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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 12, Sep-27
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0

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Sep-27-07  luzhin: A wonderful demonstration of the power of the 'Catalan' bishop.All game it lurks balefully at g2-- and when finally unleashed with 32.e5, it is murderous.
Sep-27-07  Hesam7: I do not understand why no one plays the Nc6 Catalan against Kramnik:

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 g3 d5 4 Nf3 dxc4 5 Bg2 Nc6.

Sep-27-07
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  chancho: Why not 32...Rd7?
Sep-27-07  chessmoron: My engine didn't like Kramnik's 20 Nc5 move. It suggests 20 a4.
Sep-27-07  Marmot PFL: 32..Rd7 33.Ne7 Rxe7 34.Qxe7 wins, if ...Bxg2 35.ef6.
Sep-27-07  tal lover: 25...Rxe5 isnt a blunder?
I dont made computer analizes but looks like to me that Leko was better before Rxe5.
Sep-27-07
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  chancho: <Marmot PfL> Thanks.
Sep-27-07  Hesam7: <tal lover: 25...Rxe5 isnt a blunder?>

So what do you suggest instead??

Sep-27-07  mrbasso: 21...e5 is the blunder. 21...Nxc5 22.dxc5 e5 is drawish. 27...Kh8 decisive mistake. 27...Kh7
Sep-28-07  Phoenix: Why on earth the contestants keep allowing Kramnik to play the Catalan is beyond me. They'd have a better chance playing the Albin Counter gambit.
Sep-28-07  Pulse: Apparently Kramnik can play both sides without any problem. Maybe they should just ask him. :)
Sep-28-07  scholes: how much of this was kramnik preparation
Sep-28-07
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  MarkThornton: <tal lover: 25...Rxe5 isnt a blunder? I dont made computer analizes but looks like to me that Leko was better before Rxe5.>

On the site that is powered by Rybka analysis, 25...Rb8 was recommended, and the resulting line was assessed as -0.06, suggesting that the position was close to dynamic equilibrium at that point.

I'm not sure if 25...Rxe5 was the key mistake, or 26...f6. They both look dodgy.

Sep-28-07  ongyj: This idea just popped into my head: Would 29...Qe6 or Be8 allow Black to force an exchange sac and get off the hook? Thanks in advance for bothering to look.
Sep-28-07  acirce: <On the site that is powered by Rybka analysis, 25...Rb8 was recommended, and the resulting line was assessed as -0.06, suggesting that the position was close to dynamic equilibrium at that point.>

Objectively speaking, maybe. In reality it was of course more pleasant to be White.

Lékó was also much lower on time at this point so while he should not have had to collapse so quickly it was not so much of a surprise.

Sep-28-07  Ulhumbrus: 21...e5 opens lines when it is White who has the lead in development. 21...Nxc5 22 dxc5 closes the c file and on 22...c6 it is up to White to find compensation for Black's bishop pair before Black can catch up in development.
Sep-28-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <ongyj: This idea just popped into my head: Would 29...Qe6 or Be8 allow Black to force an exchange sac and get off the hook? Thanks in advance for bothering to look>

I looked at it just quickly and without engine to check it. 29...Qe6 seems to be blunder for 30.Nxe5 Qxe5 (30...Qxf7 31.Nxf7+) 31.Rxc6 and white is a piece up. After 29...Be8 30.Qf8+ Kh7 31.Nxe5 fxe5 32.Qc5 white seems to be winning a Pawn e5 or c7 with better play.

Sep-28-07  kuna65: This wasn't very good tournament for Kramnik, he underperformed I think. An interesting observation: his two wins were both tactically wild, somehow similar to the his pre99 stuff, so I'm not so disappointed and this gem is very accurate, instructive an also beautiful.

I think Anand should be recognized legit champion (finally), the RE(?)match will show if he is just another winter king or not.

Sep-28-07  znprdx: The move which might be qualified as a blunder for Black was Leko's 26...f6 Surely after the simple Re7 an exchange up should provide clear winning chances.

As for White 13.Qf4 Kramnik's new (?) move seems rather dubious but worse was Leko's poor reply Bb7. Surely the simple Bd6 (such that 14. Qh4? Bg3!) If instead 14. Ne5 so what? Bxg2[B]

Sep-28-07  mrbasso: <Ulhumbrus> Think again, your suggestion 22...c6?? buries the light-squared bishop. <znprdx> Surely not, Nxb7 wins the exchange back.
Sep-28-07  Ulhumbrus: <mrbasso> 22...c6 answers the threat of c6 and a part of catching up in development consists of moving the B elsewhere
Sep-28-07
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  Honza Cervenka: <kuna65> Kramnik's main problem in Mexico is that he did not exploited all chances he had had in previous games. He could have been +3 or +4 at least now and in better form he would be. But Anand's form and play in Mexico is superb and if he wins the tournament (it seems to be certain but everything can happen in last two games) he would become the World Champion absolutely deservedly.
Sep-28-07  Marmot PFL: 25...Rxe5 hurts black, but I don't think anything is really good. That pawn is coming to e6 otherwise. His real problem is he has no pieces to challenge Nc5 so the whole plan of grabbing the exchange looks bad. Probably he should just trade with 21...Nxc5 22.dc5 e5 23.Nxe5 Bf6. Now if the knight retreats Bg5 really is a threat so 24.c6 Bxe5 25.cb7 Qxb7, and black should be fine.
Sep-28-07  mrbasso: <Ulhumbrus> 22...c6 is bad, there is no good place for this bishop elsewhere. I'm a long time Catalan player, I would be very happy to see such a move OTB.
Sep-28-07  znprdx: <mrbasso: <znprdx> Surely not[26....Re7\ 27.Nxb7 wins the exchange back.> thanx- I guess it it gets messy. I'd suggested 13..Bd6 as far superior tothe losing Bb7. I still cannot accept (despite valiant attempts to convince me otherwise) that a player can move the queen so often in the opening and not pay a price. This will be busted very shortly - I wouldn't advise Kramnik to think he can keep playing it :)
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