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Peter Leko vs Viswanathan Anand
Morelia-Linares (2007), Morelia MEX, rd 7, Feb-25
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  0-1

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Feb-26-07  preybird: Anybody notice that the bald patch on the back of Anand's head has mysteriously grown in? He must be on Propecia or something which might be the influence behind his good play of late. I suggest Topalov look into this pill as well.
Feb-26-07  Fisheremon: <Marmot PFL: <That line just a draw. The winning combo is 28.Qxb5 Bg4 29.Bf6!> That looks like big improvement as white's passed pawn joins the attack.> The point is that on 27 move Black could play 27...Re6. How would one reply then ? Certainly 28.Qxb5+ Rec6 29.Bf6 leading to the main line of the combo.
Feb-26-07  Plato: Thank you, <Fisheremon>, 28.Qxb5 does the job indeed. Good analysis everyone.

<Marmot: The lines I looked at though white was able to bring his king down the d file, sacrifice the f pawn and queen the e pawn with check after black queens. Then he uses checks to pick up the black pawn on b5, which I think leads to a winning Q+P ending (but I am not sure, need to check that).>

I examined a very similar line, perhaps the exact same one, but concluded that it was drawn by perpetual check. Still not sure, though. It's an instructive pawn endgame to study on its own, anyway, even if White has a much better alternative long before it gets there.

Feb-26-07  Fisheremon: White could win with a beautiful combo on 25 move. In reality Black's plan 8...b5?! (8...Bd6!?) - 9...Nxe5 (9...Nd5!?)- 10...Nd5 (10...Ng8!?) turned out to be quite doubtful.

After 12...Rb8?! (12...c6!?) White's got a solid advantage, still on 15 move it was worth trying 15...c6!?. Perhaps 15...Bc5?!, cos' simple 16.Bc3 <TheHurricane3> gives White a dominant position and ( ), so 16.axb5?!.

Feb-27-07  Ulhumbrus: <fromoort: <Ulhumbrus>Nice analysis. Here's a piece of unsolicited advice, offered sincerely, no offense meant, just to ensure that your posts are easily readable. Please break them up into paragraphs, with each one dealing with one point (maybe one short variation, tactical point, etc.).> I am not sure how to do this, because when I try, the website bunches the sentences together again. Perhaps one has to divide the post on the page following. I will try it now, by placing this sentence on a fresh line, and then indenting it slightly.
Feb-27-07  Ulhumbrus: <fromoort> No, it didn't work, the website just bunched the sentences together again.
Feb-27-07  sharpnova: <preybird> at least one idiotic post like this per game. It absolutely never fails.
Feb-27-07  thathwamasi: <sharpnova: <preybird> at least one idiotic post like this per game. It absolutely never fails.> I actually enjoyed it. May be danialov must seriously think about it.

Feb-27-07  sheaf: <sharpanova> that makes it two.
Feb-27-07  fromoort: <Ulhumbrus>That's weird. Thanks for trying.
Feb-27-07  Ulhumbrus: On 25 Bxc6+ Re6xc6 26 Bd8 Qf8 27 Qe5+ Be6 28 Qxb5 Bg4 29 Bf6 threatens 30 Qxc8+! 31 Rxc6 32 Rd8 mate. On 29...Bxd1 30 Rxd1 threatens 31 Qxc6+! Rxc6 32 Rd8 mate, and this time the threat has no answer.
Feb-27-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Ulhumbrus: <fromoort> No, it didn't work, the website just bunched the sentences together again.>

To start a new paragraph, try hitting the return key TWICE.

Feb-27-07  Hesam7: A many have pointed out Leko could have won after: 25.Bxc6. There is a forced sequence: 25...Rexc6 26.Bd8 Qf8 27.Qe5 Be6 28.Qxb5:


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Now @ depth 20 Toga II gives:

28...Bg4 29.Bf6 Bxd1 30.Rxd1 Bb6 31.Qe5 Re6 32.Qd5 Qd6 33.Qxd6 Rxd6 34.Rxd6 Bd8 35.Bxd8 Rxd8 36.Rc6 Rd1 37.Kg2 Rc1 38.Rc7 Kf8 39.Kf3 Kg7 40.e4 Rc3 41.Kf4 Rc2 42.Ke3 Rc3 43.Kd2 Rf3 44.Ke2 (eval: +2.54)

Btw does anyone remember how much time Leko had left on the clock when he played 25.Rd2 ??

