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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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Feb-08-05  drfelton: Why are there an odd number of participants?

I realize this has become the 'norm' for this tournament; but, why would they pick seven over say eight or six? Obviously, they can keep the category classification high by having only six, and I'm sure they can do so by having eight.

It seems an odd decision to me, no pun intended.

Feb-08-05  ughaibu: I imagine it's so the players can have a day off but not the spectators.
Feb-11-05  jeffnool: Here are the analysis of GM Nigel Short in his sunday column... White: Anand
Black: Leko
Corus, Wijk aan Zee
16 January

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 The analogous Kalashnikov, as it has been dubbed, 4. ...e5 had already appeared in the MacDonnell-Labourdonnais match in 1834 – although one tends to think of it as being very 1970s or even 1980s. 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 Indeed, Black has a poor pawn structure, but in compensation he possesses two bishops and the knight is badly misplaced on a3. 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 For the uninitiated 11. ...fxe4? allows the tremendously strong sacrifice 12. Bxb5! axb5 13. Nxb5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nc2 0–0 14. Nce3 Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. 0–0 Ra7 16. ...e4 17. Nf4 Bf7 18. Bc2 is apparently slightly better for White according to current thinking. 17. a4! White must exploit his trumps as quickly as possible. 17. ...Ne7 18. Nxe7+ Rxe7 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bxb5 20. Bxf5!? Rxf5 (20. ...Bxf5? 21. Nxf5 Rxf5 22. Qd5+ Kh8 23. Ra8) 21. Nxf5 Bxf5 22. Qf3 (22. Qd5+ Be6 23. Ra8 Bxd5 24. Rxd8+ Bf8 25. Rxd6? [25. Rd1! is better with approximate equality] 25. ...Bxg2! 26. Kxg2 Rg7+ winning the rook.) 22. ...Qd7 23. Ra8+ Bf8 24. Rfa1 leads to a sharp game, Zelcic-Zelenika, Pula 1999. 20. ...d5 21. Ra6 As I wandered by at this moment the position looked remarkably familiar. In the bathroom the previous day I had been idly perusing Experts vs the Sicilian, (Quality Chess, £15.99) edited by Jacob Aagard and John Shaw, in which the Glasgow-based Dane, who had written this particular chapter, had recommended this very line. Although the book is of good quality, I must say that on general principles I was very unimpressed with this specific suggestion because it appeared to me that Black gets adequate compensation for his minimal investment. 21. ...f4 22. Nc2 22. Rxe6!? Rxe6 23. Qxd5 Qxd5 24. Nxd5 was Aagard’s idea but after the obvious 24. ...e4 25. Bc4 Kh8 White cannot capture 26. Nxf4 without forfeiting material to 26. ..Rc6 27. Bd5 Rd6 (although he would then retain good drawing chances). I cannot see why White should be better at all, seeing that the b and c pawns are going nowhere in a hurry. It seems that Anand was in agreement. 22. ...Bc8?! allowing an awkward pin. 22. ...f3!? is possibly an improvement. 23. Ra8 Qd6 24. Nb4 Bb7 25. Ra7 25. Rxf8+ Bxf8 26. Bc4 Rd7 27. Bb3 gives White the advantage. 25. ...d4 26. Ba6??

A serious blunder. 26. Bc6 Bxc6 27. Rxe7 Qxe7 28. Nxc6 would have been safe. 26. ...Bxg2! 27. Bc4+ Anand had failed to observe that after 27. Rxe7 Qg6! White can resign. 27. ...Kh8 28. Ra6 Qc5 29. Kxg2 f3+ 30. Kh1 Qxc4 The situation has altered dramatically. Black has regained his pawn and his initiative, if anything, has increased. 31. Rc6 Qb5 32. Rd6 e4 33. Rxd4 There was little choice. However, the knight is no match for the rook in the endgame. 33. ...Bxd4 34. Qxd4+ Qe5 35. Qxe5+ A necessity, otherwise mate comes rapidly down the g-file. 35. ...Rxe5 36. Nc2 Rb8 37. Ne3 Rc5! 38. h3 If 38. Rb1 Rxc3 38. ...Rxb2 And now winning is purely a technical matter; easy enough for someone of Leko’s class. 39. c4 Rg5 40. Kh2 Kg8 41. h4 Rg6 42. Kh3 Kf7 43. Nf5 Rc2 44. Ne3 Rd2 45. c5 Ke6 46. c6 Rg8 47. c7 Rc8 48. Kg3 Rxc7 49. Kf4 Rd4 thwarting the temporary activity. 50. Ra1 Rf7+ 51. Kg3 Rd8 52. Ra6+ Ke5 53. Ng4+ Kd5 54. Nf6+ Rxf6! the simplest way to victory. 55. Rxf6 Ke5 56. Rh6 Rg8+ 57. Kh3 e3! White resigns. After 58. exf3 f2 the pawn promotes.

Feb-11-05  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).
Feb-14-05  LIFE Master AJ: <aw1988>
Yeah, but memory still plays a HUGE role in this line.

I tell all my students if you are LAZY, have a BAD MEMORY, or you DON'T LIKE TACTICS ... then playing this line is a formula for DISASTER!!!!

Feb-14-05  aw1988: I guess it depends on the student.
Feb-15-05  LIFE Master AJ: <aw1988>
I guess that is a fair statement.
Feb-16-05  LIFE Master AJ:
Feb-18-05  TheRaptor: @ jeffnool:
Hi, i think that maybe the exchange-sac is still better for white... but maybe just b4 ist the right answer to e4! The point is that black has absolutly no winning chances... just play on and see if you can push the pawns throgh, and if not it's draw, but you can never lose this...
Feb-27-05  LIFE Master AJ: <everyone>
Han anyone - here - looked at my analysis? Feedback? Good, bad, or did it stink?
May-03-05  woodenbishop: Beautiful game... Leko played flawlessly in the end game.
Oct-15-05  Poisonpawns: This Leko will be back!! dont be discouraged you LEKO fans !!
Mar-17-06  McCool: This was the deciding game in the whole tournament.
Feb-26-07  willychess: <LIFE MASTER AJ> You are too much for me to judge. Anyway in my opinion your analysis are very educational ones.
Feb-26-07  Plato: <lmaj> The latter.
Jun-30-07  Jake Robertson: woah...
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  extremepleasure2: Why is that black doesn't make the natural exchange sacrifice with 22.Re6 (instead of such an ugly looking 22.Nc2)? It looks a very promising exchange sacrifice 22...Re6 23.Qd5 Qd5 24.Nd5 etc. White has a better position despite black keeps his drawing chances (but only by sacrificing the exchange back and hoping that he will get a draw in the ensuing rook and opposite colored bishops ending with a pawn down).
Apr-24-09  falso contacto: well done.
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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