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Leko 
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Peter Leko
Number of games in database: 2,001
Years covered: 1989 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2731 (2773 rapid, 2682 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2763
Overall record: +339 -183 =871 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      608 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (369) 
    B90 B33 B42 B32 B44
 Ruy Lopez (212) 
    C78 C67 C89 C92 C88
 Sicilian Najdorf (127) 
    B90 B93 B91 B96 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (108) 
    C89 C92 C88 C84 C95
 French Defense (99) 
    C11 C18 C16 C10 C12
 Caro-Kann (67) 
    B17 B18 B19 B10 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (181) 
    B33 B30 B31 B65 B56
 Queen's Indian (117) 
    E15 E12 E14
 Ruy Lopez (116) 
    C84 C89 C88 C78 C65
 Grunfeld (101) 
    D85 D97 D91 D79 D82
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E32 E53 E20 E55 E21
 English, 1 c4 c5 (72) 
    A30 A33 A37 A35 A34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 0-1
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 1-0
   Anand vs Leko, 2005 0-1
   Leko vs Radjabov, 2006 1-0
   Leko vs L Bruzon, 2005 1-0
   Leko vs Radjabov, 2003 1-0
   Leko vs Kasparov, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2011 0-1
   Leko vs Kramnik, 1995 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Yopal (1997)
   XX Ciudad de Linares (2003)
   Candidates Match: Leko - Gurevich (2007)
   Corus Chess Tournament (2005)
   Tilburg Fontys (1998)
   20th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2012)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Amber Blindfold (2006)
   Russian Team Championships (2014)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Russian Team Championships (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Leko! by amadeus
   Exchange sacs - 1 by obrit
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   CHESS IN HUNGARY by DIONPOGIME
   Leko! by larrewl
   2001-2007, 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 or 5.Nbd2, Rated 2700+ by cybermarauder
   maestro37's favorite games C89 Marshall by maestro37
   Lékó vs. Carlsen by Method B
   2004 Classical World Chess Championship by Penguincw
   crippledpawn's favorite games by crippledpawn
   Road to Reunification by ruylopez900

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PETER LEKO
(born Sep-08-1979, 35 years old) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
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International Master (1992); Grandmaster (1994); U16 World Champion 1996; Candidate 2002 (PCA) and 2007; Classical World Championship Challenger (2004).

Preamble:

Péter Lékó was born in Subotica in Northern Serbia. When he became a grandmaster in 1994 at the age of 14 years 4 months and 22 days, he was the youngest person ever to have become a grandmaster (GM), and the first under 15, eclipsing the records previously set by Robert James Fischer in 1958 and then by Judit Polgar in 1991. In 1996 he won the World U16 Championship. Eight years later in 2004, he contested the Classical World Championship against the incumbent Vladimir Kramnik. He has been a regular participant in the World Championship cycle and in major tournaments since he was 15.

Classical Tournaments:

Lékó’s first encounter as a participant in a super tournament occurred as a 15 year old in 1995, when he created a minor sensation by placing 3rd at the category 17 Dortmund event. Between 1995 and 1997, he capitalised on his success and started building his reputation by winning several GM tournaments in Denmark, Cuba and Columbia (Yopal (1997)). In 1998 he came in second behind Viswanathan Anand at the category 18 Tilburg Fontys (1998). Lékó’s first super tournament victory came at the category 19 tourney at Dortmund in 1999. The following year, he placed =2nd with 8/13, a point and a half behind Garry Kasparov at the category 18 Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000), and =3rd behind Kasparov and Kramnik at the category 21 Linares (2000). His form continued into 2001 when he came 3rd at Dortmund, a category 21 event that year, and then into 2002 when he took 2nd place at the category 17 Essen quadrangular, =3rd behind Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand at the category 18 NAO Masters in Cannes, and 2nd at the category 16 Borowski tournament behind Vadim Zvjaginsev, also winning that year’s edition of Dortmund, which doubled as a Candidates tournament to select a challenger for Classical World Champion Kramnik. He maintained his good form into 2003 and onwards to the extent that won the Category 20 Linares ahead of Kramnik and Kasparov, placed 3rd behind Nigel Short and Judit Polgar at the Category 17 “Talent and Courage” GM tournament in Hungary, and placed 2nd in the 2004 edition of Linares (also category 20).

