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Peter Leko vs Viswanathan Anand
Advanced Chess (2001) (exhibition), Leon ESP, rd 1, Jun-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  0-1



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  Pawn and Two: A curious puzzle position. Black has several targets. The pawn on g2 was tempting, but I thought there must be more to the position. The knight on e2 looked vulnerable, but to get at it, I needed to do something about the white queen. I looked at the knight moves, Nd7 & Nd5. When I realized that with the knight on d5, I had possibility of a discovered check on c3, and I was also preventing the white queen from returning to e3, I felt sure that I had found the solution.
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  chrisowen: Allo nd5 you cement it solid in the middle ko ne2 as why it must huff ala fall down on e2 stop as try it also in d7 fashions anew angle to trap it too advanced for me Peter bind over bxc4 and subsequent queen maneovres frills and spills alt. Peters expense maybe queen go glesson net central insteed chasing broken either have b6 and b7 right covered reign Anand select wisest affront nd5 oars end it eh in sortie for queen booted after nd5 and really it grounded in came to halt rend and bend loose knight.
May-31-12  sevenseaman: #72432

This one is a tad hard, IMO.

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White to play.

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  Morten: @rdt:
26.Ng3, Rxg3 27. Qxb7, Nc3+ 28. bxc3, Qxb7.

But 26. Ng3, Qxf3 also wins: 27. Qxb7, Nc3+ as in the other variation or 27. gxf3, Nxb6 28. Bxb6, Rxg3.

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  kevin86: Black counters and white must lose at least a piece

26 ♕xb7?? ♘c3+ and 27...♕xb7

May-31-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Thanks for the in depth information! I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to provide us all with some excellent information.


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  doubledrooks: <sevenseaman> 1. Rd7. For example:

a. 1...Qa5 2. Rxb7

b. 1...Qxe3 2. Rxd8+ and 3. fxe3

c. 1...Rxd7 2. Qxb6

May-31-12  David2009: Leko vs Anand, 2001 Black 25...?

Leko vs Anand, 2001 Black 25...?

The current World Champion has the 'shot' 25..Nd5 which appears to win a piece. 25...Nd7 (which White might have expected) is much less effective because of 25...Qe3. Time to check:
Yes. Here's the puzzle position

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colours reversed, with a link to Crafty End Game Trainer:

The robot, not the least impressed, calmly replies with the colours-reversed equivalent of 26.Nd2 (one of <Patriot>'s defences) and drew an exciting ending starting 26.Nd2 Nxb6 27.Nxe4 Bxe4 28.Bxb6 Bxg2 29.Rg1 Kd7 30.Nf4 Bf3 31.Rgf1 and I had to give back my second Pawn, after which the EGT defended too well for me. Have fun finding the win!

A case of premature resignation?

May-31-12  jrbleau: David2009,

I actually had trouble with this puzzle because I found the defence 26 Nd2 against 25...Nd5, making this a very difficult puzzle.

I'd say yes, it was a case of premature resignation.

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  doubledrooks: <David2009>: After 25...Nd5 26. Nd2 Nxb6 27. Nxe4 Nc4 is the way to go.
May-31-12  sevenseaman: <doubledrooks> You make me very happy with your comprehensive, insightful solution. <1. Rd7> is an ingenious idea. Computer adopts the line b. given by you.
May-31-12  TimothyLucasJaeger: 25 ... Nd5 appears to win on the spot. I'm concerned that my analysis may be missing some possibility for white, as this seems a bit easy for a thursday (much easier than yesterday's puzzle, for example, where the endgame was not at altogether clear if black refused the bishop sacrifice).

26 Qxb7 Nc3+ 28 bxc3 (or Nxc3) Qxb7

26 Qa5 Qxe2

26 Nd2 Nxb6 27 Nxe4 Bxe4

Time to check.

May-31-12  arnaud1959: On 26.Nd2 Qxg2 27.Qa5 (27.Rg1 Qxg1)Bc6 threatening Bd8 seems to be strong.
May-31-12  TheBish: Leko vs Anand, 2001

Black to play (25...?) "Medium"

Black's queen attacks White's Ne2, but it also must protect his own Bb7. If there were only a way to drive off White's queen, but 25...Nd7 allows 26. Qe3, allowing Black to win his pawn back (...Rxg2) but nothing more. There is another knight move though...

