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Peter Leko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Tal Memorial (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Aug-24
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  0-1



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Aug-24-08  Bobsterman3000: Wow, Ivanchuk's position looked very cramped to me behind his backwards d6 pawn, but his defense was stellar.

Maybe 20. Nd5 would be better ?? It would have stopped 20...bh6 and prevented white from losing the DS bishop. The lack of a ds bishop really took the edge off white's attack later...

Aug-24-08  messachess: After 24...Rf8:

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. Does white have a better move than RC2?

Aug-24-08  Marmot PFL: Leko's 2nd straight loss with the Spanish, one with each color. He also didn't get much from the Exchange Variation in his draw with Moro.
Aug-25-08  JonathanJ: 39.h4 seems to be a pretty dumb move, so probably leko was running out of time.
Aug-25-08  ppeti84: He had more than 40 minutes at the end of the game, so I don't think so.
Aug-25-08  geigermuller: <ppeti84: He had more than 40 minutes at the end of the game, so I don't think so.> The question is how much time he had before move 39. Don't they get an extra hour with move 40?
Aug-28-08  sicilianhugefun: chuky is deeply outrageous...
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  Fusilli: <JonathanJ: 39.h4 seems to be a pretty dumb move, so probably leko was running out of time.>

What would you do instead? I don't think you can stop both threats (on h3 and on the exchange).

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  Mateo: <Bobsterman3000: Maybe 20. Nd5 would be better ??> This move had a tactical drawback. It allows 20...f5!. This is why Leko first played 20.Rd1, to support the Knight.
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  Mateo: It seems that the turning point was 31.g3?. Of course, Leko wanted to impede Nf4 winning the exchange. But this move allowed Ivanchuk to open the 'f' file, and then White's position collapses. The cautious 31.R5d3 should be an improvement.
Aug-29-08  JonathanJ: <Fusilli> well you are probably right. fritz gives Qe8+ Rf8 Qe1 Qxh3+ Kg1 but it's evaluation is not so much better.
Aug-31-08  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 16 Qxg4, 16 hxg4 opens the h file and gets ready for g3, Kg2 and Rh1 although Black may be able to defend the h7 pawn by the manoeuvre ..Nf8 as in the game Fischer vs Shocron, 1959
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