Feb-27-07  you vs yourself: From the tournament page: <Pawnsgambit: Leko is in serious time trouble now, He has to make 19 moves in 17 minutes. Is any one following Leko-Anand game??>
Feb-28-07
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  Mateo: <cjrubiks: I'm amazed that Leko gave up the ghost on this one. Although he is in an inferior position, what safe and easy winning technique did he see for Anand that made him decide it wasn't worth continuing?> Surprising at first sight, because Black has only one pawn for the exchange. But the position is lost. As <CRWynn> noticed, Black threatens to cut the road of the King to the queenside and then to push the c pawn.

I would add this to make it more concrete:

1) 42.Kd2 (before Black cuts the road to the King) Rf8 43.Ke2 (otherwise he loses a pawn, 43.f4 Rg8) c3 44.R1b3 c2, Black disrupts White's defence and wins.

2)42.Kd1 Rf8 43.R4b2 c3 followed by c2+!

Feb-28-07  Ulhumbrus: <Hesam7: A many have pointed out Leko could have won after: 25.Bxc6. There is a forced sequence: 25...Rexc6 26.Bd8 Qf8 27.Qe5 Be6 28.Qxb5:Now @ depth 20 Toga II gives: 28...Bg4 29.Bf6 Bxd1 30.Rxd1 Bb6 31.Qe5 Re6 32.Qd5 Qd6 33.Qxd6 Rxd6 34.Rxd6 Bd8 35.Bxd8 Rxd8 36.Rc6 Rd1 37.Kg2 Rc1 38.Rc7 Kf8 39.Kf3 Kg7 40.e4 Rc3 41.Kf4 Rc2 42.Ke3 Rc3 43.Kd2 Rf3 44.Ke2 (eval: +2.54)> I take back what I have said in an earlier post to the effect that after 30 Rxd1 the threat of Qxc6+ followed by Rd8+ has no answer, as 30...Bb6 does cover the point d8. In this variation 36 Rxd8 wins more quickly and easily, as it produces a won K and P ending at once: 36...Kxd8 37 Kf1 Kd7 38 Kd2 Kc6 38 Kc3 Kb5 39 h4 getting ready for g4
Feb-28-07  Warehouse Duffer: I wonder why Leko did not take the rook on move 10.
Mar-01-07  Bob726: <Warehouse Duffer> After nd3 black has a good game
Mar-01-07  Warehouse Duffer: <Bob726> Thanks for your insight, however it seems to me that after 10. Bxa1 Nd3 11. Bf3, White not only (1) retains his White Bishop to counter the intruder on d3 and (2) has left Black with a weak a-pawn, but (3) is a whole rook up to boot.
Mar-01-07  Fisheremon: <Warehouse Duffer: <Bob726> Thanks for your insight, however it seems to me that after 10. Bxa1 Nd3 11. Bf3, White not only (1) retains his White Bishop to counter the intruder on d3 and (2) has left Black with a weak a-pawn, but (3) is a whole rook up to boot.> (A misprint in your post - must be 10.Bxa8) 10.Bxa8 Nd3 11.Bf3 (or g2) comparing with the initiative as in the game White lose a part of his advantage (as I pointed out in my previous messages 16.Bc3! could give a clear win). Also Black could better play 10...Nc6. Here Rook = Catalan Bishop + a pawn and the game should be evaluated as equal.
Mar-08-07  Warehouse Duffer: <Fisheremon> First, thank you for correcting my typo. Second, I guess I will have to do some research on your 'Catalan Bishop' reference because it seems to me that after 10. Bxa8 Nc6, White could play 11. Bxc6 and then get ready for any storm that Black could send. I have not had time to read your previous messages but I will look for them.
Mar-18-07  RonB52734: A few years from now, when people have forgotten this game, the position White to move 25.? will make a good mid-week puzzle (with apologies to GM Leko).
Mar-18-07  dramas79: < Anybody notice that the bald patch on the back of Anand's head has mysteriously grown in? >

With each passing day, Anand looks more and more like Reshevsky. I first saw the resmblance when I saw Anand's picture in San Luis against Adams. Check this photo:

Anand vs Adams, 2005

Apr-19-07  Aspirador: <With each passing day, Anand looks more and more like Reshevsky. I first saw the resmblance when I saw Anand's picture in San Luis against Adams.> You're right. But it's getting even eerier. I just realized that Anand has a cunning resemblance with Britney Spears and the more I look at the pictures, the more puzzled I am about it.
Mar-06-08  Udit Narayan: <Aspirador> the resemblance is uncanny!!! :)
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