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Peter Leko vs Michael Adams
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005), San Luis ARG, rd 7, Oct-05
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0


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Peter Leko vs Michael Adams (2005)
Photograph copyright © 2005 World Chess Championship Press.  Used with permission.

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Oct-06-05  acaling1000: Why the hell not 21.g3! It wins on the spot, 21.g3-Qf6 22.Nd7 wins. While 22.Qd4-Nc6 and Blacks bishop drops off
Oct-06-05  tpstardefender: After 20.g3 Qh3 Black can't move his knight to d7 now
Oct-06-05  csmath: 21. g3? ... Qf6

22. Nd7 ... Qxd4

23. Nxf8 ... Bxc5

24. Nxh7 ... Qxf2

25. Kh1 ... Rd8

26. Qg4 ... Qd4

27. Qxd4 ... Bxd4

Hard to see any easy win here.

Leko's choice was undoubtedly correct.

Oct-06-05  Queens Gambit: Leko has been pathetic in San Luis, i tought he was going to fight to the top, but im baffled by him..
Oct-06-05  tpstardefender: Adams is shivering at the idea of going to -3. Leko, being the nice guy he is, pulled up a poem he wrote to his wife and started reading to Adams to cheer him up a bit. Apparently Micky isn't impressed at this comedic tragedy.
Oct-06-05  acaling1000: csmath you got it wrong 21.g3-Qf6 22.Nd7-Qd4 23.Nf8-Bc5 (instead of 24.Nh7?) 24.Be3!-Qd1 25.Rd1-Be3 26.Re3 wins!

your mistaken, 21.g3-Qh3 22.Nc6-bc6 23.Re7 wins! It is so goddam obvious! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS, CANT YOU SEE?

Oct-06-05  DutchDunce: Interesting pic with the kings placed in the center, is that how to 'officially' resign a game at this level?
Oct-06-05  DutchDunce: "A poem to my wife"
by Peter Leko

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nxe4 d6....

(wife falls asleep)

Peter: Hmm, she must have had a long day. I'll go read it to Micky instead.

Oct-06-05  DutchDunce: With Peter & Micky around, all we need is Mike and Davy and we have the Monkees.
Oct-06-05  tpstardefender: <acaling1000> Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Yeah, that was very "goddam obvious!"

I suggest you also check your line with the computer, just in case.

Oct-06-05  cuendillar: I'd say, as I did during the game, that the reason is 21.g3?! Qf6 22.Nd7 Qxd4 23.Nxf8 Bxc5 24.Bd3 Qxd1 25.Raxd1 Bxf8 (26.Rd7? Ne5 0-1) which probably is drawn.

With the played move, as you see Leko crashed through quickly to an easy win. I do not doubt his choice here.

Oct-06-05  PARACONT1: Michael is in shockingly poor form. But he's never been stable at handling pressure. I recall that Seirawan (then no longer a top GM) even held him to a draw in a 10 game match in the late 90s.
Oct-06-05  euripides: Nigel Short in chessbase suggests that Adams lost because he offered a target by repeating the opening. However, it was Adams who deviated from his game against Svidler with 14...Bf5. Leko's prceise and elegant response was probably found at the board.
Oct-06-05  euripides: At the end, the presence of the a pawns means that Black has little chance of saving the game by sacrificing the rook for the c pawn and rushing a king-side pawn. Without the a pawns, this plan might save the game.
Oct-06-05  csmath: Adams lost this game without a fight. His critical errors were in 16th and 23rd move. He played poorly on a submaster level, in my view.
Oct-06-05  euripides: I was wrong; it was Leko who deviated with 14 Ne5. Not new, but perhaps new at this level. It seems a natural move and I would imagine Adams had considered it.
Oct-06-05  TheSlid: <DutchDunce> Hee hee :-)
Oct-06-05  Veselin Anderson: Something is fishy, because the position in the photo above does not correspond to the final position in the Java board.
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  tpstar: <Veselin Anderson> Hello! Welcome to the group! Everything matches except the Black King is now on d5. Adams probably just resigned, then replaced his King in the middle of the board. See you around.
Oct-06-05  Veselin Anderson: <tpstar> Thank you for your kind words!

Were they doing a post-mortem? Seems so.

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  tpstar: <Veselin Anderson> They are signing the scoresheets to make their result official. They might briefly look at one position for a moment, but they can't analyze their game with the other boards still in progress. So they'd take it outside the tournament room to a skittles area, then do their post-game interview with the media.
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  offramp: <tpstar: <Veselin Anderson> ...Everything matches except the Black King is now on d5. Adams probably just resigned, then replaced his King in the middle of the board. See you around.> This seems a little old-fashioned; don't people just stop the clocks nowadays?
Mar-14-06  Veselin Anderson: Brrrr...Adams had a miserable tournament...
Feb-02-07  positionalgenius: If adams makes this years tournament of eight he will do better-hopefully.
Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: on move 14, why move the Bishop to f5?
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