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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Buzzer Beater To Draw" (game of the day Mar-03-2011)
Kramnik - Leko Classical World Championship Match (2004), Brissago SUI, rd 13, Oct-16
Benoni Defense: Knight's Tour Variation (A61)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-09-06  Aseem: Can some one please tell me why did Leko play 18.axb5 and not Qxb5.
Feb-09-06  Scarecrow: <Aseem> With 18. axb5, White opens the a-file for his Rook. From that move on, Black has to protect his a-pawn somehow.

Not that Leko saw that far, but later this also made 31. Rxa7+ possible for him, after which he should have held a draw easily (with 33. Rh7!).

May-14-06  Karpova: <Leko had Krmanik on the Ropes the whole middelgame>

lol, a good joke!

Jun-26-08  Cactus: <Acirce> I endure the crap you get for being a communist as well. But who will be laughing when Lenin bursts out of his grave and incites another revolution? But seriously, a lot of people just reject it because they here trash about it on television and the like, and take that word as law.
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  keypusher: <Cactus><But who will be laughing when Lenin bursts out of his grave and incites another revolution? >

Who would laugh at a Zombie Commie?

Jun-27-08  OneArmedScissor: There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a communist.
Jul-01-08  Confuse: Theres nothing wrong with being whatever you want to be, as long as you don't interfere with other people's free will. Thats my take on the world, and so far its worked for me in defining who is good and who is bad.
Aug-11-08  ravel5184: HA HA "There is little left to play for in the position" HA HA HA HA
Aug-22-08  SetNoEscapeOn: wild respect for acirce. How many other members have been mentioned by GMs? Yeah, I heard about slomarko....
Mar-30-09  WhiteRook48: <Draw agreed. The players finally agree that there is little left to play for in this position> Oh come on!
Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: dumb annotation
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  whiteshark: I wonder how you would have annotated it?
Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: Aha! He admits it! Check out <acirce>'s Sept. 3, 2005 post to see what I mean.

We have it on record, so he'd better not EVER try to deny it!

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  AgentRgent: <Dredge Rivers: Aha! He admits it! Check out <acirce>'s Sept. 3, 2005 post to see what I mean.

We have it on record, so he'd better not EVER try to deny it!> What is your point?

First, I would think if he ever planned to deny it, he wouldn't have freely admitted it.

Second, what does it matter?

Dec-13-09  acirce: "Admits it", hilarious.
Dec-14-09  Raisin Death Ray: <acirce> With all due respect, MANY Communists have denied it. Alger Hiss did. Paul Robeson did.

But what does <Dredge Rivers> know? He's just a "raving lunatic".

Dec-15-09  Raisin Death Ray: Also, there was George Crockett. Don't want to forget about him. Mr. "Didn't condem the Soviets for shooting down that Korean airliner in 1983!"
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  Phony Benoni: I see the Keene's note to <17.Nb5> as one of the keys to this game:

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<White is playing for a light square grip, but there is something rather static about the position for White that emerges. That is, it looks impressive, but it is hard to see how to improve the position thereafter, or to exchange White's advantages for others.>

Having played a few too many Benonis in my life, I can say that one of White's most common mistakes is not to play actively. This doesn't mean wild and crazy, but White cannot simply build up a strong structure and expect to operate safely behind it. He must make positive efforts to gain ground while negating Black's counterplay.

More often than not, especially at the higher levels, White is able to accomplish this. However, the technique is not often found among weaker players, which is why the Benoni is dubious among GMs but quite playable at the average level.

The pun might be a bit of an Americanism. In basketball, the expiration of time is signalled by a loud and very annoying buzzer. A "buzzer beater" refers to a last instant shot that goes in the basket, rescuing victory from the jaws of defeat.

Mar-03-11  newzild: Interesting notes by Keene - the best I have seen by him.
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  Penguincw: This pun is pretty good.
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  kevin86: I'm surprised that the players agreed to a draw and didn't play it out-lol.

I would guess that black has a 1/16 pawn lead.

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  chrisowen: Kramnik employ a pseudo kingside ducth stonewall 27 r1a3 targetting a7 any good for white jump? Barrie chrisowen is my one and only graze Benoni agreed draw (on g3 line) I wimped rep again.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. g3 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Nd2 Nbd7 11. Nc4 Nb6 12. Nxb6 Qxb6 13. Qc2 Bd7 14. h3 Qc7 15. a4 a6 16. a5 b5 17. axb6 Qxb6 18. Ra3 Bb5 19. Be3 Qc7 20. Rfa1 Rab8 21. b3 Nd7 22. R1a2 f5 23. Nxb5 axb5 24. Ra7 Rb7 25. R7a6 Rb6 26. Ra7 Rb7 27. R7a6

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  Check It Out: Great game with a lot of match tension equals dramatic chess.

And now for the brilliant denouement: Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

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  scormus: An epic duel, and interesting contrast in approaches. Dogged and resourceful defense to save the draw for W, Lekoesque even. Great notes too.
Mar-03-11  Kinghunt: <kevin86: I'm surprised that the players agreed to a draw and didn't play it out-lol.

I would guess that black has a 1/16 pawn lead.>

Black's edge in the final position must be even more than that. Black has control of the center squares AND can claim the opposition with 66...Ke4!!

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