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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
"Last Dance" (game of the day Nov-28-2016)
Kramnik - Leko Classical World Championship Match (2004), Brissago SUI, rd 14, Oct-18
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Apr-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Yet another intended pun where someone else beat me to it.
Apr-14-11
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  FSR: Here is the game that Keene alludes to: Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963
Sep-13-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: ROOK OUTPOST ON AN OPEN FILE
May-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Classic game.

LTJ

May-28-12  Robespierre: Dear Mr Ray Keene,

I'm one of those who read your game notes and who could be considered an "advanced beginner." I greatly appreciate your tactical insights, and I admire your concision & precision of expression!

May-28-12  Sularus: This game has had a few puns already.

1st: All the marbles
2nd: The Caro Can't
3rd: Last Dance

I prefer the first one.

May-28-12
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  Sneaky: I think the pun is their Donna Summer tribute.
May-28-12  Tadeucouto: Leko wrong in 34 move.
The King up !
May-29-12
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  kevin86: White will win quickly!
Jul-12-12  Tigranny: This is my favorite Kramnik game, quite expert on how Kramnik just punished Leko on his errors.
Nov-28-16
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  HeMateMe: the power of controlling the 7th rank!
Nov-28-16  RookFile: This is what you don't do with black in the last game of a match with a one point lead. Compare this with Kasparov's game 24 effort that won him the world championship.
Nov-28-16  RookFile: Play active, active, active, baby!

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Nov-28-16  AlicesKnight: Helpful Keene notes and a good example of activity against a bad bishop.
Nov-28-16
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  offramp: Hard to believe that I was commenting LIVE on this game. How long have I been here?
Nov-28-16  John Abraham: This was the final game of the 2004 world championship match, where Kramnik won a must-win game in spectacular fashion to level the scoreline and successfully defended his title in the process.
Nov-28-16
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  eternaloptimist: Kramnik thrives in clutch situations & this game is a great example! He kept his focus & composure in a situation when he had to win to keep his WCC & he got the victory! As <dumbgai> pointed out, this game destroyed Leko psychologically. Some people never can get over something this devastating & some people can. I wonder how often Leko thinks about this loss now.
Dec-18-16  S4NKT: A wonderful game with lots of interesting moves and very psychologically significant.

Leko is more than happy to trade off pieces, but there was one very active piece in this game which you can't trade in chess, the white king! ;)

Even if 22. a4 isn't objectively best, the answer - Kd8 is hilarious.

Apr-07-18  Toribio3: This game is a masterpiece. I love the way how Kramnik walked his King to deliver the final blow against the hostile King!
Jun-16-18
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  Ron: I just came across a video analysis by GM Varuzhan Akobian of this game.

I found it instructional and I found its perspective, years after this game was played, interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o36...

Jan-02-19  MrJafari: An exciting game. unfortunately we see this kind of games less and less...
Mar-03-20  Chesgambit: 1...c5 or 1...e5 Leko prefer 1...c6
Leko try play solid
Mar-03-20  Chesgambit: 18...Nxd3 19. Kxd3 19... Bc6! black close c file black just have big pawn but white can't win easy I discovered this move engine likes too
Mar-03-20  Chesgambit: ıf white knight jumps c5 square there nothing black can hold position very easy
Mar-03-20  Chesgambit: If g5 Ke7 no way to win
Rc2 Kd7
maybe
Vladmir likes Rc5 move because after Rhc1 and ıf white knight and d3 black position not so good
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