Cool Chess Queen™ Puzzle: Find GM Kosteniuk’s Killer Move versus GM Hou Yifan

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk has just won the Gold in the Blitz Tournament at the Sport Accord World Mind Games 2012 in Beijing. Here is a position from the game Alexandra Kosteniuk – Hou Yifan 1-0. Hou Yifan has just played 25. …Nh7. What was GM Kosteniuk’s killer move?

Indeed, the winning move is 26. Be2 and checkmate on either h7 or h8 is unavoidable. Hou resigns. An extremely strong game played by the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. This was one of the strongest blitz chess tournaments this year with all the top names like former world champions Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova, Koneru Humpy, Kateryna Lahno, and others. Incidentally, GM Kosteniuk beat both Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova in the tournament. For a full report on the event, and to replay the Alexandra Kosteniuk-Hou Yifan game, read this Chess Blog post.

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