Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Nadezhda Kosintseva – 2007 Russian Women Superfinals

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Ekaterina Kovalevskaya vs Nadezhda Kosintseva: 2007 Russian Women Superfinals – Kovalevskaya opens with e4 and Kosintseva responds with a very flexible move order in the Sicilian. White opts for a simpler line in the Richter-Rauzer to gain direct pressure on the d-file against black’s queen, however it seems that Kosintseva had prepared this and sacrificed her bishop for two pawns and an enduring attack against white’s king. Kovalevskaya dropped a pawn with 23. Rb1? and Kosintseva was quick to pounce on the opportunity with 23. …Qxh4! White tried to open the game up her for bishop with 27. f5 – however black’s immense pressure on the b-file stopped white from achieving any type of counterplay in the center or kingside. Kosintseva went on to finish the game accurately, cramping white with the help of some tactics to achieve 28. …d4! and 29. …d3. White resigned after 30. …Qa5! because she was totally unable to defend against the plethora of threats aimed directly at her king.

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