(1) Gromova,Iulia (2156) - Kurenkov,Nikolai (2415) [A40]
M.Chigorin Memorial St. Petersburg RUS (4.57), 19.10.2004



1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.Nc3 Ng6 5.Nf3 Bb4
Quite a normal opening for Kurenkov, who does not like mainstream theory

6.Qb3 a5
already a novelty

7.a3 Bc5 8.Ne4 Be7 9.d6
A key move that shaped the course of events

9...cxd6
Knowing the outcome, one could suggest 9...Bxd6 Black had huge problems with his dark-squared bishop in the game.

10.Be3
threatening Be3-b6

10...Ra6 11.g4!
aimed against f7-f5

11...Nf6 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.g5 Be7 14.h4
forcing the black knight to a passive position

14...Nf8 15.0-0-0 a4 16.Qc3 Rc6
Kurenkov's only active plan is to play b7-b5, but White has a defense

17.Bg2!
now 17...b5 loses exchange to 18.Nd2

17...Ne6 18.Ne1!
It might be easy to play good moves in good position, but the jury members nevertheless were impressed by energetic and precise play of St. Petersburg girls-under-16 champion. White knight goes to d5.

18...Ra6 19.Nd3 b6 20.Nb4 Ra5 21.Nd5 Nc5 22.Qb4 Bb7
indirectly protecting pawn on b6

23.Rhg1
the threat is renewed

23...Bxd5 24.Bxd5 f5 25.Bxc5 dxc5 26.Qc3 Qc7 27.f4!!
Very patient and deadly. 27.g6 allows 27...Bf6, but now g5-g6 is irresistible.

27...Bd6 28.g6 h6 29.Bf7+ Ke7 30.Rd5 Kd8 31.Rgd1 Bf8 32.Rxd7+ Qxd7 33.Rxd7+ Kxd7 34.Qxe5 1-0