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Peter Leko vs Samuel Shankland
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Aug-28
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1


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Aug-28-11  waustad: Nice win! Beating Leko as black must be one of the high points so far in his career.
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  Gilmoy: White really struggles to find a plan or any targets against Black's interlocking dense pack. <28.Bf3 30.Bc3> seizes both long diagonals -- to no benefit, as there's simply nothing there!

Key to this is that White's Q is stranded on a6, and is just as out of the action as Black's Q. <31..b5> traps her, forcing a meek trade.

White's lasting space advantage <44.Rd7+>, um, peters out (I was going to write "fizzled" :) into <55..e4 56.Rg6 Rc5>. Black's Nc4 has become a monster, White's Bf2 demoted itself into a pawn just to defend e3.

Surely White had numerous draws.

Aug-28-11  Resignation Trap: Poooor Peter. He must win with Black tomorrow...
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  perfidious: <Gilmoy> Your pun may make it on the big screen one day, though somehow I suspect it's been employed before now.....

Without having subjected this game to anything like a thorough analysis, my judgment is that Leko likely missed some chances to draw as you stated.

Aug-28-11  dumbgai: Go Shankland! This kid is good.
Aug-28-11  chezzNutt: How can I watch the games "Live" on video or stream?
Aug-28-11  notyetagm: USA! USA! USA!
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  wordfunph: watta win by Shankland!

go USA!

Aug-28-11  dumbgai: One way white could have played it safe is 46. Nxf8+ Rxf8 47. a4.
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  HeMateMe: Sam shanked a pretty good player, here.
Aug-29-11  positionalgenius: Oh boy... Leko really pressed too hard here.
Aug-29-11  haydn20: Black seems to have equalized by move 14. In order to get anything going White needed f4 around move 18 maybe. 53 f4 may be too aggressive as White doesn't really have much. FWIW Fritz 12 gives 57 Ra6 a ? and 60 Rg6?? It's clear White had a draw but did he overreach or just get outplayed?
Aug-29-11  haydn20: <dumbgai> Your line does look safe--and 47 Nc7 Re7 looks fine too.
Aug-29-11  hedgeh0g: Call the police: Leko got shanked.
Aug-29-11  Whitehat1963: Leko finally makes it onto my collection.
Aug-30-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ACTS: ALIGNMENTS CREATE THREATENED SQUARES!
Aug-30-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Shankland's Best Games
Aug-31-11  OneArmedScissor: Leko needs to give up chess.
Aug-31-11  babakova: Leko needs to work on his chess.
Sep-01-11  Bobsterman3000: <Black's interlocking dense pack.>

Nice description.

Jan-26-12  nolanryan: and after this, Leko quit chess
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  wordfunph: "After he resigned, I went numb. For the first four hours of the game I was just worse, and I felt I got more than I deserved. About an hour later it started to sink in that I had defeated a 2730 who was once one game away from the world championship, and boy did it feel good!"

- GM Samuel Shankland

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