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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-02
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-06  Whitehat1963: I love the way Leko seeks in at the last second. Without looking at the game score, I thought Kramnik was winning the whole way. On the other hand, 10 of the last 11 these two have played against each other have been draws. Is it just that they are very equal and both very precise? Or are they unwilling to risk as much as other GMs like Anand, Topalov, Ivanchuk and Morozevich?
Mar-09-06  alexandrovm: imo this is one of Kramnik's best games. Incredible display of energy, tactics, pawn sacs, etc.
Mar-27-06  Akireta no Ite: Kramnik's 34th move is simply devastating the Leko's fort.

What a brilliant daring move to forego his bishop for accurate positional play!! Hats off ! Thy name is "brilliance".

Sad, that Kramnik dont play these things anymore.

Apr-01-06  SniperOnG7: The Sveshnikov Champion now prefers the innocuous Petrof :(
Jul-01-06  DCP23: <Sneaky>: <Imagine you were playing me, and we achieved a ♔ + ♖ vs ♔ + ♘ ending. A dead draw unless one of us makes a horrific blunder, right? Now imagine that a group of small children are watching and they insist to us that we play on, for in their own experience such games are not necessarily over yet. I think that's probably a lot what it's like when the fans cry for them to play on in some of these positions.>

Sneaky, life is stranger than fiction!

Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2006

Oct-16-06  shintaro go: This game made me want to take up the Sveshnikov as a defense to 1.e4.
Jan-31-07  positionalgenius: One of Kramnik's finest wins. This was one of the first kramnik games I ever saw.
Apr-20-07  MyCatPlaysChess: Playing through this game with the new "Guess-a-move" feature is quite instructive!!
Jun-13-07  LIFE Master AJ: I just redid my annotations for this game. ( Check it out, if you have a few minutes. (Fixed a few errors, the mighty Fritz 10 actually cooked one or two of my ideas.)

Jun-13-07  johnwgoes: I miss the Sveshnikov.
Jun-13-07  KamikazeAttack: <johnwgoes: I miss the Sveshnikov.>

Don't worry. Prof Kramnik will revive his discussion of the Svesh in Mexico.

Feb-14-08  aazqua: Another fantastic effort by Kramnik. Leko's a strong player but their match made the difference between the two clear.
Feb-14-08  notyetagm: <aazqua: ... Leko's a strong player but their match made the difference between the two clear.>

What the hell are you talking about? Their 2004 match was a draw!

Feb-15-08  square dance: did you consider that aazqua might be referering to the manner in which the match was drawn?
Feb-15-08  notyetagm: Yes, I did consider that. But the comment was "Leko's a strong player", implying that the 2004 match showed that Kramnik was a stronger player. A drawn match basically means you are equal.

Once again Kramnik supporters getting happy over a drawn match. Makes me wonder what he would say about Fischer's 6-0 shutouts of Taimanov and Larsen.

I am a big fan of Fischer's chess and hearing someone make a statement like that about a drawn match is just kinda ridiculous when compared to Fischer's incomparable achievement.

Feb-15-08  notyetagm: <CONT'D>

We found out the difference between Fischer and Larsen/Taimanov: Fischer won 12-0. Now -that- is something you can brag about.

Feb-15-08  square dance: <A drawn match basically means you are equal.> wow. thanks for the insight. now here is some for you. perhaps <aazqua> considers kramnik and leko about equal, but what he feels seperates them is kramnik's ability in the clutch and leko's lack of that same ability. if that is the case, which it might well be, then you're just popping off about nothing.

<Once again Kramnik supporters getting happy over a drawn match. Makes me wonder what he would say about Fischer's 6-0 shutouts of Taimanov and Larsen.> what does fischer-taimanov/larsen have to do with kramnik-leko?!? there's nothing wrong with a fan of a player being happy that he won such a crucial game. for god's sake, look at all the stuff you posted about mamedyarov winning a blitz game. as long as you go around posting IN ALL CAPS and highlighting words like -this- while using numerous exclams!!!! you have no business raining on anyone elses parade when they quite humbly compliment a player.

<I am a big fan of Fischer's chess and hearing someone make a statement like that about a drawn match is just kinda ridiculous when compared to Fischer's incomparable achievement.> well, since no one but you made that comparison i guess you're the one who is being ridiculous. by the same logic you've displayed here i guess i should run over to the aronian and carlsen pages and tell all of their fans that they're being ridiculous in celebrating their achievement in light of karpov's linares 94 performance. does that make any sense? i am a karpov fan after all.

Nov-21-08  shintaro go: I miss the days Kramnik played like this with Black.
Jul-23-09  dumbgai: Ah, the good old days when these two weren't afraid to slug it out.
Jul-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004.
Your score: 32 (par = 35)


Jul-20-13  justin2seo: this is typical game what shows kramnik's style:
1.have good space
2.make passed pawm
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  kingscrusher: Great tactics here
Dec-16-19  YesChess1010: Very amazing game
Dec-16-19  Carrots and Pizza: This is from back when they played the real sheveshnikov. Nowadays they are exploring the early Nd5 lines, which is leading to some pretty interesting chess, but I like the old school sheveshnikov best. This game has a lot of surprising decisions and a lot of it doesn't really make sense to me.

It's weird that Kramnik would allow White to take his awesome dark square bishop after 19...0-0.

It's also strange how White didn't care about the d5 square. Normally, as least how I learned the game, when white has a nice hold on d5 for a knight, he tries to arrange his game such that if black exchanges a piece there, he can recapture with a piece instead of a pawn, so that he can keep open file pressure against that backward pawn.

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  plang: Played in the 11th (next to last) round; Leko had a half point lead on Kramnik and Kasparov entering the round so this ended up being the game that decided the tournament. Normally 14 c3 is played so that after ..e4 the bishop can retreat to c2; Leko chose the comparatively rare 14 Qh5. 16..Rc8 was new and has not been repeated; 16..0-0 is the most popular move. 18 f3 would have been an interesting alternative. 18..Nxd5? 19 Nf5..Bxc3? 20 bxc..Nf4 21 Ng7+..Kf8 22 Qh6..Nxe2+ 23 Kh1 would have been very strong for White.

Kramnik after 23..Rxd5:
"Despite the mass exchanges and the presence of opposite-colored bishops, Black is still required to play very accurately to maintain the balance."

Kramnik thought that Leko was overestimating his position when he played 26 Qb6 recommending instead 26 Qf4 with a small edge for White. 28 Kh1..Kh8 29 Qc6..Rg8 30 Ra8..Bf8 31 Bf1 (31..f3 32 g3) is another approach to meeting Black's kingside initiative.

Extensive analysis after the game determined that 32 Kf1!..Rh5 33 Rd6 would have likely led to draw - Kramnik: "...However, the weakness (and strength!) of a human player is that he is guided primarily by logic when taking decisions at the chess board - and the move 32 Kf1!! does not lend itself to any logical explanation."

Leko had overlooked 34..Qc2! expecting only 34..Rxh3 35 Rxg6..Rxg6 36 Rd4 with good chances for a draw..

Voted the 2nd best game in Informant 90.

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