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Peter Leko vs Michael Adams
Dortmund (1999), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-12
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1-0


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Jul-04-06  suenteus po 147: According to the lines available here in the database, 15...Bb7 is the rarity here, with 17...f5 being the "stinker" novelty. What exactly is either move supposed to accomplish, for those who study and play the Marshall as black?
Jul-07-06  notyetagm: This game won Leko the prestigious Chess Informant Best Game prize.
Aug-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Leko vs Adams, 1999.
Your score: 43 (par = 35)


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  plang: Played in the third round this win put Leko in the lead all by himself. He was never caught and finished with an unbeaten 5-2 a half point ahead of Kramnik. 12 d3 was fashionable at the time and had been played by Leko several times without success; here he played the main line 12 d4. 15 Be3 is usually played; here Leko chose the less explored 15 Re4. This choice caught Adams by surprise and after almost a thirty minute think he chose 15..Bb7?!, a suggestion of Korchnoi, rather than the the preferred but complicated 15..g5 or the more solid 15..Qd7. 17..f5 was new; 17..Rfe8 was played in Nunn-Hebden London 1990 (White won). 22..Qe2 23 Bxh6! would have been winning for White: R.Byrne gave 23..Bxf2+ 24 Kh1..Qxb2 25 Rd1..Rfd8 26 Bxg7..Kxg7 27 Qh6+..Kf7 28 Ng5+..Ke8 29 Qe6+..Ne7+ 30 Bd5..Bxd5 31 Rxd5..Qc1+ 32 Kg2..Qg1+ 33 Kf3. Quickly winning would have been 26..hxg 27 Qh7+..Kf7 28 Nxg5+..Kf6 29 Rh6+..Kxg5 30 Rg6+..Qxg6 31 Qh4#. Adams must have underestimated the clever 27 Rh4! and after 27..a5? 28 Bxh6! was lost; 27..Rd6 28 Bc2 would have been a tougher defense though White still would have had a large advantage. Also losing would have been 28..gxh 29 Re6!..Bxf2+ 30 Kf1..Ne3+ 31 Ke2..Bxf3 32 Kf3. Adams resigned after 30 Re6; one possible continuation was 30..Nf6 31 Qxf5+..g6 32 Rxf6..gxf 33 Rhh6+..Kg7 34 Rfg6#.
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