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Peter Leko vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-21-04  Benjamin Lau: This is a nice dance of the initiative, flitting from one player to the other with sacrifices and counter sacrifices.
Feb-21-04  Taidanii: Garry, you stud. :-)
Feb-21-04  hickchess99: chessbase.com states that leko used a novelty in this game? what are they talking about?
Feb-21-04  kutuzov: was the novelty supposed to be 15.Na4?
If so, its no novelty. He used it at Dortmund.
Feb-21-04
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  Sneaky: <Even though Kasparov has drawn all three games, he has provided two of the most exciting games of the tournament> That's a sign of a true world champion. Even when he's losing, he doesn't lose.
Feb-21-04  PinkPanther: Leko, Leko, Leko...when you've got Kasparov down you've gotta step on his throat and finish him off. 31. g6 wins easily.
Feb-21-04  PinkPanther: <Sneaky>
I don't think Kasparov was losing at any time during that game against Shirov.
Feb-21-04
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  crafty: 31. g6 b4 32. gxh7 ♕a6+ 33. ♕d3 ♕xd3+ 34. ♔xd3   (eval 0.80; depth 12 ply; 1000M nodes)
Feb-21-04  Benjamin Lau: It's interesting how Kasparov is opting for the more active but risky ...e5 Najdorf instead of the Scheveningen-ish setup in recent games.
Feb-21-04  apple head: Leko is an idiiot he missed win!!
Feb-21-04  Benjamin Lau: What win? Did chessbase release annotations already?
Feb-21-04
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  Calli: I must be an idiot becuase I don't see a win.
Feb-22-04  hickchess99: <apple head> Leko is definitely not an idiot.
Feb-22-04  apple head: jonathan92 whispers: 32. hxg7!! Kxg7 Qb8+ (Kh8 Rf7 mates) Kg6 Rf6+ Kh5 Rh6+ Kg4 Qg2+ Kf5 Qf3# theres your win i wrote it on ICC
Feb-22-04  apple head: jonathan92 whispers: 32. hxg7!! Kxg7 Qb8+ (Kh8 Rf7 mates) Kg6 Rf6+ Kh5 Rh6+ Kg4 Qg2+ Kf5 Qf3# theres your win i wrote it on ICC
amazing and beautiful!!
Feb-22-04  Catfriend: <apple head> 33.Qb8+!!!!! is great but the queen can't do such a move...
Feb-22-04  Catfriend: You meant 33.♕b7+? But what with 32..♖:g7?
Feb-22-04  karlzen: What are you all on about? Leko didn't miss such an easy win. 31.g6 is nothing, just a draw in the endgame after the line crafty gave. 32.hxg7+ Kxg7 is nothing either, 33.Qb8+ is not possible and 33.Qb7+ Kh8 34.Rf7?! Qxc2+ is not bad for black.

It's all a draw after 22...d5 as white's best reply is 23.Rxa6(!) and the weakened security of the kings makes a win impossible. I wonder if Kasparov really understood that white wanted the draw by Rxa6? He could have tried the interesting 22...Rf3!? and if anyone has the better chances, it's definitely black. Thus, the strange-looking 22.Qh2!? might have been better, also leading to a draw most likely.

19...exf3!? was another way for black to keep the fight going. He will get one or two passed pawns. 20.Qd5+ Kh8 21.Rf1 e4! 22.Rg1? Nf4 23.Qxe4 and now: 23...f2+! 24.Kxf2 (24.Bxf2 Bxg5! 25.Rxa6! so black can't play Re8 25...Qxa6 26.Rxg5 h6 27.Rg3 Qa5+ 28.b4 Qa1+ 29.Kd2 Qxb2 30.Qd4 Qxd4 31.Bxd4 Rf7 and black has a pawn more, although it's quite hard to win I reckon) 24...d5! 25.Qxe7 (25.Q?? Nh3+ 26.Ke2 Nxg1+ 27.Rxg1 Qc8! with attack) Ng6+ 26.Qxf8+ Qxf8+ 27.Ke2 Nxh4 28.Raf1 Qc8 and black has winning potential.

Or 23...Qe8!? 24.Kd2 Ng2 and black may have a slight pull even after Rxg2. Or 23...d5!? 24.Qxe7 (else is worse) 24...f2+! 25.Kd2 fxg1Q 26.Rxg1 Ng6 27.Qb4=.

In my lines 22.Rg1 looks like a mistake so I think white should try 22.Qxe4 instead: 22...Ng3 23.Qxe7 Nxf1 24.Kxf1 Re8 25.Qf7 Rxe3 26.Re1= and it's a draw after all. So as this looks like a draw too, I decided to investigate 19...Rxf3!?:

19...Rxf3!? 20.0-0-0 Qe8! 21.Kb1 Qc6 22.Rhe1 b5 23.b4 Nf4 24.Rf1 Ne6 25.Rfe1 g6! 26.Re2 Ng7 and black is much better thanks to his central pawns and great posted pieces (even the bishop does a good job, it defends the key pawn). OK, white played a bit passively in my line above, but it suffices as an illustration of white's difficulties after Rxf3. The exchange of queens should favour black as his central pawns will become the most important factor. My analysis is of course not foolproof, but my conclusions are that black got the better position in the opening and he missed some nice possibilities. White needs to find an improvement in this line, 15.Na4 doesn't seem correct as Kasparov found the best move 17.fxe4! - a true Petrosian sacrifice! I think 12.Qf2 is a bit unusual.

Feb-22-04  karlzen: Leko did play Na4 in this variation against Anand in Dortmund 2003, but it was a slightly different position, so it's probably a novelty after all.
Feb-23-04  ruylopez900: What do you think the rematch will turn out like?
Feb-25-04  karlzen: Hmm... it will probably be very interesting indeed as Leko is in the lead, but perhaps we should expect that the others will have caught up on him by then. I guess a Ruy is quite likely, with K pushing for a win, Leko seeking the draw.
Jul-01-04
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  acirce: After the game the players agreed that 31.g6! b4 32.Kf3! (idea: Kg2) would have won for White in the long run.
Oct-13-04  apple head: <Catfriend> Well you are quite wrong but after Kxg7 Qb7+ Rg7 Qxg7# aka just take the king Rg7 is illeagle
Aug-15-05  Catfriend: Decide what move r u playing on #33 - you're switching lines each post.
Jun-16-06
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  spirit: beauty
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