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Peter Leko vs Viswanathan Anand
Armenia - The Rest of the World (2004), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Jun-14
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0
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Jun-19-04  jeffnool: 10.Kb1 is a novelty...
Jun-19-04  boordgamer: It may be a novelty but its Fischer like,hmm where did i see this before in a Fischer game..strange coincidence Leko and Fischer were accquaintences for a while.
Jun-19-04  acirce: <ajile> To win the pawn White needs to give up the e-file, thereby giving Black's king passage into d6 where it stands well and both blocks the d-pawn and makes it weak; also there is potential counterplay along the open c-file I guess.
Aug-26-04
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  patzer2: So this is how you beat Anand! Hold the position and get him down to a bad endgame, and then demonstrate strong technique to pull off the win. Somehow I suspect it's harder than it looks here.

Leko's 24. Bxf6 leads to a strong initiative and White advantage in a Rook and pawn ending. Don't know if there is a forced win at this point, but I will put this one in my endgame tactics collection for study.

Should be fun and instructive to play it out with Fritz 8 or other strong computer programs to gain an insight into super GM endgame straetgy and technique.

Aug-26-04  clocked: <Maybe Anand should just have castled instead of 11...b5> This runs into the thematic 11.Ncb5 Bxd2 12.Nxc7 Bxe3 13.Nxa8. This knight move seems the primary point of the Kb1 move. In previous games after the usual Nb3, Anand plays d5. However, the Kb1 move eliminates BxQ with check. Thus if 10...d5 11.Ncb5 Qe7 and the simple c3 or more complex Nc7

Is 10.Kb1 a novelty? This line was played in the game Zawadzka v Berczes 2004. Before or after this game, I don't know. However, after 12.Bf4 black played e5. If white had been aware of this game, then I would expect <acirce>'s Nf5, instead the game continued Bg3 d6 and draw after 36.

The correct continuation is probably 11...d5 as seen in Ni Hua vs Jiangchuan, 2004

Aug-26-04  Dick Brain: Was it Anand or Leko who was playing for the Armenian team?
Aug-26-04  clocked: Leko's wife is Armenian, thus it was he.
Aug-26-04  acirce: <<Maybe Anand should just have castled instead of 11...b5> This runs into the thematic 11.Ncb5 Bxd2 12.Nxc7 Bxe3 13.Nxa8.> Of course, but I meant 11..0-0, not 10.. However, thanks for the valuable information otherwise.

<Was it Anand or Leko who was playing for the Armenian team?> Leko. He married an Armenian woman fittingly named Petrosian!

Aug-26-04  clocked: <acirce> my apologies! It's no fun if you make GOOD suggestions ;-) Neither the standard g4 b5 or Bg5-f6 seem overwhelming.
Nov-03-04  Spassky69: Leko once again demonstrating his superior defensive skills under classical time controls over Anand.
Nov-04-04  euripides: Shipov in NIC suggests that Black should play 16...bxc4 and then play to open the long diagonal and activate the white-squared bishop.
Dec-12-04  SnoopDogg: World people agree with me on this? Leko was the most impressive player all this year under classical time controls. I know Anand is the rapid GOD, but really he hasn't done anything to claim he's better than Leko this year. Anand won Dortmund and Corus but both WITHOUT Kasparov. Leko won Linares and if you don't say that Kramnik-Leko match wasn't the most exciting world championship match since 1985 then your crazy.

It'd be interesting what you guys think. But remember don't count Anand's rapid victories since they don't even count as stats. Well actually sort of, he won Dortmund on tiebreaks.

Dec-12-04  square dance: <snoopdogg> actually kramnik won linares this year. leko finished tied for second with kasparov. leko did win linares last year on tie breaks over kramnik though. i dont know if leko has been better than anand in classical chess this year, but he was close.

<and if you don't say that Kramnik-Leko match wasn't the most exciting world championship match since 1985 then your crazy.> i dont know about 1985, but this years WC match has to considered the most exciting since 1990 anyway. the 93, 95, and 00 matches had little drama. kasparov also pulled off the win-to-draw the match maneuver back in 1987 i think.

Dec-12-04  who: I ran this through my computer, and it doesn't really see any improvements for anand. I don't think I have ever seen that before.
Dec-12-04  who: Though in my opinion 21...Re8 would be better. It avoids doubling the pawns on the g-file (unless back rank mate threats will force the Nf6 later and will still double the pawn).
Dec-12-04  drukenknight: are you sure this game comes down to move 21? Isnt it some crazy end game problem? I am not very sure of endgames, sneaky is pretty good, but is 67...Ra1 any better?
Dec-12-04  Spassky69: Anand is not number one. I rest my case.
Dec-12-04  iron maiden: Rublevsky vs Kasparov, 2004
Dec-12-04  who: <drukenknight> 67...Ra1 68.Kb6
Dec-30-04  Flyboy216: SnoopDogg: <Leko won Linares and if you don't say that Kramnik-Leko match wasn't the most exciting world championship match since 1985 then your crazy.>

This makes no sense on many levels.

Dec-05-05  iron maiden: <acirce> Ever think about adding this to your Leko collection?
Dec-05-05  acirce: Added it, thanks.
Aug-01-07  SniperOnKN2: Neither Leko nor Anand is Armenian.
Aug-05-07  caraig: Armenia vs the rest of the world??????
Jul-20-17  Toribio3: Leko is a very solid player.
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