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Levon Aronian vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-16-06  Unicornio: Is Drewko pretending to repeat his 12 draws in Linares last year???

Jan-17-06  Kola: Unicornio: Is Drewko pretending to repeat his 12 draws in Linares last year???

LOL! Well said. Leko is a draw master. He is so evenly matched with Krewmnik. I can't imagine how someone his strenght is always so willing to play for draws. I don't get it. One time I looked for Leko's games against leading players and almost could not find any decided games.

Jan-17-06  refutor: <I can't imagine how someone his strenght is always so willing to play for draws.>

my opinion is that it is from him coming up the ranks during the kasparov era where you never really fought for first place, you were fighting for second place. an attitude like that causes players to play not to lose, rather than to win

Jan-17-06  Unicornio: Is time to stop inviting Leko to super tournaments, they are many players willing to fight more than Leko, (everybody try harder than Leko).

He just goes, earns some money and wait that maybe an opponent will blunder and he will win, that must be stopped, no more invitations to Drewko.

And put 1.5 for a win, and 0.5 for a draw, that way guys like Leko, Kramnik will end in last places.

Jan-17-06  sucaba: There are 11 games out of 12 years which Aronian lost with the white pieces in this database, only one of them in 2005. If we assume that the initial position is not lost for White, how should Leko play for a win against Aronian?
Jan-17-06  Kola: Sucaba, we are not just talking about the game with Aronian. Besides, if Ivanchuk can win against Levon's white, why can't Leko play for a win? Aronian is no brick wall. The point is Leko is becoming too drawish. In retrospect, I am glad he did not win Kramnik for the championship, when he will just be a drawing world champion. But that's not to say Kramnik is not drawish either. I just think Leko is worse.
Jan-17-06  Hiarcs: each player has his own way of playing, i would only suggest leko to stop playing only if he loses a lot, not for to many draws
Jan-18-06  ajile: Chess is a game of balance. If both sides play perfectly the game will be a draw. Leko's style is to play super solid with no weaknesses in his position. As mentioned above he patiently waits for any kind of mistake his opponent may make and then takes advantage of it. There's nothing wrong with this strategy and draws are a normal part of the game. There are players that have styles that are more positional and players who have more tactical and combinational styles. If you don't like to observe one style then don't watch the games of these players. Complaining is a waste of time. Get over it.
Jan-18-06  LoFarkas: I'm sorry, aren't players invited to tournaments on the basis of playing strength? He's ranked way up there, so that's that. Plus he was playing black this time.

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