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Peter Leko vs Magnus Carlsen
World Blitz Championship (2016), Doha QAT, rd 21, Dec-30
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo Main line (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jan-01-17  Moszkowski012273: 26.Nf5... wudda won it!
Jan-01-17  Riverbeast: Of course, 26. Nf5 should have been automatic....I was shocked when Leko didn't play it

Instead he thinks for a while, then decides to exchange both bishops...Peter Leko in a nutshell

He was playing for a draw with white the whole game, he couldn't start playing for a win...That would veer away from the plan

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  Ron: After 26 Nf5 play could go 26. Nf5 Qc5 27. Re5 Nd5 28. Nxh6+ gxh6 29. Bxh6 Qxf2+ 30. Qxf2 Bxf2+ 31. Kxf2 Nc7 32. c4 Ne8 33. Rg5+ Kh8 34. Rh5 Kg8

Very good find by <Moszkowski012273> and <Riverbeast>

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  ChessHigherCat: <Ron: After 26 Nf5 play could go 26. Nf5 Qc5 27. Re5 Nd5> Or 26. Nf5 Qc5 27. Re5 Qxf2 28. QxQ BxQ+ 29. KxB, pawn takes N, rook takes pawn and it looks pretty equal, no?
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  Ron: <ChessHigherCat>: If after 26. Nf5 Qc5 27. Re5 Qxf2+ play could go 28. Qxf2 Bxf2+ 29. Kxf2 and Black is at a material disadvantage: up a pawn but down a minor piece. I do not see where there can be "pawn takes N"
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  ChessHigherCat: ChessHigherCat: Okay, sorry, I got the move numbers off by one: what I meant was 27. Nf5 Qc5 28. Re5 Qxf2 29. QxQ BxQ 30. KxB, e6xNf5, 31. Re5xf5
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  ChessHigherCat: 26. Nf5 is a very good move, I got confused when I was playing through the moves and was looking at the position one move later (sorry, it's been a long day with a continuing hangover after last night)
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