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Nigel Short vs Peter Leko
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 7, May-24
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1

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May-30-12
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  plang: The only serious alternative to 3 d4 is 3 Nf3 which Fischer played on several occasions. After Short's 3 d3!? Black can equalize immediately with the simple 3..dxe. Instead Leko played 3..g6 and 5..Nf6?! giving Short the complex middle game he wanted with a space advantage as well. 20..Kc7? would have run into 21 Bxe6!. After Leko's clever play for complications with 35..cxd Short, in time trouble, could have maintained his advantage with the prophylactic 36 Ka2; ie 36..dxc 37 Nxc4..Qxh6 38 Nb4..Ndc5 39 Qf3..Nd8. Instead, he won two pieces for a rook and pawn but left Leko with active counterplay. Leko's 38..Nxc4! is the only way to recapture; 38..dxc would have lost to 39 Bd6..Qxd3 40 Qxd3..cxd 41 g4..Kc8 42 Bxc7..Kxc7 43 Nf3..Nb3 44 g6..Kd7 45 g6..Ke7 46 Ng5..Kf8 47 Nxe6..Kg8 48 Nc7 and one of the White pawns queens. 44 Nb4? lost on the spot; White should have taken the perpetual with 44 Qb5..Qxd3 45 Qe8+..Kb7 46 Qd7+..Ka8 (46..Ka6? 47 Bb8) 47 Qe8+.

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