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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Budapest RWE Gas m (2001) (rapid), Budapest HUN, rd 9, Jan-02
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0



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Mar-26-05  Karpova: No kibitzing on this game yet?

This game is worth of study. Kramnik's faultless endgame play, especially the king march is very instructive.

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  geezerbloke: considering the amoun of abuse both have received, unjustly in my opinion, on there player pages of late i imagine people are scared to look at the page. But you are quite right.
Mar-27-05  Karpova: <geezerbloke>

this is strange. i do understand people's dislike for short draws but i think bashing kramnik and leko all the time is quitre unfair. but the point is that their games against each other are always very exciting. the wcc match was great (more wins (and excellent ones!) than in kasparov-kramnik) and their minimatch at amber was also very good.

those who are "afraid" to watch these pages let great opportunities slip!

Oct-16-05  Chess Addict: Erm, lol.
Black is in zugzwang, correct?
Oct-16-05  aw1988: Not really, Black can't prevent Bxd5 and Bxb7.
Oct-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: i don't think black is in Zugzwang as aw1988 said, he can't prevent the lose of the pawns on d5 and b7!
Oct-31-06  Sannder: So was Leko really forced to move his rook back and forth, and later his king there and back again?

Must have been very frustrating to play this game.....for Leko that is.

Oct-31-06  Baron Harkonnen: Leko in his last 11 moves did the same passive repetitive move with the King. What he expected?
Oct-31-06  flamboyant: This game reminds me of Capablanca, every single moves seems very clear, simple "perfect" he slightly improved his position with each move, then converting his spacial advantage into a won ending with perfect technique. To me it was interesting because one of m my main problem in chess is that I have sometimes some problem to find an adequate plan in the middlegame, this game is a great example of what to do!
Jul-15-08  ToTheDeath: A remarkable endgame, Black had no moves at the end. Kramnik is one of the best players ever at attacking with reduced material.
Sep-07-10  guikfc: this is the new version of Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938
Feb-23-11  xombie: I'd kill to play games like this. So beautiful. The aggressive kingwalk theme is often very instructive. Check out the paralysis before that.
Aug-05-13  Dragi: Kramnik - great champion
Jan-24-16  ndg2: In a way, this was easy to play for black since he had only king moves. Of course such (enforced in this case) passivity will lead to eventuell resignation in the long run
Apr-13-16  SueursFroides: Really smart play by Kramnik, everything is on control from the beginning and I like his "king walk" at the end.
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