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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
Repertoire Explorer

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)
   Corus Chess Tournament (2005)
   Leko & Adams (2005)
   Tilburg Fontys (1998)
   Karen Asrian Memorial (2008)
   20th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2012)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2004)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Amber Blindfold (2006)
   Russian Team Championships (2014)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Olympiad (2008)

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
   2007 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
   WCC Index [Kramnik-Leko 2004] by Hesam7

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PETER LEKO
(born Sep-08-1979, 35 years old) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
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. Leko vs U Jahr  0-150 1989 NurembergC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Leko vs A Rotstein 0-143 1989 WerfenB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
3. D Seyb vs Leko  ½-½31 1989 NurembergB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Leko vs W Heckel 1-025 1989 NurembergB40 Sicilian
5. G Koschka vs Leko 0-154 1990 Nuernberg op 7-36B57 Sicilian
6. Leko vs S H Grunberg 0-141 1990 Budapest Spring opB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. Leko vs A Alawieh 0-159 1990 ParisC41 Philidor Defense
8. Leko vs W Wirth  ½-½41 1990 Nuernberg op 6-37B86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. Leko vs Leitao 1-020 1990 WisconsinB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. Leko vs T Souche 1-040 1990 ParisC44 King's Pawn Game
11. M Gretzer vs Leko 0-124 1990 Nuernberg op 5-55D85 Grunfeld
12. Leko vs K Pytel  0-134 1990 St IngbertB10 Caro-Kann
13. T Brionne vs Leko  0-127 1990 ParisD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. B Kusic vs Leko 1-074 1990 Nuernberg op 1-21D94 Grunfeld
15. Leko vs M Meiser  1-030 1990 St IngbertB07 Pirc
16. Leko vs A Labarthe 1-041 1990 ParisB01 Scandinavian
17. Leko vs W Von Alvensleben  1-034 1990 Budapest Spring opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. S Gorgievski vs Leko 0-150 1990 ParisA07 King's Indian Attack
19. L Gunnarsson vs Leko  0-132 1991 ?B56 Sicilian
20. Leko vs Shabalov  ½-½68 1991 London LloydsB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. R Libeau vs Leko  ½-½16 1991 Dortmund-DA15 English
22. Leko vs V Moiseev  ½-½41 1991 NettetalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. L Krizsany vs Leko  ½-½12 1991 KecskemetC01 French, Exchange
24. A Eusebe vs Leko  0-150 1991 ?A21 English
25. Leko vs A Weindl  1-027 1991 Kecskemet GMB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-24-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: <How do you cope with failures?

Peter Leko: Like any sportsman I don’t like losing. This year I held the traditional commercial eight-game match in Miskolc, Hungary. Magnus Carlsen, the fourth in the world ranking, was my opponent. Unfortunately I lost the match without a single victory. The game was a utter frustration: I missed a number of opportunities and made awful blunders. Certainly I was very much upset about a defeat and my poor performance. This was, I remind you, an unofficial match of no sporting importance. I recovered from it only after the victory in the traditional Dortmund Super Tournament.>

Source: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Dec-28-08  Paraconti: I just don't get it. Leko should have been world champ by now. He's been in the game so long and still a promise unfulfilled. What a tragedy.
Jan-04-09  blacksburg: <I just don't get it. Leko should have been world champ by now. He's been in the game so long and still a promise unfulfilled.>

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

i know it's an exhibition, but Leko as White forced a repetition in 16 moves. Ivanchuk as White fought for 79 moves. In vain, but he fought, nevertheless.

Jan-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: Sorry, I keep messing my posts up. New try.

<blacksburg> I'm not following you around just to disagree with you, but I will do it again right now anyway. :-)

It's VERY rare that Leko does not fight for a win with White. He entered this game willing to win as well, I strongly assume - why wouldn't you in a match - but he must have failed in the opening and saw nothing better than to repeat moves.

It's not exactly like Anand, the current World Champion, has never done anything like this - in fact he has a higher rate of draws in 20 moves or less than Leko has (at least between 2000 and 2008 in classical games - see http://members.aon.at/sfischl/sd.txt - and also in chessgames.com's database, counting all games; 6% for Leko, 8% for Anand.) Same goes for Kramnik and others. So I don't really get how it's relevant for the issue of becoming World Champion.

Same goes for short draws with White specifically.

Oh, and Fischl's page isn't updated since September, but it won't change much.

Jan-04-09  blacksburg: <He entered this game willing to win as well, I strongly assume - why wouldn't you in a match - but he must have failed in the opening and saw nothing better than to repeat moves.>

i'm not trashing leko here, notice that "drawko" is nowhere in my posts. i also think it's strange that leko has kinda stagnated.

but this one in particular, is weird to me. leko plays 12.Nd5, Nxe4 is the obvious response. then leko begins the repetition on the next move. if leko did fail in the opening, and bail out, this seems like a really early point in the game to get surprised, especially when black's 12...Nxe4 is so obvious.

i don't know, strange. but i was basically agreeing with paraconti, it's strange that leko has only had 1 run-in with the world championship (and came very close to winning it), but since then, has been overshadowed by topalov, anand, carlsen, etc.

