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Peter Leko vs Alexander Khalifman
34th Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 3, Oct-30
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-10  alexrawlings: According to column I read today, black missed a draw in this game at move 56. I've been looking at the position for awhile but can't see it. Can anybody help?
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  plang: Earlier in the year at Linares Khalifman had played 11..Ndxe5 against Leko and had drawn; here he varied with the less active 11..Nxc5. 12 a4 offering a pawn that really can't be taken was a new move; a few rounds later Leko played 12 Be3 against Vaganian and drew. Leko played the risky 17 Qg3!? rather than the safe 17 Rac1; Khalifman missed the opportunity to play 17..Qxc3 18 Qd6..Ra6 19 Rac1..Qxd3 20 Rxe6 when Leko was not sure he would have enough compensation for the pawn. After 24 Rea1 White had a weak a- pawn but also had the much superior minor piece. In time pressure Khalifman missed the opportunity to play 38..b5 39 axb..Rbxb5+ 40 Kc2..Rxa3 41 Rxa3..Ra5 with a likely draw. Khalifman had a second chance to save the game with 56..Bb5! 57 axb..Rxb5+ 58 Ka4..Ra5+ with a repetition. Leko had originally missed that 64..Rea6 threatened mate in two but fortunately had a winning response.
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