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Veselin Topalov vs Peter Leko
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-26
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-26-05  bishopmate: <Milo>... how in the world do you find this game to be a boring draw... it excellently played, with a lot of mistakes yes, but an awsome attack from topalov. This is not a boring game at all
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  Joshka: Also maybe even 51.Rf1+ Qf1 52. Qc6+ and 53.Qa8 but the win is still not all that clear.
Feb-26-05  Granite: <bishopmate> I think it's clear that Milo was being sarcastic by the liberal use of the wink smiley ";)".
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  Annie K.: <Granite>, not at all, I think he was being ironic! ;p
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  ketchuplover: Did anyone else see 26.Rxh4 Qxh4 27.Nf6+
Feb-26-05  dankem: <ketchuplover> yes, of course, for a while I was confident that Rxh4 was the move to play, but then I realized it lead to nowhere: 26.Rxh4 Qxh4 27.Nf6+ Kh8 28.Ng4+ Kg8 and then what? 29.Nh6+ is not feasible
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  ketchuplover: How about 28.Nd7 in lieu of 28.Ng4 ?

looks good to me :)

Feb-26-05  dankem: thought about it too: 28.Nd7 Kg8 29.Kxf8 Rxg8 and then I ran out of ideas... maybe 30.Bxf6?
Feb-26-05  csmath: Today Leko was simply very lucky. His 4 games in Linares do not testify to his strength, in fact he seems to be extremely lucky not getting spanked already.
Feb-26-05  fgh: I agree <csmath>, Leko didn't show anything extraordinary so far in Linares, and he was only lucky. He should have lost against Kasparov and Topalov, maybe even Anand.
Feb-26-05  iron maiden: I won't deny that Topalov should have won against Leko today, but to argue that "he should have lost" against Kasparov is just absurd. Being arguably slightly worse at one point isn't a theoretical loss.
Feb-26-05  Morphy Fan: I don't remember who said "the more I practice, the luckier I am"
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  pilobolus: I think Topalov could keep the pressure
with 27 Bxd5 and not Qxd5, which opened f6 for the black Q.
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  pilobolus: To Morphy Fan.
I think it was Jack Niclaus,
or some other golfer.
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  offramp: I was surprised to see that up to move 20 is 'theory': D Baramidze vs D Jakovenko, 2004.
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  offramp: After 44.fxg6, instead of fxe6, I can't see any way black can avoid being mated.
Feb-27-05  Sequoia: 42. e6?
43. Qd7?
44. fxe6?
45. Rxc1?

Too much. Especially when one has plenty of time.

Feb-27-05  hintza: <offramp> Leko can avoid immediate mate, but he would have to give up a lot of material to save himself. 44.fxg6 Rf6 45.Bd3 Rxg6 (forced) 46.Bxg6 Kxg6 47.Qxe6+ and Topalov is a rook and pawn up. In this position Leko could safely resign.
Feb-27-05  fgh: This game will be included in Leko's new book "My 60 Memorable swindles".
Feb-27-05  hintza: I would love it if a book actually came out specifically about swindles.
Feb-27-05  acirce: Very strange. What was Topalov thinking? Leko was incredibly lucky here.
Feb-28-05  csmath: For now this is the game of the tournament.

1. This is a very important theoretical game, I believe Topalov found the right way through with a resourceful attack.

2. This was tested well with an excellent defender, Leko played immaculate defence first 37 moves.

3. Too bad the most beautiful game in Linares so far got spoiled by Topalov blundering in the end and allowing Leko to save his butt.

Sep-28-05  blingice: Why the underpromotion? It doesn't help him.
Jul-31-08  HOTDOG: 45.Kb3 also wins after 45...Rxf1+ 46.Bxf1 h2 47.Bg2(also 47.e7 wins) h1=Q 48.Bxh1 Qxh1 49.e7
Dec-27-09  InspiredByMorphy: Rogozenko gives 29. ...h5? the move which black misses an opportunity to gain the initiative on. Instead he proposes 29. ...d5! sacrificing a pawn. If 30.Bxd5 g5!, hence 30.exd5 Re8 which leads to double edged play.
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