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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Buzzer Beater To Draw" (game of the day Mar-03-2011)
Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004), Brissago SUI, rd 13, Oct-16
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: I wonder how you would have annotated it?
Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: Aha! He admits it! Check out <acirce>'s Sept. 3, 2005 post to see what I mean.

We have it on record, so he'd better not EVER try to deny it!

Dec-12-09  AgentRgent: <Dredge Rivers: Aha! He admits it! Check out <acirce>'s Sept. 3, 2005 post to see what I mean.

We have it on record, so he'd better not EVER try to deny it!> What is your point?

First, I would think if he ever planned to deny it, he wouldn't have freely admitted it.

Second, what does it matter?

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  acirce: "Admits it", hilarious.
Dec-14-09  Raisin Death Ray: <acirce> With all due respect, MANY Communists have denied it. Alger Hiss did. Paul Robeson did.

But what does <Dredge Rivers> know? He's just a "raving lunatic".

Dec-15-09  Raisin Death Ray: Also, there was George Crockett. Don't want to forget about him. Mr. "Didn't condem the Soviets for shooting down that Korean airliner in 1983!"
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  Phony Benoni: I see the Keene's note to <17.Nb5> as one of the keys to this game:

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<White is playing for a light square grip, but there is something rather static about the position for White that emerges. That is, it looks impressive, but it is hard to see how to improve the position thereafter, or to exchange White's advantages for others.>

Having played a few too many Benonis in my life, I can say that one of White's most common mistakes is not to play actively. This doesn't mean wild and crazy, but White cannot simply build up a strong structure and expect to operate safely behind it. He must make positive efforts to gain ground while negating Black's counterplay.

More often than not, especially at the higher levels, White is able to accomplish this. However, the technique is not often found among weaker players, which is why the Benoni is dubious among GMs but quite playable at the average level.

The pun might be a bit of an Americanism. In basketball, the expiration of time is signalled by a loud and very annoying buzzer. A "buzzer beater" refers to a last instant shot that goes in the basket, rescuing victory from the jaws of defeat.

Mar-03-11  newzild: Interesting notes by Keene - the best I have seen by him.
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  Penguincw: This pun is pretty good.
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  kevin86: I'm surprised that the players agreed to a draw and didn't play it out-lol.

I would guess that black has a 1/16 pawn lead.

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  chrisowen: Kramnik employ a pseudo kingside ducth stonewall 27 r1a3 targetting a7 any good for white jump? Barrie chrisowen is my one and only graze Benoni agreed draw (on g3 line) I wimped rep again.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. g3 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Nd2 Nbd7 11. Nc4 Nb6 12. Nxb6 Qxb6 13. Qc2 Bd7 14. h3 Qc7 15. a4 a6 16. a5 b5 17. axb6 Qxb6 18. Ra3 Bb5 19. Be3 Qc7 20. Rfa1 Rab8 21. b3 Nd7 22. R1a2 f5 23. Nxb5 axb5 24. Ra7 Rb7 25. R7a6 Rb6 26. Ra7 Rb7 27. R7a6

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  chrisowen: Back on track suits PL VK nicks ram b5 loot man Peter swift head badge f4 cops dunk.

Modern Benoni die brave cast, hook rook up and down 44.rb7! Clock knight 7.d2 how does Kramnik defend c4 bf4? Great save by Pete a middle game exchange result and computer like composure in 1 2 3 46th elate do remy vip so you jig third rank covered ashore black e4 it was. A ruffian see h5 st. on bloomin ta le wall cook e4 vine rooks c7 cascadings to c5 vets dash off elbow pocket knights watch et tu Brutus afers have rook flick ingot hip.

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  Check It Out: Great game with a lot of match tension equals dramatic chess.

And now for the brilliant denouement: Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

Mar-03-11  scormus: An epic duel, and interesting contrast in approaches. Dogged and resourceful defense to save the draw for W, Lekoesque even. Great notes too.
Mar-03-11  Kinghunt: <kevin86: I'm surprised that the players agreed to a draw and didn't play it out-lol.

