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Alexey Shirov vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen (1998), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jun-28
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Feb-23-08  sallom89: well played by Leko, i wonder why his style changed alot.
Feb-25-08  sheaf: what the hell was shirov doing here,
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  plang: Shirov's last place finish at Dortmund came just a few months after his brilliant second place at Linares (behind Anand and ahead of Kasparov and Kramnik) as well as his decisive match victory over Kramnik. The gambit 11 Bd2 was in great vogue at the time. Leko chose 12..Nd7 possibly to avoid all the theory relating to 12..Bg4 which had been played several times at Linares. 16 d5 was new; 16 Nc5 had been played previously. Shirov, in playing 18 d6, may have overlooked how strong 18..Rd8! was; 18 Ne6 would have offered him better chances. Leko recommended 22 Ba5 in order to attempt to weaken and then blockade the queenside pawns. 27 Rxe3..dxe 28 fxg..Qf2+! would not have helped White. After 28..Nxf1? 29 fxg..hxg 30 Rf3 White actually would have won. Leko avoided that pitfall and finished with an attack of his own.

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