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Smbat Gariginovich Lputian vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  0-1



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  plang: A month earlier at the European Team Championship at Bathumi 1999 Lautier had played 15 Nc4 against Leko and obtained a promising position though the game ended in a draw; 15 gxf!? was new. Leko spent an hour on 21..Bb5 making sure that he wouldn't be mated after the rook sacrifice: 22 Bd5..Bxa6 23 Rh4..h6 24 Qh3..Kh7! 25 Ng4..Qxd5 26 Rxh6+..gxh 27 Qxh6+..Kg8 and White only has a perpetual. Lputian should have chosen this line though as after 22 Ra7..c4! Black took over the initiative. With 24 Nxc4 Lputian underestimated the danger; better was 24 Rxd4..Qxd4 25 Rxe7..Bxe2 26 Qxe2..Rxc1+ 27 Bf1..Rb1 when White is worse but has some counterplay. Lputian apparently overlooked 25..Nc2! perhaps expecting instead 25..Bc5 26 Ra8..Nf3+ 27 Qxf3..Qxa8 28 Rxc4..Qxf3 29 Bxf3..Bxe3+ 30 Kg2..Rb8 with equality. 31 Qd5 could have been answered strongly by 31 Qd4!. The alternative 32 Bxc2..Qxf4 33 Bxb3..Qe4+ 34 Kg1..Bc5+ 35 e3..Bxe3+ 36 Kf1..Qxf5+ would have been losing for White. Lputian lost on time in a hopeless position.

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