Jan-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <but i was basically agreeing with paraconti>

Okay, then I probably misunderstood your point.

Yeah, Leko has all the talent he needs to reach those heights again, but I think he lacks in mental strength.

Jan-04-09  blacksburg: <Okay, then I probably misunderstood your point.>

apparently i have a habit of being unclear and starting arguments over misunderstandings. cut me some slack, man, i'm just a sock puppet :)

Jan-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: <Yeah, Leko has all the talent he needs to reach those heights again, but I think he lacks in mental strength.>

By mental strength, do you mean psychological toughness?

Jan-05-09  percyblakeney: Leko did well to save very bad positions in two-three games of that rapid match against Ivanchuk. Instead he lost the only decisive game of the match as black from this rather holdable looking position:


click for larger view

Jan-05-09  percyblakeney: The decisive game:

[Event "Rapid Rematch"]
[Site "Mukachevo UKR"]
[Date "2009.01.05"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ivanchuk,V"]
[Black "Leko,P"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2779"]
[BlackElo "2751"]
[EventDate "2009.01.03"]
[ECO "A32"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. g3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bc5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Bg2 Nc6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Rc1 b6 11. Nd5 exd5 12. cxd5 Bb7 13. dxc6 dxc6 14. O-O Qc8 15. Nd4 c5 16. Bxb7 Qxb7 17. Nf5 Rfe8 18. Bc3 Qe4 19. Qc2 Qe6 20. b3 Bf8 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Ne3 Rad8 23. Rfd1 Qe6 24. Qc4 Qe5 25. Qa6 Qb8 26. Nd5 h5 27. e3 Rd6 28. Nc3 Red8 29. Rxd6 Rxd6 30. h4 g6 31. Ne4 Rd8 32. a4 Qa8 33. Qc4 Bg7 34. b4 cxb4 35. Qxb4 Qd5 36. Qe7 Qd7 37. Rc7 Qxe7 38. Rxe7 a5 39. Kg2 Rd1 40. Re8+ Bf8 41. Rb8 Ra1 42. Rxb6 Rxa4 43. Nf6+ Kg7 44. Ra6 Ra1 45. Ne8+ Kg8 46. Ra7 a4 47. Nf6+ Kg7 48. Ne4 Kg8 49. Ng5 f6 50. Ne6 Bh6 51. Nd4 Bf8 52. Ne2 Bh6 53. Nc3 a3 54. Nd5 Bg7 55. Nf4 Bf8 56. Nxg6 Bc5 57. Ra8+ Kf7 58. Nf4 Rb1 59. Kf3 Rb3 60. Ra5 Bb6 61. Ra6 Bc5 62. Nd5 f5 63. Ra5 Bd6 64. Nf4 Rb2 65. Rxf5+ Ke8 66. Rxh5 Kd7 67. Ra5 Kc6 68. Ne2 Kb6 69. Ra4 Bb4 70. h5 Kb5 71. Ra8 a2 72. h6 Rxe2 73. Kxe2 Ba5 74. Rb8+ Bb6 75. h7 a1=Q 76. h8=Q Qa2+ 77. Kf1 1-0

Feb-24-09  WhiteRook48: this guy is being trained by Arshak B Petrosian, I hear!
Mar-03-09  marekg248: Hello,
This year Peter Leko will play rapid match against Vishy Anand in Miskolc, June 2 - June 7.

http://www.origo.hu/sport/sakk/2009...

Here is a rough translation:

http://translate.google.com/transla...

Mar-07-09  Dredge Rivers: With 73% draws, I'll bet Leko was kicking himself that he wasn't at Linares!
Mar-09-09  blacksburg: i was rather surprised to see Leko still on the top 10 list. where have you gone, Peter Leko?
Mar-16-09  freeman8201: I thought Leko was a "dyed-in-the-wool" Grunfeld player?
Mar-17-09  jon01: Leko is quite young, but seems like he has played for ages.
Mar-17-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Maybe because he played like an older guy—draw, draw, draw—back when he was 16-17 years old.
Mar-17-09  percyblakeney: <Leko is quite young, but seems like he has played for ages.>

It's scary to look at old results and realise that Leko finished even with Karpov and Topalov in Leon 1993...

Mar-21-09  The Rocket: whats the loss procent of lekos total games here on chessgames?.

he has only won bit more than 100 than he lost but 700 draws!!!

Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: Too bad his name isn't very fit for being drawized.
Mar-21-09  blacksburg: i'm sure some clever troll will come up with something.
Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: I got a good one, but of course then I'd be a troll...
Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Peter LeDraw
Mar-21-09  chessgeek100: maybe Drawko
Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Leko should be commended for adding 1. d4 to his repertoire. He was a pure 1. e4 player until Brissago 2004 when he used 1. d4 five times out of seven Whites (1 win & 4 draws), and since then he has opened with 1. d4 only sparingly. During Amber 2009 he has used 1. d4 twice so far in the Rapids with a nice endgame win against Anand, but he is still exclusively using 1. e4 in the Blindfold. Anyway, that's a mountain of 1. d4 theory to absorb, but if he can succeed with alternating 1. e4 & 1. d4 then his opponents will have a much harder time preparing to play him.
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