Spooktacular Chess Attack: Happy Halloween with Alexandra Kosteniuk – Daria Charochkina 1-0 Analysis

Nothing is more scary than a killer attack in a chess game. we celebrate this Halloween with this spectacular… er… spooktacular chess attack played at the Russian Chess Superfinal 2013 in the women’s section. Truly, a great win by the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Enjoy the game and the analysis by the Chess Queen™.


Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2495) – Charochkina, Daria (2343)

Result: 1-0
Site: Nizhny Novgorod RUS
Date: 2013.10.12

[…] 1.e4 c6 The Caro-Kann Defense 2.♘c3 d5 3.d4 dxe4 4.♘xe4 ♗f5 5.♘g3 ♗g6 6.h4 h6 7.♘f3 ♘d7 8.h5 ♗h7 9.♗d3 ♗xd3 10.♕xd3 ♘gf6 11.♗f4 ♕a5+ 12.♗d2 ♕a4 Less frequently played than the normal Qc7, the goal is to stop white from castling Queen side” 13.O-O So white castles King’s side! 13.O-O So white castles King’s side! 13…e6 14.♖fe1 ♗e7 15.a3 ♖d8 16.b4 O-O 17.♘f5 First unexpected move 17…♖fe8 18.♖xe6 Full rook sacrifice 18…fxe6 19.♘xg7 And now a knight sacrifice which black cannot accept 19…♘f8

19…♔xg7 20.♗xh6+ !! 20…♔h8 21.♗g7+ !! 21…♔xg7 22.♕g6+ ♔h8 23.♘g5 and white checkmates

20.♘xe8 ♖xe8 21.♘e5 ♔g7 22.♖e1 White is a piece down but simply brings her pieces into play to attack the weakened black king 22…♘6h7 23.♖e3 ♗f6 24.♖g3+ ♘g5 25.f4 Now white will win the piece back and the attack will continue 25…♖d8 26.♘f3 ♘fh7 27.fxg5 hxg5 28.♘xg5 ♗xd4+ 29.♔h1 The black king does not have any protection left, mate is unavoidable. Black resigns. A true chess masterpiece by Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk

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