Shortly after his near-miss at winning the World Championship match against Kramnik (see below), Lékó came 2nd at the category 19 Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004) behind Anand and then won the Corus Chess Tournament (2005) ahead of Anand, Topalov and Kramnik. Lékó thus became the fifth player to win what were then the "big three" annual super tournaments, namely Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. In 2004, he also won the Petrosian Memorial Tournament with 4/6 ahead of Peter Svidler on tiebreak, and half a point ahead of Kasparov, Anand, Etienne Bacrot and Rafael Vaganian. He experienced something of a hiatus in terms of results until 2006, when he won the 1st Tal Memorial (2006). In 2007, he placed =2nd behind Kramnik, while in 2008, he again won at Dortmund, and then came 2nd at Dortmund (2009). There followed a longer hiatus in leader board results, broken only by a medals winning performance at the Russian Team Championships (see below) and 2nd place in the 20th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2012) behind Fabiano Caruana and =3rd at Dortmund (2012), a half point behind Sergey Karjakin and Caruana. Most recently he placed 5th at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013), =3rd at the category 19 Dortmund (2013) and =2nd at Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014).

World Championship:

Lékó’s good form in tournaments did not carry over into his early assaults on the FIDE World Championship. The 19-year old was seeded directly into round two of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) that was staged in Las Vegas. He won his first match against Christian Bauer, but lost in the 3rd round to Sergei Movsesian. His next attempt was a repeat of the first. Seeded directly into the 2nd round of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000) played in New Delhi and Tehran, Lékó defeated Sergey Volkov, but then lost in an extended tiebreaker to defending FIDE World Champion, Alexander Khalifman. He also lasted the first two rounds of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001) played in Moscow, losing to then-six time Armenian champion, Ashot Anastasian, in the second round.

Under the terms of the "Prague Agreement" facilitated by Yasser Seirawan, and intended to unite the two World Chess Championships that had split in 1993, Leko's 2002 win at Dortmund qualified him to play a match against Vladimir Kramnik. It was intended that the winner of this match would play the winner of a match between Kasparov and the FIDE World Chess Champion (first Ruslan Ponomariov, then Rustam Kasimdzhanov) to decide the undisputed world champion. After several delays, the Kramnik - Leko World Championship Match (2004) was held from September 25-October 18, 2004 in Brissago, Switzerland. Lékó came extremely close to becoming Hungary's first World Champion. Leading by one point going into the fourteenth and final game, he was beaten by Kramnik who thereby tied the match 7-7 and retained his title.

In October 2005, Lékó was invited by reason of his Classical World Championship match with Kramnik in 2004 to play in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) in San Luis, Argentina. He accepted the invitation but only placed fifth out of a field of eight with 6˝/14 points. However, this was sufficient for him to qualify for the 2007 Candidates Tournament to determine the final four qualifiers to the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). At the Candidates matches, he won the Candidates Match: Leko - Gurevich (2007) (+3−0=1) and the Candidates Match: Bareev - Leko (2007) (+2−0=3), to qualify for the eight-player championship tournament in Mexico City, where he finished fourth out of eight.

