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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kosteniuk - Calzetta Preview

Hello dear chess fans!

I usually don't comment games while the tournament is still raging, but I received some requests (from Twitter and from Facebook) to show them the game of the first round of the European Team Championship in Novi Sad, which I played against Monica Calzetta Ruiz of Spain.

There are two ways to watch it.

1) Copy and Paste the pgn moves as below in my PGN PLAYER:

[Event "17.EWTCC 2009"]
[Site "Novi Sad"]
[Date "2009.10.22"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"]
[Black "Calzetta Ruiz, Monica"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7 4. d4 d6 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Bd5 Bg4 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Nbd2 Bd6 10. Nc4 O-O 11. h3 Bh5 12. Bg5 Qe7 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nfd2 h6 15. Bh4 Rab8 16. f3 Bc5 17. Nb3 Bb6 18. O-O-O Qe6 19. Bg3 Nd7 20. h4 f6 21. g5 fxg5 22. hxg5 h5 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Nxe5 Qe6 25. f4 Be8 26. f5 Qe7 27. g6 Qg5+ 28. Kb1 Be3 29. Rxh5 Qxg3 30. Qc4+ 1-0

2) Have a look at the game, in the following diagrams:

Before 7. Bxc6+ to weaken Black's pawns

Before 13. g4 to start an attack on the King's side

Before 21. g5! to continue the attack on the King's side

Before the nice exchange sacrifice 23. Rxd7!!

The ending position, after 30. Qc4+. Mate is unavoidable

I will comment this game in more detail after the tournament has ended, most likely on YouTube.

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Champion


  • At October 23, 2009 at 12:49 AM , Anonymous Rick Nerwin (via Facebookshare) said...

    I love this game. I particularly loved 21. g5! and see this game as particularly instructive because although it was played on a very high level, the strategy worked so well and the results were so clear that even new players can see the points behind your every move. Very well done, congratulations.

  • At October 23, 2009 at 12:52 AM , Anonymous Rico Moreno (via Facebookshare) said...

    Good win!! Your clarity is impressive as well as your continued strength improvement. Thanks for posting the game so we all can appreciate your skill and talent!

  • At October 23, 2009 at 5:37 AM , Anonymous Robert Noland (pawnman44004) said...

    You told me once on Twitter that pawns are your favorite pieces. I can see why. I believe that you thought that your opponent would not be able to protect that pawn on c6 while you started a king-side attack. (The doubled pawns would be a thorn in her side throughout the game.)

    Apparently your theory was correct.

  • At October 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Kevin Spraggett commented this game nicely on his blog:


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