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Heather S Richards vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
European Championship (Women) (2004), ?, rd 1, Mar-21
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Stoltz Attack (B22)  ·  0-1



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  jaime gallegos: Is not a better move 25. Rh5 ?
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  Bobsterman3000: <jaime gallegos> Good observation.

However, one could argue that 25Nd2 does make some sense to cover white's urgently weak back rank, but Richards could have gone with Rh5 on the next move, at least. The bishop skewer Bd6 would have been avoided and the rook on h5 would have an influential position where and could be difficult to remove from the A-file.

Also, the white knight was not going to be a factor on d2 or b3, so why waste a tempo moving it a second time...

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  nasmichael: This is from the European Women's Champioinship, 21 March--2nd April, in a 12 round Swiss. Kosteniuk went on to win the championship. Have you seen the games with Alexandra vs. Peng Zhaoqin?

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