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Peter Leko vs Alexey Shirov
Tal Memorial (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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  whiteshark: Good endgame technique by Leko. It doesn't come out of the blue.
Aug-20-08  shutupimthinking: Can anyone explain the last three moves of this game, and why Shirov resigned?
Aug-20-08  Rawprawn: You've got me there!
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  ganso: <shutupimthinking> I'm with you. I thought Leko would get his rook to the a file to penetrate and if Shirov tried to stop him by moving K to b8, then Leko could get his K to d5, e6, etc. I don't understand why Leko moved rook up and down the d file and then why Shirov resigned.
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  whiteshark: <Rawprawn> You've got your cassock on backwards methinks...
Aug-20-08  Jim Bartle: Looks to me as if black can stop the white king from penetrating to f7, or protect the b-pawn. But not both, so it's curtains.
Aug-20-08  messachess: Poor Shirov; clearly he knows advanced chess--I'm sure he had a good idea what he was doing in sac.'g the exchange (1 pawn actually), but he tumbled into Zugzwang on the last move of the game; Not bad luck, but not quite good enough judgment.
Aug-20-08  blueofnoon: <shutupimthinking> The only counterplay white has to watch out for is d5 exd5 Kd6 so Leko prevented it with 44. Rd2.

After 45.Rd1 the only move for black is 45...Bd8 (Kb8 allows 46.Rc1!). Then 46.Rc1+ Kd7 47.Ra1 and white can penetrate black's camp with his rook. Note that this time 47...d5 is not possible due to 48.exd5 Kd6 49.Ra8 winning a tempo because black's B is on d8, not e7. A superb endgame technique from Leko.

Aug-20-08  zanza: Very good technique by Leko!

41. b5+! weakens Q-side

After 41. ..., axb5+ and 42. Rb4+, Black reply is forced, cause 42. ..., Rb6? loses after 43. Rc8, Bc7 44. Rg8, but Black loses space and space...

White's idea is to prevent d5 and simply move his King to d5, and his Rook on 8th row... so Black can only wait passively, and this is not the kind of game that such an attacker as Shirov can support :-) so he resigned.

Aug-21-08  Rawprawn: <Whiteshark> Nobody expects that!
Aug-21-08  Ulhumbrus: 14...d5 or 15...d5 offers an interesting blockade sacrifice eg 14...d5 15 Bb6 Qd7 16 exd5 Bxb3 17 cxb3 Bd6 or 14...d5 15 Bb6 Qd7 16 Nxd5 Nxd5 17 exd5 Bxb3 18 cxb3 Bd6 or 15...d5 16 Bb6 Qd7 17 exd5 Bxb3 18 cxb3 Bd6 ir 15...d5 16 Bb6 Qd7 17 Nxd5 Nxd5 18 exd5 Bxb3 19 cxb3 Bd6
Aug-23-08  shutupimthinking: <blueofnoon> Thanks. I was looking at 44.Kb6 but now I see that after 44...d5 it's not so clear.
Feb-12-09  KingG: With 15.f3 Leko deviated from a previous game between the two players, Leko vs Shirov, 2002, where 15.Nc1 was played, after which Shirov introduced the novelty 15...d5!.
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