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Individual Blitz

Beijing

This was the last game to decide the winner in the Women section of the Blitz tournament in the 1st World Mind Sports Games. As the 2-games mini-match ended in a 1-1 draw, a final game would follow according to the tournament rules. White has got 6 minutes and Black 5 but the latter is getting the crown in a case of a draw.

**1.e4
e5
2.Nf3
Nc6
3.Bb5
a6
4.Ba4
Nf6
5.O-O
Bc5
6.c3
b5
7.Bb3
d6
8.d4
Bb6
9.a4
Bg4**
(
The main alternative is
9... Rb8
and now
10.Na3
as in Dominguez Perez,L-Shirov,A/Foros 2007 or
(10.axb5
axb5
11.Qd3!?
as in Adams,M-Shirov,A/Elista 2007.))

**10.h3**
(10.d5
doesn't seems to offer much:
10... Ne7
11.h3
Bh5
12.Re1
Ng6 unclear position
Hamdouchi,H-Carlsen,M/Reykjavik 2006.)

**10... Bh5**
(
After
10... Bxf3
11.Qxf3
exd4
12.Bg5
White's compensation is excellent.)

**11.Bg5**
(
The main alternative is
11.axb5
but after
11... axb5
12.Rxa8
Qxa8
13.d5
Na5
(13... Ne7
14.Bc2
Bg6
15.Qe2
c6
16.dxc6
Qxc6
17.Re1
O-O
18.Na3
Rb8
19.Bd3
h6
20.Nd2
b4
21.cxb4
d5
22.Bb5
Qb7
23.exd5
Nexd5
24.Ndc4
Ne4 equal chances, quiet position
Leko,P-Adams,M/Dortmund 1998)
14.Bc2
c6
15.dxc6
Qxc6 equal chances, quiet position
Black should feel happy as in Majdan,J-Stefanova,A/Kusadasi 2006 and Anand,V-Naiditsch,A/ Dortmund 2007.)

**11... Rb8
12.axb5**
(
In their second match encounter, Kosteniuk chose
12.Qd3
Bxf3
13.Bd5
(13.Qxf3
exd4
14.axb5
axb5
15.Rd1
Ne5 unclear position)
13... Nxd4?
(13... Bxe4
14.Bxe4
d5
15.dxe5
Nxe5
16.Qg3
Qd6 equal chances, quiet position)
14.cxd4
Bh5
15.Bc6+
Kf8
16.axb5
axb5
17.dxe5
dxe5
18.Qc2
h6
19.Bh4
g5
20.Bg3
Bd4
21.Nc3 White has a moderate advantage
b4
22.Nb5
Kg7
23.Nxd4
Qxd4
24.Ra5
b3
25.Qc1
Qb4
26.Rxe5
Rhd8
27.Rc5
Rbc8
28.e5
Nd7
29.Rc4
Qb6
30.Re1
Nb8
31.e6
fxe6
32.Qc3+
Kf7
33.Qe5
Rd6
34.Qe4
Bg6
35.Qf3+
Ke7
36.Bxd6+
cxd6
37.Bd5
Rxc4
38.Rxe6+
Kd7
39.Bxc4
Qc5
40.Qb7+
1-0 Kosteniuk,A-Stefanova,A/Beijing 2008.)

**12... axb5
13.Qd3**
(
In the final game of the their semi-final match Hou Yifan chose
13.Nbd2
exd4
14.Bd5
Ne5?
(14... Ne7!
15.Bxf6
gxf6
16.cxd4
O-O
17.Qc2
c5 unclear position)
15.cxd4
Nxf3+
16.Nxf3
Bxf3
17.Bc6+?
(17.Qxf3
Bxd4
18.Bc6+
Kf8
19.Qd3 White has a moderate advantage)
17... Kf8?
(17... Nd7!)
18.gxf3 White has a moderate advantage
h6
19.Be3
Nh5
20.f4
g6
21.Qf3
b4
22.Kh1
Kg7
23.Rg1
Kh7
24.f5
Qf6
25.Bd5
Rhf8
26.Qg4?!
(26.Bxf7
Rxf7
27.Rxg6 White has a decisive advantage)
26... Ng7
27.fxg6+?!
(27.Bxf7
gxf5
28.Bg6+
Kg8
29.exf5 White has a decisive advantage)
27... fxg6
28.f4
Rbe8
29.Qg2?
(29.Bc6
Re6
30.Rad1 White has a moderate advantage)
29... Ne6?
(29... Nf5!
30.exf5
Rxe3
31.fxg6+
Kg7 equal chances, quiet position)
30.e5
dxe5
31.dxe5?
(31.fxe5
Qg7
32.Be4 White has a decisive advantage)
31... Qf7?
(31... Qg7
32.Bxe6
Bxe3
33.f5
Bxg1
34.Rxg1
Rxe6
35.fxe6
c5 unclear position)
32.Be4
Rg8
33.Bxb6
Nxf4?
(33... cxb6
34.Raf1 White has a moderate advantage)
34.Qg4?
(34.Qf3
cxb6
35.Rg4
Ref8
36.Rf1 White has a decisive advantage)
34... Rxe5!
35.Bc2?
(35.Ra7
Rxe4
36.Rc1
Rge8
37.Rcxc7
R8e7
38.Rxe7
Rxe7
39.Rxe7
Qxe7
40.Qxf4
Qb7+
41.Kh2
Qxb6
42.Qf7+ equal chances, quiet position)
35... cxb6?!
(35... Qd5+ Black has a decisive advantage)
36.Rad1
(36.Rgf1
Qd5+
37.Qf3
Rh5
38.Qxd5
Rxh3+
39.Kg1
Nxd5 Black has a decisive advantage)
36... Qb7+
37.Kh2
Re2+
38.Kg3
Nh5+
39.Qxh5
Rxc2
(39... Qc7+
40.Kh4
Rxc2 Black has a decisive advantage)
40.Qb5
Qc7+
41.Kg4
Rc4+
42.Kf3
Qf4+
43.Ke2
Qe4+
44.Kf2
Rf8+
45.Kg3
Qf3+
46.Kh2
Rc2+
0-1 Hou,Y-Stefanova,A/Beijing 2008. After this game I congratulated Antoaneta but I warned her not to repeat this variation for the time being. She didn't hear me and she lost both her games against Kosteniuk...)
(
The other option is
13.Na3!?
Bxf3
14.gxf3
exd4
15.Nxb5
h6
16.Bh4
g5
17.Bg3
dxc3
18.Nxc3
O-O
19.f4
Nd4
20.Bc4 White has a slight advantage
Ivanchuk,V-Georgiev,K/Kusadasi 2006 but I am sure that Antoaneta has prepare something new.)

