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Boris Gelfand vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen (2007), Dortmund, GER, rd 6, Jun-30
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1
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Jun-30-07  kolobok: Yes Leko wins !!!!!
Jun-30-07  OneArmedScissor: This game is amazing.
Jun-30-07  themadhair: First black win so far and it isn't half bad.
Jun-30-07  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 29 Qa4 29 f6+ Kxf6 30 f4 exf4 31 Qg4 prepares Qf5+
Jun-30-07  Knight13: Oh well White tried his best to "get out of the hole."
Jun-30-07  percyblakeney: On move 58 Gelfand should have played something like Rf2 and kept the rook on the second row, doesn't look easy to make progress for Leko then even if there maybe is a way somehow by picking up the h-pawn.
Jun-30-07  percyblakeney: The winning method after 58. Rf2 could be something like Re1 59. Bb1 Rd1 picking up the d-pawn and after that taking care of the kingside pawns.
Jun-30-07
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  paulalbert: This game reminds me of some of the instructive Capablanca games I see in my older books. Leko gets criticized because of his draw frequency, but he is a very strong player. Paul Albert
Jul-01-07  Laci: <percyblakeney: The winning method after 58. Rf2 could be something like Re1 59. Bb1 Rd1 picking up the d-pawn and after that taking care of the kingside pawns.> Did you check the position on your Fritz or Junior and then changed your opinion <On move 58 Gelfand should have played something like Rf2 and kept the rook on the second row, doesn't look easy to make progress for Leko then even if there maybe is a way somehow by picking up the h-pawn.> later on? Of course, 58.Rf2 might seem better while analyzing afterwards, but during a live game white could not let the black rook take the first row and then capture the d-pawn. In fact, it would have meant admitting to resign.
Jul-01-07  percyblakeney: <Did you check the position on your Fritz or Junior and then changed your opinion <On move 58 Gelfand should have played something like Rf2 and kept the rook on the second row, doesn't look easy to make progress for Leko then even if there maybe is a way somehow by picking up the h-pawn.> later on?>

Yep.

Jul-01-07  Laci: On the other hand, I completely agree with the next comment of <paulalbert>, the game also reminds me the style of Capablanca. Though I am not a big fan of the Cuban genius, this game was fantastic!
Jul-01-07  percyblakeney: Actually, the line Rybka suggests is 58. Rf2 Re1 59. Bb1 Rd1 to begin with, but then it just keeps shuffling pieces back and forth without ever taking the d-pawn or making any progress. Only if you force it to take the pawn does it find a way to get anywhere with some help, maybe that changes if you let it look at the position longer.
Jul-01-07  Laci: Well, if I look at the position longer, after 58.Rf2 Re1 59.Bb1 Rd1 it is obvious that once giving up the first row now the white rook has to keep the second row to avoid further and greater problems. After 60.Re2 if I were Leko, I would definetely take the d-pawn not in order to get an extra pawn but in order to get rid of this problem ultimately. Then the white rook still has to sit on the second row unless wanted to give a check on e4. Then either Rd4 or Bd4 is satisfactory and guaratees clear winning advantage. Definitely it would have been another game and perhaps would have taken another 30 moves but sooner or later Leko would have won!
Jul-01-07  Brown: On move 42 ...Bd4 followed by Bb2 was another idea for black.

Also, I must be missing something after 55...Re2+ 56.Kb1 Rxa2 57.Kxa2 Kc5 58.Kb3 Kd4! The bishop is immune and white's K-side pawns are dropping. Leko must have seen something wrong with this...

Feb-11-11  ChitownChesster: This was a beauty. Both sides played well, but Leko was just a tad bit stronger. I need to learn from games like this.
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