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Peter Leko vs Fabiano Caruana
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-22
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0

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Jan-22-10  Marmot PFL: Black's idea seems dubious. Leko's technique is too good.
Jan-22-10  TheSlid: The crucial moment seemed to me to be after 21...Rb6. I thought that the obvious (to me, not any more rigourous assistant) 22.Rxf2 should be good enough. And so it proved. Risk free play for a point from Leko, again! Perhaps someone might tell him politely that he can play well enough to force the issue a bit sometimes.
Jan-22-10  ex0duz: What about 23.Rxb5? Surely it's better to be down the exchange(after 24.Bxb5 Qxb5) rather than a whole piece? It's like he's gonna lose that advanced b pawn no matter what, at least he'll probably have better chances this way(although most likely the position is still objectively losing). Also, i doubt he wanted to keep more pieces on the board, because he played 24.d5 and traded the minor pieces off and into what looks like a totally lost 'ending'(at least to my patzer eyes) 2 moves later..

Black should have just resigned after move 25. What was Caruana thinking? Felt ashamed that he played such a dubious knight sac? I wonder when he realized that it wasn't gonna work, i'm guessing straight after he played it lol

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