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Candidates Match: Leko - Gurevich Match

Peter Leko3.5/4(+3 -0 =1)[games]
Mikhail Gurevich0.5/4(+0 -3 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs M Gurevich ½-½312007Candidates Match: Leko - GurevichC11 French
2. M Gurevich vs Leko 0-1532007Candidates Match: Leko - GurevichE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Leko vs M Gurevich 1-0502007Candidates Match: Leko - GurevichC11 French
4. M Gurevich vs Leko 0-1402007Candidates Match: Leko - GurevichE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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May-31-07  micartouse: Poor Gurevich was totally outclassed in this match. He was destroyed!
May-31-07  kellmano: I'm surprised to see someone give up any hope of being world champ without making Leko win it.
May-31-07  suenteus po 147: If Bareev wins his current game against Polgar and can draw the last two, then we're looking at a Leko-Bareev match next.
May-31-07  mack: Not only have we already had five wins today, four of them were with black.
May-31-07  geraldo8187: kamsky and leko become the first to advance. congratulations to them!
May-31-07  malthrope: WoW - another day at the office... Congrats Peter! ;-)
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  keypusher: Both Leko and Kamsky got two of their three wins with Black, for whatever that's worth.
May-31-07  acirce: Yes! 3.5-0.5! I guess Lékó could have got a more challenging opponent than Gurevich, but nice to see that he plays so well. When was the last time he won three in a row anyway?
May-31-07  babakova: Leko seems grimly determined to go through to the mexico tournament, I don't think either Bareev or Polgar will be able to stop him.
May-31-07  Open Defence: if Leko drew this.... then i know what term would have been doing the rounds... hehehe
May-31-07  BigJim48: Leko-Gurevich is a total mismatch from the get go. Gurevich has been regionally successful. However, young Peter has done extremely well on the chess world's premiere stage. Leko should have little problem with Bareev it seems. He is much better prepared in the opening. I know that Leko has done some extensive research on a couple lines of the French that Evgeny likes. We shall see!
May-31-07  euripides: <Jim> I think Gurevich was a top-5 player in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Of course he's weaker now but you never know what these guys will produce when given the chance of a top-level match.

Gurevich chose to test Leko in a very critical variation that Leko was bound to know well. It produced interesting chess, but perhaps he should have tried to unsettle Leko more.

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  keypusher: This last-round game kept him out of the Candidates Matches in 1991, and got Nigel Short in. I think Gurevich was #8 in the world at the time.

M Gurevich vs Short, 1990

May-31-07  euripides: <key> Yes. Mind you it could be said that he got what he deserved after 3 ed - don't French players find wins against the exchange variation particularly sweet ?
May-31-07  acirce: On the January 1991 list, Gurevich shared 5th place with Ehlvest and... Bareev! Ranked 3rd was some fellow named Gelfand, Ivanchuk was 4th and some kid called Kamsky was shared 10th. Two Russian politicians in the top.

May-31-07  euripides: <acirce> Fascinating. At that moment it must have seemed that the USSR had things back under control.
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  keypusher: <eurpides> Indeed so. But all he needed was a draw to reach the Candidates' Matches...tough to blame Gurevich for trading pawns.

Given that (1) it was the last round (2) the Candidates matches were at stake and (3) Short had Black, for sheer drama I think Gurevich-Short far exceeds Lasker-Capablanca. Though I suppose not this game:

Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910

May-31-07  Knight13: <acirce: When was the last time he won three in a row anyway?> Against Kramnik back in the day.

(Hey, don't look at me like that. I was just kidding.)

May-31-07  me to play: Nicely done...I am glad to see "Winko" doing well. :)
May-31-07  Inf: ok, so leko advances now, and he does not have to play tomorrow, is that it? or he has to play? and i understand that 4 players are going to play in mexico with anand, kramnik, moro and svid right?
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  norami: <acirce> You posted a link to the ratings of top players going back to 1970. In July 1972 Fischer was 125 points above whoever was in second place. 125 points! Imagine what we'd think if someone did that now.
Jun-01-07  percyblakeney: <In July 1972 Fischer was 125 points above whoever was in second place. 125 points! Imagine what we'd think if someone did that now>

Kasparov's problem was that Karpov was active at the same time, otherwise he had 125 points to the next player on the list. Hard to see anything remotely similar happen soon since only 50 points separate #1 and #10.

Jun-01-07  truefriends: The games of Leko and Kamsky are still scheduled at the offical site. I think they will not play them... ;) Maybe Kamsky and Leko can join forces and prepare together for the next round :)
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  Sneaky: <norami: <acirce> You posted a link to the ratings of top players going back to 1970. In July 1972 Fischer was 125 points above whoever was in second place. 125 points! Imagine what we'd think if someone did that now.> Indeed, it would be like having one player with a 2950 rating leaving the other mob of grandmasters in his dust. It's only slightly reminiscent of how Kasparov was in the 1990's when Garry was the only player in the 2800 club.

These days, there is no single player that sticks out. Any one of these 16 candidates has a shot at becoming champion. The weakest player among them can't be ruled out entirely.

Jun-02-07  Rubion: I think computers have probably played a part in bringing the top players closer together today, compared to Fischers day.
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