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Peter Leko vs Viktor Antonovich Bologan
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0
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Jan-19-04  fatbaldguy: Black plays 25 Ke8 to avoid N:e6+, and so white ... plays N:e6 anyway. The knight cannot be taken (26 ... f:e6 27 Q:e6 and the bishop falls since 27 ... Be7 is met by 28 Qc6+ and 27 ... Qe7 by 28 Qg6+) and black's position soon falls apart - if 29 ... Kd8 then 30 Re8+ K:e8 31 Q:c8+ Ke7 32 Nf5+ and the bishop is lost.
Jan-20-04  Almanzor2: Black's failure to play 10...Nf6, and allowing White's 12.Qg4, depriving the Black king of castling rights, is a serious omission.
Jan-20-04  Almanzor2: Realising that the combination that started with 20...Rg2+ was not good, I took a look at the position after white's 20th move. What's wrong with 20...Qg4? it seems to win right away. it threatens mate AND the bishop at e4. If 21.Qh6+, Ke8 and there is still the double threat of mate at g2 and the bishop at e4. How can White defend? If 22. Nh4, Be4 23.f3, then simply 23...Bf3, and I do not see a winning combination for White. Am I missing something here?
Jan-20-04
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  Honza Cervenka: Why not 19...Bxf3?

<Almanzor2> If 20...Qg4, then 21.Qxh6+ Ke8 22.Ne5 Bxe5 23.Bxb7 Rh8 24.h3 looks sufficient.

Jan-20-04  Almanzor2: <Honza Cervenka> Yes, you are right. 19...Bf3 would win the pawn back after either 20.gf3 or 20.Qf3.Thanks!
Jan-21-04  aboynamedgeorge: For white Qg4, black Kf8, is a standard idea in this opening - castling isn't very good for black, white gets an attack too easily. Black's real mistake here was not properly preparing! He used 7 minutes to get to the position after 19. Rfe1! Then Bxf3 is probably a draw. Whoops!
May-24-04  AdrianP: In view of 19...Bxf3 with equality, maybe white should have tried 19. Qxh8!? Ke7 20. Bg6! (pretty and necessary) Qxg6 21. Qc3 and try to hang onto the exchange.
Jun-25-04  Helloween: <In view of 19...Bxf3 with equality, maybe white should have tried 19. Qxh8!? Ke7 20. Bg6! (pretty and necessary) Qxg6 21. Qc3 and try to hang onto the exchange.> This is the best line, AdrianP, and is actually now a part of theory in this line. Then comes 21...Rg8 22.g3(22.Nh4? or 24.Ne1? are met by 24...Qxg2+!)22...Qe4 23.Kg2 Be5 getting the exchange back, and after 24.Qe3 Bxa1 25.Rxa1 Rd8 Black is actually nominally better because of the possibility of Rd2 thanks to the pin. Notice that if White exchanges Queens and Rooks he loses because Black plays f7-f5 and h6-h5 and then all he has to do is shift his King around and White will run out of pawn moves on the Queenside, forcing the loss of the Knight after the White King finally moves. This theme assures Black a draw in this position, as neither side can afford to exchange Queens(if Black plays Qxe3 then fxe3 and the King has a flight square to escape the pin). So White has to come up with improvements in this line thanks to Bologan's astounding novelty plan of 16...Qxc5! and 18...Qh5!!.
Aug-24-04  mack: This game is a modern classic, I've played through it many times. Let's hope Leko can produce games as exciting as this in the World Championship match!
Nov-19-04  mack: <Let's hope Leko can produce games as exciting as this in the World Championship match!>

Why did I ever doubt him?

Nov-19-04  molinov: Honza are you sure about 19... Bxf3? 20.Qxh8 leads to complications.At first I thought of: 20... Ke7 21.Rxe6 fxe6 22.Qg7+ Kd8 (22... Qf7 23.Qxf7 Kxf7 24.gxf3)24.Qf6+ Kc7 25.Qxf3 Qxh2+ 26.Kf1 Qh1+ 27.Ke2 Qxa1 28.Qxa8 Qxa2 29.Qg8. Bur if black reponds 21... Kxe6 22.Re1+ Kd7 and black wins. I just think there has got to be something since I can believe both Leko and Bologan can overlook what to them should be a simple move. It happens though.
Dec-27-07  Shajmaty: <Honza Cervenka>, <AdrianP>, <Helloween> and <molinov>: The time of 19. Be2 or, even better, 17. Bd4, came in 2006... but you didn't know then!
May-30-13  JPi: Is the double gambit 12...Bb7 13.Qxg7 0-0-0 14.Qxf7 c5 too crazy?
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