Game of the day - round 7
(1) Muzychuk,Anna - Kosintseva,Tatiana [C68]
Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva (7.6), 10.05.2013
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 Very interesting choice of Muzychuk ,as Kosinceva is big specialist of main lines and Muzychuk herself is the best technician among girls.So,her idea to play Fischer variation is fantastic technical and psychological choice! 4...dxc6 5.0–0 Bd6 This line became popular recently,but in my opinion it is much more passive than other lines.
6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 f6 8.Be3 Ne7 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Qc3!
It is considered to be the best. [White can try to increase pressure in the center 10.Rad1 Ng6 11.Nc4 Bxc4 12.Qxc4 Qe7 13.Rfe1 0–0–0 14.c3N Rhe8 15.Bc1 Bc5 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.g3 Bb6 18.Kg2І Laznicka,V (2596)-Fressinet,L (2640)/Deutschland 2006] 10...Qd7 [Ther are few other options here 10...0–0 11.Nc4 Bxc4 12.Qxc4+ Kh8 13.Rad1 Qe8 14.Bc5І Rozentalis,E (2650)-Wedberg,T (2480)/New York 1997; 10...Ng6 11.Nd4 (11.Nc4 Bxc4 12.Qxc4 Qe7 13.Rae1 0–0–0 14.Bc1 Rhe8 15.c3 c5 16.Kh1 Kb8 17.a4 Qd7 18.Re2 Qc6 19.Rfe1 Re7 20.b3 Bf4 21.Ba3 Bd6 22.Re3 Rde8 and Annas opponent obtained beautiful position here, Madl,I (2397)-Kosintseva,N (2565)/Khanty-Mansiysk 2010/) 11...Qe7 (11...Qd7 12.f4 Bf7 13.Nf5 0–0 14.Rad1 Rfe8 15.Nb3 (№15.Nc4 Bxc4 16.Qxc4+ Qf7 17.Qxf7+ Kxf7 18.Rxd6 cxd6 19.Nxd6+ Kg8 20.Nxe8 Rxe8 21.Kf2 Rxe4 22.Rd1±) 15...Rad8 16.Ng3 Qg4 17.Rxd6 cxd6 18.f5 Ne5 19.Rf4 Qd1+ 20.Rf1 Qg4 21.Rf4 Qd1+ 1/2 Hammer,J (2609)-Hebden,M (2539)/Oslo NOR 2011) 12.Nxe6 Qxe6 13.Qb3 Qxb3 14.axb3 0–0–0 15.Rfd1 Rd7 16.Nc4 Re8 17.f3 Ne5 18.Kf2 still ,Black did not equalised, Chadaev,N (2577)-Tomashevsky,E (2707)/Taganrog RUS 2011] 11.Nd4 0–0–0 12.Nxe6 Qxe6 13.Qb3! Very good move to exchange Queens,as White pawn majority on the Kings flank will be very dangerous in the future. 13...Qxb3 [Very interresting option is to avoid exchanges 13...Qe5 14.f4 Qh5 15.Nc4 Kb8 16.Nxd6 Rxd6 17.Rae1 Re8 18.e5 fxe5 19.fxe5 Rd5 20.Bf4 Nf5 21.c3 g5 22.Bc1 Qg6 Black started to overtake the initiative, Mladenov,P (2363)-Colin,V (2425)/Saint Affrique 2010] 14.axb3
