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Friday, September 24, 2010

39th Chess Olympiad: Exciting games from Round 4

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess News & Trivia (c) 2010

Hello Everyone,

So, where are you following the action at the 39th Chess Olympiad? There are so many sites relaying the matches live, apart from the official website, with very nice news and feature stories also. If you would like to share a special site with us don't hesitate to write in.

Meanwhile, here are some nice games from Round 4 that had all the strong teams now rising to the top boards and facing each other. The excitement is just gaining tempo.

You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch the games in flash below. Of course every one is playing really hard for their country but some matches you just get to keep track of.

Jobava Baadur

Antoaneta Stefanova

Nikita Vitiugov

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Hikaru Nakamura

Vladimir Kramnik

Veselin Topalov

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  • At September 24, 2010 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yea know our Chess Queen is too modest posting news of the Olympiad. Her personal Accomplishments should not be over looked, Alexandra, Looking quite thoughtful currently graces the Front page of the offical Website.

    And her game with Melia should not be passed over for a Draw, the Variation is sharp a Sicilian with 0-0-0 by White, but I do wonder if Melia finds she has bitten off more than she can chew, If this old Patzers opinion counts for anything it seems to me that after the long castle she spends most of her time responding to Alexandra's initiative, and certainly nothing that looks like a serious Kingside attack ever develops. The game contains some lovely and clever Geometries and I think Alexandra was in fine form today and might well have won with the White Pieces. Blessings, BB.

    [Event "39th Olympiad Women"]
    [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
    [Date "2010.09.24"]
    [Round "4"]
    [White "Melia, Salome"]
    [Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]

    Melia, Salome
    Kosteniuk, Alexandra PGH: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Kb1 b4 12. Nce2 Qb6 13. g3 Rc8 14. Bg2 Na5 15. b3 Bg7 16. h4 h5 17. Rhf1 Rc7 18. Qe3 Qc5 19. Rc1 O-O 20. c4 Nc6 21. Nc2 a5 22. Rcd1 a4 23. Qxc5 dxc5 24. Bf3 Na5 25. Nc1 Bc6 26. Rd3 Kh7 27. Re1 Kh6 28. Red1 Rg8 29. Re3 Ra7 30. Rd6 Rc8 31. Rd1 Nb7 32. Red3 Ra6 33. Bh1 Bf8 34. Bf3 Be7 35. e5 Na5 36. Bxc6 Nxc6 37. exf6 Bxf6 38. Rd7 Kg6 39. R1d6 axb3 40. Nxb3 Nb8 41. Rxa6 Nxd7 42. Ne3 Nb8 43. Rb6 Nc6 44. f5+ exf5 45. Nd5 Bd8 46. Ra6 Kg7 47. Nxc5 Ne7 48. Nb7 Rxc4 49. Nd6 Rc5 50. Nf4 Ra5 51. Nxh5+ Kf8 52. Rxa5 Bxa5 53. Nf4 Bc7 54. Nc4 Ng6 55. Ne2 f4 56. Nxf4 Nxf4 57. gxf4 Bxf4 58. Kc2 Bg3 59. h5 Kg7 60. Ne3 1/2-1/2

  • At September 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree with you. The Chess Queen does not speak too much about her own accomplishments unlike most other people. Modesty thy name is Alexandra Kosteniuk. :)


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