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Peter Leko vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Dortmund Sparkassen (2007), Dortmund, GER, rd 7, Jul-01
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-01-07  Marmot PFL: Leko misses some good winning chances here. 92.Ka4 instead of Kb5 keeps the king one rank closer to stopping black's c pawn and c5 is answered by Rd6 winning easily (c4 Kb3 c2 Rxe6 Rg1 Kxc2 and the 2 passed pawns win).

He could also have gone into a winning Q+P ending with 91.Rc3 Rxc3 Kxc3 Ka7 Kc4 Kxa6 Kc5 Kb7 Kd6 c5 Kxe6 c4 Kf7 c3 e6 c2 e7 c1(Q) e8(Q) and wins black's kingside pawns.

Jul-01-07  arunjangity: can't really say "sigh another draw for leko" here. what a fight!! the last few moves are like pacman, who can gobble up the pawns first.
Jul-01-07  ahmadov: A very difficult and boring game... However, this game shows Shark's excellent defensive abilities...
Jul-01-07  Jim Bartle: Given that adjournments are no longer practical, but does anyone agree with me that players need more time to play these complex endings? I hate to see them botched (if this one was) because they have to play them like blitz...
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  keypusher: In honor of Leko and Mamedyarov, here is another heroic last-round struggle. The note is by Gypsy. The winner was in his early sixties when the game was played.

Burn vs O Chajes, 1911

<If I remember correctly, it was a game of the last round of Carlsbad 1911. Burn and Chajes got a special dispensation to play the game a day early, during the day for finishing adjournments, so that they could depart. Then they played the game for two days straight, stopping only for food and/or sleep. It was the last game finished and they both received a standing ovation from other players and spectators. The tourney organizers voted to create a special prize and award it to both for their fighting spirit.>

Jul-02-07  notyetagm: Why does Leko go all-out to win games in the last round when the tournamnet has already been won by someone else?

Leko did the exact same thing at Linares several years ago, playing nothing but drawns until the very last round and then going all-out to win his last game when it didn't matter one bit.

Someone should tell Leko to play like this =before= the tournament has been decided.

Jul-02-07  Marmot PFL: A win here means clear 2nd place which has to be worth something.
Jul-02-07  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: A win here means clear 2nd place which has to be worth something.>

Yes, I understand that. But why not play like this when =first= place is on the line? Why wait until it is impossible to win the tournament?

Like I said earlier, this is the =second= time I have seen Leko go all-out to win a last round game when he had no chance to take first.

Jul-02-07  notyetagm: From Mig at

<Leko woke up as well in the final two rounds. He played a classy grind against Gelfand in round six and came close to taking clear second today against Mamedyarov. Rather surprisingly for a technician of Leko's caliber -- only Kramnik could be called a better endgame player among the elite -- he wasted a lot of time shuffling around and left himself without enough to find the win when the opportunity came. 92.Ka4, keeping the king closer to the c-pawn, saves a tempo and wins comfortably. 100.Re7 was still a win, however. With the black king cut off, there is no way to avoid the simple check and promote. Both players were on the increment by that point.>

Jul-02-07  notyetagm: So Mig says that Leko missed the winning moves 92 ♔a4 and 100 ♖e7.
Jul-12-07  Goofy: what happened to 33 NxB after that theres no way he can save that pawn
Jul-12-07  Goofy: that is NXb on 33 so after pxn then P-f4 followed by RxP and white is clearly ahead
Jul-19-07  bogo78: i have just seen this interesting lecture on the game.

Larry was giving it while the game was still in progress and at move 53 he predicts Rd1 followed by the transfer of the R to a1 and the push of the a pawn. In the few variations he analyzed white will eventually win. I am wondering what is wrong with that plan of pushing the a pawn, then trading all pieces and eventually have K and 4 pawns vs K and 4 pawns ending where white wins. Please take a look on the video and let me know what you think.

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