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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004), Brissago SUI, rd 3, Sep-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-28-04  admiralnemo: ..Ba4 does give white the edge, but not the way you put it. ..Ba4 Bxa5 ..BxR RxR ..Bf6 Bf3 (Bf1) is better because if ..Ba4 Bxa5 ..BxR BxB, then the Knight on d4 is still pinned and is lost after ..Bf6, so it looks like ..Bf6 is the better play for sure instead of ..Ba4
Sep-28-04  Rowson: Stop me if im missing something doesn't 21...Nb3 just lose the night (22.Nxb3) is their more too it
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  Willem Wallekers: In retrospect i don't understand Rexd1 in stead of Rxad1. In fact I found Rxad1 so obvious that I fed it to my chess program and couldn't follow the discussion about Be2.
Sep-28-04  Shah Mat: Rowson: yah after th knight capture black pins knight to rook winnig back w tempo
Sep-28-04  Catfriend: and what about dying a3? The "obvious" move with a-rook may be correect, but far from simple or trivial!
Sep-28-04  Shah Mat: oops nm im wrong
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  ray keene: just got back from meetings-at first glance black looks fine-is it theory? the petroff never figured high in the keene repertoire.
Sep-28-04  chessway: c5 the best move
Sep-28-04  Catfriend: <Mr.Keene> Kramnik quits the book with 17..♕c2
Sep-28-04  Jack Rabbit: <Rowson>: You're not missing anything. It's a good thing I'm not paying right now.
Sep-28-04  Titicamara: Nice idea to smash black's queen pawn structure.
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  ray keene: i never played the petroff as black-i had it once as white and chose laskers qe2 which he used to beal marshall at st petersburg 1914.
Sep-28-04  charms: you're right, nemo, I confused the lines.
: ) i'm not an expert on 1.d4, but I don't think 1..h6 is theory. I'll test it out in the chess club next time.
Sep-28-04  Kean: If Leko advance his pawns he takes risks with an isolated pawn, but I guess he already choose that. I think Kramnik is thinking about the better way to face a situation he can manage and even profite from. Leko could have offered a draw, was safer and maybe wiser.
Sep-28-04  XanthosNZ: Since I'm a d4 as white, sicilian as black player I don't play it either. Right now Fritz is giving ..c5 as the move and an even score.
Sep-28-04  Catfriend: <Mr.Keene>, what do you think is the move here? 22..c5 or 22..♗f6?
Sep-28-04  Catfriend: sorry I meant 21
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  Sneaky: 1.e4 h6 and 1.d4 h6 followed by ...g5 is a kind of reversed grob, or "Borg defense." (Borg = Grob spelled backwards.) As far as I know the only serious champion of such play is IM Basman.
Sep-28-04  charms: I don't like c5. After Bxa4 cxd4 White can easily pressure private ryan on d4.
Sep-28-04  walmart: OK elaborating on my "strange idea"
21 .... c5 22 Ba5 cd 23 bf1 Ba4 24 Rd2 Bf6 25 Bb4 b6

sure not the best but it seems that white needs some time to find square for his pieces

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  Willem Wallekers: <Catfriend>
Black had no time to take a3 right away.
Indeed sooner or later White has to defend it.
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  redribbon3700: How is it possible for players to remember book to up to 20-30 moves for various openings? I was wondering where some of the viewers of this game are from too.
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  ajile: ..BF6 seems the obvious choice. But why is it taking Kramnik so long to do it?
Sep-28-04  chessway: b f6 wow
Sep-28-04  Catfriend: Not so easily - black can use the bishop to dfend it, while the white one will find it difficult right now. Also, Black will apply pressure on c4.
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