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Carlsen - Leko Rapid Match

Magnus Carlsen5/8(+2 -0 =6)[games]
Peter Leko3/8(+0 -2 =6)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½362008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. Carlsen vs Leko ½-½182008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½962008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. Carlsen vs Leko 1-0582008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Leko vs Carlsen ½-½642008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Carlsen vs Leko ½-½322008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Leko vs Carlsen 0-1532008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Carlsen vs Leko  ½-½272008Carlsen - Leko Rapid MatchE12 Queen's Indian
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Jun-01-08  Gegga: So it should be easy for a 2765 player to beat a 2741 player? :-)

It was an open match, in Leko's home city... Magnus had never won against Leko. Magnus was hardly the favourite...

Jun-01-08  kramputz: Tactics is the name of the game not "pussy-footing" around with pawn grabbing.
Jun-01-08  gorash: "Chess isn't 99% tactics, it's just that tactics takes up 99% of your time."
Jun-01-08  notyetagm: <gorash: "Chess isn't 99% tactics, it's just that tactics takes up 99% of your time.">

The famous quote by NM Dan Heisman.

Jun-01-08  Atking: White is better. The only hope here for Leko is a draw.
Jun-01-08  Koenigsgambit: It's drawn.
Jun-01-08  Atking: Carlsen won the match 5 to 3!
Not an obvious result.
Congratulations to the young genius.
Jun-01-08  gorash: well, this QID was all cut and dried. anyway, congrats Carlsen for winning the match, he showed brilliant defense as black and a stunning attack in game #4 as white to achieve his first wins over Leko
Jun-01-08
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  moronovich: Congratulations !

I am extremely impressed .Especially with the ease young Magnus draws in positions were many would have failed. He makes it look kind of very easy , but it aint.

Jun-01-08  square dance: nice job by magnus. thats one hurdle he's now overcome.
Jun-01-08  notyetagm: Leko did not win even a -single- game.

Wow.

Jun-01-08  gorash: <notyetagm> indeed, but he was very close - twice.
Jun-01-08  marekg248: Hello everybody, I was in Miskolc today and saw the 7th game. The end was very exciting, Magnus had less than a minute left when I realized he was winning (after 39...Rd2). They were moving pieces very quickly in the end. Suddenly players shook hands and Magnus won. I'm glad I was there, Miskolc is such a pleasant city and so is the theater where the match was taking place.
Jun-01-08  tldr3: <marekg248> cool. wish i could have been there
Jun-01-08  Rolfo: marek, surely great to watch :)
Jun-02-08  notyetagm: <gorash: <notyetagm> indeed, but he was very close - twice.>

You just named Magnus Carlsen's greatest ability: finding a way to draw a losing position.

Like you said, Leko twice had winning positions and twice came away with only a draw. That's the difference between a match tied at two wins apiece and the 2-0 shutout that Carlsen actually achieved. Carlsen won his won games and drew his lost games; Leko lost his lost games and drew his won games.

Jun-02-08  Pjalle: notyetagm, yes, Magnus is developing a trademark of getting out of 'impossible' positions. even though he is losing he keeps cool and makes few mistakes, he's hanging in there waiting for his opponent to blunder.
Jun-02-08  notyetagm: <Pjalle: notyetagm, yes, Magnus is developing a trademark of getting out of 'impossible' positions. even though he is losing he keeps cool and makes few mistakes, he's hanging in there waiting for his opponent to blunder.>

Yes, GM Carlsen is the epitome of what Kasparov said is the trademark of a top player: resistance.

Alekhine said that to defeat him in a game, you have to beat him three times: in the opening, middlegame, and endgame.

Carlsen is the same way: Leko could beat him in the opening and middlegame but then Carlsen draws the endgame nonetheless.

Very, very impressive.

And shutting out Leko 2-0 in a match in Leko's home country. Wow. Not even Adams, Karpov, or Kramnik(!) could do that in previous editions of the Miskolc rapid match.

Jun-02-08  Solitaire: Le KO
Jun-02-08  firebyrd: <Like you said, Leko twice had winning positions and twice came away with only a draw. That's the difference between a match tied at two wins apiece and the 2-0 shutout that Carlsen actually achieved.>

I'd say that if Leko had managed to win just one of the two, he wouldn't have pressed so hard in game #7, and probably would have made a draw there and in the match overall. If he had managed to win both of them, he probably would have walked away with an overall +2 -1 =5 victory.

So the match was indeed very balanced and could have swung any way. However, Carlsen did deliver both in attacking and defending, and his match victory was well deserved.

Jun-02-08  achieve: <firebird> Nicely put in perspective.

These individual games at TOP level are decided by many different things; sometimes the pendulum swings this way, sometimes the other... But lately Carlsen has had a neck of making it swing HIS way.

Carlsen is probably oozing with confidence atm, and doesn't give in until he's completely KO'd.

Jun-02-08  k0mi: this match have some similarities with last 2006's Topalov-Kramnik match. where Topalov played better but lost just like Leko did here. with the exception of toiletgate of course :-) I'm a Carlsen fan and absolutely no harm but Leko played pretty well here. I'm also not saying that Carlsen was lucky..
Jun-04-08  Paragua: If be given the chance to handpick Leko's next opponent for the 5th year here in Miskolc, It would be Topalov. However, it would be impossible since Hensen is the prime organiser. An interesting match-up should lay ahead if Leko vs Topalov takes place. If not I'll go for Leko vs the former Champ Kasimdzhanov.
Jun-03-09  minasina: Leko-Anand Rapid Match (2009)

<Leko-Carlsen> Rapid Match (2008) Carlsen-Leko Rapid Match (2008)

Leko<->Kramnik Rapid Match (2007) Leko vs Kramnik Rapid Match (2007)

Leko-Karpov <Rapid> Match (2006) Leko-Karpov Match (2006)

Leko<->Adams <Rapid> Match (2005) Leko & Adams (2005)

Dec-16-10  minasina: Leko-Gelfand Match (2010)
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