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...
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