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Peter Leko vs Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen - Leko Rapid Match (2008) (rapid), Miskolc HUN, rd 7, Jun-01
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1

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Jun-01-08  Bobsterman3000: I don't understand 40.Rc4. It was the first bad move that hastened the rear lines attack on white's king.

Doesn't the very obvious 40.Rc2 hold the draw, at least?

Jun-01-08  Kaspablanca: 40...Qe1!! decisive. Poor Leko, Carlsen completely outplayed him, he simply crushed him.
Jun-01-08
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  dan5791: There isn't any official rating point to be gained or lost from this match, is there?
Jun-01-08  Rolfo: No rating changes from rapids
Jun-01-08  Illogic: Bob I don't think he cared much about holding the draw in an unrated game - he probably thought it his best chance for a win to square the match.
Jun-01-08  minasina: <Kaspablanca: 40...Qe1!! decisive.> meaning 43...Qe1!!
Jun-01-08  achieve: 42.Qxb6?? is the losing move... And Carlsen missed a mate in 4 three moves later -- 45...Nxe3+

Although mates in 4 can be quite hard to see sometimes, this one wasn't that hard to spot.

But I read somewhere they were both blitzing at this point? In any case a good game, with Carlsen playing the middle game quite effortlessly.

Jun-02-08  Pjalle: Not often to see Leko getting run over like this.
Jun-02-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 41 Kg1, 41 Qc3 seems consistent, threatening Rc8
Jun-03-08  notyetagm: From <Chess Today CT-2764>:

White to play: 42 ?


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<In this position Leko came up with the suicidal. 42.Qxb6??

42.Qc3! had to be played: 42...Rxa2
43.Qxf6 gxf6 44.Rb4=

42...Qa1+ 43.Kg2 Qe1 (D)


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White is defenseless after...>

Once again Carlsen concentrates his pieces (<COORDINATED PLAY>) on a <LOOSE SQUARE NEXT TO THE ENEMY KING>. Here the Black d2-rook and e1-queen focus their power on the White f2-pawn,square next to the White g2-king, winning. In fact, Magnus missed a mate in 4 beginning with 45 ... ♘f5xe3+!.

Moreover, this position is -incredibly- reminiscent of how the 3rd game of the match ended, with Magnus gaining a draw after having <COORDINATED> his dark-squared Black a7-bishop and Black e2-queen -again- on the f2-square, forcing a <PERPETUAL CHECK> draw.

3rd match game (Leko vs Carlsen, 2008): Position after 96 ♕c3-b3? ♕e7-e2! =


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GM Carlsen sure knows how to attack the <f2,f7-square> next to the White g2-king: he drew Game 3 of the match and won Game 7 using this exact same strategy.

Jun-03-08  notyetagm: Watching this game I was struck by how GM Carlsen just effortlessly placed his pieces on their optimal squares with little time left on his clock. GM Carlsen went from

Black to play: 39 ... ?


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to

Position after 41 ... ♕d8-f6


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by simply playing 39 ... ♘e7-f5, 40 ... ♖d8-d2, and 41 ... ♕d8-f6.

And now the great <PIECE ACTIVITY> of the Black pieces (Black d2-rook, f5-knight, f6-queen) makes Leko's pawn-grabbing 42 ♕b3xb6?? a game-losing blunder.

Jun-03-08  angslo: <achieve: 42.Qxb6?? is the losing move... And Carlsen missed a mate in 4 three moves later -- 45...Nxe3>

Is it really mate in 4?
I don't have engine and i am not a very good player. could someone pl verify the following line and complete the mate in 4?

45........Nxe3
46Kh3 Rxf2
47h5

Jun-04-08  achieve:


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45...Nxe3+

<Is it really mate in 4?> Yes, after 46...Kh3 47 Qf1


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... there's a Mate in 2 - since the Knight covers the g4 escape square, as well as the g2 mating square.

If 46...Kh2 then Qxf2+ and Mate on the next move.

Jun-04-08  angslo: thanks

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