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Levon Aronian vs Peter Leko
Morelia-Linares (2008)  ·  English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-22-08  karnak64: It leaves me feeling so ... so empty.
Feb-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: It was probably wise to bail out with a draw for Aronian as things were going Lékó's way at the moment.

Very nice game, probably quite excellently played by Lékó in a difficult position considering the enormous time pressure he got after having spent 84 minutes (!) on 9..g5, and a well needed confidence booster.

Feb-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Ah, well. Hard fought, well fought, and in the end equally fought. It looked like the sort of game where the computers will find lots of improvements, but let's give these guys some credit for playing to win, not to avoid loss.
Feb-22-08  Davolni: good night everyone!
Feb-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: Yep, draw. I thought for a second that the magnificent 50...e3 would be a fitting end, but it just loses to 51.Rxb6 exd2 52.bxa3. Oh Well: stupendous game. Best of the tournament, in many ways, despite all those decisive upsets and such.

Maybe I just like the Symmetric English and tangled positions. G'night. Gotta have a chess dream, then play in a chess tournament. Chess goes on...

Feb-22-08  Nightranger: Thanks CG.
Feb-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: 50...Nxc6 51. Rxc6 Qxc6 52. bxa3 Qb5+ 53. Kc1 Qc5+ 54. Kd1/Qc2 55. Qxa3. Where's the draw?
Feb-22-08  marcwordsmith: <al wazir> Instead of retaking on c6, after Nxc6, White moves Qh6+ followed by Qxe6+.
Feb-22-08  marcwordsmith: that was <Eyal>'s analysis by the way. I would have missed it.
Feb-22-08
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  al wazir: <marcwordsmith>: Thanks. I only read the first part of <Eyal>'s post. My bad.
Feb-22-08  artemis: Davolni: likely you will not get this post since you are already gone, but I understand your sentiment in a way. However, if you have ever tried to go back over the discussion of a live game, it is very difficult, so one or two or three users who ask after every move is not bad. Infact, it can be kind of useful. I know that I myself typically make some general posts, and if you are going back over the discussion, when someone is asking something general it can be difficult to figure out where the game was at that point. In a way, the questions after each post are good as markers for where the game is at the particular point.
Feb-22-08  you vs yourself: Great defense by Leko. He was under severe time trouble from move 10 but still pulled off a fine draw.
Feb-23-08  positionalgenius: Another great game... this tourney is a fine one already.
Feb-23-08  hovik2003: I think Aronian performance declined after gaining huge positional and pschological advantage after Leko's 9th move(leko was down to 30 minutes on his clock), Aronian got reckless, I think his 16.Rc1?! positional misjudgment, he should have opened the game in his favour by moves like 16.f4, preventing black's queen scope and opening g-file or f-file for his rooks after pawn exchanges.
Feb-23-08  2knights: Leko should have tried 9....Qxf2+, ignoring the check on c7. Then 10. Kd2 Nf3+ 11. Kc1 Bc5 12. Nc7+ Kd8 13. Nxa8 Be3+ 14. Bxe3 Qxe3+ 15. Kb1 Nd2+ 16. Kc2 Ne4 17. Qa5+ b6 18. Qxa7 Qd2+ 19. Kb3 and black is at least equal. At any rate black has plenty of play.
Feb-23-08  hovik2003: <2knights>
Leko logically shoud have played 9...Qf2+, but he was appearently shaken by Aronian novelty and was sure that ...Qxf2+ is definetly what Aronian is expecting him to play, so he wanted to divert in all costs and he did it by 9...g5?!, but in my opinion more analysis will show that is not the best move at all.
Feb-23-08  Davolni: <Artemis> not to open a closed subject.

But there are questions, and there are questions!!!

;)

Feb-23-08  BlackNightmare: is leko the most boring player or what? is it really his goal in life to be just part of the top 10 or 15!?
Feb-23-08  khursh: <BlackNightmare: is leko the most boring player or what? is it really his goal in life to be just part of the top 10 or 15!?>

Did you watch the game or only result?? This was one of the most fires on board game till now.

Feb-23-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 25...Bd7 suppose Leko plays 25...h4. On 26 hxg4 fxg4 27 gxh4 g3 undermines the e3 pawn by attacking the f2 pawn defending the e3 pawn.
Feb-23-08  Scarecrow: This is one superb fantastic game. Black's defense is pleasing to watch. I especially like 20...Kf7, because the other day I myself played that move in a game of mine, and believe it or not, that wasn't quite held together like this... excellent job by Leko.
Feb-23-08  badest: Amazing game by Leko! I never thought he would survive after the near "deadlock" at move 9. In the end he was worth the whole point though. Levon was lucky to get the half.
Feb-23-08  Ulhumbrus: 15...Nc6 clears the square e5 for the Q. Instead of 16 Rd1-c1, 16 Nc2 defends the e3 pawn and so prepares 17 f4 in reply to 16...Qe5. On 16 Nc2 h5 17 f4 Black's King has still to find safety.
Feb-24-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eyal: A nice video by Macauley Peterson on this game in http://webcast.chessclub.com/Linare... (the one titled - "a Spoiled Novelty - Leko's deep think").
Jun-10-11  polarmis: Aronian on this game: http://www.crestbook.com/en/node/1514

<[What's] the best novelty [you've] thought up and refuted?

Aronian: I’ve refuted other people’s novelties, but as they were of doubtful quality I won’t mention them, while I can tell you about the best novelty. That was the move 9. Qa4 in the English Opening after the moves 1.c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 cd4 5.Nd4 Nc6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bf4 Nfg4.


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That was the idea of my friend Gabriel Sargissian, who found and analysed it in 2007, but which I just couldn’t believe in. I was ripe for it (or saw the light?) in the game against Leko at Linares 2008.>

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