25...Nd5! 26. Qxb7

Or 26. Ng3 Nxb6 27. Nxe4 Bxe4, or 26. Qa5 Qxe2, losing a piece in either case.

26...Nc3+ 27. Nxc3 Qxb7

Black has won the queen for two pieces. I'm guessing White resigned before it got this far (or the other line, perhaps).

May-31-12  M.Hassan: <sevenseaman>:
Interesting reply regarding the news in India you have written to <LTJ> I congratulated Mr. Anand on facebook and am congratulating you which I assume are one of his supporters.
May-31-12  BadKnight: yeah, it is a pretty accurate and vivid description of the whole situation. quite saddening for a chess fan indeed. in a day or two anand is reaching india, and i am expecting there will be a little cheering at the airport when he reaches there, and there will be some more news headlines for a day or two, and some interviews will follow.

As far as i can remember, anand has already received all major national awards except the highest civilian award Bharatratna, which used to be not given to sportsperson until very recently. There will be talk in the media about whether anand should be awarded with the highest civilian award. There will be speculations in the media on whether anand is the most successful sportsperson from india (i think he is) and so on. in the interviews that will follow, there will be questions like "can you really think faster than the light?" and "do you actually see 3000 moves ahead?" etc. and anand being anand, very nice and humble person, will try to be as reasonable and modest possible with his replies. the interviewers try to do their best, but usually they have no clue as to what to ask to a chess world champion.

last time anand won the championship and went back to india, there was an open viewers' question session in an interview, and a kid asked over phone about what is a zugzuang, to which anand was really amazed. that is the most prolific chess related question i have ever heard. it was cute because it came from a kid. adults usually do much worse.

May-31-12  Tiggler: <rdt><: 26. Ng3 Rxg3 27. Qxb7 and white is ahead as far as I can see >

27... Nc3+ leaves white down Q for R. (and mated if 28.bxc3)

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May-31-12  zakkzheng: Nd5 the end
May-31-12  psmith: This was not very hard to find… the key for me was thinking that if I could distract White’s Queen I’d be able to take the Knight.
May-31-12  1stboard: Nd5, when in doubt, go after the Queen .....
May-31-12  rhickma4: 25...Nd5 looks to win a piece outright.
I suspect White resigned at this point.
May-31-12  BlackSheep: <David2009> You were right this is trickier than it first seems it took me more than one attempt to nail him , I'm glad you are back with the crafty link though sometimes these puzzles are more difficult to convert than meets the eye , obviously excluding one move demolitions .
May-31-12  sevenseaman: <M.Hassan> Many thanks for your thoughtful felicitations to Vishy. Yes I have been his fan for a long, long time. His chess impresses me no doubt, but more important to me has been his conduct as a person.

I am convinced he is one of the best behaved champions. I remember the terrible provocation he was meted out by Kasparov in 1995 in NY. He didn't reflect back even some irritation. What profound maturity and what deeply ingrained good manners!

There has been some disappointment that after his win in Sofia (vs Topalov) he has had the alarmingly preponderant inclination to accept/offer draws that could really have been converted (IMO).

During my service days I was a few years in Chennai and I know first hand how intelligent a stock he comes from.

Thanks. I will always remain a fan of Vishy, hoping his aggressive, sharp chess will make an apocalypse.

May-31-12  sevenseaman: Yes <BadKnight>. You got the drift, 'success has many fathers and failure is always a forgotten bast...'

I have always wished that people who know and love the game should be in the forefront. Not to be ... I guess too wishful!

I have seen two GMs being interviewed regarding the event, Thipsay and Harekrishna and being treated rather condescendingly.

May-31-12  M.Hassan: <sevenseaman>:
What you have written coincides with the reasons why I like him and being his fan. His gentleman like manner together with never aggressive charachter, yet highly sophisticated player has always impressed me. He shows that he is a person of utmost intelligence yet very humble, earthy and sincere. I just like him and wish for vishy to stay World Champion for many years to come. By the way. Thank you as well for having provided these explanations.
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