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Peter Leko vs Ivan Sokolov
ACP Rapid (2007), Odessa UKR, rd 1, Jan-05
Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Cordel Gambit (C64)  ·  1-0


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Jan-05-07  Dres1: a can of whoop ass... like they say in the U. S and A
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  acirce: <11.c5 White is better, because of the prospective outpost on e5 and the weakness of the e4-pawn. (...) White is faced with a most difficult task after the subtle 11..0-0! 12.cxd6 cxd6 (Black is recapturing his piece) 13.Bg3 dxe5 14.dxe5 Nd5 15.Nd2. The sacrifice 15..e3 is not good enough to equalize completely - 16.fxe3 Rxf1+ (It is weaker for Black to play 16..Nxe3 17.Rxf8+ Kxf8 18.Qf3+ Nf5 19.Ne4 Kg8 20.Rd1 and White has the initiative) 17.Nxf1, but it will not be easy for White to win with a doubled pawn and bishops of opposite colour. After 15..Qg6, as in the game Hjartarson-Pirttimaki, Oslo 1983, White can keep a slight advantage with 16.Qa4 (while 16.Re1 is worse due to 16..e3! 17.fxe3 Be6 with the idea of Nb4) 16..Bf5 17.Rae1 >

(Khalifman: "Opening for White according to Anand" vol. 1)

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  JointheArmy: Yay War Games.
Jan-05-07  setebos: This Sokolov is a sucker. How can he lose in 20 moves?
Jan-05-07  TheSlid: After 21.d6 the Bishop on e7 reminds me of the English Martyr, Thomas Beckett. (He was killed on the steps of Canterbury Cathedral by 4 Knights sent by the King). Nowhere to run to, all there is to do is die honourably...
Jan-05-07  setebos: Actually the King allegedly said "who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" so he did not actually order the murder. Nowadays this is known as "plausible deniability" :)
Jan-05-07  TheSlid: It is accepted by contemporary historians that the King did indeed not instruct his Knights so. They appear to have acted "on a frolic of their own". No doubt they hoped to curry some form of favour nonetheless. Well observed, there, <setebos>!
Jan-05-07  Ulhumbrus: The game suggests some answers for those who don't know what to do against ...f5 or ..Bc5 when employed by the Black side of a Ruy Lopez, although Sokolov combines the two in this game, and it is conceivable that one may hinder the other in some ways. 5 d4 provides the first suggestion: answer ...f5 with d4 5 Bxc6 offers a second suggestion : the B defends the N on f3 so that 5...exf3 can be answered by Bxf3 7 Nxe5 offers a third answer : e5 falls with the removal of the Nc6 defending it. 7...Qd5 ties the d4 pawn to the defence of the Ne5 only temporarily, and c4 will be able to attack the Q- and does. 9...Bd6 suggests a fourth answer: the d4 pawn persuades the B to leave the g1-a7 diagonal 14 f3 suggests a fifth answer : the f file is to become a weapon for attack in White's hands instead of in Black's hands. This in turn suggests a sixth answer: the reason is that Black hasn't castled yet. 18 Qc4 suggests a seventh answer: the Q occupies the a2-g8 diagonal. What is less obvious is that Qc4-g8 is a potential threat. This threat materializes after the event of ..Rf8 and the removal of the R. After 21 d6 Rxf3 22 Rxf3 White threatens both dxe7 and Qg8+. Sokolov resigns at this point. Leko's play suggests thus no less than seven answers to the question of what to do if Black combines ...Bc5 with ..f5 on the Black side of a Ruy Lopez. An instructive game, don't you think?

Jan-05-07  Kwesi: Maybe it's not going too far to say that Leko all but refuted the Ruy Lopez Classical with 4...f5 over the board.
Jan-06-07  Bishops r power: The line Sokolov played is perfectly playable. It is known as the Cordel Gambit of the RuyLopez. There's nothing wrong with the opening, just that my grandother who doesn't know how to play chess can play beter than Sokolov
Jan-06-07  Kwesi: <Bishops r power> Thanks - I'll have to look that one up.
Oct-21-07  notyetagm: What a beautiful position Leko (White) has after 18 ♕e2-c4.

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  offramp: A good example of the player with the two knights opening the position against the two bishops.
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