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Mikhail Gurevich vs Peter Leko
Candidates Match: Leko - Gurevich (2007), Elista, Kalmykia Russia, rd 4, May-31
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  0-1


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May-31-07  Knight13: The final position is an easy win for black:

Passed pawn

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.

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  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:)
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  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.

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