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Pavel Eljanov vs Peter Leko
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 11, Apr-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: "In a fashionable line of the Meran (9...Bd6) the grandmasters opened the center, and White got better chances due to the fact that Black’s minor pieces were restricted by the e4-pawn. I didn’t like Eljanov’s <19.Qc2> – I think <19.Nf5! Qc5 20.Qe3>

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would give him dangerous initiative in the endgame.

Perhaps Pavel wanted to get the same kind of position with the queens on the board, but Peter cleverly used the tempi he was granted. After the knight was transferred to c5, Black played <23…f6!> and solved opening problems.

Eljanov continued to play for a win and at some point overstepped the limit of risk. After <33.Nd5?> Leko could win a pawn by <33…Bxg4!>,

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but somehow missed this simple tactics. Self-pinning by <36.Qc5> (it was better to bring the knight to d4) was also a brave decision. In order to survive, the Ukrainian grandmaster had to find a number of strong moves – <37.e5!>, <39.Kh1!> – which he did and eventually achieved the desired draw."

-- Sergey Shipov

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