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Anatoly Karpov vs Peter Leko
Groningen (1995), Groningen NED, rd 11, Dec-30
Queen Pawn Opening: General (A40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-13-05  yukka: Leko is the drawish player of all time
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  Richard Taylor: Please study this immensely profound game complete with my and others' conments of great wisdom....wonderful as this Karpov game is this one is greater:

Janosevic vs Geller, 1968

Aug-07-06  positionalgenius: What a slugfest!!!!
Aug-07-06  cavaleiro: 9 a.m is too early?
Aug-07-06  gmgomes: If it were Leko x Moro, probably Moro would not been able to get before 11 am and accept draw offer.
Sep-30-06  spartacusxerox: 1. d4!! The crushing blow!
Oct-12-07  porgue: drawwww????????
Jan-09-08  Hot Logic: <who> I agree, this Kramnik bashing is neither clever nor funny. Kramnik has a style that may lead to more draws than most, yet he is also far more solid and is able to defeat the likes of Kasparov, Leko and Topalov in match play. Although he didn't win Mexico due to his 'safer' playing style he did win the Tal Memorial with a 7/9 score. As Petrosian said: "No one has proven that it is safer to defend than to attack."

As to the reason for this particular draw if the starting time had been changed at the last minute then it would be right to protest, but if it was in the program than it seems something of an insult to the organisers and sponsors and rather unprofessional.

Jan-09-08  Jim Bartle: I agree with your point, Logic, but I don't think Kramnik actually defeated Leko in their match. Wasn't it drawn?
Jan-10-08  Hot Logic: Thank you for the correction Jim, you are correct.
Jan-10-08  protean: Jim's correction is correct? :-D
Jan-23-08  porgue: <protean: Jim's correction is correct? :-D> Correct you are!!!
Feb-03-08  percyblakeney: <I don't think Kramnik actually defeated Leko in their match. Wasn't it drawn?>

I noticed that Bareev's book has the title <From London to Elista: The Inside Story of the World Chess Championship Matches That Vladimir Kramnik Won Against Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko and Veselin Topalov> but I don't think Bareev himself would say that Kramnik won the match against Leko, so I suppose it is a mistake by translators or publishers.

Jul-15-08  Cactus: <percy> In my opinion, in drawing the match, he won the match, because Kramnik had draw odds so Leko had to win at least one more game to take the match. But it's certainly debatable.
Jul-15-08  Kaspablanca: For the Kramnik bashers that say he only draw the match vs Leko; remember Kasparov drew the match vs Karpov in 1987, so what`s the big deal?
Jul-26-08  FizzyY: That's right! Karpov usually plays with the draw in hand I guess. Plus no one ever knows what his plans exactly are. Leko was lucky!
Aug-06-08  Jolly Wally: Of course Leko pounces on the opportunity to make a draw!
Dec-01-08  WhiteRook48: Funny that Karpov got a draw after 1 move. I wonder if you can force a draw by playing 1. d4!!
Dec-01-08  Woody Wood Pusher: The game Drawnik modeled his entire existence around.
Dec-01-08  sleepyirv: Hmmm... in a game you're going to offer a draw right after, why not play something crazy? I kinda wanna see Karpov have a Grob game on the record.
Dec-20-08  patzer of patzers: <sleeyirv> If you want something like that, check this out:

"The German grandmaster Robert Hübner also lost a game without playing any moves. In a World Student Team Championship game played in Graz in 1972, Hübner played one move and offered a draw to Kenneth Rogoff. Rogoff accepted. However, the arbiters insisted that some moves be played, so the players played the following ridiculous game: 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Ng1 Bg7 4. Qa4 0-0 5. Qxd7 Qxd7 6. g4 Qxd2+ 7. Kxd2 Nxg4 8. b4 a5 9. a4 Bxa1 10. Bb2 Nc6 11. Bh8 Bg7 12. h4 axb4 draw agreed). The arbiters ruled that both players must apologize and play an actual game at 7 p.m. Rogoff appeared and apologized; Hübner did neither. Hübner's clock was started, and after an hour Rogoff was declared the winner (Alexander 1973, pp. 80-81)."


The position at the end:

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(my first FEN post!)

Mar-18-09  WhiteRook48: perfect play!
Apr-16-16  EGarrett: Leko's Immortal. No game exemplifies him better, let alone forcing an opponent the caliber of Karpov to enter his world in such a calculated and efficient fashion.
Apr-16-16  Howard: Oh, yes ! I remember that "game".

Google "howard S Sample" and "leko" and "karpov" for a correction that I once submitted on it!

Jul-12-17  The Kings Domain: Karpov could sure dish out the attitude.
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