I would guess that black has a 1/16 pawn lead.>

Black's edge in the final position must be even more than that. Black has control of the center squares AND can claim the opposition with 66...Ke4!!

Mar-03-11  David2009: Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 World Championship Match G13 (of 14) White 49?

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The challenge is to hold the draw against Crafty End Game Trainer, taking full advantage of Ray Keene's excellent notes which themselves acknowledge and summarise the contributions from many regulars. Link:

It is past my bed time: I will come back to this with a fresh mind tomorrow and see if I can hold the draw. Enjoy doing likewise!

Mar-03-11  Sho: 66...Ke4!!

(I agree.)

Mar-13-11  Tigranny: I almost laughed at the annotation "Draw agreed. The players finally agree that there is little left to play for this position." I also think that this is the most brilliant draw ever.
Oct-14-11  Hesam7: So from the notes I gather that 49. b6? was Leko's losing move but Kramnik failed to capitalize on that error with mistakes of his own: 49. ... Ke4?! and 50. ... Kd3?.
Oct-15-11  Hesam7: One possibility, not mentioned in the notes, is: 19. ... Bd4. White holds the balance but it is not trivial.

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<A> 20. g3?! Ng7

<A1> 21. Kg2? Qa8! 22. Nxb6 Qb7 23. Nc4 Qxd5+ 24. f3 Bxb2 25. Qxb2 Qxc4 ;

<A2> 21. Bf4? Rcf7! (21. ... Rxf4?! 22. gxf4 Nh5 23. Kh1 Nxf4 24. Qg3 Rf7 25. Rfe1=] 22. Qd3 Qb5

<A3> 21. Be3 Nf5 22. Qd3 Qe8 23. Bf4 Qxb5 24. Rae1 Rcf7 25. b3 Bg7 26. Kg2 Nd4 27. Bxd6 Rd8 28. Re7 Rxe7 29. Rxe7 Rxd5 30. Qe4 Qc6 31. Rd1 Kf7

<B> 20. Be3 Bxe3

<B1> 21. Nxe3?! Rf4! 22. Ra4 (22. f3? Rb4 & 22. Nc4? Re7 23. Rae1 Rxe1 24. Rxe1 Nc7! both should be avoided) 22. ... Rxa4 23. Qxa4 Qg5 Black will torture White as long as he pleases.

<B2> 21. fxe3! Rcf7 22. Rxf7 Rxf7 23. Qd3 and White will play e4 & hence hold.

<C> 20. Bc3 Qg5 21. Bxd4 cxd4 22. Na3 Nf6 23. Nc2 Ng4 24. h3 (24. Nxd4? Qe5! 25. g3 Qxd4 ) 24. ... Qd2 25. hxg4 Rxc2 26. Qg3 Qf4 (26. ... Rf4? 27. Rad1 ) 27. Qxf4 Rxf4 28. f3 Rf7 29. Rf2 Rc5 30. Ra4 Rxd5 31. Rd2 d3 32. Ra3 Rxb5 33. Raxd3 Rd7 34. Rxd6 Rxd6 35. Rxd6 Rxb2 36. Rd8+ Kg7 37. Rd7+ Kf6 38. Rxa7 =

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  kdogphs: Keene's comment on move 65 has to be the snidest remark in annotation history...
Jan-26-12  King Death: < Kinghunt: Black's edge in the final position must be even more than that. Black has control of the center squares AND can claim the opposition with 66...Ke4!!>

It's true, White's cooked after 65...Ke4.

Mar-28-14  Morphized: I love the last comment "Draw agreed. The players finally agree that there is little left to play for in this position."


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  perfidious: <kdogphs: Keene's comment on move 65 has to be the snidest remark in annotation history...>

Nothing wrong with a little humour.

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  Bubo bubo: The draw had to be agreed? I always thought that there is an <automatic> draw if checkmate has become technically impossible.
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