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Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-26-05  Abaduba: Nothing says "I want a draw" like the exchange Slav. Though Moro is probably justified in not expecting a win vs. Leko...
Jan-26-05  Akavall: <Meanwhile Peter Leko, playing Alexander Morozevich, was staring defeat in the eye.> From

Morozevich was clearly playing for a win as far as I can tell. Yes, Leko played great defense and managed to draw.

Jan-26-05  Helloween: Absolutely beautiful defense in this ending by Leko. 53...g3 is a nice shot to get the King over to the QS for counterplay. Here are some alternate tries for White in this ending-

the decision to play 45.h4:

45.hxg4 Bxg4 46.Kg3 Bd7 47.Kf4 Kh6 48.Nf5+ Kg6 49.Nd6 Kf6 50.Ne4+ Ke7 51.Ke5 Be6 52.Ng5 Bd7 53.Nf3 Bg4 54.Nd4 Bd7 55.e4 g5 56.Nf3 g4 57.Nh4 g3 58.Kf4 Ke6 59.Kxg3 Ke5 is an improved version of the actual game. Black's g-pawn(s) creates necessary counterplay in the first part of this ending, and his QS pawns give him counterplay in the latter part.

Instead of immediately taking on g3 with the King: 54.Nd5+ Ke6 55.Kxg3 Bc6 56.Nc3 Ke5 57.Kf3 Kd4 58.Kf4 Kc4 59.Ke5 Kb3 60.Kd6 Bxe4 61.Nxe4 Kxb2 62.Kc5 Kxa3 63.Kxb5

Jan-26-05  csmath: Yes, Moro was playing for a win but there was no win here, Leko held the position well. Not very memorable game though it must have been a great effort by both.
Jan-26-05  me to play: I agree, it was a spirited effort today by Morozevich. As I see and play through the games of Leko, my admiration continues to grow for his tenacious and super solid defense. It is a pleasure to watch....and in retrospect I am now even more impressed that Kramnik managed to crack through against Leko on that 14th game of their recent match.
Jan-26-05  InfinityCircuit: <me to play> Yes, Leko is a fantastic defender.

<Helloween> Regarding your first line, if 45.hxg4 is played, then can't 45...Kh6 still be played? After 46.Nc3 Bxg4 47. Kg3 Kg5 48. e4 it looks like a draw. In addition, Fritz agrees, giving it a 0.00 evaluation.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I think this is a very good game, a tough positional struggle. Moro gets a lot of credit for finding winning chances, and Leko gets credit for his defense.
Jan-27-05  Hanada: <Though Moro is probably justified in not expecting a win vs. Leko...>

Now, is that really the case?

Peter Leko tied Alexander Morozevich 3 to 3, with 12 draws.

One bad tourni doesn't mean Ali G says, "Let's keep it real."

Leko IS possibly playing the best chess in the world right now. A miraculous defender who can attack with amazing energy when given the opportunity,as was seen when he smashed Kramnik's pregame preparation over the board.

I think Moro desrves alot of credit for putting ome real pressure on Leko, especially after the tournament he's been having.

Jan-27-05  csmath: This game is nevertheless very uncharacteristic for Morozevich. It just looks like he was trying to prove that he can play a grinding lengthy game which is probably the only way to beat Leko right now. In other words Moro just admitted that his original opening style isn't very safe to play against such an opponent, but then agains we already knew that given the fact he started with 0.5/6.
Jan-27-05  Hanada: Wasn't his handling of the opening still pretty original and creative? I am not an expert in the slav, so correct me if I am wrong, but it seemd to me that he handled it with quite alot of inqenuity and creativeness.

Just had a thought, Moro should maybe consider playing Fischer random. He seems like a perfect playe rfor the game. What do you think?

Jan-27-05  Hanada: Did 7)Rc1 leave book or has it been played before?
Jan-27-05  csmath: He might have been somewhat weird in his attempt to get the doubled pawns (which he succedeed eventually but wasn't enough) BUT nowhere in this game he burned the bridges in the way he was doing that in the game against Anand for example. Meaning he played quite a safe game. I am sure he assumed that going the other way with Leko would not be a good idea.
Jan-28-05  Hanada: Playing creatively doesn't necessarily mean playing for attack.
Dec-23-07  Sam Chapin: Why not 40.♘xf5 ?

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