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Loek van Wely vs Peter Leko
"Loek of the Draw" (game of the day Jan-17-2010)
Tilburg Fontys (1996), Tilburg NED, rd 2, Oct-12
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-27-03  Dick Brain: If Black hadn't played 53...Rxh7! he would have lost identically as in the national championship game in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer": 53...a2? 54 Ra5 Kxc3 55 Rh5! with an x-ray attack winning the black Queen-to-be on a1.
Dec-29-03  rndapology: isn't a draw also the result of a rook's pawn on 7th rank with king in support? the king can hide behind the pawn and then white must move the queen off the column(either b or g) to prevent stalemate... after which the defending king moves out again. Since the pawn is on the edge of the board, it cannot be pinned to the defending king by a diagonal with the queen, so the king with the queen never has time to approach the pawn because black is perpetually threatening to promote.
May-15-04  apple head: its a draw, King always runs to a8 and if Queen takes pawn stalemate
Sep-21-04  aw1988: KQ vs KP when the pawn is a bishop pawn and the king is far enough away (in this case, yes) is a draw. Same with rook pawns. However, a center or a knight pawn loses.
Premium Chessgames Member A user wrote to us asking: <Why doesn't this game appear in the Endgame Explorer results for Q vs. P?> The answer is, because the queens and pawns did not remain on the board long enough (3 half-moves) to be considered a QvP ending. This requirement of 3 half-moves prevents the Ending Explorer from miscategorizing endings during the exchange of pieces or pawns.
Apr-02-05  aw1988: In the game, could black have won by Kxc3 as opposed to Rxh7?
Apr-02-05  aw1988: Ah, no, Rh5!
Sep-05-06  HoopDreams: It is a draw with c, f, a, h pawns*
Jun-15-08  ravel5184: <Jack21221> It is a draw with Rook-Pawns too (if the Black King is close enough) because after the King goes to the corner and the White Queen is on b3 (g3), it is stalemate if the White King moves.
Apr-18-09  WhiteRook48: 53...Rxh7 is trivial
Jan-17-10  sfm: Draws, draws, draws. Where are the players willing to FIGHT!?
Jan-17-10  manakin: Complaints, complaints, complaints. Where are the kibitzers willing to peek at actual game dynamics before they start complaining about the result!?
Jan-17-10  bartolome: <HoopDreams: It is a draw with c, f, a, h pawns*>

and the pawn should be on the 7th rank

Jan-17-10  Mate Hunter: <bartolome: and the pawn should be on the 7th rank>

...and the King in front of the pawn, not behind it.

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  Richard Taylor: Well known draw on the a c f or h files if the K is far enough away and pawn if on the 2nd or 7th ranks with a King near it...
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  Richard Taylor: Van Wely was winning most of the middle to end game so Leko was lucky...

51 Rxa4 is winning as far as I and my old steam driven Fritz can see....

Jan-17-10  sfm: <manakin: Complaints, complaints, complaints...?> LOL! Happy that someone took the bait. ;-)
Jan-17-10  David2009: Can someone please explain how and why 53.Rxa3 e4 54.Kg7 wins? If Black continues 54....e3 55.h8=Q (or 55. Rh2 e2) Rxh8 56.Kxh8 e2 57.Ra1 Kxc3 58.g5 Kd2 59.g6 e1=Q 60.Rxe1 Kxe1 61.g7 c3 62.g8=Q c2 draw

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The WK is too far away.

Another try is 54.Ra2 Rh4 55.g5 Kxc3 56.Kg7 Kb3 57.Re2 c3 58.Rxe4 Rxe4 59.h8=Q c2

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which is also drawn.

Jan-17-10  Skakalec: I think the right move is 53. ♔g7 and not 53.♖a3 (if 53... ♔c3 then 54.♖a3)
Jan-17-10  WhiteRook48: this is so exciting
Jan-17-10  SuperPatzer77: We've gotta take a look at <patzer2>'s analysis of 53. Kg7 - much better than 53. Rxa3.

53. Kg7 a2, 54. Ra3 e4, 55. h8=Q Rxh8, 56. Kxh8 e3, 57. Rxa2 below:

a) 57...Kxc3, 58. g5! Kd3, 59. g6 e2, 60. Ra1! (gaining tempo) Kd2, 61. g7 e1=Q, 62. Rxe1 Kxe1, 63. g8=Q c3, 64. Qb3 Kd2, 65 Qb4! Kd3, 66. Kg7 c2, 67. Qe1 (with idea of Qc1 and then White King is ready to march in)

b) 57...e2, 58. Rxe2!! Kxe2, 59. g5 Kd3, 60. g6 Kxc3 61. g7 Kd2, 62. g8=Q c3, 63. Qg5+! Kd1, 64. Qg4+ Kd2, 65. Qb4!


Jan-18-10  David2009: <SuperPatzer77: We've gotta take a look at <patzer2>'s analysis of 53. Kg7 - much better than 53. Rxa3. 53. Kg7 a2, 54. Ra3 e4, 55. h8=Q Rxh8, 56. Kxh8 e3, 57. Rxa2 below:>

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Position after 57 Rxa2: I agree that the above is won for White. However 53...e4! immediately is much better than 53...a2 (a waste of a move). We then transpose into the drawn variations given previously.

Crafty link: Van Wely vs Leko 1996 53?). You are white, drag and drop the move you want to make. Win this position if you can.

Jan-18-10  SuperPatzer77: <David2009> Hey, David. My name is David as well. You're right about 53...e4! - the only move for a draw. It is the most difficult rook ending I've ever analyzed.

Chess computer Fritz and Rykba are not very good at the endgames, you know that? They're unable to solve the endgame like this.

Peter Leko, of course, made a correct move of 53. Rxe5. It was all drawn (period). Why did the show us that 53. Rxe5 was a bad move?? It didn't show us how White would make a winning line. We humans cannot solve this one. It gave me a big headache. LOL


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  Pawn and Two: <David2009 & SuperPatzer77> As has been noted, 53.Rxe5? leads to a draw after 53...Rxh7!

Winning for White was 53.Rxa3! e4 54.Kg7 e3 55.g5!, or 55.Ra1!. Other moves for Black after 53.Rxa3! also lose.

Also winning for White is: 53.Kg7! e4 54.Rxa3 e3 55.g5!, or 55.Ra1!. Other moves for Black after 53.Kg7! also lose.

White also wins after: 53.g5! Kxc3 54.Rxa3 Kb2 (if 54...Kd4 55.Kg7) 55.Re3. Other moves for Black after 53.g5! also lose.

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  kevin86: Q vs BP is a draw due to a stalemate situation that takes place if the pawn is captured with the king in the corner.

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