(10) Kosteniuk,Alexandra (2490) - Nielsen,Peter Heine (2648) [C67]
Grandmaster tournament, group B, cat 13 Wijk aan Zee (Holland) (10), 26.01.2005
[Kosteniuk Alexandra]



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ne7 10.Ne4 Ng6 11.h3 Bd7 12.b3 Kc8 13.Bb2 h6 14.Rad1 a5 15.Rd2
[I should have played 15.a4 now or later in order not to give Black the counterplay on the a-file]

15...Bb4 16.c3 Be7 17.Rfd1
[17.a4 ]

17...Rd8 18.c4 Nf4 19.Kh2
[19.a4 ]

19...a4 20.g4 Ne6 21.Kg3 Bb4 22.Rd3 axb3 23.axb3 c5 24.Nc3 Bxc3 25.Bxc3 Ra3 26.Nd2 g5 27.Ne4 b6
This move shows that my opponent wanted to play for a win otherwise he would have just taken on b3 [27...Rxb3 28.Ra1 Kb8 29.Rad1 Kc8 (29...b5 30.Rxd7 Rxd7 31.Rxd7 b4 32.Rxf7 (32.Rd3 Nf4 33.Re3 bxc3 34.Kh2 Kc8 35.Nxc3 Rb4 36.Re4= ) 32...bxc3 33.Rf3 Nd4 34.e6! Nxe6 35.Rxc3= ) 30.Ra1= ]

28.Bb2 Ra2
Diagram #

29.Rb1?
[We both thought that after 29.R3d2 Black has 29...Ba4? but then (29...Bc6 30.Nc3 Rxd2 31.Rxd2 Ra8 32.Nd5 I have two tempi by comparison with the game) 30.bxa4 Rxb2 31.Nd6+! that was the move we both didn't see during the game]

29...Bc6 30.Rxd8+ Kxd8 31.Nc3 Ra8 32.Rd1+ Ke8 33.Ne2?
[33.h4 was much better]

33...Be4 34.Rd2 Rd8 35.Rxd8+ Kxd8 36.h4 Bc2 37.Nc1 Nf4 38.h5
I was lucky to understand in zeitnot that I have to do this move otherwise I could've just resigned

38...Ke7 39.f3 Ke6 40.Ba1 c6 41.Kf2 b5 42.Ke3 Bd1 43.Kf2 b4 44.Ke3 Kd7 45.Kf2 Ke7 46.Kg3
Diagram #

46...Kd7
[Black's idea here is to move his knight to a better position. Unfortunately for Black he doesn't have time to go to the queen side, because I have counterplay on the kingside but Black's knight can go to d4 46...Ne6 47.Kf2 Nd4 (47...Kf8 48.Kg3 Kg8 (48...Nd8 49.f4 Nb7 50.fxg5 hxg5 51.e6 fxe6 52.Bf6 Na5 53.Bxg5= ) 49.Bb2 Nd8 50.f4 Nb7 51.fxg5 hxg5 52.e6 fxe6 53.Bf6 Na5 54.Be7 Bxb3 55.Bxc5 Bc2 56.Bxb4 Nxc4 57.Be7= ; 47...Nd8 48.Ke3 Nb7 49.f4 gxf4+ 50.Kxf4 Na5 51.g5 hxg5+ 52.Kxg5= ) 48.Bxd4 cxd4 49.Nd3 Bxb3 50.Nxb4 c5 51.Na6 Bxc4 52.Nxc5 f6 53.exf6+ Kxf6 Black has better position but White has chances to make a draw. But Black had to try this variation anyway 54.Nd7+ Ke6 55.Nf8+ Ke7 56.Ng6+ Kf6 57.f4 Ba6 58.f5 ]

47.Kf2 Ke6 48.Ke3 Ng2+ 49.Kf2 Nh4 50.Nd3 Bxf3
[50...Nxf3 51.Nb2 Be2 52.Na4 Bd1 53.Nb2= ]

51.Nxc5+ Ke7 52.Kg3 Bd1 53.Na6 Bxb3 54.Nxb4 Bxc4 55.Nxc6+ Kf8 56.Nd4 1/2-1/2