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Anna Ushenina vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
"Russian Dolls" (game of the day Oct-01-2008)
Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008), Nalchik RUS, rd 4, Sep-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  0-1



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  ToTheDeath: Slash and burn. Nice miniature.
Oct-01-08  andymac: 1. Russian Dolls? Are you serious?
2. This was Game of The Day on Internet Chess Club a few days ago. Nice run through with GM Joel Benjamin.
Oct-01-08  think: I like 19. Bf5, probably intending 19. ... Qxf5 20. Bxc3 (or even Re1+) with huge pressure.
Oct-01-08  Manic: <think> Or 20.Qxf5 Qxf5
Oct-01-08  arsen387: 15..b6! is a great move, purpose of which becomes evident after 18..Re8+. Now if white plays 19.Ne2 then 19..Rxe2 seems decisive, e.g 19..Rxe2 20.Qxe2(20.Kxe2 Ba6 wins the Q) Bxc3+ 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ wins. A real tactical masterpiece by Kosteniuk!
Oct-01-08  ILikeFruits: who...
Oct-01-08  Antonius Blok: <luzhin> And you cans see that 14.Bxd5 like what played Kasparov prevent from 15... b6!
Oct-01-08  whiteshark: <andymac: 1. Russian Dolls? Are you serious?> First thought:

Second thought: Russian Beauties (though Anna is Ukrainian) Third: ...

Oct-01-08  Ladolcevita: My gosh...
Kosteniuk must be from 22th century...
Ushnina became totally dumb and awkward in this game.Does anyone know which move is Ushnina's biggest blunder?Because i cant find it 14.bh7+?Its like a waste of move,so that Kosteniuk won initiative to start the magic storm.....
Oct-01-08  newzild: Very nice thumping.

Oct-01-08  dealsw: Why 19 Kd1? Am I right in thinking this was the fatal move. Why not Ne2 clearing the path for castling - am I missing something? Presumably she should have developed the Knight sooner anyway, a good display of why this is important to do!
Oct-01-08  Ladolcevita: oh my god,havent you noticed this?
If 19Ne2,then black would respond with ba6,then the pins will totally overflow..and the loss would be even faster
Oct-01-08  Antonius Blok: <dealsw>If 19.Ne2 then ... Rxe2+ so:

1/20.Qxe2 Bxc3+ 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ wins the Rook...

2/20.Kxe2 Ba6! wins the white Queen

Oct-01-08  Ezzy: <Ladolcevita: Does anyone know which move is Ushnina's biggest blunder?Because i cant find one.....>

16 cxb6? loses in all variations because of the pressure that will be exerted down the 'c' file. 16 Nge2 should be played preventing ...d4 and preparing to castle.

This is the carnage that can happen if you don't keep up with your opening theory. A demonstration game by the new world champion.

Here's a nice possible mating pattern from the game.

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White can't play 21 bxc3?? because of 21...Qa4+ 22 Kc1 Re1+ 23 Kb2 Qb5+ 24 Ka3 axb6 mate!

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Oct-01-08  dealsw: I see I see. But I was right about the non-developed Knight and castled King being the downfall.
Oct-01-08  Ladolcevita: i guess Ushnina thought that moment:humm,Kosteniuk,i simply dare do this,even competing with you,who fears you,such a tireless truculent rooster!

but anyway,ushnina,you need more strenth.....the ability speaks on board....not the women's bigotry

Oct-01-08  Antonius Blok: I think that is proved (from experience) that in this opening (or for exemple in the Queen's gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4)the whites must castle as quick as possible, or they will encounter problems, and here, Kosteniuk is giving us a proof...
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  kevin86: Note black's 11th move:black WAS able to castle despite the rook being in danger. The reverse situation-with the king under attack IS a bar to the castling privelege.

The rook dominate the game late-condining the king as a set of brackets would.

Oct-01-08  Chessmensch: Malcolm Pein called this game to the chess community's attention in his Telegraph chess column on September 25.
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  eternaloptimist: Both of these ladies have beauty & brains, esp. Kosteniuk. Well, the Nimzo strikes again. 19...♗f5! & 26...♖e8! were good moves. If Ushenina would have taken the ♗ after 19...♗f5!, then 20...♖e1+!. Then Kosteniuk would have played either 21...♖xa1 or ...♗xc3+ depending on the reply. She had some nice deflection threats in this game. It looks like Ushenina's concentration wasn't as good as it normally is. She also got into trouble by not castling.
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  playground player: What ever happened to 1.e4?
Oct-01-08  hpavlo: OK. I am really quite tired of this by now, but I won't stop reminding everyone who keeps making this mistake that, as one of the players is Ukrainian, the pun is inappropriate...
Oct-01-08  Manic: <eternaloptimist> I point you towards my analysis up the page after 19...Bf5 20.Qxf5, where I say that 20...Qxf5 saves black a lot of trouble.
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  eternaloptimist: <Manic><eternaloptimist><I point you towards my analysis up the page after 19...Bf5 20.Qxf5, where I say that 20...Qxf5 saves black a lot of trouble.> Indeed, I didn't see that the ♕ was guarding the ♗. Normally I don't overlook something like that.
Oct-01-08  ILikeFruits: who needs...
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