14...Rhe8?! [It seems the best way is to attack 14...f5 15.Rad1 (15.Rfd1 Rd7 16.Nc4 fxe4 17.Rd4 Nf5 18.Rxe4 Nxe3 19.Rxe3 Bc5 20.Re2 Bd4 1/2 Shyam,N (2385)-Sriram,J (2507)/Bhubaneswar 2010) 15...b5 (№15...Rhe8) 16.exf5? 1/2 Radjabov,T (2717)-Aronian,L (2756)/Sochi 2006(16.g3 Rhe8 17.Rfe1 fxe4 18.Nxe4 Nf5 19.Bg5І) ] 15.Rfd1 White has to keep Rook on a1 to be ready to mplay Ra5 in some moment. 15...Ng6 16.f3 f5 I know from my big practice in different Spanish variations,that this kind of positions are very difficukt to hold.White have comfortable pawn majority on Kings flank and will realize it sooner or later. 17.g3! [Another try was possible too. 17.exf5 Rxe3 18.fxg6 hxg6 19.Kf2 Bc5 20.Kf1 Re5 21.Ne4] 17...Be5 18.c3
18...f4?! Black tries to block White pawn structure,but it is simply not possible. [Slightly more active was 18...Rd3 19.exf5 Nh4 20.Nc4 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Nxf5 22.Bf2 Bf6 23.Kf1 Re6 24.f4 Nd6 25.Nd2] 19.Bf2 Rf8 20.Kg2 fxg3 After such move it is clear that Blacks plan failed. [Or 20...Rd3 21.Nc4 Rfd8 22.Rxd3 Rxd3 23.h4 h5 24.Nxe5 Nxe5 25.gxf4 Nxf3 26.Ra5 Nd2 27.Re5] 21.hxg3 Rd3 22.Kf1! h5 23.Ke2 Rd7 24.Nc4 Bf6 [Maybe it was necessary to risk 24...Rdf7 25.f4 Bxf4 26.gxf4 Nxf4+ 27.Kd2 Re8] 25.Rxd7 Kxd7 26.f4
From now it is clear that White won fight on the Kings side and her pawns will continue press Black pieces. 26...h4 27.f5! hxg3 28.Bxg3 Ne7 29.Rg1 White is ready to attack weakness on g7. 29...c5 30.Bf4 [Even better was 30.Kf3 ] 30...b5 31.Ne3 Nc6 32.Nd5
32...Re8 [Very bad endgame would appear after 32...Ne5 33.Nxf6+ gxf6 34.Bxe5 fxe5 35.Rg7+ Kc6 36.Rg6+ Kb7 37.Re6] 33.Ke3 b4 34.Kd3 [Very good was 34.Nxc7 Rh8 35.Nxa6 bxc3 36.Nxc5+ Ke7 37.bxc3 Bxc3 38.Rg6] 34...bxc3 35.bxc3 Ne5+ 36.Bxe5 Bxe5 37.Rg6!
All Black weaknesses are now maximally exposed. 37...c6 38.Nb6+ Kc7 39.Na4 Power of Knight is its ability to attack different targets.Possible was other way of attack [39.Nc4 Bf6 40.Rg1 Rd8+ 41.Kc2 Re8 42.e5 Bxe5 43.Re1] 39...Rh8 40.Kc4 Bf6
[In Rook endgame White pawns are much more dangerous 40...Rh3 41.Kxc5 Bxc3 42.Nxc3 Rxc3+ 43.Kd4 Rxb3 44.Rxg7+ Kd8 45.f6] 41.Rg3! Very fine move, eliminating activization of Black Rook.Now White have the decisive advantage. 41...Kd6 42.Nxc5 a5 [Or 42...Ke5 43.Re3 Kf4 44.Re1 Rh4 45.b4 Kf3 46.Kd3] 43.Rd3+ Ke5 44.Rd4! Kf4 45.Nd3+ Kg5 46.Rd6+- Re8 47.Nc5 Rc8 48.Ne6+ Kh4 [No difference,Black is losing after 48...Kg4 49.Nxg7 Bxg7 50.Rg6+ Kf4 51.Rxg7 Kxe4 52.f6 Ke5 53.f7 Rf8 54.Kc5] 49.Nd4 Kg4 50.Rxc6 Ra8 51.Ne6 Ra7 52.Rc7 Ra8 53.Kd5 Rb8 54.e5 Bh4 55.Nd4 Yes,game in Karpovs or Carlsens style! 1–0