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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Leko - Kramnik Rapid Match (2007) (rapid), Miskolc HUN, rd 5, Apr-28
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0

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Apr-28-07  Youjoin: Nice game
Apr-28-07  Marmot PFL: Black seems lost after 49...Rf8+? as he can no longer protect the N with Ra3, which I think gives good drawing chances. So he has only e4, but after f4+ he can't take en passant. Nice ending by Kramnik.
Apr-28-07
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  chancho: Great endgame technique by Mr. Kramnik.
Apr-28-07
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  Eyal: <Marmot PFL: Black seems lost after 49...Rf8+? as he can no longer protect the N with Ra3, which I think gives good drawing chances.> After 49...Ra3 White can take the knight anyway and then the e5 pawn with the knight, and with knight+2 connected passed pawns vs. rook is probably winning. However, Black has the clever 49...Nc5!, and then 50.Nxe5 Rf8+ 51.Kg2 Rxf2+ 52.Kxf2 Ne4+ followed by 53...Nxd6 is a draw.
Apr-28-07  Marmot PFL: <After 49...Ra3 White can take the knight anyway and then the e5 pawn with the knight, and with knight+2 connected passed pawns vs. rook is probably winning. >

This is also a draw, which you play out on this site - http://www.k4it.de/index.php?topic=...

Apr-29-07  Atking: I still prefer 25.Ke1 with the idea of 26.Be6 and 27.Nc4+.
Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <chancho: Great endgame technique by Mr. Kramnik.>

Seems like Kramnik won this game just by repeatedly inflicting weak pawns on Leko's position.

Apr-29-07
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  Eyal: <Marmot PFL: This is also a draw> Oooops... anyway, 49...Rf8+ was definitely a bad mistake by Leko, though quite understandable - it's always tempting to give checks in time trouble.
Apr-29-07  alicefujimori: This was a good game by Kramnik, but I really found chessbase's report calling it "a gorgeous win" rather over-exaggerating. Compared to some of Kramnik's real brilliancies, this game is not even close to being "gorgeous", especially when after seeing the annotations of this game where Leko could have drawn on move 49 despite all those "?" and "?!" awarded to Leko's moves throughout the game. Not to mention Kramnik's mistake on move 38.

So it was a good game by Kramnik, but a "gorgeous" one???????????????????

Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <alicefujimori: This was a good game by Kramnik, but I really found chessbase's report calling it "a gorgeous win" rather over-exaggerating. Compared to some of Kramnik's real brilliancies, this game is not even close to being "gorgeous", especially when after seeing the annotations of this game where Leko could have drawn on move 49 despite all those "?" and "?!" awarded to Leko's moves throughout the game. Not to mention Kramnik's mistake on move 38.

So it was a good game by Kramnik, but a "gorgeous" one???????????????????>

My thoughts exactly, <alicef>. Kramnik played a "gorgeous" game but Leko could still have drawn as late as move 49?! Huh?????

From http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...: <49...Rf8+? Peter's persistent and enduring defence might have reaped the harvest because the position is objectively drawn. Time, however, is everything, and Peter doesn't find the saving motif during the few seconds he has left. 49...Nc5! 50.Nxe5 Rf8+ 51.Ke2 Rxf2+ 52.Kxf2 Ne4+ 53.Kf3 Nxd6= draw!>

(VAR) Position after 53 ... ♘e4x♖d6=:


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Apr-29-07  notyetagm: <alicef> Some chess fans have become so used to Kramnik's boring grinds that they no longer know what a gorgeous game of chess looks like.

If this Kramnik win is a gorgeous game, then how in the world do you describe the <2007 Game Of The Year>, Aronian vs Anand, 2007, Aronian's -unbelievable- win over World #1 Anand from Morelia?

Oh My God, that Aronian win is just so incredible. I think I'll go play over it again.

May-02-07  crwynn: Yeah, those patzer chess fans like GM Berkes (who annotated for Chessbase) think there's something impressive about creating weaknesses and carrying out a deeply-conceived...yawn...zzzzz.

Real chessplayers know that sacrificing lots of material is the true mark of quality.

It's also well-known that if your opponent could have escaped with a draw, you can't have played all that brilliantly.

I think GM Berkes was particularly impressed by how the game "started": 18.Ke1!! When I skimmed through the report a few days ago I thought, "what's the big deal, he steps out of the pin - kind of funny-looking but at least reasonable." Then I played through it and realized he had moved Kd1 just a few moves back....

I've often thought that some moves are much easier to find if you don't know what's gone before, though of course the reverse is often true also.

May-02-07  luisroca: Kramnik is boring, the Chess needs another champion

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