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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Budapest RWE Gas m (2001) (rapid), rd 4, Jan-02
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Berlin Wall J. Rogers Line (C67)  ·  0-1

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Sep-23-04  Giancarlo: Here we go, the ruy lopez I was looking for. I wouldn't be surprised if Kramnik was looking at the Berlin defence. Everyon knows his success with it against Kasparov. He beats Leko here. But will we see something else from Kramnik on Saturday? Only time will tell.
Sep-23-04  artemis: <gincarlo> If Leko plays the Ruy Lopez then I feel that Kramnik will undoubtedly play the berlin defense. It is too strong to be ignored. In my opinion, the position after the 8th move is very winnable for black. Inorder to do so he will be pressed to play a near perfect game, but With the two bishops it is far from impossible.
Sep-27-04
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  InspiredByMorphy: 20.Rd3 looks like it would have alleviated the future pin by blacks bishop, and safely left white a pawn up.
Sep-28-04  Cyphelium: <IBM> After 20. Rd3 Bb2 21. Re1 Bxe5 22. Nc5+ bxc5 23. Rxe5 Rhe8 black has won the pawn back, but has doubled pawns. Still, it looks about even.
Sep-28-04  clocked: <Cyphelium> how about 22.Ng5 instead?

Instead of 22.exf6, necessary was 22.e6

Sep-28-04  Cyphelium: <clocked> 22.- Rhe8
Sep-28-04  clocked: <Cyphelium> 23.Nxf7

23...Bxh2+?? 24.Kxh2 Rxd5 25.cxd5 Rxe1 26.Nd8+

Sep-28-04  Cyphelium: <clocked> True, it doesn't work.
Dec-09-04  Bobak Zahmat: Leko takes much risk by playing 21.Re1, from this move on Black takes the initiative and at the end he wins with 2 strong Bishops against one Rook.
May-12-05  Backward Development: Kramnik is truly a master of the two bishops. Notice that in many openings he plays<Sveshnikov, Berlin, Petrov's> his side usually gets the two bishops. Food for thought.
Oct-15-05  Dionyseus: This was a rapid match.
Apr-26-06  RickN: What a strange travel for Black's King and also a beautiful collaboration of the bishops against the White's rook ! But, Leko have played another splendid game in Brissago...(see the next !)

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