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Peter Leko vs Magnus Carlsen
Morelia-Linares (2007), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-10
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. General (E15)  ·  1-0

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Mar-10-07  Eyal: So Anand finishes a full point ahead. Quite impressive.
Mar-10-07  karnak64: <chessgames.com> Thank you so much for the live webcast of these games. It's a blessed service.
Mar-10-07  sravann: <chessgames> Thanks for the exciting coverage, great job. Would be great if we can follow more than one game at the same time. May be for the next tournament. But anyone knows when is the next super strong tournament? It would be super, if Kramnik is also thrown into the mix along with these great players.
Mar-10-07  TheBB: The Melody Amber is up soon, but there probably won't be live relays from there, since it's blindfold and rapid. After that there is M-tel, and the candidates, I'm a little unsure of the dates.
Mar-10-07  Aleking: Looking forward to the candidate matches.
Mar-10-07  botvinnik64: Thanks Chessgames! The site rocks!
Mar-10-07  notyetagm: Hard to believe that both players missed 40 ♖xf7!, exploiting the <LATERAL PIN> of the Black d6-knight by the White f6-queen against the <UNDEFENDED> Black b6-queen along the 6th rank.
Mar-10-07  pankajdaga: Thanks CG. You guys rock! So does Vishy!
Mar-10-07  euripides: <ctrl alt del> I think you are looking at the position after 40.bxa4.
Mar-10-07  euripides: I see <ctrl alt del> has mastered the delete key.
Mar-10-07  MrPatzer: I think after the game Leko said, "I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to beat you."
Mar-10-07  Atking: 18. ...Bc8 would have keep the pawn.
Mar-11-07  Laci: <notyetagm: Hard to believe that both players missed 40 xf7!, exploiting the <LATERAL PIN> of the Black d6-knight by the White f6-queen against the <UNDEFENDED> Black b6-queen along the 6th rank.> 40.Rxf7 would have been obviously an immediate win. Peter's mistake can be explained only by time pressure. He must have then realized immediately his mistake, that is why he was thinking half an hour on his 41st move.
Mar-11-07  Fisheremon: <Atking: 18. ...Bc8 would have keep the pawn.> Certainly 18...Qe7?!, but let's see what happens with 18...Bc8:

19.Qe2 Ba6 20.Qc2 c4 21.bxc4 dxc4 22.d5 Qe5 23.Be4 g6 24.Rd4 b5 25.Rb1 White has a solid positional advantage.

A possible defense was 18...cxd4 leading to a fighting with isolated pawn. White has a little (but stable) plus, but Black has almost no counterplay, that might explain his decision to 18...Qe7?!

