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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (rapid), Monaco, rd 7, Mar-24
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  1-0

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Mar-24-07  aazqua: And SECOND!
Mar-24-07  aazqua: Nice game by Kramnik. These guys seem to be pretty good.
Mar-24-07  THE pawn: <Nice game by Kramnik. These guys seem to be pretty good.>

Well, considering one of them is world champion and the other a world contender, chances are that they're pretty good indeed.

I don't know for you guys, but I find a lot of similarites between each Kramnik game. They all follow the same pattern. Same openings, create a passed pawn with a favorable endgame with the same sort of pawn structure on the king side (something like h2,g2,f3,e3 etc.)He avoids most complications by trading queen early. I am not saying his games are not original! They're fascinating and simple/straightfoward. Works for him well.

Mar-24-07  KamikazeAttack: <He avoids most complications by trading queen early. I am not saying his games are not original! They're fascinating and simple/straightfoward. Works for him well.>

That is what understanding chess is all about.

I don't know who the strongest player in the world is but I sure know that no one alive understands chess better than Kramnik. I have had this view for a long time now.

Mar-24-07  crwynn: Finally he plays well from end-to-end in a rapid game - and what a nice game!

He is really running away with this tournament.

Mar-24-07  amuralid: Not to take anything away from Kramnik, who has got back to playing his pre-illness style of chess for the past 9 months or so, but Leko seems to be (just) a little vulnerable of late. Wonder if that is because he is holding himself back for the championship or may be he is changing the style of his play or he is simply dropping out of the elite or something else. My own view is that he is a fantastic player holding back for Mexico.
Mar-24-07  KamikazeAttack: Don't know if Leko is holding back but I am very sure something needs tweaking in his game or mind.

He lacks initiative and the will to fight as an attacker. This is not the Leko who announced his entry to the elite stage with panache in the late 90s. He lacks confidence in his ability.

The talent is still there he just needs to do some work off the board on his mind.

Mar-25-07  sitzkrieg: Funny to win with such unpretentious openings..
Cross the 4th rank only after 15 moves, then just mess around a bit with the knights,little positional combo (?) and win the resulting endgame.
Mar-25-07  madlydeeply: if that's true sitzkrieg, it sounds a lot like Capablanca..
Jun-30-07  Jaymthetactician: <I don't know for you guys, but I find a lot of similarites between each Kramnik game. They all follow the same pattern. Same openings, create a passed pawn with a favorable endgame with the same sort of pawn structure on the king side (something like h2,g2,f3,e3 etc.)He avoids most complications by trading queen early. I am not saying his games are not original! They're fascinating and simple/straightfoward. Works for him well.>

Now you know why I study his games :D

<Don't know if Leko is holding back but I am very sure something needs tweaking in his game or mind. He lacks initiative and the will to fight as an attacker. This is not the Leko who announced his entry to the elite stage with panache in the late 90s. He lacks confidence in his ability.

The talent is still there he just needs to do some work off the board on his mind.>

I don't know what Leko you study but the one I study is a very aggressive attacker! Howver I don't like the variations that use both ...c5 and ...e5 like in this game, the b and d pawns are left backward and he makes too many pawn moves in the beggining, Leko moved his pawns too many times and overextended, plus castled on the kingside with the loose kingside was a mistake and Kramnik saw it.

May-05-10  Xeroxx: <And SECOND!>
No, you were first!

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