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Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (blindfold), Monaco, rd 9, Mar-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1

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Mar-27-07  Gouki: why did Leko resign?
Mar-27-07  nuwanda: hi <gouki>, i think after white king to the g-file and Rg8 at least the white queen is lost...
Mar-27-07  aazqua: k onto g, rg8 chk, k f1, q h1, k onto 2 and rg2 chk picks up the queen
Mar-27-07  aazqua: Actually, the q will have to pick up the q as the rook is needed to defend the back rank.
Mar-27-07  ounos: Amazing Black play. I really like the way gained gradually the advantage in late opening. But Black turned the tables eventually :-)
Mar-27-07  Davolni: I think it may have been a time loss...
Mar-27-07  attica: The site

http://www.amberchess.com/

gives a good commentary on these games. In particular, it says abot Leko today that "The Hungarian has not been well for the past days and it was obvious to anyone that he appeared at the table in poor physical condition."

Apr-16-07  notyetagm: From www.amberchess.com:

<Peter Leko faced an unappealing task in his blindfold game against Vasily Ivanchuk. The Hungarian has not been well for the past days and it was obvious to anyone that he appeared at the table in poor physical condition. Of course, Leko didn’t use these circumstances as an excuse for his defeat, but there was good reason to believe that his collapse in the middlegame wouldn’t have happened to the real Leko. After the opening White had a dream position and he could have decided the issue with 25.Ne5 (instead of 25.c5) with the idea to follow up with Ng6. But it was not to be and with 29.g4 Leko seriously compromised his position. Soon the black pieces invaded his ranks looking for the vulnerable white king.>

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