I have received lots of emails asking to explain my game against Olivier Kurmann from Leukerbad (Loeche-les-Bains) from this summer’s Swiss National Chess Tournament. In one variation I was ready to sacrifice my Queen (with the move 20. Nxe6!). So I made a video where you can see all the details of the combination that started with 16. c5! and culminated in my opponent resigning after 20. Qh6! A nice miniature, especially nice since I played 1. d4 on the first move, which usually leads to quiet games, but that was not the case in this one!
You can watch the video below, and a little below the playable chess applet from Chess King.
Kosteniuk, Alexandra – Kurmann, O
16.c5! bxc5 17.¥c4 ¤b6
22.¤f7+ ¢g8 23.¤h6+ ¢h8 24.¤xf5)
21.¥xe6+ ¢h8 22.£h6! ¥c8 23.¥c4 ¦xd1 24.¦xd1 £e1+ 25.¦xe1 ¦xe1+ 26.¥f1+-)
18.¥xe6+ ¢h8 19.dxc5 ¥xc5 20.£h6! Black Resigns 20…… (20…¥d4 21.¤xd4 gxh6 22.¤xf5+)
By the way, can you tell which Grandmasters are on the photo apart from me?