Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Peter Leko vs Boris Gelfand
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 3, Sep-15
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 72 more Leko/Gelfand games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can change the color of the light and dark squares by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Or, you can change it with the "SETTINGS" link in the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 8 OF 8 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Wolfgang01: Okay, they agreed with a draw.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: Here is the link to Anand's game mentioned in my previous post for anyone who might be interested.

Anand vs Kramnik, 2007

Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Congratulations to Lékó for saving a very difficult endgame and to Gelfand for getting a fine draw with Black and defending the colours of the glorious Petroff.

With this game and Leko vs Mamedyarov, 2007 Lékó has played two of the longest top-level draws this year.

Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: I admire leko. I always thought he was pretty good with his queen.
Sep-15-07  swissfed: Leko is also a very very tough player
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <ChessMensch>

Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour, followed by 15 minutes plus 30 seconds for all the remaining moves (40/2h, 20/1h, 15m+30sec/all). from TWIC Mark Crowther

Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: Leko played 42 checks from move 47 to 100.
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessamateur: <boz> I wish we could say the same for Topalov. Sorry couldn't resist.
Premium Chessgames Member
  strifeknot: Another great game today. I don't want to hear any whining about this being a draw or a Petroff.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessmensch: <tamar> Thanks very much for replying at this late hour.
Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: The Petroff can be interesting, but you have to wait a long time.
Sep-15-07  Confuse: <tamar> FREE FRIES!!! :D
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: My goodness, Boris played 11...Nxf3. I made a comment on that in the Anand game! Anand vs Gelfand, 2007

Second post.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 9 0-0-0, 9 Be2 avoids letting Black wreck White's King side pawns by the exchange ...Nxf3+
Sep-16-07  willychess: What it´s the reason for 24 ... gxf6 by black? Why not Qxf6?. Maybe the move reduce the tension along the g file. But is it justified doubling the kingside pawns?. Please i need deeper minds. Thanks
Sep-16-07  mack: <Eyal> Well found, Mrs Brock!
Sep-16-07  pawnofdoom: Great game by gelfand! Too bad he couldn't win it.
Sep-16-07  slomarko: the later part of this game was highly comical if a little bit boring. i mean with a h-pawn there is no way to escape perpetual however its a well known fact but seems not everybody knew that fact.

<acirce: Unfortunately it's Gelfand who has great winning chances now. Lékó should have kept repeating moves.> great winning chances? like where?

<acirce: <Boomie> That feels like it would be a pretty comfortable win for Black.> yeah hehehe

<acirce: I feel this is very close to already. Will be very, very hard to save, in any event.> very, very hard to save? LOL

<acirce: I think Gelfand is winning rather easily now.> LOL. "rather easily."

<acirce: <If it's that easy, Leko wouldn't be playing, would he?> Why not? As for the 'plan', it's pretty straightforward, so we should be talking concrete lines.> straightforward LOL

<acirce: Yes, I probably underestimated White's resources. He should win, though.> acirce starts to wake up

<acirce: I still can't find a clear win. Quite fascinating. Is there a miracle defence?> and now he realised he didnt have a clue what was going on but to save face there is talk of "miracle" defence.

<acirce: Well that's something I did not expect around move 65-70 but it looks like Lékó saves it> this game looked a complete draw around move 50 for crying out loud!

Premium Chessgames Member
  euripides: <with a h-pawn there is no way to escape perpetual however its a well known fact but seems not everybody knew that fact.> If White had no pawns, then the h pawn on the 7th rank would often win, depending on the position of the white king.
Sep-16-07  Red October: actually I found this game more interesting than Kramnik - Moro ...
Sep-16-07  cannibal: <slomo>, you twit, who has no idea how to play chess. What exactly are you bragging with? During the game you said "draw" (and nothing else, no lines, no reasons, nothing), and so it came. Big deal. Why does that give you such a mighty orgasm?

Btw, Urosevic, commenting on thought it was winning, too, at least at one moment, but of course he's no match-up for you.

(And if you really wanna know: the reason for the draw was certainly not just that it was an h-pawn. Take the final position without the white pawns (you can even move the black one back to h5, and check with a database if you like)

Sep-16-07  slomarko: <Take the final position without the white pawns (you can even move the black one back to h5, and check with a database if you like)> well yeah genius but the pawns were there.
Premium Chessgames Member
  rover: <willychess> if Qxf6 Rf4 seems to win the pawn on f7 after Qd6. (Qg5? Qd3+ Kh8 Rxf7 is even worse)

<acirce: defending the colours of the glorious Petroff.> You are just trying to wind people up, aren't you? :)

But it has to be said that the Petroff produced two very interesting games today.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Resignation Trap: The look of determination is evident on Gelfand's expression here: .
Premium Chessgames Member
  Resignation Trap: According to Igor Lysyj on , when Gelfand missed 75...Qf3!, his winning chances disappeared.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 8)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 8 OF 8 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Fide 2007 world cup
by King mega
Round 3: Leko 1 1/2, Gelfand 1 1/2
from 2007 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
from you vs yourself's favorite games by you vs yourself

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC