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Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-06  TheGladiator: I'm usually no basher of neither Kramnik nor Leko, but honestly I think "tame" isn't even close to describing this attempt from Leko. I didn't know that playing the french secured a draw for black, but in this game Leko sure makes it look that way! I really hope this isn't the best the chess elite can do against 1... e6, or else e4 as an opening is dead.

Come on guys, give it a try!

Jan-17-06  Koster: Leko is wisely conserving all his precious energy for the critical final rounds. Let the other players foolishly exhaust themselves trying to win - they will pay the price in due time.
Jan-17-06  Unicornio: Im sure chess fans dont want more of Mr Draw Leko, enough of him, please dont keep inviting him to super tournaments!!!
Jan-17-06  KingG: I think Leko should switch to 1.d4. He did quite well with it against Kramnik, and i think it might suit his style a bit more. Since Corus last year, Leko has been very unimpressive, so he should do something to get out of this slump he is in. Of course, not loosing against these super-GMs is quite impressive, but if he wants to be one of the very best players, he has to do better than to avoid losing.

Ivanchuk had just come off a demoralising loss against Anand, and Leko had the White pieces. He should have done better than to play such a tame variation against the French.

Jan-17-06  Shams: more and more it's hard to justify such play. 12.d5 and someone give me an annotation mark that says "I can't be bothered to even pretend I'm playing for a win."
Jan-17-06  Poulsen: Koster: "Leko is wisely conserving all his precious energy for the critical final rounds. Let the other players foolishly exhaust themselves trying to win - they will pay the price in due time."

Well, I'm sure, that that strategy will pay the day, that tournaments can be won with 50 % ...

Jan-17-06  thomaspaine: Furthermore, with drawnik not playing, all the attention is now focused on Leko and as someone said, his "I can't be bothered to even pretend I'm playing for a win" kinda play.

Sooner or later, he'll start to feel embarrased, even if Kramnik did not.

Jan-21-06  Unicornio: This game is in Arjun Parameswaran's favorite games, is he serious???????
Jan-21-06  ISeeChessPeople: Can't white play for a win against the French? After castling Qside, aren't you supposed to attack the king side with pawns, instead of trading pieces in the center?
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  Ron: I think ISeeChessPeople has an interesting suggestion about attacking the kingside with pawns.

Lets do an experiment: Let's play this game starting from postion after black's 11th move. I will play white. 12. h4

Feb-03-06  acirce: 12.d5 is the favoured move by Fritz 9 on my computer after 20 minutes (+0.32 vs 12.h4 +0.05). It's in fact logical to open up the position when you're ahead in development. Of course it takes precise play to keep White's edge, if objectively speaking there is one, and Leko failed but I can't see that 12.d5 was unambitious. I don't give much for this whole 8.Qe2!? sideline though.
Oct-29-06  acirce: [Event "Allsvenskan"]
[Site "Umeň"]
[Date "2006.10.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gunnar Hjorth"]
[Black "Ulf Hammarstr÷m"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2222"]
[ECO "C11"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 e6?! 4. e4 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. Qe2 Nd7 9. O-O-O c6?! 10. Kb1 Qc7 11. Qe3 Be7 12. Bd3 Nf6? 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. h4 Rd8 15. h5 Qa5 16. g4 h6 17. Rhg1 Kf8 18. c3 Bg5 19. Nxg5 Qxg5 20. f4 Qe7 21. g5 Rd5 22. Rdf1 f5 23. gxh6 gxh6 24. Rg6 Qh4 25. Rfg1 Qxh5 26. Rg8+ Kf7 27. R1g7+ Kf6 28. Qe5+ Rxe5 29. dxe5#

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