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Peter Leko vs Veselin Topalov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-29
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: There is no tie-break: it is jusr a straight bare-knuckle fist-fight in the street to decide the winner.
Jan-29-06  square dance: of course <draw draw draw!> is better than troll troll troll!
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  Mateo: What about 36... Kf8 37. Ra8 Kg7 38. Ra7 Bc5 39. Rf7 Kh6. It looks drawish anyway.
Jan-29-06  Steppenwolf: T-L will be a draw. Why would a pro like Topalov risk everything on a dubious bishop or pawn (or both) sacrifice? About the other game, I also believe it will be a draw. Anand has an edge but he's also an exchange down.
Jan-29-06  zabbura2002: Looks like a repetition... Carlsen and Motylev are tied for 1st group B
Jan-29-06  kolobok: who has most wins seems more logical tie breaker
Jan-29-06  monad: Decisions, decisions!
Seeing that it is the end of term, Topalov may not push on any further.
Jan-29-06  deep56assam: ya, topalov can very well go for a win by giving up his f7 Bb5
Jan-29-06  Fan of Leko: Yes Wolf it will be good draw fr peter. Not one of his best draws but good anyway. When they draw i hope they switch games cause maybe Anand has found something after all.
Jan-29-06  deep56assam: I mean Bb4
Jan-29-06  menacing knights: i can see a draw.
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  Mateo: <thibdb13: What about 38...Rxg3?> 39. Kf1, White wins.
Jan-29-06  winter 1963: <who has most wins seems more logical tie breaker> uh...huh?
Jan-29-06  Steppenwolf: If tied, who wins between Anand and Topalov? Anybody clear on tie-break rules?
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  me to play: official draw
Jan-29-06  Scarecrow: Draw by repetition.
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  cu8sfan: Draw official. Let's see how Anand's doing!
Jan-29-06  DDR: Draw- official
Jan-29-06  artemis: steppenwolf: Anand has two pawns for the exchange, and with the number of pawns on the board, it is a winnable endgame for either side. Actually, the number of pawns on the board and the advanced knight outpost have cut off the open files for the rooks. White is very close to winning in that game. I dont see any way to avoid a repetition here immediately.
Jan-29-06  you vs yourself: <thbdb13> Your idea of Rxg3+ looks very interesting. Maybe that's what Topalov is deciding on. It would also lose the c-pawn, which may make the game draw anyways.
Jan-29-06  Chesstosterone: Wow, Leko should have to make a decision. He has the draw, which is the result he usually find more comfortable, but also, he could play on. I guess he will not do that, because we know Leko and even if the position is drawn, Leko will no bother in make this more evident ("innecessary effort").
Jan-29-06  Chesstosterone: Wow, Leko should make a decision. He has the draw, which is the result he usually find more comfortable, but also, he could play on. I guess he will not do that, because we know Leko and even if the position is drawn, Leko will no bother in make this more evident ("innecessary effort").
Jan-29-06  winter 1963: Yes, I second going to the Anand game. That's going to be an exciting finish.
Premium Chessgames Member It's drawn officially. We will switch over to Anand-Gelfand in just a moment.
Jan-29-06  THE pawn: Anand can win this: he has 1+ hour against Gelfand, and his position is really good, black's two rooks are useless and white on the other side, has nicely placed pieces.
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