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Chess With Sam Collins

Alexandra Kosteniuk v Valentina Gunina

The Russian National Championship recently took place in Novosibirsk. The women’s event was convincingly won by top seed GM Alexandra Kosteniuk with an impressive score of 8.5/11. Her round two encounter with second seed GM Valentina Gunina was important for the final standings.

A familiar opening for both players. Kosteniuk prefers 1.e4 and confidently plays main lines, looking for complicated attacking play in which she excels. Gunina’s trusted defence to 1.e4 is the Caro Kann,...

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