|Dec-25-08|| ||talfan: Every day the Petroff is defeated at top level is a good day for chess.|
|Dec-25-08|| ||sarahbumter: 47. Qxc4 bad move?|
|Dec-25-08|| ||talfan: Well the rook on f4 is defending the c4 knight, so it's a really bad move!|
|Dec-25-08|| ||dabearsrock1010: what about 48.Qxc4 ?|
|Dec-25-08|| ||dabearsrock1010: actually it runs into rook takes bishop queen takes bishop and then Qf7+ taking the white rook back|
|Dec-26-08|| ||arsen387: very nice game by Leko!|
|Dec-26-08|| ||Jafar219: At press conference Gashimov said that he spent over 1 hour for opening and that`s why he lost.|
|Dec-26-08|| ||Knight to f6: Too much back-and-forth bishop movement, I think Gashimov wanted a repetition draw the way he played that.|
|Dec-27-08|| ||acirce: <Finally Peter Leko managed to convert a huge advantage, showing his real skill. Peter created a masterpiece showing strength of the bishop pair. I can give exclamation marks to several moves: 10.h4!, 20.b4!, 44.Kb1!, 45.Ka1!, 46.Ka2! (what a calm play in a very sharp position!). These moves were the most accurate and set the outcome of the game. The final blow 52.Rxd7! served as a small addition to the piece of art.
Yet, White’s play was not completely flawless. It seems trading the light-squared bishops was a bit premature, as Vugar had an interesting opportunity: 33…Re2!, and Black makes a draw. The branch of variations grows too big, so I will mention just one line: 34.Rh2 (not forced, of course) 34…Nc4+ 33. Ka2 Rxd4! 34.Rxd4 Rxc2+! 35.Qxc2 Qa3+ 36.Kb1 Qb4+ , and Black forces a draw, having only a knight for two rooks.
However, this does not diminish the achievement of the Hungarian grandmaster.> -- Shipov|
43..Qf8 was tricky and 44.Kb1 indeed not so easy to find - he had to have seen it some time in advance, or maybe he was just lucky that it was there...
|Dec-27-08|| ||pbernh: Is 44. ...Nxe5 a poor move? (45. Qxa4 Nxf3)|