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Peter Leko vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 9, Mar-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-16-04  Rowson: Im loving this variation in the Najdorf, sicilian. 5...Ng4 is very interesting.
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  wordfunph: “As long as Leko plays a3, h3 in the Sicilian Defense I cannot leave bigtime chess!”

- Garry Kasparov

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  plang: The system with 10 h3 and 11 f3 was relatively new at the time (Topalov had defeated Gelfand with it at the European Club Championship Bugojno 1999 - not included in this database). Despite the Kasparov quote in the above post this line was used by Kasparov with White a year later. Gelfand had played 13..Rc8; 13..Qa5 was new. 20..b5? was an oversight losing a pawn. Leko played 23 Rd5? quickly missing his opportunity; Kasparov feared 23 Rc2..Nd4 24 Bxd4..Bxd4 25 Kd1..Nf4 26 Nc7..Bxb2 27 Rxb2..Rxc7 28 Bxb5..Rfc8 29 Kd2..Nxg2 30 a4 and the connected pawns should be sufficient to win. After 23..Na7! Kasparov was confident of saving the draw.

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