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9
(2627) So – T. Kosintseva (2497)
Aeroflot Open 2009
1. e4 e5
2. ♘f3 ♘c6
3. ♗b5 a6
4. ♗a4 ♘f6
5. O-O ♗e7
6. ♖e1 b5
7. ♗b3 d6
8. c3 O-O
9. h3 ♗b7
10. d4 ♖e8
11. ♘bd2 ♗f8
12. d5 ♘b8
13. ♘f1 ♘bd7
14. ♘3h2 ♘c5
15. ♗c2 c6
16. b4 ♘cd7
17. dxc6 ♗xc6
18. ♗g5 ♕c7
19. ♕d3 ♕b7
20. ♘g3 h6
21. ♗xf6 ♘xf6
22. ♘g4 ♘xg4
23. hxg4 g6
24. ♗b3 a5
25. ♖ad1 ♖a6
26. bxa5 ♖xa5
27. ♕f3 ♔g7
28. ♖d3 ♖a7
28…f6!? could have averted the ensuing complications.
29. g5 ♕e7
Black seemed to be adequately defending but gave up most of her lead on the clock after a long think on the last move, perhaps pondering about the consequences of 30.gxh6+.
Position after 26…(b7)e7
30. ♘h5!? . . .
A surprising piece offer Black cannot afford to refuse. The resulting position is extremely difficult to assess when you only have about a minute per move left before the time control. This unsettling move may or may not be sound but in the end proved to be a well-executed risk taken by White.
30 . . . gxh5
31. ♕xh5 ♔h8
32. ♖g3 ♗d7
33. ♖ee3 ♗e6
34. ♖ef3 ♗xb3
35. axb3 Bg7?
35…Qd8!? should at least hold everything for black.
36. gxh6 ♗f6
37. ♕f5 d5
38. ♕xf6+ ♕xf6
39. ♖xf6 dxe4
40. ♖b6 ♖a1+
41. ♔h2 ♖f1
42. ♖f6 ♖e6
43. ♖xe6 fxe6
44. ♖e3 ♖xf2
45. ♖xe4 ♖c2
46. ♖e3 ♔h7
47. ♖h3 e4
48. b4 ♖d2
49. ♔g1 e5
50. ♔f1 ♖d6
51. ♔e2 ♖g6
52. ♔e3 ♖xg2
53. ♔xe4 ♖rg5
54. ♔d5 ♖f5
55. ♔e6
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