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Peter Leko vs Boris Gelfand
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Nov-10
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0


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Nov-10-06  alicefujimori: A very good display of technique by Leko in this game. 32.g6! was the beginning of black's trouble.
Nov-10-06  percyblakeney: Leko has played many games against Gelfand but this was his first win (apart from a blindfold game).
Nov-10-06  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: A very good display of technique by Leko in this game. 32.g6! was the beginning of black's trouble.>

Yes, very nice move 32 g6!. The point being 32 ... fxg6?? 33 ♗c4+ wins by threatening to <REMOVE THE GUARD> of the loose Black f8-knight.

Nov-10-06  sheaf: its nice to see leko back to his best maybe we are going to see some good quality chess in near future
Nov-10-06  Ulhumbrus: Leko makes his extra Knight count in the ending partly by means of persistant tactical trickery, making use of the ability of the Knight to deliver forks again and again.
Nov-10-06  TheSlid: A brilliant display, I felt, by Leko. Almost a commentary on the worthlessness of the friendless soldier.
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  Eyal: 32.g6 is indeed a good move, but maybe 32...Rd7 can still hold for black (33.Rxd7 Nxd7 34.Bc4 Ne5); 32...b5 looks like active play, but is too weakening.
Nov-10-06  crazy monk: 41..Kxe6? Why not Rxb6 avoid check and N cannot defend the b pawn
Nov-10-06  you vs yourself: <crazy monk> But black can't immediately attack the b-pawn. If the rook was on the 7th rank, there's nothing that stops it from going to the b-file; on the 6th rank, the rook's being blocked by its own pawns.
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  acirce: Some good technical grinding by Lékó here. Well done! I wonder two things though, 1) why not 30.e5 (perhaps 30..Ne6 31.f4 is more optically than objectively good?, 30..Bxe5 31.Rd8+ Nf8 32.Bc5 though), 2) why not 32..Rd7 (looked natural enough, but perhaps doesn't completely solve his problems)
Nov-11-06  aw1988: <acirce> Rd7 Rxd7 Nxd7 Bh3
Nov-12-06  percyblakeney: <32. ... Rd7 33. Rxd7 Nxd7 34. Bh3> Nc5 and black has no problems, but Gelfand was in time trouble by then.
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