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Viswanathan Anand vs Peter Leko
"Leko Suave" (game of the day Jul-21-2012)
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Jul-21-12  LoveThatJoker: LOL! Awesome pun!

I saw Gerardo perform at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when I was there in '91 - this said, had I been older, I would have gone to go see Tool and RHCP instead!


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  NM JRousselle: AJ, I discourage my students from even playing the Sicilian Defense unless they are at the expert level. Too many players have yet to understand the basics of positional play. For the life of me I can't understand why players are so enamored with (unsound) tactics.
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  perfidious: < NM JRousselle: ....I discourage my students from even playing the Sicilian Defense unless they are at the expert level....>

If I were to teach, my approach would also be to avoid that opening early on in a student's education.

Jul-21-12  Shams: Wasn't there a "Mr. Ed" knock-off on a rival network? They should have arranged a quick-play match between the two beasts.
Jul-21-12  DanielBryant: I remember the Gerardo song being near the top of a "worst songs of all time" countdown on VH1 or MTV. Truth be told, I think it's a fun song.
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  FSR: <Shams> Did you mean to post that elsewhere?
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  FSR: This pun was too deep for me, but apparently refers to this song:
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  FSR: <aw1988: <LIFE Master AJ> The system is in fact really not that complicated as opposed to say the Botvinnik Semi-Slav or some lines of the sharp Berlin. Once you know the basic idea of the Sveshnikov, I find you may play it without too much hassle (assuming you know some key moves, of course).>

Hence Kolev and Nedev's book <The Easiest Sicilian> - I must say that I was nonetheless startled by the notion that the Sveshnikov is "easy"!

Jul-21-12  Shams: <Did you mean to post that elsewhere?> Maaaaaaybe. And I caught it too late. The perils of browsing with 40 tabs open.
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  tpstar: Yowza, these GOTD puns are getting better all the time! ;>D

The old kibitzing is priceless, and even better if you got the context.

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  HeMateMe: a fine game, reminds me of why leko was in the top ten.

I don't get the pun, though.

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  perfidious: < FSR: <aw1988: The system is in fact really not that complicated as opposed to say the Botvinnik Semi-Slav or some lines of the sharp Berlin. Once you know the basic idea of the Sveshnikov, I find you may play it without too much hassle (assuming you know some key moves, of course)>. I must say that I was nonetheless startled by the notion that the Sveshnikov is "easy"!>

There are certain recurring motifs, but the thought of the Lasker-Pelikan/Sveshnikov being easy to handle never crossed my mind either-I've always rather believed that the play in that variation was of a more concrete nature.

Jul-21-12  Ratt Boy: <Shams> I had a pony. It was a beautiful pony, and I loved it.
Jul-21-12  th3doctor: What an awesome pun!
Jul-21-12  KingV93: Great game. If I never remember that song again it will be too soon. <LTJ> I'm with you, I'd have gone to see Tool instead as well.
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  kevin86: With the black rook cutting off the king,the pawn can march through.
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  kdogphs: <NM JRouselle> I don't necessarily encourage my students to play the Sicilian, but I do give a lesson on it early in the year because many of my students are 1) e4 players and they more than likely will face it at some point in their scholastic career. That being said, I do have students who do attempt to use the Sicilian as Black and they have decent success with it.
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  Sneaky: I love the pun even though it requires a common mispronunciation to make it work. <If I never remember that song again it will be too soon> Yes, the people here who say "I don't get it" are the blessed ones.
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  perfidious: <kdogphs> New Hampshire, is it? In the 1980s, I used to play in most of the Queen City Opens (where I shared first twice) and New Hampshire Opens, but haven't played there-or anywhere else-in over a decade. Then there was the Monadnock Marathon, another fun time, which used to be held at Conant HS in Jaffrey.
Jul-21-12  LoveThatJoker: <KingV93> For sure, man! It would have been so cool to see Tool perform at like "Raji's" during those pre-Opiate days!

Of course, by then they were already playing tracks that were going to be featured on Opiate and Undertow, but I'm referring to the fact that Opiate had not even been released then (Summer of '91).


Aug-07-13  Jellyfish333: nice game!
Mar-27-14  Vogelweide: Gotta love the Sveshnikov..
Feb-09-16  rodrigochaves: <Jeffnool> and <patzer2> Maybe because the line you putted that Carlsen preferred to play 21... Kh8 instead of 21... f4 in this game: Hector vs Carlsen, 2004
Sep-12-18  Chessonly: I dont know that it is the best game of sveshnikov or not, but i found best article on Sveshnikov Sicilian
May-16-20  Chessonly: Nice article, I found a more detailed article here which will give you more information about the opening.
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