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Garry Kasparov vs Peter Leko
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Oct-03
Scotch Game: Malaniuk Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-10-06  zev22407: Kasparov active defence was too strong against Leko surprise in the openning.
Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <CLEARANCE> 16 c3-c4! vacates the c3-square for 17 ♘b1-c3, bringing the White queen's knight to the defense of the <COMPLETELY PINNED> White e2-bishop.
Dec-28-07
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  plang: 4..Bb4+ with the idea of depriving the queen knight of c3 is rarely played. Miles (a former trainer of Leko) had played 5..Bc5 on occasion. 6 Nxc6 was new however. Kasparov spent an hour on his first seven moves apparently checking his home preparation. 9 h3 was a clever move trying to prove that the black queen was short of squares. Kasparov offered the following bizarre variation: 9..d5? 10 exd+..Kd8 11 g3..Qa4 12 b3 and wins. Leko said he had prepared the sacrifice 12..Nxe4? some months earlier but then realized at the board that it was not quite sound. 17..d5 fails to 18 Kf1..Rxe2 19 Nxe2..Re8 20 Be3..d4 21 Rc1..Bxe2
22 Kxe2..Bb6 23 Rxc6. Kasparov accurately calculated the complications beginning with 23 Nc5 to achieve the desired liquidation.
Sep-14-10  anjyplayer: Playing scotch really shows how kaspy can play mockery of chess.
Jun-04-11
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  alligator: Great example of active defensive play by Kasparov. A mini-lesson in tactics.
Feb-17-16
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  Keyser Soze: Whatta game by Garry. 26. Nd7! "Monster of a thousand eyes" indeed he was.
Dec-02-16  clement41: 31 Bxe6! appears much more precise than 31 Re1?!. Indeed the latter allows 31...Kd7 (31...Kf7? 32 Rxe6 Rxe6 33 Kf2! a key zwichenzug gaining a tempo to centralize the king ...Ke7 34 Rxe6 Kxe6 35 Bxg7, or 33 Bxg7 and black's king in more centralized than in the game on d8) 32 Bxe6+ Rxe6 33 Rxe6 Kxe6 34 Bxg7 and black's king is more centralized than in the game on d8. A tiny detail, but one that can make a world of difference!

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