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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 6, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-03  refutor: i'm curious why this B30 line is so popular v. leko...everybody and their dog (even kaspy) seems to play it against him...i'm assuming they play 3.Nc3 because in the past he played 3. ... e5 but it seems a little odd that everybody has avoided the open sicilian v. him
Mar-08-03  Marnoff Mirlony: Certainly an interesting game. I have never seen one like that before. Unusual that a pawn will be one step from promotion so soon(obviously promoting it wouldn't gain anything.) Anand's sacrifice of his Rook near the end was nice, sealed his victory.
May-29-05  Per: One of the finest games by Anand in recent years. A real beauty!
Jul-02-05  JohnSilver: If 45. ...Re7 then 46.R:e7+ K:e7 47.Bg5+ Kd7 48.B:d8 K:d8 49.f3 : White wins e4-Pawn, exchanges on a6 a pair of pawns, and since black king has to capture the white pawn on a6 white king has enough time to capture black pawns on kingside.
Feb-23-06  dramas79: Seems to me that Anand recovered beautifully after making a mess of the opening
Jun-03-09  dramas79: <Seems to me that Anand recovered beautifully after making a mess of the opening> After seeing chessbase's report on the game, I think I do not understand chess at all. Apparently it was Anand's prepared novelty in the opening.
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  plang: Anand came up with the new plan in this line with 6 Nxd4 (instead of 6 Re1) and 9 c4. Anand was rewarded when Leko responded 9..dxc?; this move has not been repeated and in subsequent games Black has played 9..a6. After 11..c2 the advanced pawn was only a minor annoyance and White had a significant lead in development. Anand missed the powerful 13 g3! (13..g6? loses to 14 Bf4 and 13..Qf6 14 Qxc2..g6 15 Bf4..d6 16 Bxa6! would also have been winning) 13..e6 (maybe 13..Qc7) 14 Bf3 with a large advantage for White. Again, stronger would have been 15 Qxc2..Bg7 16 Rfe1..0-0 17 Qc7..d6 18 Rxe7. Despite these two missed opportunities White maintained a positional advantage. 18..Bxd4 19 Rad1..Qc5 was an interesting possibility. Black erred with 46..Red5?; better would have been 46..Rd1! 47 Rxh7..Rb1 48 Bc5..Rd5 with counterplay. Premature would have been 71 a8(Q)?..Rxa8 72 Kxa8..Kd5 73 Kb7..Kc4 with a draw.

A fascinating game and another example of the possibilities for creativity even very early in the opening.

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