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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Leko - Kramnik Rapid Match (2007) (rapid), Miskolc HUN, rd 6, Apr-28
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0
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Apr-28-07  Marmot PFL: For once Leko was ahead on time (I think) and played better in the complications. 36...c4!? looked good for Kramnik but than he went wrong somewhere. After 40...Rb7? 41.Qc5! white is winning - someone with engine up and more free time please analyse :)
Apr-28-07  thedoyle: where exacrly is the win here?
Apr-28-07  russep: how does this win?
Apr-28-07  Davolni: After 49.Rxg6 if
KxG6, then 50.Qg5+ Kf7 or Kh7
51. Qh5+ ....
52. Qxe2
Apr-28-07  outplayer: White is threatening 50.Qxh5# so 49...Kxg6 is forced. After 50.Qg5+ K moves 51.Qxh5+ and 52.Qxe2
Apr-28-07  Davolni: nice game by Leko..:)!!!!
Apr-28-07  Chuckles: The win is 49..Kxg6 50.Qg5+ Kf7/h7 51.Qxh5+ and 52.QxR. White is up a bunch of pawns in the queen ending.
Apr-28-07  chessmoron: 49...Kxg6 50.Qg5+ Kf7 (double checking ♖ + ♔ and capturing rook with 51.Qxe2 and White is winning with 4 more ♙ on the board.
Apr-28-07
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  Eyal: <Marmot PFL: 36...c4!? looked good for Kramnik but then he went wrong somewhere. After 40...Rb7? 41.Qc5! white is winning - someone with engine up and more free time please analyse :)> Kramnik's critical mistake was actually a move before 40...Rb7 - 39...Rf7? takes the square away from the knight, and after 40.h4 Black is lost (40...Nh7 41.Nf3 is hopeless for him as well).
Apr-28-07
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  chancho: Leko had not beaten Kramnik since 2004, so this win must have been highly satisfying for him.
Apr-28-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 11...c5, a pawn sacrifice of the form 11...b3 12 cxb3 c5 has been tried by both Spassky and Karpov( successfully against Spassky at London, 1982, the game being Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 but that is another matter). One question is why Kramnik plays 36...c4 offering a pawn on c4.
Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: For once Leko was ahead on time (I think) and played better in the complications.>

That is -not- a coincidence. Having more time on the clock than your oppoenent is critical.

Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <Chuckles: The win is 49..Kxg6 50.Qg5+ Kf7/h7 51.Qxh5+ and 52.QxR. White is up a bunch of pawns in the queen ending.>

Yes, the <UNDEFENDED> Black e2-rook makes this <PETITE COMBINAISON> possible.

Chernev/Reinfeld: "There are always threats against undefended pieces."

Chernev/Reinfeld: "Loose piece are the basis of combinations."

49 ♖g3xg6! ♔h7xg6 50 ♕e5-g5+ ♔g6-f7/h7 51 ♕g5xh5+ <fork> and 52 ♕h5x♖e2 <LPDO>

Apr-29-07  Atking: Yesterday I suggested 30. ...Ree7 and Rd6~Red7 then c4 looks efficient (With a knight still on c6! (Qc7 for Nd8~Nf7 seems a bit dubious to me)). I still fail to see what's wrong with this plan. Black was Ok at that point. Isn't it ?
Apr-29-07
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  tamar: <Atking> Against 30...Ree7 31 Rf1 Rd6 32 Rd2f2 Red7 33 Qc1 following the same idea Leko had in the game seems best.

Black gets his Alekhine's gun, but taking on d3 always looks dangerous.

Apr-29-07  anandrulez: nice play by leko . he outplayed kramnik with some nice technique . kramnik still looks better of the two , it wud take some effort from leko to turn the table in his favour . go leko
Apr-29-07  Phoenix: GM Nunn: LPDO Loose Pieces Drop Off
May-01-07  Atking: <tamar: <Atking> Against 30...Ree7 31 Rf1 Rd6 32 Rd2f2 Red7 33 Qc1 following the same idea Leko had in the game seems best. Black gets his Alekhine's gun, but taking on d3 always looks dangerous.> Thanks <tamar> for your answer and sorry to nocite it only now. I saw the inconvenient of "all" on d file but somehow Kramnik has already given up the f file. On 33.Qc1 h6 34.Ne1 c4! 35.dxc Qb6 Not for 36. ...Rd1 as White has 37.Rf7+! but simply for Qc5 xc4. I still think Black position playable.
May-01-07
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  tamar: <Atking> After 30...Ree7 31 Rf1 Rd6 32 Rd2f2 Red7 33 Qc1 h6 34.Ne1 c4! 35.dxc Qb6

The 34...c4 line is about the best Black can do, with both sides now having doubled pawns, but I believe White can successfully defend his weaknesses while pressing the attack on the f file.

36 Qa3 Qa7 (36...Qe3 37 Nc2! Qa7 because 37...Qxe4 loses to 38 Qxd6) 37 c5 Rd1 38 Kh2 Qc7 39 c4 Kh7 40 Rf8 Rg7 41 Qf3 Rd8 42 Qf6 Rxf8 43 Qxf8 +2.57/21 Shredder 8


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May-03-07  Atking: Thanks for the explanations <tamar> Sorry again for delay. Recently I have some connections problem with this site(?) Actually I can't see the game... Playing 35. ...Qb6 I didn't see 36.Qa3! A strong move.
Mar-22-08
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  Messiah: I've seen this (and the previous) game live, and it was stunning that Kramnik has lost his head after the 43rd move. After the match he said "You were too loud, but that wasn't the main reason losing the game. Magnificent play by Peter!" (sorry for my bad-bad english)
May-11-08  notyetagm: Final position after 48 ♖g3xg6! 1-0


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<notyetagm: <Chuckles: The win is 49..Kxg6 50.Qg5+ Kf7/h7 51.Qxh5+ and 52.QxR. White is up a bunch of pawns in the queen ending.> Yes, the <UNDEFENDED> Black e2-rook makes this <PETITE COMBINAISON> possible.

Chernev/Reinfeld: "There are always threats against undefended pieces."

Chernev/Reinfeld: "Loose piece are the basis of combinations.">


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Jul-12-08  invas0rX:


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estupida falange de peones y ademas la posision es peor

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