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Levon Aronian vs Peter Leko
Morelia-Linares (2007), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-06
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-06-07  Duque Roquero: Are you paying for a single game?
Mar-06-07  jtd200: Looks drawish to me, too... If I had to play one side or another, I'd prefer white.
Mar-06-07  Pawnboy: Yeah mucho time trouble here.
Mar-06-07  RonB52734: Looks like the official site says its drawn
Mar-06-07  YouRang: <jtd200: Looks drawish to me, too... If I had to play one side or another, I'd prefer white.> Right, at the moment, black has some back rank trouble...
Mar-06-07
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for coming by todya. That's all for today, stop back tomorrow for round 12 at 9:30am (US/Eastern).
Mar-06-07  YouRang: <RonB> Yep, all games are done now. Only win by Carlsen.
Mar-06-07  Jack Kerouac: At the turn of the century They said Carl Schechtler (?) could draw at will. Leko is the modern day Schechtler.
Mar-06-07  djmercury: Can someone explain with what logic Leko decided to hunt the e4 pawn instead of the one placed at b3, with the perspective to have a strong a passed pawn? No surprise that he is on the last spot currently. For exemple with 27. ... a5 instead of Bc5.
Mar-06-07  dehanne: <At the turn of the century They said Carl Schechtler (?) could draw at will. Leko is the modern day Schechtler.> Schlechter.
Mar-06-07  euripides: Although most games are partly new, many probably contain no completely new trajectory for a single piece. But I doubt if a king's rook has ever had to do what Leko asked of it.
Nov-25-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't get the point of this puzzle. The game move is easy to find, but all it accomplishes is to give Black an easy equality vs. the inferior pawn structure he had before.
Nov-25-18
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  al wazir: There must be more to this game than meets the eye (my eye anyway).

Maybe black missed a win somewhere. I'll go back and look again.

Well, there's 24...Rxc3 25. Bxc3 Nxa2 26. Ba1 Rxb3 26. Rb1 Rb4, and now if 27. Rxb4 Nxb4 28. Rb1 Nc6, black has the outside passed ♙, and it looks as if it can be held.

But that isn't a win, and anyway white's moves weren't all forced.

I don't see it.

Nov-25-18
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  malt: Looked first at 24...R:c3 25.B:c3 N:a2
then at 24...N:a2 25.N:a2
(25.Rd3 N:c3 26.B:c3 R:b3 27.Rc1 a5 )

25...Rc2 26.Bc3 R:a2

Nov-25-18  Brian.elkhoury: Feels like leko played this soo weirdly. Specially after Ne1 like what s wrong with Rb3
Nov-25-18  goodevans: Sunday - "Insane"

Well, <24...Nxa2 25.Nxa2 Rc2> is easy to spot. After that, white has a choice between <26.Bxe5> and <26.Ba3> to win back the pawn. The former activates black's bishop so maybe the latter is better but either way black doesn't seem to be able to force much advantage.

Maybe <24...Nxa2> isn't the solution but I can't find anything better so right now I'm thinking the only <insane> thing about this puzzle is that someone thought it would make a good puzzle at all.

I'll come back later to see if the experts have found something I haven't.

Nov-25-18  RKnight: I don't see the merit of this game and position as a Sunday puzzle, or any other day puzzle for that matter. I spent quite a bit time trying to find a win for black and failed, but then again so did Leko OTB. It was a hard-fought interesting game, but it's just not a puzzle.
Nov-25-18  7he5haman: <RKnight> Sometimes CG gives us "dud" puzzles to catch us out - perhaps this was one such dud!
Nov-25-18  7he5haman: It was a meta-puzzle!
Nov-25-18  Marmot PFL: 24...Nxa2 25 Nxa2 Rxc2 26 Rb1 Rxb3 doesn't seem too hard. Black wins a pawn, doesn't convert, maybe due to time pressure, that's life.
Nov-25-18
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  drollere: this one was over my head. best i could find was 24. .. Nxa2
25. Nxa2 Rxb3
26. Bxe5 dxe5
for the R pawn and a bishop to guard the queening square. but the game line Rc2 is better than the blunder Rxb3, which gives the white B more options than the return sacrifice Bxe5.
Nov-25-18
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  agb2002: Black has bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

White has Nxa2 and Rxc3.

In the case of 24... Rxc3 25.Bxc3 Nxa2 26.Bd2 Rxb3 the material is more or less balanced but the pawn on d6 is still a weakness and the bishop tied to its defense.

In the case of 24... Nxa2 25.Nxc3 Rc2 26.Ba3 (26.Rb1 Rxb3) 26... Rxa2 27.Bxd6 Bxd6 28.Rxd6 g6 both the pawn on d6 and the bad bishop have disappered and White has a weakness on b3.

I don't have time for more but I'd probably play 24... Nxa2.

Nov-25-18
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  NM JRousselle: GREAT PUZZLE

This is typical of the decisions we all face in the middle game. There is no clear win, but we are tasked with finding the best course of action.

Nov-25-18  scormus: I suppose the clue was in the name. Leko is not renowned for his attacking flair.
Nov-25-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 30 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.34): 26.Ba3 Rxa2 27.Bxd6 Bxd6 28.Rxd6 h5 29.Rd3 Ra3 30.Rc1 Raxb3 31.Rxb3 Rxb3 32.h3 g6 33.Rc5 Rb1+ 34.Kh2 Nd7 35.Rc7 Rd1 36.Rxa7 Nc5 37.f4 exf4 38.gxf4 Rd2 39.Kg1 Kg7 40.h4 Rd4 41.Kf2 Rb4 42.Ke3 Rb3+ 43.Kf2 Rc3 44.f5 Kf6 45.Ke2 Rc2+ 46.Kf3 Rc4 47.fxg6 Rc3+ 48.Ke2 fxg6 49.Rh7

2. = / + (-0.62): 26.Bxe5 dxe5 27.Nc1 a5 28.Nd3 Rxb3 29.Nxe5 a4 30.Nd3 Nd7 31.e5 Rb5 32.Rfe1 Nf8 33.Kf1 Ne6 34.Re2 Rc3 35.Ra2 a3 36.Ke2 g6 37.f4 Nd4+ 38.Kd2 Rc8 39.Be4 Rd8 40.h4 Kg7 41.Ke3 Rb3 42.Kd2 h5 43.Rc1 Nb5

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