Lékó placed 7th in the 2008-2009 Grand Prix series, and as he did not compete in the World Cup (2009), he did not qualify for the Candidates tournament of matches that were eventually held in Kazan in 2011. There followed a disastrous result at the World Cup (2011), when he was eliminated in the first round – and from the 2013 World Championship cycle - by the young US GM Samuel Shankland. His 2014 campaign for the World Championship started modestly at the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) when he placed outright 5th with 6/11, starting his GP points tally with 80 points. In his remaining Grand Prix events, the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) and the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), he scored totals of 5.5/11 (+1 -1 =9) (7th place), 5/11 (+0 -1 =10) (=7th place) and 6/11 (+1 =10) (=3rd place), adding a total of 200 GP points to make a best-of-3-event total of 230, ending his chances to finish in the top 2 and thereby qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. He had a chance to qualify for the Candidates via the World Cup (2013) for which he qualified by reason of his rating; he defeated Norwegian GM Leif Erlend Johannessen in the first round but in one of the shocks of the round, he lost to Peruvian #1 Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga in the second round.

Other Matches:

<Classical>: In 2000, he defeated Alexander Khalifman in match play in Budapest by 4.5-1.5.

<Fischer Random Chess>: In 2001, Lékó narrowly defeated Michael Adams in an eight-game match played as part of the Mainz Chess Classic.

<Rapid>: From 2005 until 2010, Péter Lékó has played a rapid chess match in the Hungarian city of Miskolc:

• In 2005, he drew Leko & Adams (2005) 4–4

• In 2006, he won the Leko - Karpov Match (2006) 4˝–3˝

• In 2007, he lost the Leko - Kramnik Rapid Match (2007) 3˝–4˝. In 2007 he also played the Ivanchuk - Leko Rapid Match (2007) losing by 6˝-7˝, and then lost the rematch, the Ivanchuk - Leko Match (2009), by 2˝-3˝.

• In 2008, he lost the Carlsen - Leko Rapid Match (2008) 3–5

• In 2009, he lost the Leko - Anand Rapid Match (2009) 3–5 and

• In 2010, he lost the Leko - Gelfand Match (2010) 3˝–4˝

Rapid:

Lékó was somewhat more successful in rapid tournaments. In 1999, he won the Rapid Grand Prix in Bordeaux (France) and two years later (in 2001), he won the Rapid Master Event in Nordhorn. In 2002, he won the Rapid Grand Prix in Dubai and managed to place 3rd at Monaco 2002. In 2007, he took first place at the ACP Rapid (2007) and =2nd at the 16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007). In 2008, he was =3rd at the Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) and =5th, a half point behind the four joint leaders, at the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008). In June 2013, he placed =3rd behind Karjakin and Topalov at the Sberbank Rapid Open 2013 held in Ukraine. In December 2013, he was =1st alongside Wang Yue at the SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid) (2013) with 5/7.

Team Events:

<Olympiads>: He represented Hungary in the Olympiads of 1994, 1996, 2000, Bled Olympiad (2002), Olympiad (2008), Chess Olympiad (2010), Chess Olympiad (2012) and Chess Olympiad (2014), winning team silver in 2002 and 2014 and individual gold for board 1 in 2008.

<World Team Championship>: Lékó represented Hungary at the World Team Championships in 2001 and at the World Chess Team Championship (2011), both times on board 1. On the latter occasion he won individual bronze.

<European Team Championships>: He represented the Hungary 3 team on board 4 in the European Team Championships in 1992, when he was a 13 year old FM, posting a modest +3 =4 -2 result. He again played for Hungary in 1999, this time on board 1 and won team and individual silver. There followed a long absence from the competition until the European Team Championship (2011) when he lead his national team from board 1 to team bronze.

<European Club Cup>: Lékó played for Honved Budapest from 1995 until 1997, winning team silver in his inaugural year in the competition. Lékó’s absence from the ECC since then was also notable for its length as he did not resume until 2012 when he was recruited to play board 3 for DhSM-64 Moscow, winning team bronze. In 2013 he played board 2 for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk, which placed 6th, (1) while in the European Club Cup (2014) he played board 3 for Malakhit Ekaterinburg, helping his team to a bronze medal. (2)

<Other Team Competition>: He played board 3 for the Rest of the World in the Russia - The Rest of the World (2002), helping his team defeat Russia with a personal performance of +2 =7 -1. Lékó also played with his ShSM-64 Moscow team in the Russian Team Championships (2012) on board 3, winning individual silver and team bronze. Playing for Malachite in the Russian Team Championships (2014), he won individual silver for board 3 and helped his team to win the gold medal.

