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Peter Leko vs Alexander Khalifman
Leko-Khalifman Match (2000), Budapest HUN, rd 2, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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May-06-05  notyetagm: If you are down by a healthy pawn in the endgame against Leko, then you are just lost. <You might as well resign>.

Is Leko the best living endgame player?

May-06-05  aw1988: Today it is hard to say. I might say Adams is a candidate, since he has "machine-like technique", or Kramnik, or perhaps even better than both of them combined: Dvoretsky. Naturally many FM's and IM's play the endgames with much precision. I find GM's do not handle the endgame as well. But the best endgame player alive today is hard to tell.
May-06-05  Shams: <Naturally many FM's and IM's play the endgames with much precision. I find GM's do not handle the endgame as well.> I find that you are absolutely full of it, sir. good grief. are you trying to make a point about their relative strength in the middlegame or opening, compared to the ending? or are you really saying you think GMs are weaker than other masters at endings?
May-06-05  aw1988: Imprecise comment. Never mind that.
May-06-05  Shams: for the record, I am the greatest endgame player in the world.
May-06-05  aw1988: You're full of it. :)
May-06-05  martinshortsays: What a great sequence by Leko starting with 33.Rxc5, and ending with 38.Qxc8.
Sep-07-06  islero: <5...Nc6> "a slightly passive line - proof that my opponent wanted to avoid critical main lines" -- Leko
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  plang: Game 2 of their six game match; Leko won all three games with White to win the match 4.5-1.5. In Yoos - Sommerfeld Keres Memorial (Open) 1999 Black had played 11..Bc5 and White had won; 11..b5 was new. Black had no time for 12..Be6 13 a4 with a solid positional edge for White. Khalifman had an opportunity to eliminate his weak c-pawn with 28..c5 29 bxc..Bxc5 30 Qxd7..Nxd7 with close to equality; instead after 28..Bxe3? the c6 weakness was a real problem. Khalifman did eventually play 32..c5 and was probably expecting 36 Bxe4..fxe 37 Rc4..Rb5 38 Rxe4 when Black has decent chances to draw; instead after Leko's 36 Qf3! White had an extra pawn as well as a strong initiative. 38..Rc7 39 Qg4! would have been easily winning for White.

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