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Peter Leko vs Alexander G Beliavsky
Istanbul Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 14, Nov-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Zaitsev System (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-25-20  nummerzwei: <and after some further moves, a draw was agreed.>

Karsten Müller, 2001 [at move 87]

I was quite surprised that Peter Leko of all people would soldier on for 32 moves in an easily drawn R vs B endgame against a strong opponent. Moreover, playing it out wasn't as common in 2000 as it is now, despite the fact that these Olympiads were played at a fairly quick 90+30sec/move time control.

I looked it up in Wojciech Bartelski's excellent Olimpbase online resource, and it turns out the game was played in the final round, and that Leko winning would have given Hungary the bronze medal!

Still, the game would have been over much sooner if Beliavsky had gone straight for the safe corner with 82...Kg2! 83.Kg4 Be5 84.Rc2+ Kh1. I'm certain that Leko would then have agreed to a draw almost immediately.

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