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Peter Leko vs Peter Svidler
Morelia-Linares (2007), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1

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Mar-07-07  malibumike: Isn't ...Qb4 strong?
Mar-07-07  TheBB: It's 0-1.
Mar-07-07  chessmoron: Leko resigned. Svidler gets first win!!!
Mar-07-07  square dance: 0-1. wow. i didnt think leko would be -3 at this point.
Mar-07-07
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Mar-07-07  you vs yourself: I feel bad for Leko. He can't handle losses very well. Hope he does better at the qualifiers.
Mar-07-07
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  chancho: Congrats to Svidler. He finally ended his drawing streak at Linares,
Mar-07-07
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  WannaBe: Svidler have his first win!! He is the only one without a loss so far!!
Mar-07-07  square dance: i want to know how a guy can win a strong rapid tournament(20+5) a month ago, but cant manage his clock during a @#$%ing classical game!
Mar-07-07
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  chancho: Peter will be eating with zest at the Buffet table after this win.
Mar-07-07  Duque Roquero: Hey Chessgames, what happens with the 4th game??!! Why didn't we go there??!!
Mar-07-07
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  chessgames.com: The fourth game (Ivanchuk-Morozevich) is already over; Chucky lost. Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 2007
Mar-07-07
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  tpstar: I tuned in after 30. fxe4 fxe4 and thought Black had good compensation for the Pawn, plus a cute back rank Deflection trap (31. Qxe4?? Rd1+!). Then 31. a4!? + 32. c4?! and Black took over the dark squares immediately. It's a shame about the time pressure, but what a meltdown.
Mar-07-07  Wild Bill: Gee, Svidler ruined his perfect score. And against another drawing master, no less.
Mar-07-07  DutchDunce: <wb> Yes, such a tragedy. Reminds me of when UC Berkeley won their last football game against Rutgers a few years ago. Ruined what could have been a perfect 0-11 season.

Then a couple years ago, the 49ers could have had a perfect season, but for a team called the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers won both games, in overtime, by the same score of 31-28. Their record that year? 2-14.

More to the topic, I guess this wasn't totally unexpected. Svidler has a very, very good record against Leko, and just improved it here.

Mar-07-07  AdrianP: Fantastic! A late spurt from the Svid! He's been conserving his energy for the last sprint...!
Mar-07-07  KamikazeAttack: Well done Svidooo. He was played solidly.

Leko's play was short of a SGM.

What is Leko's problem?

I expected a much better performance from him after using Corus to rest.

So much for giving him a chance to win Linares.

Leko has really disappointed:(

Mar-07-07  outplayer: Sveshnikov variation has been in my repertoire for 3 years but looking at this game I wonder if it would be a good idea playing Najdorf again.
Mar-07-07  Fisheremon: What a blunder 32.c4??
Mar-07-07  veigaman: when I see more games i think it is better to avoid e4 as a white to avoid sicilians.
Mar-07-07  setebos: 11.Qe1 followed later by Qe2 and Qf2. What the hell was Leko`s plan?
Mar-08-07
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  Mateo: <tpstar: I tuned in after 30. fxe4 fxe4 and thought Black had good compensation for the Pawn, plus a cute back rank Deflection trap (31. Qxe4?? Rd1+!).> That wins of course, but more accurate is 31...Qxe4 (32.Rxe4 Rd1 mate). You win the Queen, meanwhile in your variation you "only" get Queen vs Rook after 32.Rxd1 Qxe4.
Mar-08-07
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  Eyal: 32.c4?? is a blunder, of course, but even with the relatively best 32.c3 (to stop Qb4) White is in trouble after 32...Qd3+ 33.Qxd3 exd3 34.Be3 (34.Rd1? Bb3) Rd6 - and White has to give up the exchange with 35.a5 Bg5 36.Bxg5 hxg5 37.Rd1 (or 37.Rxe6 Rxe6 38.Kc1) Bb3 38.Kc1 (38.Rd2?? Re6) Bxd1 39.Kxd1.

So, instead of 31.a4 (which aims to counter the threat of 31...Bd4 by 32.Bxd4 Rxd4 32.Qb5) White should probably have played c4 a move earlier (countering 31...Bd4 by 32.Nd5).

Mar-08-07  ivanpetkov: The crucial mistake in the game was on move 20 i think when Leko decided to go for the pawn instead of the two bishop advantage. I think that in case of 20 Ng5 white is clearly better
Mar-09-07  Fisheremon: <Eyal: So, instead of 31.a4 (which aims to counter the threat of 31...Bd4 by 32.Bxd4 Rxd4 32.Qb5) White should probably have played c4 a move earlier (countering 31...Bd4 by 32.Nd5).> 31...c4 meets 32.Rd3 and probably White loses the exchange. IMO 25.Nb6?! also a better try for White was 27.Rd1!?
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