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Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Morelia-Linares (2006), Morelia MEX, rd 4, Feb-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0

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Feb-22-06
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  Whitehat1963: Oh well, Leko now holds a 2-1 lead against Ivanchuk in CLASSICAL chess, this being the second win.
Feb-22-06  HolyKnight: Yea f4 is a killer.
Feb-22-06  zcheckmatexwin: tommorrow ill be there 430 to watch game
Feb-22-06
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  YouRang: Any chance of switching to the Svidler-Bacrot game? :-)
Feb-22-06
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  messachess: It was black's 28th that made him lose. Time trouble made that move.
Feb-22-06  Knight13: Okay. I didn't see f4. :">
Feb-22-06  zcheckmatexwin: Tommorrow i will come early and analyze
Feb-22-06  DCP23: Svidler-Bacrot now, please!
Feb-22-06
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  tpstar: Very nice game by Leko. However, it is hard to understand the appeal of this line for Black. White just does the standard Ruy things - QN to e3, open the a file, advance 25. d4 - meanwhile Black's pieces are centralized but passive, and Black was not even close to playing ... d5 or ... f5 for any counterplay. Perhaps this variation is not typical for Ivanchuk's repertoire, but his time management was costly.
Feb-22-06  HolyKnight: 39. ... f6,
40. f4 g:f
41. g:f g5
42. f:g f:e
43. g6

The king can't stop both pawns. Just one square short.

Feb-22-06  patzer2: Leko's 25. d4! IMO turned out to be the winning move. Ivanchuk did not defend badly, but Leko's followup was just too strong.

Perhaps Ivanchuk could have saved it after 25. d4!, but this move created a lot of difficult problems for him, even if he wasn't in time trouble. In any event, it's a position worthy of study.

Feb-22-06  John Abraham: Good solid game by Leko
Feb-23-06
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  Ulhumbrus: It may be that Ivanchuk thought that the exchanges begun by 27...exd4 would lead to a draw, and that he saw something too late. 27...Rd8 defends the d6 pawn which White's Q has just attacked.
Feb-23-06  Marvol: This looks like a textbook way to handle the white side of the Ruy Lopez, no? We'll see this game in opening books to come. I know I'll be looking at it as I'm currently trying to get into the Spanish (both with W and B).

Good win by Leko, nice endgame by Svidler... Peter Power is upon us!

Feb-23-06  dakgootje: Nice played by Leko, of course black is just hopeless lost in the final position
Feb-23-06  Jim Bartle: Why would Ivanchuk take 15 minutes or whatever for his move 10? He got into such desperate time trouble. I thought GMs had their openings memorized well beyond ten moves, unless the opponent springs something new.
Feb-23-06
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  tamar: <Jim Bartle> Long thinks can indicate preparation that is old.

Ivanchuk could have studied this opening during the Leko Kramnik match, and if he is anything like me (a stretch) he must retrace his thought processes even though he knows his moves.

Feb-23-06  SickedChess: I saw Anand-Ivanchuk game in Calvia 2004 and Chucky spend many minutes in opening moves... in the Petroff Defense!... the reason is his nerves!
Feb-23-06  beenthere240: 20. ...Qxc5 creates the isolated b pawn. Is 20. ....dc better?
Feb-26-06  SEMENELIN: Ivanchuk has the chance to win but i think he just lost to too much thinking. =)
Mar-01-06  alexandrovm: Leko uses Kasparov's line a4 to avoid the Marshall attack. Is Leko a Marshall practicioner?
Mar-01-06  Karpova: Yes, i think he's the only top player using the Marshall besides Adams&Svidler. It's strange that i found just one Marshall game in the database: Kramnik vs Leko, 2004
Mar-01-06  alexandrovm: thanks for the info, in another point that game was one of the best in the match Kramnik-Leko.
Mar-03-06  zsystriker: I can't understand Ivanchuk's 37.. Bxe5 undoubling the pawn leading to a pawn-only dead lost position. Black's lost anyway with white's best play, but doesn't 37.. Bd8 aiming for f6 then Kd7 offer some resistance? Be8 can even protect the C-pawn if necessary. If black can somehow pick off the d6 pawn, he may even has a small window of draw hope.
Mar-03-06  Karpova: 37...Bd8 38. Nc4: and the white king moves forward. this looks even less promising than 37...Be5:
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