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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-02
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1


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Aug-30-05  Garry Power: What a horrible blunder of Leko, who rarely makes blunders, even tougn its because he avoids them by making short draws.
Oct-14-05  trolls: 14 Nxb5? Bg7! 15 Nc3 (now forced to
go here) 15...e4 .
The biggies don't seem to be playing
Leko's 11th much anymore.
Oct-14-05  HardBoys: Right. The whole approach with
11 Bd3?! (blocking the d-file) is
rather lame, because after the best
response - the ultra-sharp 11...Be6!
and then 12...Bxd5!, White ends up
with a pawn rather than a piece at
This game may have deceived some
since Kramnik missed a couple of
improvements early on. There's no need
at all to allow the knight to be
activated at f5, and 16...f4! and
17...f4! are better than what Kramnik
did. But even on move 20, had he
played 20...Kh8!, there doesn't appear
to be a way for White to exploit this
tempo. Black threatens ...Rxd5, and
if 21 Rfd1, one can look at 21...f3!,
and then strain with might and main
to possibly scrape a draw.
Jan-18-06  Whitehat1963: I love the way Leko seeks in at the last second. Without looking at the game score, I thought Kramnik was winning the whole way. On the other hand, 10 of the last 11 these two have played against each other have been draws. Is it just that they are very equal and both very precise? Or are they unwilling to risk as much as other GMs like Anand, Topalov, Ivanchuk and Morozevich?
Mar-09-06  alexandrovm: imo this is one of Kramnik's best games. Incredible display of energy, tactics, pawn sacs, etc.
Mar-27-06  Akireta no Ite: Kramnik's 34th move is simply devastating the Leko's fort.

What a brilliant daring move to forego his bishop for accurate positional play!! Hats off ! Thy name is "brilliance".

Sad, that Kramnik dont play these things anymore.

Apr-01-06  SniperOnG7: The Sveshnikov Champion now prefers the innocuous Petrof :(
Jul-01-06  DCP23: <Sneaky>: <Imagine you were playing me, and we achieved a ♔ + ♖ vs ♔ + ♘ ending. A dead draw unless one of us makes a horrific blunder, right? Now imagine that a group of small children are watching and they insist to us that we play on, for in their own experience such games are not necessarily over yet. I think that's probably a lot what it's like when the fans cry for them to play on in some of these positions.>

Sneaky, life is stranger than fiction!

Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2006

Oct-16-06  shintaro go: This game made me want to take up the Sveshnikov as a defense to 1.e4.
Jan-31-07  positionalgenius: One of Kramnik's finest wins. This was one of the first kramnik games I ever saw.
Apr-20-07  MyCatPlaysChess: Playing through this game with the new "Guess-a-move" feature is quite instructive!!
Jun-13-07  LIFE Master AJ: I just redid my annotations for this game. ( Check it out, if you have a few minutes. (Fixed a few errors, the mighty Fritz 10 actually cooked one or two of my ideas.)

Jun-13-07  johnwgoes: I miss the Sveshnikov.
Jun-13-07  KamikazeAttack: <johnwgoes: I miss the Sveshnikov.>

Don't worry. Prof Kramnik will revive his discussion of the Svesh in Mexico.

Feb-14-08  aazqua: Another fantastic effort by Kramnik. Leko's a strong player but their match made the difference between the two clear.
Feb-14-08  notyetagm: <aazqua: ... Leko's a strong player but their match made the difference between the two clear.>

What the hell are you talking about? Their 2004 match was a draw!

Feb-15-08  square dance: did you consider that aazqua might be referering to the manner in which the match was drawn?
Feb-15-08  notyetagm: Yes, I did consider that. But the comment was "Leko's a strong player", implying that the 2004 match showed that Kramnik was a stronger player. A drawn match basically means you are equal.

Once again Kramnik supporters getting happy over a drawn match. Makes me wonder what he would say about Fischer's 6-0 shutouts of Taimanov and Larsen.

I am a big fan of Fischer's chess and hearing someone make a statement like that about a drawn match is just kinda ridiculous when compared to Fischer's incomparable achievement.

Feb-15-08  notyetagm: <CONT'D>

We found out the difference between Fischer and Larsen/Taimanov: Fischer won 12-0. Now -that- is something you can brag about.

Feb-15-08  square dance: <A drawn match basically means you are equal.> wow. thanks for the insight. now here is some for you. perhaps <aazqua> considers kramnik and leko about equal, but what he feels seperates them is kramnik's ability in the clutch and leko's lack of that same ability. if that is the case, which it might well be, then you're just popping off about nothing.

<Once again Kramnik supporters getting happy over a drawn match. Makes me wonder what he would say about Fischer's 6-0 shutouts of Taimanov and Larsen.> what does fischer-taimanov/larsen have to do with kramnik-leko?!? there's nothing wrong with a fan of a player being happy that he won such a crucial game. for god's sake, look at all the stuff you posted about mamedyarov winning a blitz game. as long as you go around posting IN ALL CAPS and highlighting words like -this- while using numerous exclams!!!! you have no business raining on anyone elses parade when they quite humbly compliment a player.

<I am a big fan of Fischer's chess and hearing someone make a statement like that about a drawn match is just kinda ridiculous when compared to Fischer's incomparable achievement.> well, since no one but you made that comparison i guess you're the one who is being ridiculous. by the same logic you've displayed here i guess i should run over to the aronian and carlsen pages and tell all of their fans that they're being ridiculous in celebrating their achievement in light of karpov's linares 94 performance. does that make any sense? i am a karpov fan after all.

Nov-21-08  shintaro go: I miss the days Kramnik played like this with Black.
Jul-23-09  dumbgai: Ah, the good old days when these two weren't afraid to slug it out.
Jul-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004.
Your score: 32 (par = 35)


Jul-20-13  justin2seo: this is typical game what shows kramnik's style:
1.have good space
2.make passed pawm
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  kingscrusher: Great tactics here
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