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Peter Leko vs Viswanathan Anand
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2008) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 4, Mar-18
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B81)  ·  1-0



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Mar-18-08  positionalgenius: terrific game
Mar-19-08  aazqua: Just absurdly complex, particularly given the time controls. GMs making the world feel small.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wait. Anand not only loses with the Black pieces, he loses with his beloved Sicillian. Next thing I know, someone will win a game in this tourney with the Budapest Defense.

Uh, actually, someone did.

Fun little event, this is.

Mar-19-08  Knight to f6: An excellent attack by Leko! I might note that though Anand is a great rapid player, he's had problems before. For example, in his superfinal match against Karpov, when he lost the tiebreaker (and a few years before then, he lost to Kamsky in the FIDE finals).
Mar-19-08  anandrulez: I am happy for Leko though I am a stauch Vishy supporter . This win might give him the confidence to make a strong come back . He deefated the WC in his own den .
Mar-19-08  bravado1: It must be all theory. It's impossible to find all these moves over the board; too complex. I think this game resembles the famous Judit Polgar's win over Anand. Anyway congratulations to Leko. He proves that home preparation is worthwhile and pays off in the actual game.
Mar-19-08  BlackNightmare: leko beating anand in a rapid game and in the najdorf please!...i ll be damned btw do they lab test for steroids in chess? ;)
Mar-19-08  imag: It seems that the greedy 21...Qxh2 is losing. Rybka likes 21...Rc8 followed by 22.Be6 Bd6

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Mar-19-08  znprdx: I'm obviously chess-challenged, but what was wrong with trying ...12.N(f)d7 at least Black will probably be up two pieces for three pawns?

15.White to play looks like a game Morphy vs. Amateur

what was with ...23.Bxf2?

Mar-19-08  you vs yourself: <knight to f6> Although Anand has always been a fantastic rapid player, it wasn't until after the match against Karpov that he took his rapid game to another level. He started showing up with Godly results in rapid chess at mainz, leon and amber sometime after 1998.
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  chancho: Whatever got into Leko to play like this, I only hope it becomes an everyday occurence from here on in.
Mar-19-08  sallom89: <BlackNightmare: leko beating anand in a rapid game and in the najdorf please!...i ll be damned btw do they lab test for steroids in chess? ;)>

haha steroids helps ... u know :P

Mar-19-08  newton296: ouch ! my head hurts just thinking about the complications in this game.

I cant believe leko played this good in just 25 min + 10 sec !

Mar-19-08  attica: <bravado1: It must be all theory. ... He proves that home preparation is worthwhile and pays off in the actual game.> Not, according to <Leko beat Anand, in the rapid. He was surprised by Vishy’s 6…e6 and although he didn’t really remember theory, he decided to go for the wild Perenyi Attack anyway, “to have some fun”.>
Mar-19-08  Riverbeast: Look at Leko...Playing like an attacking genius all of a sudden
Mar-19-08  apple pi: Who played the white pieces and what did he do with Peter Leko?
Mar-19-08  hrvyklly: Perenyi Attack? Which he probably analysed with Adorjan in the 90s. Why doesn't he play like this more often? Because it's a non-serious game he tries something 'fun'. Come on Peter!
Mar-19-08  apple pi: <znprdx> I dunno, maybe 13♗c4 and 14g6 with a powerful attack on f7.
Mar-20-08  Udit Narayan: Leko needs to play more risky chess in serious tournaments, more often than not it may pay dividends.
Mar-21-08  hedgeh0g: It would seem Leko has had a change of style...
Mar-21-08  Voltaic: bravo Leko!
Mar-26-08  ajile: Wow! I'm stunned. This is LEKO??

I bet you could write a whole book analyzing this game.


Apr-26-08  PinnedPiece: 28 ? for a Monday puzzle?
Apr-15-14  CP6033: what i don't understand, is that it doesn't matter that this opening seems really flawed, GM's still play it! I would never dream of playing gxf5, i would play it safer, but they are better then me, but even the engine gives -1.00 a lot of the time...but it does take really accurate play from black.
Apr-15-14  RookFile: Humorous, this looks like Morphy vs. Amateur.
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