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Peter Leko vs Anatoly Karpov
Leko - Karpov Match (2006) (rapid), Miskolc HUN, rd 1, Aug-30
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Aug-31-06  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 17 c5, 17 Kb1 clears the square c1 for Rc1
Aug-31-06  kavalerov: Actually Kb1 is indeed, according to the database, the "mainline", though on move 16.

According to Chessbase the novelty in this game is Karpov's 17. ... O-O (not Leko's 17. c5), allowing "a temporary piece sacrifice, which Fritz does not care to play".

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  tamar: Karpov played 21...Qd6, but going for the win with 21...Nd5 is the crucial line.

21...Nd5 22 Nxf5 Nxe7 23 Qxe7 (23 Nxe7+ is no better) Rae8 24 Qh4 Kh8 25 Qg4 Rg8 26 Bf4 Re4! rebuffs White's initiative, and it is not clear how White can maintain the attack.

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Analysis by Shredder 8 at 20 ply based on the suggestion 21...Nd5 by Chessbase

Sep-01-06  sucaba: <21...♘d5 22 ♘xf5 ♘xe7 23 ♕xe7 (23 ♘xe7+ is no better) ♖ae8 24 ♕h4 ♔h8 25 ♕g4 ♖g8 26 ♗f4 ♖e4! rebuffs White's initiative, and it is not clear how White can maintain the attack.> They must try to defend the ending 27.♕xg7+ ♖xg7 28. ♗xc7 ♖xg2 29. ♗g3 ♔h7 30. ♔d2, where Black should be able to win.
Oct-20-08  engmaster: Great game that forced Leko to not play E4 for the rest of the match
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