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Peter Leko vs Viswanathan Anand
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 6, Sep-19
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-19-07
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  Domdaniel: Now 18...Ba5 should be played quickly -- no good alternatives that I can see.
Sep-19-07  icorrick: Nxc7 ?
Sep-19-07  acirce: Bet Lékó is going to mess this up and lose. Just because.
Sep-19-07  Keairolas: Just because I bet on him!? That would be annoying of him.
Sep-19-07  acirce: <Just because I bet on him!? That would be annoying of him.> Yes, he can be obnoxious like that.
Sep-19-07  grebenarov: Which one is better?? Take with the rook or take with the knight? Anybody?
Sep-19-07
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  WannaBe: Software says Rook take is better, Leko had a slight adv. there for a while (around 0.2) now it's down to -0.3
Sep-19-07  radu stancu: <icorrick: 19.Nxc7 ?> 19...Bxc7 20.Qxc7 (20.Bxd7 Qxd7 ) Bxa4
Sep-19-07  beenthere240: I'll guess the rook.
Sep-19-07
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  plang: Anand's preparation with black for this tournament has really been impressive.
Sep-19-07
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  technical draw: Leko is going to be overwhelmed soon.
Sep-19-07  grebenarov: <plang: Anand's preparation with black for this tournament has really been impressive.> You're right. With white too. :-))
Sep-19-07  grebenarov: Great, Leko decides the more offensive variant
Sep-19-07  Marmot PFL: I don't play either side of this but wasn't 13.Bg5 more challenging for black than Be3?
Sep-19-07
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  tpstar: Looking at Anand's opening history, he prefers the Closed Defense to the Open Defense Repertoire Explorer: Viswanathan Anand (black) and scores slightly better with it. As to 5. 0-0 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 he does better facing 7. c3 than 7. a4 Repertoire Explorer: Viswanathan Anand (black) although there's probably some transposition. For today's line, this game is closest Svidler vs Anand, 2003 and they drew.

Turning it around, Leko only has a few games facing 5 ... b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 Repertoire Explorer: Peter Leko (white) and 7. c3 scores worse than 7. a4 (again transposition). Moving up to 9. d4 Bb6 Leko has 4 games Repertoire Explorer: Peter Leko (white) where he lost once Leko vs Topalov, 2001 (Amber Blindfold) and drew once Leko vs Karjakin, 2004 and won twice Leko vs Morozevich, 2002 & Leko vs Topalov, 2005 (Amber Rapid)

I wonder what Anand saw in those games to make him go down this Nxb5 sideline instead of a Main Line Closed or Open game. Perhaps it was the exchange sacrifice possibility (15. Bd5).

Sep-19-07  zanshin: Did they just draw?!?
Sep-19-07  beenthere240: I love the way Leko keeps being presented with time-consuming dilemmas.
Sep-19-07
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  Eyal: 21.Qf1 was forced (21.Qe2?? Nxc3 22.bxc3 Qxa4; 21.Qb3?? Nd3).
Sep-19-07
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  Domdaniel: I think it's drawish. 20...d5 is needed, and looks about equal. 20...Nxc3 21.Rxa5 is better for white, partly because of threats on the e-file.
Sep-19-07
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  WannaBe: Arrrrrrgh!!! Draw?!?!
Sep-19-07
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  ketchuplover: Weren't Nb2 or Nxc3 better?
Sep-19-07
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  technical draw: Draw?
Sep-19-07
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  norami: Take a look at the Grischuk game. Interesting position.
Sep-19-07  beenthere240: I really can't believe that they drew. Why not wait to see how Leko spends his remaining time on a stalled attack?
Sep-19-07  grebenarov: that's a shame. that was a promising game
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