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Peter Leko vs Alexander Morozevich
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 13, Sep-28
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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Sep-29-07  Scarecrow: No one kibitzing here when Leko wins? I think this was a beautiful attacking game from his side! And also an example of how not to play this type of position with Black. Very good strategy by White. After 15. Bxf6 Bxf6, 16. Qxd6 would win a pawn so Black has to recapture with the g-pawn. This leaves his Kingside wide open which Leko exploits with the impressive restricting pawn moves (on both sides of the board) 16. f4, 17. f5 and 18.a4. 24. Rd3 and 25. Rh3 prepare a Kingside attack while 26. Ka2 wisely defends agains any back rank threats by the Black Queen. In the final position the h-pawn is practically unstoppable.
Sep-29-07  euripides: An overwhelming victory. The commentators on chesspro thought Morozevich would attack the g pawn at about move 24.

One of Black's problems is that his king's side rook is chained to the h pawn and the active queen's side rook gets exchanged off. The Rd4-d1 manoeuvre seems surprising, though as far as I remember the chesspro commentators thought it was in Black's interest to get the major pieces off.

Sep-29-07  euripides: ... actually I see Deviatkin had second thoughts and suggested 21...Bc8 instead of Rd4. He also wondered about d5 for Morozevich at some stage and was impressed by Leko's pawn sacrifice with Rd3.

Sep-29-07  Illogic: Shame that one of the very few Sicilians played in this tourney gets utterly destroyed. :( This may be the most one-sided game of the event.
Sep-29-07  percyblakeney: Before the tournament Morozevich seemed like the strongest player in the world with black, together with Radjabov. He was undefeated in 15 games (and that with a +9 score), including games against as strong players as Aronian, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Radjabov, Adams, Rublevsky, and Alekseev.

In Mexico Morozevich could have ended up with seven losses in seven games with black if Svidler and Aronian had found the winning moves in those two games...

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  suenteus po 147: This is a great game by Leko. Just when I'm about to lose faith in him he always manages to play a game like this and remind me why I am a fan :)
Sep-29-07  Marmot PFL: <the chesspro commentators thought it was in Black's interest to get the major pieces off.>

Too bad for black that the queens stayed on. Often a problem in this variation for the black king.

Oct-02-07  Resignation Trap: Photo of Leko after his first move: .
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  profK: Black bundels himself up here almost by design. White sets up a super defensive cell, plays the obvious moves to pick up the black h pawn and his own h pawn sails unimpeeded into the sunset. Not at all a good Moro effort, but a powerful crush by Peter the (almost) Great.

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