Ratings:

Lékó has been ranked as high as fourth on the FIDE World Rating List, that ranking first being achieved in April 2003 and from April to December 2005, when he also reached his peak rating of 2763 (April-September 2005). He was in the world’s top 10 for most of the decade until November 2009.

As of 1 October 2014, Lékó’s rating was:

<Standard> 2731 (Hungarian #1; world #21);

<Rapid> 2773 (world #14); and

<Blitz> 2682 (world #61).

Personal:

Peter Lékó married Sofya Petrosyan on September 2nd 2000 and is the son-in-law of Armenian grandmaster Arshak B Petrosian. He is currently living in Szeged in Hungary. His hobbies are football, tennis, bowling and music.

Sources:

Live rating list: http://www.2700chess.com/ Wikipedia article: Peter Leko Lékó’s official website: http://www.lekochess.com/index.php?...

(1) http://www.olimpbase.org/index.html...; (2) http://www.olimpbase.org/playersc/b...


 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,001  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Seyb vs Leko  ½-½31 1989 NurembergB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Leko vs W Heckel 1-025 1989 NurembergB40 Sicilian
3. Leko vs U Jahr  0-150 1989 NurembergC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Leko vs A Rotstein 0-143 1989 WerfenB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
5. M Gretzer vs Leko 0-124 1990 Nuernberg op 5-55D85 Grunfeld
6. Leko vs K Pytel  0-134 1990 St IngbertB10 Caro-Kann
7. T Brionne vs Leko  0-127 1990 ParisD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. B Kusic vs Leko 1-074 1990 Nuernberg op 1-21D94 Grunfeld
9. Leko vs M Meiser  1-030 1990 St IngbertB07 Pirc
10. Leko vs A Labarthe 1-041 1990 ParisB01 Scandinavian
11. Leko vs W Von Alvensleben  1-034 1990 Budapest Spring opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. S Gorgievski vs Leko 0-150 1990 ParisA07 King's Indian Attack
13. G Koschka vs Leko 0-154 1990 Nuernberg op 7-36B57 Sicilian
14. Leko vs S H Grunberg 0-141 1990 Budapest Spring opB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Leko vs A Alawieh 0-159 1990 ParisC41 Philidor Defense
16. Leko vs W Wirth  ½-½41 1990 Nuernberg op 6-37B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. Leko vs T Souche 1-040 1990 ParisC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Leko vs Leitao 1-020 1990 WisconsinB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. N Stajcic vs Leko  ½-½29 1991 KecskemetA48 King's Indian
20. Leko vs K Janetschek  ½-½68 1991 OstrigB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Leko vs O Ivanov ½-½11 1991 KecskemetC07 French, Tarrasch
22. Leko vs D Hassabis  ½-½28 1991 London LloydsB32 Sicilian
23. B Schipkov vs Leko  ½-½26 1991 KecskemetD97 Grunfeld, Russian
24. A M Berescu vs Leko  0-136 1991 ?B56 Sicilian
25. Leko vs R Caessens  ½-½24 1991 NettetalC45 Scotch Game
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Aug-27-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: <Open Defence> I'm sorry, there were words on her shirt?
Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: <suentus po 147>lol
Aug-28-06  LoFarkas: Those are the biggest boobs in chess, that's for sure!

BTW, everyone keeps bashing Lékó... He is #6 in the world currently, a rock solid member of the top ten and he drew the reigning classical world champion in a match. How many of us can boast similar performances in any field??? He's a fantastic player, full stop. Yes, he chokes sometimes at the last moment... but then, is there anyone here who could make halfway meaningful moves when a couple of (hundred) thousand dollars are on the line? No.

Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: <LoFarkas>Karpov and Kasparov did!
Aug-28-06  Bufon: <He is #6 in the world currently, a rock solid member of the top ten>

Thats the sad part, that a guy full of talent like Leko hasnt advanced more cause of his sick behavior of draws, and for his lack of i dont know, balls? cojones??

If Leko would lose that sick fear of losing, and risk a little more, he would easily become +2 in the world and would win much more tournaments.

Aug-28-06  LoFarkas: pg: Yeah, but it's unfair to call someone names for being a lesser player than Karpov and Kasparov... How many players remain on your shortlist of good players then? 5? It takes lotsa balls to take risks against the likes of Topalov and Kramnik, and not having those sort of balls is not a crime. I'm hoping that he will become more aggressive and confident, but it's not happening.

*sigh* That last game in Brissago could have transformed him into a real winner forever.

Aug-28-06  SnoopDogg: People forget Leko hired a team of psychologists to help him play more aggressively and take fewer draws. Hopefully we will see a more aggressive Leko in the future.
Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  jamesmaskell: <SnoopDogg> Hopefully hes not too aggressive though. While the entertainment value of seeing Leko punch Karpov between the eyes while he considers his next move is high, it could cause him some trouble...
Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Lékó is such a great player. It is obvious to me that he could easily be the no.1 player (<again>, I'd be tempted to say) if he solves whatever kind of problem he has that makes him less confident at key moments right now. Fantastic talent, immense potential.

I mean, if he said that another failure in the Olympiad could have been a blow that he might never have recovered from, something ought to be done.

That's why I had mixed feelings about Kramnik vs Leko, 2006, I was rooting for Kramnik as always but it probably didn't improve Lékó's confidence.

I never knew Lékó <hired a team of psychologists> but it sounds odd that the purpose would simply be to help him play "more aggressively". I hope that just means more aggressively at those moments when he needs to do that, not necessarily more aggressively in general. Do you have a source <SnoopDogg>?

But I note that in the Chessbase article he says he played too much "for the audience" when he sacrificed a piece on the first game of the Adams match last year. Adams vs Leko, 2005 He said the same about the first Brissago game: Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: <acirce>Leko was never #1.He's never reached the top-3.He's a vast waste of chess talent.Its obvious he's as talented as anyone,but his lack of motivation is frustrating.He missed tournament wins at Linares and Dortmund.And yes 14th game from Brissago will be his life story,<LoFarkas>.
Aug-28-06
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  suenteus po 147: <positionalgenius> Motivation is not Leko's problem, especially when you consider the fact that he was leading in all the events you mentioned. His problem lies in some psychological pressure that comes to bear close to the completion of an event.
Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <positionalgenius> I meant in terms of strength, not rating. He was tremendous in the period of 2004 and the beginning of 2005. After he won Corus 2005 including by beating Anand with Black I considered him the "first among equals" (Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Leko) at that time. Later things turned wrong.
Aug-28-06  Bufon: He basically seems to have a lack of balls, thats his problem.

I thought that after playing like a scared girl in that 14th game in Brissago, he was going to change his attitude, but no, he is still afraid of taking risks, and rather make 12 draws like in Linares 2005, than risk something for a win.

Is lack of balls, of braveness, you cant pretend to win a tournament without taking some risks, Leko doestn seem to learn.

