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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
Tal Memorial (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Nov-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0



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Nov-12-06  dehanne: Another great grinding win by Leko. It seems he prefers to win like this than to win brilliantly.
Nov-12-06  Ulhumbrus: 15...Rc8 may be the losing mistake, giving up the option of castling on the Queen side after having weakened his King side. However if so,it is up to White to find a way to profit from this concession. After 30 gxf4, both the g and h files on the King side are open against Black's King. After 55 e6, Leko, one of the strongest technicians in the world, wins in just four more moves, by a brilliant but simple idea: he offers a pawn on d5 but wins the pawn on e7, in return, remaining then with at least two connected passed pawns on the Queen side. After 59 Rf2 Black cannot save the e7 pawn and he doesn't even win the e6 pawn back immediately. With no more counterplay left, Morozevich resigns.
Nov-12-06  suenteus po 147: <Ulhumbrus> The way you speak of Leko's technique reminds me of things I've read about Petrosian :)
Nov-12-06  shintaro go: Moro just kept hanging pawns. Simple as that.
Nov-13-06  slomarko: 24...Ng4 looks akward
Nov-13-06  WarmasterKron: Calm, no-nonsense chess from Leko. Nothing fancy, just a fine positional grind, not dissimilar from the sort of thing Petrosian was famous for. Exactly the sort of thing to frustrate an attacking player like Morozevich.
Nov-13-06  slomarko: actually Morozevich was probably trying to win and overpressed the position. it was more him losing than leko winning.
Nov-14-06  Microdot: 26...Qd4! 27.Qxb4 , Qxb4
28.axb4 , Nf2 =

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