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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 6, Mar-05
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-07-07  kevinludwig: "Starting Out: d4" recommends the improvement 16. Bd3 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Qb5, when white has a choice between 18. Ra5 or 18. Qc2.
Feb-06-09  notyetagm: Wow, this was a *HELL* of a draw between Anand and Leko!
Apr-18-11  Sleeping kitten: According to Leko, every move in this game had been anticipated by him and was part of his preparation for a match against Khalifman.
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  plang: 12..Nd7 is a rarely played line that Leko had used to defeat Shirov at Dortmund 1998. This game was played in the sixth round; two rounds later Leko played the main line 12..Bg4 against Khalifman and lost. Shirov, in the 1998 game had played 13 Bb4; Anand varied with 13 Re1. Although Leko had prepared this line extensively Stohl was sceptical of 15..f5!? and thought that White could have had chances to gain an advantage playing positionally with 16 Bd3 or 17 Bd3. The alternative 22 Bxb7..Rab8 23 Rxa7..Rxb7 24 Rxb7..Qd5 25 gxh..Qxb7 would not have given White an advantage. 27 Qe2? would have been refuted by 27..Qh5 28 Rf7..Qh1+ 29 Kg3..Rg1+ 30 Kf4..Qh4+ 31 Bg4..Bh6+.
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