Aug-28-06  square dance: i dont think leko could be considered first among equals after kasparov's russian championship performance. the problem is, imo, that he drew the match with kramnik in bad style; i.e., he seized up in the last game. but his results from linares 03 to waz 05 are superior overall to kasparov's.
Aug-28-06  positionalgenius: <suentus po 147>No,Leko makes short draws when he takes a lead.That doesn't work. <square dance>Yes Leko had a tremendous period from 2003-early 2005. <acirce>even in terms of strength he wasn't ever no.1.(my opinion) <Bufon>Thats correct. <
Aug-28-06  percyblakeney: Leko's 2004 wasn't bad at all, but I wouldn't personally call it that tremendous, at least he didn't win any of the tournaments he played but consistently finished between shared 2nd and 4th against strong opposition. He also drew the match with a Kramnik that was a weaker player than he is today, a fairly expected result.

In 2003 Leko had one very good and more comparatively bad tournaments. He won Linares but finished far behind Short in Budapest and scored -3 in Dortmund. Also in 2005 he mixed good and less good, a truly tremendous Corus was followed by three tournaments where he didn't reach a plus score.

Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Well, I guess "tremendous" should be reserved for something like winning 10 supertournaments in a row. I still think it was very good though. ;-)

One thing that stands out about Leko is that he was so incredibly hard to beat. Of course he still is but it's spectacular not to lose a single game against anyone except Kramnik between round 6 of Dortmund 2003 and round 2 of Dortmund 2005. If it's so clear that someone was better than him, why was only Kramnik able to beat him at all, let alone get a plus score?

Kasparov's Russian Championship performance was great but in itself not enough to convince me that he was the best again. The very top players weren't there (so it looked like a result even someone like Morozevich could have got on a good day, for example compare http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... from the same year) and his play looked a bit shaky, for example by his own admission he was lucky not to lose against Tsheshkovsky. Linares 2005 though was fantastic, so he may very well have retired while still being #1. And he could probably have remained there for a while if he had just started to focus 100% on chess again.

Aug-28-06  square dance: <Kasparov's Russian Championship performance was great but in itself not enough to convince me that he was the best again.> yeah, but it should be enough to convince you that leko was not 1st among equals. ;-)
Aug-28-06  Akavall: <acirce><Linares 2005 though was fantastic>

I think Kasparov's loss to Topalov in the last Round (which allowed Topalov to catch up and share the 1st place), put a big dent in his over all performance.

Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005

Of course, one can over-look that, because it was Kasparov's last game, but strictly from the chess point of view it was a very bad loss.

Perhaps this is the time when Topalov joined the "great equals" group, though.

Aug-28-06  dravid: In my mind the above game, which was Kasparov's last game and loss, is similar to Zinedine Zidane being sent off in his last ever international game. Not a desirable way to wrap up a monumental career.
Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <Akavall> I know, that was a terrible game. But I'm inclined to say that it wasn't so significant because he had already clinched the title. The tournament was already "over" so to speak.

<dravid> Depending on what Mazeratti said, Zidane's reaction may be understandable and perhaps even excusable. There are things more important than football.

Aug-28-06  dravid: Perhaps Zidane's actions can be excusable but it is still not good to let your team and country down. Materazzi wanted to enrage Zidane and he was successful, and perhaps Materazzi should be the man of the match for making his team win more easily. When Zidane got sent off, the team had probably already lost due to less men but definitely they had already psychologically lost at that point.
Aug-28-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Materazzi is his name, right. I'm not sure if it was ever completely cleared up what he did say? If it was the kind of extreme racial slur initially thought I don't think Zidane did anything wrong to his country or to football as a sport for that matter, perhaps rather the contrary.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showart...

I suppose this shouldn't be discussed here though.

Aug-28-06  Akavall: <acirce> True, Kasparov already had the Trophy won before the last round, but if one looks strictly at the games, the last one really ruins the overall picture. Of course, one can chose to weight it very lightly due to various circumstances, but still...

<dravid><Materazzi should be the man of the match for making his team win more easily.>

Who was the man of the match? IMO, Materazzi deserved it: he played well, he scored the only goal, made the penalty kick, what more do you need?

Aug-28-06  dravid: Surprisingly, Andrea Pirlo was the Man of the Match in the final: http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en...
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