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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 2, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich (2005)
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Sep-29-05  Assassinater: This game went onto move 68. According to ICC, the moves are:

[Event "FIDE Championship"]
[Site "San Luis, Argentina"]
[Date "2005.09.29"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GM_Leko"]
[Black "GM_Moro_1/2"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[Opening "Sicilian: Najdorf"]
[ECO "B90"]
[NIC "SI.14"]
[Time "13:43:16"]
[TimeControl "7200+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. g4 Nc6 10. O-O-O Nd7 11. h4 Nde5 12. Qf2 Bd7 13. Kb1 Na5 14. g5 Nec4 15. Bc1 b5 16. f4 b4 17. Nce2 Qb6 18. Rh2 d5 19. exd5 Bc5 20. Qf3 Rad8 21. Nb3 Nxb3 22. axb3 Ne3 23. Bxe3 Bxe3 24. Rd3 Bc5 25. dxe6 Bxe6 26. Nc1 g6 27. Bh3 f5 28. gxf6 Bf7 29. f5 Bd4 30. fxg6 hxg6 31. Qg4 Bxf6 32. Re2 a5 33. Re4 Kg7 34. Qg3 Rh8 35. Bf5 Rh5 36. Rxd8 Qxd8 37. Be6 Bxh4 38. Qg2 Be8 39. Rg4 Re5 40. Bc4 Re1 41. Bd3 Qf6 42. Qd2 Qf2 43. Be2 Bf6 44. Rc4 Qg3 45. Rc7+ Qxc7 46. Qxe1 g5 47. Nd3 Bg6 48. Qg1 Qe7 49. Bg4 Qe4 50. Qg3 Bf7 51. Qh3 Bd5 52. Bf5 Qh4 53. Qe3 Qd4 54. Qg3 Bf7 55. Qg2 Qd5 56. Be4 Qe6 57. Nc5 Qd6 58. Nd3 Be6 59. Qh1 Qd4 60. Qh7+ Kf8 61. Bf5 Bf7 62. Qh6+ Ke7 63. Qh2 Qd6 64. Qh7 Qb8 65. Bg4 Kf8 66. Qh6+ Ke7 67. Qh7 Kf8 68. Qh6+ Ke7 Game drawn 1/2-1/2

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is it my imagination, or is this gang playing unusually aggressively overall? I bet the pawns in this tournament are paying very high life insurance premiums.
Sep-29-05  aw1988: <An Englishman> You're deliciously funny.
Sep-29-05  Hidden Skillz: hmm moro n topa are playin extremely aggressive chess
Sep-30-05  alexandrovm: <aw1988: <An Englishman> You're deliciously funny.> yummy... 52. ...Qh1+, forcing to exchange queens and having a pair of bishops in an open position, plus a passed pawn? Any opinions on the subject?
Sep-30-05  alexandrovm: in witch move the novelty is made in this game? And, black has a better position after 52. ...Qh1+? Thanks in advance, to any comment
Premium Chessgames Member Our database shows 13...Na5 as the new move: see Opening Explorer.
Sep-30-05  alexandrovm: thanks a lot <>!
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  crafty: 52...♕h1+ 53. ♕xh1 ♗xh1 54. ♗g4 ♗d5 55. ♔c1 ♔f7 56. ♔d2   (eval -1.13; depth 17 ply; 500M nodes)
Sep-30-05  Centaurus IV: I love the way Morozevich plays, even with the common and so much played Nadjorf, he makes new things, he must win some games here in San Luis, good luck for you Morozevich!!!!!!!!!
Sep-30-05  alexandrovm: I think he did a good game here, against Leko (whom Moro fears the most, acording to a recent interview). Moro had some chances but Leko defended very well. A draw, and with black, is not bad
Sep-30-05  Hidden Skillz: nice picture lol
Sep-30-05  Laci: <alexandrovm>"Moro had some chances but Leko defended very well." What are you talking about? I just checked the game early morning, after I got up, but it seems that Morozevich's position was lost after the 30th move. 31.Qg4 was not bad, but 31.h5 Qxf6 32.Qd4 was even better. In the game 32.Re2? was a big mistake, 32.h5! should've been again, destroying black's defence positions! It seems at 33.Re4? Peter had decided not to move the h-pawn any more, though it was still not late! Then Morozevich successfully equalized the game, and at the very end Leko really had to fight for draw. But all it was due to his weak performace in moves 31-33.
Sep-30-05  ChessKata: Hmm, this photo is not as good. Why is Svidler in focus instead of Leko and Moro?
Sep-30-05  ChessKata: Hmm, I'd say they both managed to find the draw.....
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  tpstar: Because Svidler is stationary while Leko is moving. Notice the spectator in the background - same thing.
Sep-30-05  csmath: Very interesting to see Moro's opening more solid than Topalov's.

Leko approach is somewhat interesting. I have never seen anybody playing Najdorf positionally. He seems to be determine to create the tactical threats but not pushing much more than that.

I don't think you can beat seasoned attackers like Moro or Topa that way.

Sep-30-05  alexandrovm: <Hmm, this photo is not as good. Why is Svidler in focus instead of Leko and Moro?> because Swidler is a big man :) <Laci: <alexandrovm>"Moro had some chances but Leko defended very well." What are you talking about?> I was talking about a specific time in the game: <And, black has a better position after 52. ...Qh1+?> read my post above, thanks...
Sep-30-05  Ezzy: <csmath I have never seen anybody playing Najdorf positionally. He seems to be determine to create the tactical threats but not pushing much more than that.> You are quite lenient with Leko today(compared to your attack on his wimpish play against Topalov - which was quite justified)

I was listening to GM Yasser Seirawan commenting on this game, and he couldn't understand why Leko didn't play h5 when he had so many opportunities to play it to give him attacking possibilites, and gain a big advantage. I quietly laughed to myself, thinking that <csmath> was going to slate Leko for doing exactly the same thing as he did against Topalov, that is 'having no courage' to attack and go all out for the win!

Anyway I will do it for you this time -
Leko doesn't have the balls to become World Champion. Timid Play is not going to prevail in this tournament, and Leko is a timid player. He could easily be on 2/2 - but guess what, he's on 0.5/2 with 2 whites.

Sep-30-05  csmath: Well, if I say he is a coward, then there will be immediate retribution here. Of course, he has chickened out for some reason again and let Moro of the hook. But at least this time Leko was determined to equalize the ending that followed, didn't come back to haunt him.

Yes, Leko has no guts to be WC, he actually proved that in the match with Kramnik. There he could have won but he also chickened out and allowed Kramnik to escape.

Sep-30-05  suenteus po 147: A photo for the game! Will we be seeing this feature more for present and past games, or is this a new feature unique to this tournament?
Sep-30-05  Koster: Morozevich took some risks but evidently Leko was very short of time.
Sep-30-05  Marvol: <csmath: I don't think you can beat seasoned attackers like Moro or Topa that way.>

Well I agree with you and others that Leko seems to lack the balls to go all-out for a win if he needs to (because the position requires it).

And do you think he could beat ANYBODY that way?? ;-)

Sep-30-05  csmath: He has been grinding people down on occassion using this approach. Take a look at the slow kill against Kramnik in the game 5 of their match.

But it has to be opening that allows lenghty manouvres. Najdorf seems to be, at least to me, the ultimate weapon for a tactical player. I don't see what is the point of creating tactical positions and then hesitate and wait for the opponent to mess up. That is my impression from the game with Topalov. Here again, only Leko knows why he didn't play h5 once Moro's king got his butt exposed like that.

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