|May-31-07|| ||Knight13: The final position is an easy win for black:
Pawns on the same color as the bishop, which is easily taken care of and will lose them, or at least tie the bishop down.
|May-31-07|| ||keypusher: Well, this will give Kramnik something to think about.|
|May-31-07|| ||Mameluk: This was not the Gurevich we all know. Time to go training some young Turks:)|
|May-31-07|| ||Maxim Dlugy: 16...f5 looks very strong. The position doesn't seem to promise white a lot.|
|May-31-07|| ||jmi: <Knight13:> That's correct.|
White is in deadly zugszwang after:
41.e3 d5 42. c5 (forced) f6. (the bishop is caught defending the b-pawn but cannot stop the Black e-pawn from progressing - fallen prey to the principle of one diagonal). If the White king retreats back, e4 is coming and the h-pawn cannot be defended and will fall quickly.
This is a good case of the Knight using a pawn to overpower the Bishop in the endgame. The knight going to d5 maintains a huge central control and with a pawn on e4, the White King is powerless to stop the Black pawn advance and sooner or later, will lose the Bishop, leading to a lost endgame.
I think Gurevich gave it as good as he got. It's not easy being the "old man" in a sport where youth is much acclaimed but seniority is seldom cherished. In my book, he has been an inspiration to aspiring Turks in the game of chess.
|May-31-07|| ||Scarecrow: <jmi: I think Gurevich gave it as good as he got. It's not easy being the "old man" in a sport where youth is much acclaimed but seniority is seldom cherished. In my book, he has been an inspiration to aspiring Turks in the game of chess.> Beautifully written, very kind words.|
We should thank Gurevich after all, he showed great preparation in game 1 and some fighting spirit in game 2 (an interesting 16. 0-0-0). However in this particular game both home prep (16...f5!) and agressive mood stood on Leko's side.
|Sep-02-07|| ||Shajmaty: 16...f5!? deviates from two previous famous games by Leko: 16...Rac8; 17. Nc3, cxd4; 18. Bxd4, Nc5; 19. Rd1, Rfd8 versus Van Wely at Corus Wijk aan Zee 2005 and Kramnik at Dortmund Sparkassen 2006.|
|Oct-09-07|| ||Towershield: I don't like <16.Ne2> very much here, but that's just me maybe. |
Maybe something like 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 dxc5 18.Rc1 Rac8 19.Bc4 Nc6 20.Ne2 Ne5 21.Kf2 Rfd8 22.Ke3 but it seems like it's heading for a draw.