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Peter Leko vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Morelia-Linares (2008), Linares ESP, rd 9, Feb-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1



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Feb-29-08  Eyal: 49.Qxc4 Qe4+ 50.Ka1 Bxb2+.

Congrats to Chucky for finally winning a won position... another horrible game for Leko.

Feb-29-08  Wild Bill: <Whiteshark>: The dancing Rook is the ultimate indicator.
Feb-29-08  VargPOD: Third game in a row that Leko has lost as WHITE. He's totally out of form!
Feb-29-08  hedgeh0g: Unfortunately, it seems Leko is becoming a point-farm in this tournament. Ivanchuk knows if he's not done too well in his past few games, he can always count on Leko to boost his score :P
Feb-29-08  Shams: I feel like it's time for a new dancing rook.
Feb-29-08  hairmajorchair: next game?
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  whiteshark: <Wild Bill> Yes! And maybe one day there were <♙<♙<♙<♙<♙<♙>>>>>> dancing around the ♖. :D
Feb-29-08  Knight13: <VargPOD: Third game in a row that Leko has lost as WHITE. He's totally out of form!> Yup. And that SUCKS!
Feb-29-08  ketchuplover: There's a leak in Leko's brain!
Feb-29-08  Eyal: It seems that serious troubles for Leko began with that pawn grab 27.Qxa4, allowing the invasion of Black's heavy pieces. He probably should have played Re3 or Re1 instead.
Feb-29-08  Knight13: Leko: "Find the leak, and plug it!"
Feb-29-08  karnak64: Leko's having a rotten tournament, that's for sure.
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  AgentRgent: <Eyal: It seems that serious troubles for Leko began with that pawn grab 27.Qxa4, allowing the invasion of Black's heavy pieces.> I agree, 27. Qxa4?! was the beginning of the end for Leko. Odd to see him make such a move, usually he doesn't take such risks unless he's certain of his defense (which is usually impeccable). Perhaps he just underestimated the pressure black could generate.
Feb-29-08  dycotiles: Carlsen-Shirov pleeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase....
Feb-29-08  dassy: Its on here.
Feb-29-08  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Leko's mistake was to fail to contest possession of the open d file after 23....Nc5 by 24 Qe2 getting ready for Rd1 instead of 24 Ne4. After Ivanchuk took control of the d file, it gave him a permanent advantage.
Feb-29-08  euripides: Not the first time a positional maestro has got positionally crushed after taking the a pawn:

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008

In Kramnik's case, the problem seemed to be a miscalculation rather than a misjudgement.

Feb-29-08  Abejorral: What a disaster for Leko, last in the tournament, with one miserable win.
Mar-01-08  scholes: Hope Leko rebounds like shirov . But it is tough for him , with so severely flawed wch cycle he will never have chance to be wch even if he becomes good and better . And with players like anand and aronian around he knows he is not going to win top level tournament even he plays well .He is rather was more a match player.He must be always be thinking about the last game of his match .Whole chess world would have been different now if he had won but u never know illujiminov would have contested since kramnik won his title from kasparov and leko won only official match Kramnik should be challenger for topalov . He needs break from tournaments
Mar-02-08  zluria: Regarding the Caro - Kann, I take this game as further evidence that the popular variation played here by Leko is no good for white.

Observe the position in the game after 17. Rhe1 . According to classical chess thought, White enjoys certain advantages, namely, an imposing pawn center, centralized rooks and better development. However, there is little he can do. A logical plan would be to open up the center with d5. However, this loses a pawn without really opening up the center. Another logical plan would be to aim for g4-g5 with a Kingside attack. However, to prepare this, the g3 Knight has to move, and then h5 falls.

One might argue that the White rook should never have left h1, and that 17. Ne2/e4 was a better move (preparing Rdg1 and g4 - g5). This plan seems too slow, though, because black can then play e5 and open the center himself at the appropriate moment. It seems clear that this kind of Kingside attack cannot succeed.

Look at what Leko is reduced to, after achieving his "dream position" on move 17: 18. Bc1, 19.Qc2 and finally 20. Ne5 - not to attack, but just to exchange some pieces! He can't do anything with his "spacial advantage" or better development. meanwhile, Ivanchuck is playing the natural a5 - a4 and has an easy game.

I don't know what to say. I think this variation against the Caro is bust.

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  Eric Schiller: <zluria> One win by Black does not bust the main line of the Caro-Kann. I have played the CK as Black for almost 30 years, and am happy with it, but I never stop working on the main line, which requires very precise handling as Black. White can often afford to give up the h-pawn to get g4-g5 in. Black's queenside counterattack has to be carried out with precision. I'm sure we'll see some improvements for White in the coming year.
Mar-04-08  ajile: I think the Panov Attack is the best way for White to play against the CK.
Mar-04-08  mindkontrolle: flirtatious game ya know?
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  GrahamClayton: 48..♕a8 is a retreating move across the full length of the board that wins. These sorts of moves are the ones that I have trouble seeing in my own games.
Nov-18-22  Whitehat1963: Elite-level players using the Opening of the Day in a high-stakes tournament.
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