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Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tal Memorial (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Nov-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  messachess: his is one to really study for a lesson in dynamic defensive play. Good one Leko!
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  Marmot PFL: <messachess> Leko makes the draw seem so effortless but I am sure he worked hard for it.
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  messachess: (I meant to say good one Ivanchuk--excellent defense.)
Nov-19-09  Hesam7: <Q. How do you like the rule, used here, that draws can only be agreed with the permission of the arbiter?

Kramnik: It seems to me that this is an imaginary problem, but if the organisers do not want players to agree an early draw, then it is better to have stricter, the so-called Sofia rules. Because, with all due respect to the arbiters, I do not understand why they allowed a draw to be agreed in the game Leko-Ivanchuk. The final position was nothing like those envisaged in these rules. As it was explained to me, while Leko was thinking whether to agree or not, he used up almost all his time, and when he decided to accept Ivanchuk’s proposal, the arbiters did not object, out of “humanitarian” reasons, since he had so little time left. It is all a bit strange. And although such a problem did not arise for me personally – I played out all my games to the very end – I think that if you are going to have anti-draw sanctions, then it is better not to give the players the opportunity to have negotiations at the board.>

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