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Peter Leko vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2001), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: Kasparov's plays his beloved Najdorf here. But the game is frankly quite soon a draw.
Nov-13-14  ColdSong: I doubt Kasparov's handle of this 8.Nb3 variation is the best one can imagine.
Nov-13-14  john barleycorn: It is known that Leko was in close contact with Fischer in the mid 90's. Maybe he has learned from Fischer about this variant?
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  plang: 16..e5 had been played in a little known 2000 game; 16..Nc5 was new. Kasparov's 17..dxc?! has not been repeated; 17..Qxc5 was better. With 20..Rb3!? Kasparov was committing to a risky exchange sacrifice. Leko questioned his decision to return the exchange with 23 Rxd5?! thinking that he could have played 23 Bxe7..Kxe7 24 Kc1 with Black's compensation being unclear. Later analysis showed that 26 Qh5 would have given some winning chances; after Leko's 26 Qg4?! any advantage was gone. 27 Qxg7..Rb8 would have been too dangerous for White.
Jul-14-19  Alibaba2007: Rd8 (move 27), a fantastic move, Kasparov sacrificed the pawn for the d file. This proved correct as Leko had to defend in the end.

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