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Peter Leko vs Sergey Karjakin
FIDE Jermuk Grand Prix (2009), Jermuk ARM, rd 4, Aug-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-09  Philidor: A strong pair of bishops...
Aug-12-09  Marmot PFL: 15...Ndf6 prevents white's combination, the point of which is simply 20...cd5 (or ed5) 21 Nxd5 and 22 Qc8+. Karjakin's sense of danger let him down today.
Aug-12-09  messachess: First look: a masterpiece by Leko.
Aug-12-09  dumbgai: Typical Leko: even his wins put me to sleep.
Aug-12-09  dhotts: Doesn't 20...exd5 give Black a good position and prevent the loss of a pawn by Karjakin's move 20...Nxc3?
Aug-12-09  Phorqt: Is it just me or could this have been one of Capablanca's games? So elegant, correct (I think?), and classical.

I love the final position and white's beatiful Queenside pawn chain.

Aug-12-09  parisattack: <dumbgai: Typical Leko: even his wins put me to sleep.>


I have followed chess for 44 years. The openings at the top during this decade are the most boring, monotanous I can remember. I think the computers are partly to blame - and, of course, no giants of the game the likes of Fischer or Kasparov.

Aug-12-09  Chlipchlop: The beauty is not in the moves, but in the ideas behind. (Nimzowitch)
Aug-12-09  tibone: dhotts: <Doesn't 20...exd5 give Black a good position and prevent the loss of a pawn by Karjakin's move 20...Nxc3?>

No, 20...exd5 also loses a pawn after Nxd5! and Qc8+ forking king and bishop

Aug-12-09  Augalv: Commentary at:
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  kdogphs: Yes Queen's Indian might be a boring opening (one of my personal favorites though) but I have to agree with Phorqt, this was a beautifully played game...
Aug-13-09  ajile: This opening looks strangely familiar.



Aug-13-09  dotsamoht: I like Leko and this game very much. After his last win, a detractor said he would not win another game at Jermuk. Wrong!

He played very nicely, starting with 15 Ra2, culminating with 21 dxe6.

I use Leko as a benchmark when I am researching openings. If they can beat Leko, the opening is a possible avenue. Other times, Leko shows the way to draw.

Aug-13-09  roughstuff: where is the win?. difficult position but anything can happen if you fight to survive a little longer.
Aug-13-09  tibone: roughstuff: <anything can happen if you fight to survive a little longer.> not against peter leko in a technical position like this
Aug-13-09  The Rocket: no theres no chance black draws this game.. leko can win this drunk
Aug-13-09  dumbgai: Karjakin got bored and figured his time would be better spent with his wife.
Aug-13-09  Knight13: <roughstuff: where is the win?. difficult position but anything can happen if you fight to survive a little longer.> Dude White has waaaayyy better position and pawn structure/positioning, and better piece coordination. Not to mention a pawn up and threatening Bf8. This isn't an "anything can happen" position between GMs. Sure, two 1000s going at it then maybe.
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  whiteshark: "The first to draw blood today was Peter Leko who celebrated the arrival of his wife Sophie in Jermuk by beating Karjakin.

The co-leader of the tournament chose a rare continuation with the move <11. a4> and instead of the more common reply 11…c5, Karjakin played <11…Ne4>.

Then after rook trades on a8, Leko won a pawn with the tactical shot <20. cxd> after which black’s position was hopeless."

fide bulletin

Is fide promoting polygamy here to spice up Leko's play? :D

Aug-16-09  Ulhumbrus: 20...Nxc3? loses a pawn because of the in-between move 21 dxe6! 20...cxd5 invites Nb5 with Nxd6 and then perhaps Bb4 to follow. This suggests 20....exd5.
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