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Andrei Vasilyevich Kharlov vs Rafael Duailibe Leitao
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 3, Jun-23
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  1-0

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Jul-02-04  onthebeat1971: The game was totally equal. Then, Leitao decided not to protect his e4 pawn with 26...Rc8. Kharlov ī"didnīt believe that" and made 27. Qf4. But Leitao made 27...Rc2 and let the pawn go away. I donīt know... but it sounded little risky to me but maybe he was trying to find a way to attack. (Any opinions?)

But the real blunder, I guess, came with 29....Qd3 (Qd7 or Qd8 could be better, which gave the first rank, and the game, to Kharlov (any opinions?). And Leitao never recovered from that, playing badly the game 2, being eliminated.

Anyway, I think that Leitao went very well in this tournament. He became my favourite Brazilian player. I like Vescovi, but he was a huge deception to me in this tournament, playing for a short draw, with white (!?), in the first game of the tournament (!!), which I didnīt really understand.

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