**13... O-O?**
(13... Bxf3
seems to be a good move, transposing to the analysis given after White's 12th move 12.Qd3.)

**14.Nbd2 White has a moderate advantage**
Now White has achieved an ideal position as she can protect her center and enjoy her space advantage.

**14... h6?!**
(14... b4
15.Bd5
bxc3
16.bxc3
Ne7
17.Bc4 White has a moderate advantage
looks like the only continuation.)

**15.Bh4?**
(15.Bxf6!
Qxf6
16.Qxb5
Na5
17.Bc2 White has a decisive advantage
.)

**15... g5
16.Bg3
exd4?**
(
Black's continues a series of mistakes. She should go for
16... Qd7!
17.d5
Ne7
18.Ra6 White has a slight advantage
.)

**17.cxd4
Bg6
18.Qc3?!**
(18.Rfe1
Nh5
19.Qc3
Ne7
20.Bh2 White has a moderate advantage
was more accurate.)

**18... Ne7
19.Rfe1
Ra8! White has a slight advantage
20.Rxa8
Qxa8
21.d5**
(21.Bc2
d5!
22.exd5
(22.e5
Ne4
23.Nxe4
dxe4
24.Nd2
Ba5!)
22... Nexd5
23.Qb3
Bxc2
24.Qxc2
Qa4 equal chances, quiet position
.)

**21... Nh5
22.Kh2?!**
(22.Bh2 White has a slight advantage
was forced.)

**22... Nxg3
23.fxg3**
(23.Kxg3?
f5 Black has a moderate advantage
.)

**23... Kh7
24.Nd4
Qa5
25.N2f3
Qxc3
26.bxc3
Rb8**
Now Black is playing under equal terms as White managed to loose all her advantage.

**27.g4
b4
28.c4**
(28.Nf5
Bf2
29.Re2
Bxf5
30.exf5
bxc3
31.Bc2
Nxd5
32.Rxf2
Rb2
33.f6+
Kg8
34.Ne1
Ne3 unclear position
. )

**29.Nf5
Ng8
30.e5
dxe5
31.Nxe5
Bxf5
32.gxf5
Re8
33.Nd3
Rxe1
34.Nxe1**
The position is more or less equal but time-trouble is on the cards (was always!).

**34... Ne7
35.g4
Bd4**
(35... c5
36.Nd3
Nc8
was good enough to draw.)

**36.Nd3
Bc3
37.c5!
Kg7
38.d6
cxd6
39.cxd6
Nc6
40.Ba4
Nd8
41.Kg2
Kf8**
(41... Kf6
also keeps the draw in hand.)

**42.Nc5
Bd2?**
(42... Bd4
43.Na6
Bc3
44.Kf3
Nb7 equal chances, quiet position
.)

**43.Kf3?**
(43.Nd7+
Kg7
44.f6+
Kg8
45.Nb6 White has a moderate advantage
.)

**43... Bf4
44.d7
Ke7
45.Ke4
Bd6
46.Nb3
f6
47.Kd5
Bg3
48.Nd4
Bd6
49.Nb3
Bg3
50.Na5
Be5
51.Nc4
Bg3?**
(51... Bc7 equal chances, quiet position
. Black should not allow the white knight to land on a5/b6-squares.)

**52.Nb6 White has a moderate advantage
Bc7?**
(
The final mistake. The only option was
52... Nb7
53.Kc6
Nd8+
54.Kb5
Bf2
55.Nd5+
Kxd7
56.Nxf6+
Ke7
57.Nd5+
Kd6
58.Nxb4 White has a moderate advantage
.)

**53.Nc8+
Kf7
54.Kc4
Ba5
55.Kb5
Bc7
56.Kxb4
Nb7
57.Bb3+
Kf8
58.Kb5
Nd8
59.Bd5
Bf4
60.Kb6
Bg3
61.Na7
Ke7
62.Be6!
Bf2+
63.Ka6
Bxa7**
(63... Kd6
64.Nc8+
Kc7
65.Ne7 White has a decisive advantage
. I am not sure if Black resigned or lost on time as it was so crowded at that moment but there is little difference. History will recognize Kosteniuk as the first blitz-women winner of the 1st WMSG 2008!)
**
1-0
**