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Pavel Eljanov vs Peter Leko
FIDE Grand Prix (2010), Astrakhan RUS, rd 10, May-21
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0

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May-21-10  OneArmedScissor: Leko... just give it up
May-23-10  kramputz: Leko's game sucks
May-23-10
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  whiteshark: So where did he go wrong?
May-24-10  mike1: Think Leko was better after whites
Knight went into the great black holes
b5 and g3. No idea what they are doing there. After 23...Qxd5 leko must have been very pleased with himself and produced 24..b5 and 25..Qg5+ 26... Qxe3 after which White is better already. Black should have exchanged the rooks on the c-file 24 Ne2 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Rc8 and the better
pawn structure might tell (or not) later.
May-26-10  tacite: What happens next if
42... Rxb6
43. cxb6 Nc6

Does Black hold and go for a draw?

May-27-10  ounos: I'm not sure I get it: was White intending to go into <30. ...Rdxc5 31. b4>? Is this exchange favourable??
May-31-10  Snigelsnus: I think the idea is that after b4 white can't take 2 times on c3 because of the mate-threat on Rd8.
Sep-17-11  Alphonse1973: <tacite:> <What happens next if 42... Rxb6
43. cxb6 Nc6

Does Black hold and go for a draw?>

Then it would follow like this:

44.b7 Ke6 45.Be1 followed by 46.Bg3 and White pawn becomes a Queen.

After the last move (43.Bxd4): 43.Bxd4, Rxb6 44.cxb6 Nc6 45. b7 Ke6 46.Ba7 and Black cannot avoid b8=Q.

Note that in the first variation, after 44.b7 Ke6, if instead of 45.Be1 White plays 45.Bd4 it doesn't work because of 45...Bd7 46.Ba7 Kc7 and the Black king has reached the black square "c7". So after 44.b7 Ke6 White plays 45.Be1! and Black cannot avoid 46.Bg3 (controlling the black squares of the h2-b8 diagonal) and 47. b8=Q

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