|Jan-16-10|| ||Bdellovibrio: Leko fought to the bitter end. He chose sharp tactical lines in the middlegame, pressing for a win with lots of risk, and Shirov, who excels in calculation and combinational lines, had a field day. For a while, it looked like Peter would salvage this, but Shirov was too solid in the endgame.|
|Jan-16-10|| ||Alphastar: If I didn't know who had which color, I would've guessed Leko had black and Shirov white, based on their respective playing styles.|
|Jan-16-10|| ||Marmot PFL: I was surprised that Shirov could win this ending. At move 40 it seemed that Leko would probably draw. Maybe 47 c5 was better for white, as even if this pawn dies (as it did anyway) white gets his KB more active and has some play against f7.|
|Jan-16-10|| ||Nimzonick: Am I just going crazy or did Shirov overlook mates on move 60 and 62?|
|Jan-16-10|| ||Jim Bartle: Same thing happened to me momentarily, thinking Rg8 was mate. But I had the board backwards.|
|Jan-16-10|| ||LoFarkas: You are going crazy, Nimzonick...
The black pawns move towards the bottom of the board, not the top. So 60... Rg8 would be answered by 61. Kxg8. Oops.
What probably confused you is that the white king wandered across the board to the top, but it started out at the bottom, and that pawn never moved during the entire game.
|Jan-16-10|| ||Nimzonick: I'm trying to figure out where exactly Leko first went wrong. 25.Bh6 looks like a bad move, but looking there now, I don't really see anything better. Was there a way to save the exchange at that point? Did he make a mistake on move 21, or even as early as 18?|
|Jan-16-10|| ||great uncle bulgaria: i was surprised leko could lose after move 20. was there any need for ba2 anyway ?|
|Jan-16-10|| ||Eyal: <Was there a way to save the exchange at that point? Did he make a mistake on move 21, or even as early as 18?>|
As early as move 19, apparently - Qc4! was better than bxc3 and should give White an advantage; and then again on move 22 - 22.Ba3 should lead to a draw, though it involves some tricky tactics. (Chessok's Rybka line goes 22...Qe3+ 23.Kh1 Ne4 24.Rf3 Nf2+ 25.Rxf2 Qxf2 26.Bc5 Qd2 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Bd4 Rxd4 29.cxd4 Be4 30.Rg1 Bxg2+ 31.Rxg2 Qd1+ 32.Rg1 Qf3+ with perpetual check; a less elaborate version would be 25.Kg1 Nh3+ etc. Another option is 24.Qxc7 Bb1 25.Bc5 [25.Raxb1? Nf2+ 26.Kg1 Nh3+ 27.Kh1 Qg1+ 28.Rxg1 Nf2#] 25...Nf2+ 26.Kg1 Nh3+)
|Jan-16-10|| ||VargPOD: This is Peter Leko playing white? Would have never guessed if someone had shown me the game without player info.|
|Jan-16-10|| ||weisyschwarz: Great deliberation by Shirov. He made his rooks work while Leko was sharpening his bishops.|
|Jan-17-10|| ||HeMateMe: What was Leko doing sacrificing the exchange? Did he really have much play for it?|
|Jan-17-10|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: I followed this game live after Tiviakov-Carlsen drew. The 6...Bc5 was extremely rare during my playing days, and it was interesting to see it twice in one day (Anand also played it).|
|Jan-17-10|| ||offramp: <Jim Bartle: Same thing happened to me momentarily, thinking Rg8 was mate. But I had the board backwards.> It's a strange illusion; it may be that I thought it odd that the f-pawn was unmoved at move 60.|
|Jan-17-10|| ||Karpova: Some analysis from Rybka 3
13.Qd3 is the novelty
As <Eyal> already mentioned, 19.bxc3 was an inaccuracy throwing away all of white's advantage (19.Qc4 +0.83|d19)
22.f5 was a blunder and now Black stood better
After 28.Be3, Leko played better and Black's advantage decreased while Shirov didn't always find the best moves
Leko missed 46.c5 (if I remember correctly) and 48.Bf1 (-0.38|d20). There were also some inaccuracies afterwards (e. g. Rybka 3 suggesting 54.Rb3 instead of 54.Bg7+) and Shirov's advantage steadily grew.
|Jan-17-10|| ||kurtrichards: I saw the old Shirov in this game. And the old Leko, too, faltering when the ending comes.|
|Jan-17-10|| ||The Rocket: " What was Leko doing sacrificing the exchange? Did he really have much play for it?"|
no it was a strange descision indeed, blacks king is perfectly safe and just wins the exhange:).
|Jan-17-10|| ||weisyschwarz: <Karpova, After 28.Be3, Leko played better and Black's advantage decreased while Shirov didn't always find the best moves.>|
I noticed this, like he was pulling the rug out from under Shirov.
|Jan-18-10|| ||OneArmedScissor: Give it up, Leko.|
|Jan-18-10|| ||shreyaslathi: leko moved his bishop move 20 he is done!!! otherwise he had very gd position. shirov lucky !!!|
|Jan-20-10|| ||znsprdx: <Karpova: Leko missed 46.c5 (if I remember correctly)> um-er-ah this makes little sense...the B at h7 is hanging - perhaps at a different point?|
|Jan-20-10|| ||Karpova: <Karpova: Leko missed 46.c5 (if I remember correctly)>|
I made a mistake here: Leko missed 47.c5, for sure.