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Nigel Short vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen (1995), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-15
Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation (B00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-03-04  darook: I dont see why black didnt play 27...cxd5 ?, is there a hidden trap there?
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Not too sure. Maybe 27...cxd5 28. Bxb5 axb5 29. Qxb5 Re8 30. exd5 or something similar, but it does not look sound to me.
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Bad crafty! Don't delete your posts. =D No seriously, are you going to try to analyze the right move this time? ;)
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Also interesting seems to be 28. c4. For example maybe 28...bxc4 29. Bxc4 which looks very scary.
Premium Chessgames Member Crafty offers this line 28. ♗xb5 axb5 29. ♕xb5 ♖e8 30. ♕b7+ ♔d8 31. exd5 ♔e7 32. ♘c6+ ♘xc6 33. dxc6 ♖d8 34. ♗c5 ♗xc5 35. ♖xd7+ ♔e6 36. bxc5 ♖xd7 37. ♕xd7#
Premium Chessgames Member I don't know why, but crafty would show that line and then mysteriously evaluate it as , I think the point is that without enough nodes to search the position it's not 100% positive that this is a forced mate. Maybe we'll give it a few billion nodes and see what it says.
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Okay, thanks, looks very interesting!
Dec-03-04  darook: Thanks guys for your fast and detailed responses!. (I'm new here and this looks like a nice and warm welcome :). Fritz 7 (and 8) give equality after: 27...cxd5 28.Bxb5 axb5 29.Qxb5 Nb6 30.Qxb6 Qe7 etc.
Black should be carefull not to get run over by the pawn roller starting with c4. Still, things are about equal according to Fritz (even about half a pawn adv. to Black actually).
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Hmmm if Fritz is right, it might have been a sacrifice for practical chances. It's a lot harder to refute it otb. How many ply did Fritz go through?
Dec-03-04  darook: Fritz go 23 ply deep.
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: lol Fritz is insane. ;)
Dec-03-04  Lawrence: <darook>, welcome, this is indeed a nice site. <Junior 8> agrees with Fritz.
Premium Chessgames Member <Fritz go 23 ply deep.> Seriously? Searches like that usually take many hours.
Dec-03-04  darook: Actually t took almost 4 hrs. of search... I posted my question after doing that search and I thought Fritz 8 missed something that both GMs playing the game saw. Fritz saw the above line by crafty and after about 50 mins more came up with the 29...Nb6 move. Still after considering it further, 'Minor Piece Activity' and '' are correct about saying this is 'scary' for Black and if Fritz took 50 mins than maybe OTB playing against such opposition Leko wanted to play it safe & simple.
Dec-03-04  Minor Piece Activity: Yeah, Fritz sees a lot in 50 minutes especially on a very good computer. I wouldn't be too surprised if Leko declined the sacrifice just to keep out of time trouble.

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