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|Aug-05-06|| ||Amon Savag: Ahhhh jesis....This game was getting good,too!I would have loved to have seen this drawn out.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Kreifi: Blah. There was nothing to see in this. :/|
|Aug-05-06|| ||TheSlid: Black K side looks a bit sparse.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||suenteus po 147: There's always Aronian-Svidler to switch to ;)|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Knight13: Draw agreed.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||bane77: So, my prediction (1st page) came truth. Draw at most 25 moves, following this game was wasting time.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Kangaroo: Aronian vs Svidler would have been a more exciting game, not to mention the *strange* victory by Kramnik. Luck or fortune - they always accompany the strength!|
|Aug-05-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: Thanks for the broadcast, <chessgames.com>. Are we going to switch to another game now? Pähtz vs. Krush looks pretty nice.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Marmot PFL: Leko wanys to go rest and prepare for kramnik, who has alrady won. (BTW I predicted bioth games correctly, I need to start betting).|
|Aug-05-06|| ||hitman84: What DRAW ? There is still lotsa play left!
|Aug-05-06|| ||percyblakeney: All their standard games have been drawn for ten years, the longest being 41 moves, so the outcome was no sensation, expecially not with Leko wanting to keep his lead...|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Honza Cervenka: <White is gaining a slight edge.> I don't think so. He had the edge a few moves ago but black liberated his position now. If white exchanges Bishop on d5 now, then 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.b4 Bb7 26.Qc2 Nf6 with next Nd5 makes white's control of c-file quite useless "advantage". For example, 27.Nc6 Bxc6 28.Rxc6 Nd5 29.Bd4 Qb7 and how will white progress?|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Tactical: <Squares><Oprenovic>See Mateo, Kibitzer's Corner, tournament page 42|
|Aug-05-06|| ||vizir: very,beautiful,game|
|Aug-05-06|| ||KingG: I hope someone asks Leko why he decided not to play 14.Bxe6. I have to wonder under what conditions he would sacrifice i piece if he refused to do it here.|
He gets 3 pawns, a long-term attack and a great pawn structure(compared to Black's remaining 3 isolated pawns). So not only does he have the attack, but in the event of mass exchanges, he will have good chances in the endgame.
I can't think of any reason to turn it down. Sure, he keeps an advantage playing the 'safe' move, but by doing that he lets Black get away with some poor play. Sometimes it takes a difficult move to properly punish your opponent.
I have a feeling that Gelfand knew that Leko wouldn't sacrifice though. Against someone like Topalov, Kasparov, or even Kramnik, i very much doubt he would have allowed this move. Or maybe it was just a blunder?
|Aug-05-06|| ||CapablancaFan: 14.Bxe6! was the right thing to do. Leko decided to play it "safe" but then again that's what seperates the Masters from the Grandmasters.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||KingG: <Capablanca fan> Yeah, i could understand that if he was sacrificing the piece for one or two pawns, and didn't want to take the risk. But he was getting 3 pawns here, and a great position. Even if Gelfand exchanges at every opportunity, Leko should be able to at least draw the endgame. And i seriously doubt an exhausted Gelfand, who in all probability blundered by playing 13...Be7?, was going to survive until the endgame.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Marmot PFL: <KingG> I agree the sac looks worth a try, especially since white's results with other moves haven't been so good. I guess it comes down to each player's style and the type of position he is comfortable with.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Kwesi: <Bane77> called it|
|Aug-05-06|| ||KingG: <I guess it comes down to each player's style and the type of position he is comfortable with.> Yeah, but i think there are certain sacrifices should be played almost on principle, regardless of style. There are many examples of these kind of sacrifices, especially in the Sicilian.|
Anyway, i'm not the person to tell Leko how or what he should play, but imho Gelfand made a serious mistake by playing 13...Be7??(why take the risk, when 13...Nc5 covers the e6 square, and Black is relatively ok), and then Leko returned the favour with 14.O-O?.
I'll be interested to see what the annotators have to say about this. where's <LMAJ> when you need him? :-)
|Aug-05-06|| ||CapablancaFan: Bxe6 is nothing new. Capa already have shown us how effective the sac can be Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1925. Very surprised that Leko didn't play it.|
|Aug-05-06|| ||Hesam7: The following line looks pretty good for White:
14. Bxe6! fxe6 15. Nxe6 Qc4 16. Nxg7+ Kf7 17. Nf5 Rac8 18. Bd4 Ne5 19. Rd1:
click for larger view
White will continue with b3 and 0-0. My engine evaluates this position more than a pawn in White's favor. Maybe after what happened in Linares Leko has become even more conservative.
|Aug-05-06|| ||KingG: All i know is Leko in this frame of mind will never sacrifice a piece unless he can calculate a forced win, no matter how good it looks.|
To not play Bxe6 here was just ridiculous.
The only possible explanation i can find is that Leko somehow thought this was home prep, since normally allowing the sacrifice is considered to be a mistake. Personally, i think Gelfand just blundered. There is no need to risk it, when he can play the safe ...Nc5.
|Aug-06-06|| ||you vs yourself: Gelfand allowed a similar sac and won just last year. See: W Kobese vs Gelfand, 2005 That's the only reason I can come up with for Leko not playing 14.Bxe6!|
|Aug-06-06|| ||KingG: <you vs yourself> Yes, but there were two differences:|
1)The dark squared bishop was locked behind the f4-pawn, making the attack slightly less strong. Although, as discussed on that page, the attack should have been quite dangerous, it was just badly handled by White.
2)His opponent was rated 300 points lower than him.
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