe3 Qd1 27.Qxb4 Rc2-+ ]

25.Qf5 Bxe3
I thought that I'm winning after this move because I noticed the idea of Qxd8. But unfortunately I ddin't see that my opponent doesn't have to take on d8. Stronger was [25...g6 26.Qf3 Bxe3 forcing my opponent to take on d8 27.Rxd8+ Qxd8 28.fxe3 Rc1 winning]

[26.Rxd8+? Qxd8! 27.fxe3 Qd1 I'm winning]

26...Qxe3+ 27.Kf1 Qb6
[27...Qc5 was also quite strong]

28.Rxd8+ Rxd8 29.Rxb4 Qc6
[29...Qxa6 30.Qxe5 Qc8 was also quite strong]

[30.Kg1 Qxa6 31.Qxe5 Rd5 ]

30...e4 31.Qb3
[31.Qc3 Qd7 with the idea of Qh3 and Ng4]

31...e3! 32.Qxe3 Nd5 33.Qd4 Re8 34.Rb3 Qe6
[Stronger was 34...Qc2 35.Qd3 Ne3+ 36.Qxe3 (36.Kg1 Qc6 ) 36...Rxe3 37.Rxe3 Qxb2 White cannot protect his a6 pawn and Black is winning]

35.Qd3 Ne3+ 36.Qxe3
[36.Kg1 Qc6 37.Qxe3 Rxe3 38.Rxe3 Qc1 39.Re8+ Kh7 40.Kf2 Qxb2 ]

[36...Qh3+ was also possible but I didn't understand am I able to win this kind of ending where white still has their a6 pawn]

I was very ised when my opponent proposed a draw here. For me the position was absolutely winning for me

37...Rxe3 38.Bf2 Re6 39.Bxa7 Rxa6 40.Bd4 Ra4 41.e3 g5 42.h4?!
After this move White has too many weaknesses that are difficult to protect

42...gxh4 43.gxh4 Kh7 44.Kf2 Kg6 45.Kf3 Kh5 46.Bf6 Ra6 47.Be7 Re6 48.Bd8 Rd6 49.Be7 Re6 50.Bd8 Re8 51.Bf6 Kg6 52.Bd4 Kf5 53.b4 Re4 54.Kg3 Rg4+ 55.Kh3 h5 56.b5 Ke6
[56...Ke4 57.b6 Rg1 58.Kh2 Rb1 59.Kg3 f5 was also winning. But I saw the position of the zugzwang that appeared in the game]

57.b6 Kd6 58.Bf6 Kc6 59.Bd8
[59.Bd4 f5 and White is in zugzwang]

59...Re4 60.Kg3 Rxe3+ 61.Kf4 Rd3 62.Bc7 Rd5 63.Ke4 Rb5 64.Kf4 Kd7 65.Ke4 Rb4+ 66.Kd5 Rxh4 67.Bd6 Rd4+
the nicest move but calm [67...Kc8 68.Kc6 Rc4+ was also possible] 0-1