Mar-12-07  Atking: <Fisheremon: <Atking: 18. ...Bc8 would have keep the pawn.> Certainly 18...Qe7?!, but let's see what happens with 18...Bc8: 19.Qe2> let's try here 19. ...Qg5!? (I'm not sure that Black could not defend a pawn down ending after 19. ...cxd 20.Rxd4 QxRd4 21.exQd4 RxQe2 22.NxRe2 Ne8 23.Bxd5 Bg4 24.f3 RxBd5 25.fxBg4 Kf8. But I prefer the dynamic 19. ...Qg5) 20.h4 Qe5 21.dxc bxc 22.Na4 c4 23.bxc d4! 24.c5 dxe 25.Qxe3 RxRd1+ 26.RxRd1 QxQe3 27.fxQe3 Rxe3 28.Rd8+ Re8 29.RxRe8 NxRe8 Black should defend. <A possible defense was 18...cxd4 leading to a fighting with isolated pawn. White has a little (but stable) plus, but Black has almost no counterplay,> I agree; still I prefer 18. ...Bc8 to 18. ...Qe7(?!)
Mar-12-07  Fisheremon: <Atking: let's try here 19. ...Qg5!? 20.h4 Qe5 21.dxc bxc 22.Na4 c4 23.bxc d4! 24.c5 dxe 25.Qxe3 RxRd1+ 26.RxRd1 QxQe3 27.fxQe3 Rxe3 28.Rd8+ Re8 29.RxRe8 NxRe8 Black should defend.> Perhaps a typo, must be 20...Qf5. Here White has 23.Qd2 with a solid advantage.
Mar-12-07  Atking: Fisheremon: <Atking: let's try here <19. ...Qg5!? 20.h4 Qe5 21.dxc bxc 22.Na4 c4 23.bxc d4! 24.c5 dxe 25.Qxe3 RxRd1+ 26.RxRd1 QxQe3 27.fxQe3 Rxe3 28.Rd8+ Re8 29.RxRe8 NxRe8 Black should defend.> Perhaps a typo, must be 20...Qf5. Here White has 23.Qd2 with a solid advantage.> Not a typo mistake but a late night mistake after a hard work day... :( The move order must have been 20.dxc bxc 21.h4 Qe5. If White doesn't weak c&d pawns I doubt White could obtain an obvious advantage. I mean for example on my "typo mistake" 20. ...Qf5 21.Qd2 why not 21. ...c4 ? 22.bxc dxc 23.Qc2 QxQc2 24.RxQc2 Bf5 25.e4 Bd7 (Or Bg4 first) must be playable.
Mar-13-07  Fisheremon: <Atking: Fisheremon: <Atking: let's try here <19. ...Qg5!? 20.h4 Qe5 21.dxc bxc 22.Na4 c4 23.bxc d4! 24.c5 dxe 25.Qxe3 RxRd1+ 26.RxRd1 QxQe3 27.fxQe3 Rxe3 28.Rd8+ Re8 29.RxRe8 NxRe8 Black should defend.> Perhaps a typo, must be 20...Qf5. Here White has 23.Qd2 with a solid advantage.> Not a typo mistake but a late night mistake after a hard work day... :( The move order must have been 20.dxc bxc 21.h4 Qe5. If White doesn't weak c&d pawns I doubt White could obtain an obvious advantage. I mean for example on my "typo mistake" 20. ...Qf5 21.Qd2 why not 21. ...c4 ? 22.bxc dxc 23.Qc2 QxQc2 24.RxQc2 Bf5 25.e4 Bd7 (Or Bg4 first) must be playable.> In my message 23.Qd2 instead of 23.bxc4 in your line !
Mar-13-07  Atking: <Fisheremon: In my message 23.Qd2 instead of 23.bxc4 in your line !> I see. Still looks good for White. Difficult to give a life to Carlsen's position here. Actually I have no idea.

Mar-13-07  acirce: <Leko played 1.d4 which he seldom does. In the Queen Indian Magnus mixed up the move order (Qe7 e3 Na6 instead of Na6 was correct) and after Qf4, with the idea of Ng4, exchanging the key knight protecting d5, he was in trouble. He spent a lot of time on the next few moves but could not really find a way to save his hanging pawns. After Rd7 he was getting his hopes up but Leko found (the only) Ne4 and Magnus never felt he had real chances although Leko missed a one move win (40.Rxf7) in the time trouble. Objectively lost but with some complications, fatigue was probably taking a toll when Magnus swapped rooks having missed Qc6! after which the endgame is a simple win for Leko. Magnus played on until Leko found g5 and a3. 0-1.>

http://blog.magnuschess.com/1173640...

Mar-14-07  samikd: I think this is a fantastic game, and one of the 3 best in the tournament
Mar-14-07  Marvol: <TheBB: The Melody Amber is up soon, but there probably won't be live relays from there, since it's blindfold and rapid. >

I'm pretty sure there actually was live coverage last year, so probably again this time.

http://www.amberchess.com (under construction as yet)

May-04-07  The Chess Express: <TheBB: Indeed, this looks like a typical Leko-win.>

My thoughts exactly.

Mar-03-08  dramas79: A tight, amazing game.
Mar-24-08  The Chess Express: Allowing white to get the passed, extra d ♙ was probably a mistake so perhaps black could do better on move 21.
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