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Peter Leko vs Veselin Topalov
"A Veselin the Brain" (game of the day Oct-15-05)
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1
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Peter Leko vs Veselin Topalov (2005)
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Nov-02-05
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  paulalbert: <AJ> I look forward to seeing the analysis on your site. My impression is that there are a good number of the games from San Luis that are worthy of comprehensive analysis, and I looked at Shipov's reports as the tournament progressed as well as following most of the games live. As an owner of many books on great tournaments in chess history, I was wondering if anyone has heard of any plans by anyone to write a tournament book on San Luis. The tournament deserves one, but tournament books ( especially high quality hard covers which of course are not inexpensive ), with a couple exceptions, don't seem to sell very well to the chess book buying public. Paul Albert
Nov-02-05
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  LIFE Master AJ: <paulalbert>
<My impression is that there are a good number of the games from San Luis that are worthy of comprehensive analysis, ...>

Agreed. I discussed writing a book on this event with GM R. Keene. However, he noted that several other players had already begun this work, and probably "have the drop" on us. (And to be honest, while Keene was kind enough not to say this, it would probably be more profitable to have a writer who is already well-known and has an established following to make such an attempt.)

I also have started several such projects. The McKay publishers (New York) sent me an advance to do a thorough analysis of all the Kramnik-Kasparov games. (I said it would take about six months.) After three months, they changed department editors and cancelled the project.

I did one analysis ... (of all the games of the Adams - Kasimdzhanov match); and sent it off to about a dozen different publishers. Sadly, even though I completed the work in like six weeks, no one seemed all that interested. Not wanting the work to be wasted, I posted it on my "Angel-Fire" website as a free download. And some people are not adverse to copying this work. One website - which charges money to be a member - did an e-book on the match. Their analysis matches mine exactly, in some places, they didn't even bother to change the verbiage.

I also had a deal to do a book with Ken Smith, Chess Digest of Texas. It was already agreed that I would do a "half-n-half" book with another author who is reasonably well known. However, Ken Smith passed away suddenly - and to me, rather unexpectedly - and all such plans were cancelled.

One last thought - I think I got a few e-mails from a P. Albert ... are you the same person? (Just curious.)

Nov-02-05
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  paulalbert: <AJ> You and I exchanged some emails several years ago when I first discovered your site. You reminded me that we had previously met at a chess event in NY, but I use my full name spelled out in my email address not P. Albert, so perhaps you are thinking of messages from someone else. Paul Albert
Nov-02-05  Notes: GM Zsuzsa Verőczi asked Lékó about the tournament after it, but Péter was not giving concrete answers about anything. I think the guy needs a lot of rest now.
Nov-02-05
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  LIFE Master AJ: <paul albert>
I think I remember you, I think you sent an e-mail that talked about "Capturing a (my) chess vision," or something along those lines. (But I could be mistaken, maybe that was someone else.)

Of course, you must realize that I sometimes get 30 (or more) e-mails in a single day ... to remember everyone would be extremely difficult indeed! (Thanks for the reply.)

Nov-02-05
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  paulalbert: < AJ > That does not sound like me. I think our emails dealt more with your being familiar with me from my support of high level chess, particularly my 20 years of providing the Paul M. Albert, Jr. Brilliancy Prizes at the U.S. Men's and Women's Chess Championships. Paul Albert
Nov-02-05
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  LIFE Master AJ: <paulalbert> Sorry - it must have been someone else.

Nice to 'meet' you again ... it has been a very long time.

Nov-20-05
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  LIFE Master AJ: I posted this game last night. (http://www.geocities.com/thegotmman...)

If you are curious, please check it out!

Dec-12-05
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  notyetagm: From the latest issue of New In Chess:

<Garry Kasparov wrote the notes to the crucial first-round clash between Leko and Topalov. Or is it another tribute to his beloved Najdorf?>

Dec-12-05
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  notyetagm: <patzer2: <Why did he disregard it? Does anyone know>?>

I read online that Leko examined the line 20 Nb6!! Qxb6 21 Nxe6 Qxe6 and thought that Topalov had enough material in return for the queen. Leko simply missed the crushing continuation 22 Qa7!!, exploiting the <weakness of the backrank> square d8 (22 ... Rxa7?? 23 Rd8#).

Dec-14-05  WayneCramp: people seem to be going rather berserk with !! moves, namely 20.Nb6, which is the most natural move, and way stronger than Leko's slightly pointless Nf5. Byrne is wrong about Qd6, which, when met with the correct response 17.f4, instead of the pointless 17.Kb1??, encounters severe difficulties. 17.g6 is practically forced and then white can soon threaten to throw in Nc5 and overwhelm the critical square e6. 17.f4 g6 18.f5 Bg7 19.Nc5 etc, the key difference being now that the f-file will be opened up for a rook, and black will get mated. It was after missing the two crucial chances that white slipped into an inferior endgame in time trouble and subsequently lost the game.
Jan-28-06  morpstau: I think Napolean did a good job of using all his pieces and taking the opportunities before him. His play is very reflective of his skill in battle.
Feb-06-06  L33tb0b: is this guy Russian his name sounds like it
Feb-06-06  iamverywellatchess: White should move his horse now, otherwise black will capture it.
Feb-06-06  hintza: <L33tb0b> <is this guy Russian his name sounds like it> Who do you mean? If you mean one of the players, then neither are Russian; Leko is Hungarian and Topalov is Bulgarian.
Feb-25-06  Ingolf: This game reminds me of something Peter Schmeichel once said about the 1994 FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United. When Chelsea hit the posts three times during the first 15 minutes, he felt sure United was going to win, because luck was on their side. Eventually they won 4-0. Topalov must have felt something similar when Leko failed to play 20.Nb6.
Jun-26-06  Topzilla: I would like so much to be able to turn the boards, have <chessgames> tought about doing it?
Jun-26-06
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  WannaBe: <Topzilla> The feature is there, if you are using the default java viewer, go to preferences->flip board.
Jun-26-06  Topzilla: Thanks a lot <WannaBe>!!
Sep-26-07  kingsindian2006: topa was in great form in 2005.. his games show strong will for wins ..
Jun-16-09  tivrfoa: Rustam Kasimdzhanov watching the game xD
Jul-30-09
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  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.geocities.com/thegotmman...

This is already "an old game," however, above is my analysis ... if anyone is interested. (My "Game of The Month" side has moved as well, Geo-Cities will be closing down at th end of the summer.)

Jul-30-09
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  LIFE Master AJ: The free CB download is at the top of the page, its the "games considered" file.
Dec-12-11  Penguincw: Black never castled, but still won.
Apr-24-14  positionalgenius: Leko never really recovered from this game. After near tournament wins at Linares and Dortmund that vanished in similar circumstances the following year, his psychological edge was completely gone. Wonder if he will ever truly return .
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