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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Alexandra Kosteniuk
"That's Gonna End Up Kosteniuk" (game of the day Feb-15-2019)
Cairns Cup (2019), St Louis, MO USA, rd 1, Feb-06
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  0-1



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Feb-07-19  ndg2: Forceful play by kosteniuk. White was mostly pseudo active. Nh5 is severely misjudged already and better replaced by Qc1.
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  Check It Out: A very active game. Hard to predict many moves.
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  HeMateMe: A double Rook exchange sac! Sharp play by Big Al!
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White to move

1) +1.55 (27 ply) <25.Rad1!> Qa5 26.Qc4 Qb4 27.Qxb4 cxb4 28.Nd5 Rad8 29.Nxf6+ Bxf6 30.Rd5 Bd7 31.Bxe4+ Kh8 32.Rd2 Bc6 33.f3 Be5 34.Bxh6 Bxd6 35.Bg5 Bc5+ 36.Kf1 Rxd2 37.Bxd2 Rf8 38.Ke2 Bxe4 39.fxe4 Rf2+ 40.Kd3 Rh2 41.Kc4 Rxd2 42.Kxc5 Rxb2

2) +0.87 (26 ply) 25.Rac1 Qc6 26.Nb5 Nd5 27.Qd2 b6 28.Bg3 Rad8 29.b4 c4 30.Red1 Qxb5 31.Qxd5 Qxd5 32.Rxd5 Be6 33.Bxe4+ Kh8 34.Rdd1 Bb2 35.Rc2 Bg4 36.Re1 Bf3 37.Rxb2 Rxe4 38.Rxe4 Bxe4 39.Re2 Bf3 40.Re7 Rg8 41.Rxa7

3) +0.12 (26 ply) 25.Qc4 Qb4 26.Qxb4 cxb4 27.Nd1 Bd7 28.Rc1 Bc6 29.Bh2 Ng4 30.Bg3 Rad8 31.Ne3 Nxe3 32.Rxe3 Bd4 33.Ree1 Kg7 34.Rc4 Be5 35.Re3 Bxd6 36.Bxd6 Rxd6 37.Bxe4 Rxe4 38.Rexe4 Bxe4 39.Rxe4 b3 40.axb3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Couldn't tell who had the advantage for the longest time until the first Exchange sacrifice. Not surprised that both players missed the strength of <whiteshark's> 25.Rad1.
Feb-08-19  RookFile: There is a little trick you need to see that the f6 knight is overworked after 25. Rad1 Bg4 26. Bxe4+! If 26....Nxe4 then 27. Qxg4 and if 26....Kh8 simply 27. f3
Feb-08-19  spazzky: She might've been afraid to play 25 Rad1 because of Bg4 reply. However that falls to 1) +1.32 (17 ply) 26.Bxe4+ Rxe4 27.Qc2 Bxd1 28.Rxd1 Qb4 29.d7 Rd8 30.Nxe4 Qxe4 31.Qxe4+ Nxe4 32.Bc7 Bf6 33.Bxd8 Bxd8 34.Re1 Ng5 35.Kg2 Nf7 36.Kg3 Kg7 37.Re8 Kf6 38.Kf3 Kg5
Feb-09-19  Robyn Hode: Gee, too bad she didn't see the 12 move deep engine analysis...
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  HeMateMe: Well, instead of 1.e4...
Feb-12-19  ajile: According to Danny on chessbrah the Benoni is a crap opening. I have to agree and this game is a perfect example. Oh wait...
Feb-15-19  Count Wedgemore: <ajile> I tend to agree with Danny.

Benoni means 'son of sorrow', and this opening has indeed caused Black much sorrow. Not in this game, though.

Feb-15-19  Ratt Boy: <Count Wedgemore> Agreed. It worked out so poorly for Bobby in 1972.
Feb-15-19  Ironmanth: This was a great game! Scary Benoni. Good play on both sides. Thanks, chessgames.
Feb-15-19  Count Wedgemore: <Ratt Boy> I suppose you refer to Game 3 of the Fischer-Spassky match. In fact, if you see the horribly weak kingside pawns Fischer had after the first 12 moves in that game, that Bobby ended up winning that game is not a particularly good argument for the Benoni. Spassky completely misplayed that game; instead of seeking exchanges (that would lead to a favourable endgame) he instead allowed Black to repair his damaged pawn structure by reconnecting his smashed kingside pawns. Boris blew it, big time.
Feb-15-19  SueursFroides: When I learn some Benoni theory I look at this Spassky-Fischer game and Stockfish 10 is not able to find any inaccuracy in Fischer moves. Spassky don't saw some tricks at the end but his strategy during the game was not so bad.
Feb-15-19  The Kings Domain: Two hotties and a well-played game, what's not to love? :-)
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  Check It Out: "That's going to end up costing you."

Have I got the pun right?

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  eternaloptimist: This is a brilliant game w/ a brilliant pun! Kosteniuk really made Paehtz pay for playing the blunder 29.♘e7?? w/ her exchange sac. Then she played another exchange sac w/ 32...♖xg2!.
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  Sargon: <Check It Out: "That's going to end up costing you." Have I got the pun right?>

Of course.

May-07-19  e4Newman: my word this is a complicated one. thanks for pointing out some of the tactics folks :)
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  WTHarvey: Black mates in 5.

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Solution (in reverse)
Bg2+ 38.Kh3 Nf1+ 37.Qf4 if 36...Nxg3

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