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Peter Svidler vs Peter Leko
Morelia-Linares (2007), Morelia MEX, rd 5, Feb-22
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-22-07  coolbob: Why is this a draw? There is much to play for on both sides
Feb-22-07  crwynn: <Why is this a draw? There is much to play for on both sides>

I think perhaps it is the players, and not the play, to which you must look for an explanation.

Feb-23-07  Mac3: coolbob: Why is this a draw? There is much to play for on both sides

Both player's "Ruyley" (wryly) let the game "Peter" out instead of "Marshalling" their forces for a win.

Feb-23-07  Atking: Yes I would try 26. ...Qh5 27.Bf3 g4 28.Bh1 f3 Black is pawn down but King up and should not afraid to exchange some big pieces.
Feb-23-07  djmercury: I wonder why white few time tries a freeing move like a4 in these kind of Marshall positions. Is it too slow? Why not 21. a4 instead of Bf3?
Feb-23-07  euripides: <dj> you're in good company: Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918
Feb-23-07  Atking: <djmercury: I wonder why white few time tries a freeing move like a4 in these kind of Marshall positions. Is it too slow? Why not 21. a4 instead of Bf3?> I'm quite agree. 21.a4!? (or Bb3 or Bd2) should be tested.
Feb-23-07  mrspocky: Geko, sorry Leko, has waited 10 years to spring his forced draw line in the Marshall...
Feb-23-07  Atking: <mrspocky: Geko, sorry Leko, has waited 10 years to spring his forced draw line in the Marshall...> trying the interesting idea of <djmercury> 21.a4!? I founded 2 interesting drawing lines: 21. ...Bh3 a) 22.Qd3 Bf5 23.Bb3 Kh8 24.axb axb 25.RxRa8 RxRa8 26.Qd1 Rf8! 27.Qf3 (23.Nc5 Qh3 24.Qf3 too late 24. ...Bg4 25.Qg2 Qh5 26.Bd2 f3 (Not Bf3 as QxBf3!! QxQf3 Bd1 is possible) 27.Qf1 Bh3 Black seems better) 27. ...g4 28.Qd1 Qh5 29.BxNd5 cxBd5 30.Nc5 f3 31.Re7 Bd6 as 32.Rb7 Re8! then 33. ...Qh3 34.Qf1 Re1! mates. Else 32.Re3= b) 22.Qe2 Rae8 23.Qh5 QxQh5 24.BxQh5 RxNe4 25.RxRe4 Nf6 26.Bf3 g4 27.Bh1 NxRe4 28.BxNe4 Re8 29.Bxf4 RxBe4 30.BxBc7 bxa4 with an opposite Bishop's ending in a near future =
Feb-23-07  Atking: My suggestion up 26. ...Qh5, doesn't look good to us. 27.c4! was Svidler's answer in the video: Svidler vs. Leko (Vídeo con el análisis de la partida Svidler - Leko....)they don't analyse anymore this line only few sec, then they focussed on Nf6-Ng4 and on f3 Nxh2 which seems complicated. Hoping you will enjoy the video from ChessBase.

Feb-24-07
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This game ended in a draw because at the Super-GM level, the Marshall is just a nice, safe, drawing weapon for Black. That's why White has been experimenting with so many offbeat lines at move 8.

This must be quite a mixed blessing for Frank, wherever he is. On the one hand, his pet defense is considered sound at every level of chess. On the other hand, he wasn't the type who savored drawing variations, and this one is named after him.

Of course, at the non-Super-GM level and lower, the Marshall does offer a modicum of winning chances for both sides.

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