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Peter Leko vs Alexander Beliavsky
Madrid (1998), Madrid ESP, rd 6, May-17
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Two Knights System (B08)  ·  1-0


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Feb-27-08  hkannan2000: The database gives the opening as Caro-Kann B 18 instead of Pirc as given in the game. Needs correction?
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  arsen387: I absolutely adore this game. Young Leko shows real class here and strange that it has only 1 kibitzing. Pawn moves like 8.e5, 13.h4 (now if h5 then 14.e6 will leave black's pawn structure in a total mess), 15.c4 are really instructive. As a result after move 20

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whites are completely dominant with both Rs on only open files and threats on both sides of the board. And Leko also finishes off in style

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  parmetd: this whole game is analyzed by GM Larry Christiansen on
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  plang: Before this round several of the players (including Leko) had received a warning letter from the Organizers relating to "fightless" draws. Leko had also received a similar letter during Ubeda 1997. Leko said he was better prepared this time to react to this type of letter. Although 7..Bg4 was not new Leko was very sceptical of it as he felt that 8 e5! was a very strong response. 9 Ne4 was new; 9 Ne2 had been played previously. 10..d5 seems to be an admission that Black's opening has been a failure. Beliavsky could have played 18..Nxe5 exchanging his Knight for three pawns but White still would have been in control. If 24..Rf8 Christiansen gives 25 Rh7..Qd8 26 Qxg6..fxg 27 Bxg6..Rf7 28 Bxf7+..Ke7 29 Rb7 with a winning advantage. I think 34 Kf3! was the most subtle move of the game.34..Qxc3+ was a better defense but after 35 Kg2..g5 36 Qf5 White is still winning.
Nov-06-17  clement41: Very very nice game indeed!
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  fredthebear: This should be ECO code B08. A correction slip has been submitted.
May-15-18  AmanAgarwal: This game is an answer to those who criticize 150 attack. What a wonderful game played by a 20 year young boy. Leko became the world's youngest grandmaster in 1994. There is hardly anytime in the game I could see black to have counterattacking chances. It is white who ruled the game.
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