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Peter Leko vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 4, Mar-17
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-17-09  percyblakeney: Carlsen has +2 -0 =9 in eleven rapid games against Leko, but the latter has often seemed close to winning and this game was no exception.
Mar-18-09  Stanley Yee: So what's wrong with 34. e6 Bb5+ 35. Nxb5 Re3+ 36. Kd1 Rxf3 37. d6 exd6 38. e7 Re3 39. Re2 I think Carlsen messed around with the Knight too much.
Mar-18-09  frogbert: <So what's wrong with 34. e6 Bb5+ 35. Nxb5 Re3+ 36. Kd1 Rxf3 37. d6 exd6 38. e7 Re3 39. Re2>

well, black's first move clearly loses, and that could be considered "wrong".

34... re3+! first gives some practical chances of survival, since the king then can't go to d1 (due to ba4+ and black gets his vital tempo). but after 35. kf1, black only then plays bb5+:

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now, if 36. nxb5? then rxf3 is check! and black is actually fine (37. kg2 rb3 =)

therefore, it follows 36. kg2 nf6 37. nxb5 axb5 and it's roughly but not completely over. the material is still equal.

Mar-18-09  slomarko: <but not completely over> maybe not completely over but white is clearly winning.
Mar-18-09  frogbert: it was a rapid game, slomarko :o) and whether white "is winning", "is clearly winning" or "is very clearly winning" - well. i mostly think the entire phrase "is winning" is useless.

white would've had good winning chances in the above position. if it's objectively won or not, needs more thorough analysis than i (or you) have done so far. i'm 99% sure of that ;o)

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