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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Kramberry Sauce" (game of the day Nov-23-2017)
Kramnik - Leko Classical World Championship Match (2004), Brissago SUI, rd 1, Sep-25
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  0-1

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Feb-14-08  aazqua: This may be my favorite game. Really nice work by Kramnik to convert a material imbalance into a meticulous win. This is pure thoughtful chess without the tactical nonsense that is often mistaken for greatness.
Nov-13-10  Tigranny: Nice game by Kramnik.
Apr-13-11  PSC: Annotated this game here: http://patzerseescheck.blogspot.com...
May-27-11  Blunderdome: So, on move 62 (for example) is it not necessary to write 62...R1f2+ because the other rook is pinned? I didn't know that about algebraic.
May-27-11
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  Phony Benoni: <Blunderdome: So, on move 62 (for example) is it not necessary to write 62...R1f2+ because the other rook is pinned? I didn't know that about algebraic.>


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That's an interesting question, and probably one to ask <chessgames.com>.

I used to such see non-distinguished moves more often in the olden days when people had to record games by hand and it was easier to record as little informaiton as logically needed. Personally, I always preferred to include the extra information simply to avoid confusion, but in a strictly logical sense it is not needed.

These days, when computers generally do the physical labor of recording the games, supplying the extra information seems to be the general rule. I suspect it's easier to program a computer to simply record <62...R1f2+> rather than have it go through the extra steps of figuring out that <62...R6f2+> is illegal, so logically <62...Rf2+> is all that needs to be recorded.

If you look at the PGN for the game (click "VIEW" under the chessboard), you'll see that it gives <62...R1f2+>. For some reason, chessgames.com prefers to remove the "unnecessary" <1> from the notation.

You might try loading the game on your own computer, and seeing how it records the move. Mine gives <62...R1f2+>.

May-27-11  Blunderdome: You're right, Fritz 11 thinks the move is 62. R1f2+
May-27-11  DanielBryant: At least, personally, when I'm keeping score in a tournament game, out of habit I don't include the extra information if a pin would prevent it, but that's purely how my mind works.
May-27-11  Bob726: Where do Leko go wrong here? Surely he shouldn't have lost the position on move 23. It seemed he already had a pretty bad position before he sac'd the exchange, so where do he go wrong before that?
May-28-11  Helloween: <Bob726>White went wrong with preparation more than anything in this game. Kramnik's 17...Na5 novelty really shook things up, although after 44.hxg6 I believe White still has a draw.

A: not having a surprise ready against Kramnik should he play the Russian Defense, and B: missing 44.hxg6, which allowed Black to play g6-g5 and win.

Sep-13-11  notyetagm: ▼ White resigns. The pawn endgame is a trivial win, e.g. 66 Ke4 Ke6 67 Kd4 f5 68 gxf5+ Kxf5 69 Ke3 g4 70 Kf2 Kg5 71 Kg3 Kxh5 72 Kg2 Kg5 73 Kg3 h5 and the black pawns march down to promote. A marvellously dramatic encounter and a fine riposte to critics who thought the match would be dull. In the press conference after the game, Kramnik looked drained, Leko cheerful and phlegmatic. Kramnik insisted throughout that the position objectively is drawn, and pulled many sceptical faces when describing his win. The following day, both players remarked how hard it is to move on from such a battle, Kramnik musing "I tried to get the two rooks out of my mind, and to stop trying to coordinate them in different attacking patterns. I think it was four o'clock in the morning when I was able to sleep." Leko added, "I needed until five a.m. to get rid of those two black rooks."
Sep-13-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!
Dec-16-11
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  Penguincw: Endgame Statistics (move 43-59)

♔♕♙♙♙ vs. ♔♖♖♙♙♙

The superior side (black) wins 34.4% of the time. This game is an example of that.

A draw occurs 52.6% of the time.

The inferior side (white) gets lucky 12.9% of the time.

Dec-29-11  cocker: Ending after 43 ... R4a5 is discussed in Nunn's book, UCE, p 207. Naturally his comments agree with Keene's annotations. With regard to previous comment, Nunn gives two examples where the queen wins and two where she loses.
Jul-17-13  notyetagm: Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

<45. Qf6 h6

This is a very clever move from Kramnik, clearly overlooked by Leko, whose last move could have no other purpose than to threaten h6. <<<If now 46Qxh6, then ...R8a6 traps the white queen. >>>>

Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES! TRAPPED PIECES!

Jul-17-13  notyetagm: Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

Game Collection: TRAPPED PIECE: ON THE EDGE OF THE BOARD If now 46Qxh6, then ...R8a6 traps the white queen.

Jul-18-13  notyetagm: Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

45 ♕f4-f6


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45 ... h7-h6!


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<45. Qf6 h6

This is a very clever move from Kramnik, clearly overlooked by Leko, whose last move could have no other purpose than to threaten h6. <<<If now 46Qxh6, then ...R8a6 traps the white queen.>>>>

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45 ♕f6xh6?? ♖a8-a6! <trapped piece: h6-queen>


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Mar-29-15  Ulhumbrus: One possible point of the choice of 26...Bxd4 instead of 26...cxd4 is as follows.

Kramnik is going to transfers his king's bishop from the long diagonal a1-h8 to the diagonal e1-a5 from which the bishop both blockades White's a pawn and supports Black's passed pawn, so that this doubles the useful work done by Black's bishop.

After this if Black's passed pawn is on the d file it will have to advance as far as d2 on the second rank in order to be defended by Black's bishop whereas if Black's passed pawn is on the c file it need advance only as far as c3 on the third rank in order to be defended by Black's bishop.

If this is so, it suggests that Kramnik has made a very deep choice.

Nov-04-15  kamagong24: and i thought Leko was doing well with 1. d4 ...
Dec-03-16
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  Check It Out: Educational endgame, two rooks versus queen. Good notes by Keene.
Nov-23-17
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  offramp: Yesterday was a game by Fruit. Today it is cranberry. Tomorrow, turkey!
Nov-23-17  dumbgai: 45...h6 is my favorite move of this game.
Nov-27-17
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  kevin86: Two rooks take the queen here.
Mar-13-18  Petrosianic: <After the combinational flurry ending on move 23, it was too easy to reach for the script that was titled "And White converts his material advantage".>

What material advantage? At the time, Black had a Rook, Bishop and Pawn for the Queen, so technically no advantage at all. In such a wide open position, one might expect White's Queen to be able to attain a material advantage later on, but White didn't have one at Move 23.

Mar-13-18
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  Dionysius1: <...after the game Kramnik looked drained, Leko cheerful and phlegmatic>

I saw the same effect when Jonathan Speelman beat Kasparov Kasparov vs Speelman, 1989 . The winner looked ill with strain, while the loser stood in a corner chatting to his minders.

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 66.Ke4 Ke6 is mate in 21.
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