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Ivan Sokolov vs Peter Leko
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-23
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense Except Gligoric System (E53)  ·  0-1



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Jan-23-13  lost in space: Peter Leko playing and no draw? What a surprise.

I think he will lose tomorrow to be on 50% again a last time when he had a score of +1 in this tournament.

Jan-23-13  Gilmoy: N.B. he's forking White with an N and a B!

27.Nxa2 Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Nf3+ 29.Kf1 <K(g2,h1) 30.Ne1+> Ba6+ 30.Re2 <Kg2 ibid> Nxe5 31.dxe5 Re8

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Jan-23-13  Illogic: <lost in space> Do you ever make a comment that is insightful or helpful in any way?
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  JointheArmy: <Illogic> I follow his posts so I know when Leko wins or loses.
Jan-23-13  strifeknot: No, he doesn't.
Jan-23-13  Garech: Great game from Leko! Although, he did confess that it was almost 100% prep - but still, great work, especially considering Sokolov has just published a book on the Nimzo Indian!


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  The Long Diagonal: Guys, you shouldn't disturb Lost in Space kibitzing about Leko's draws. It obviously gives him a lot and makes his life more significant.

He hasn't missed one single chance in this tournament and I bet he won't.

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  tamar: Leko came up with the novelty 11...h6 after a crushing loss in the Olympiad with this variation. Naiditsch vs Leko, 2012

The difference he says is that he gets in 15...Nh5 this way without being punished.

The computer confirms that after 16 Bxe7 Black starts to get the advantage.

Analysis by Leko at

Jan-24-13  Blunderdome: <tamar> I was going to make a similar comment. Beat me to it ;)

I recommend watching the video at the official site, Leko gives some great analysis / interesting variations.

Jan-24-13  rilkefan: <Gilmoy>, thanks for the line, I wasn't seeing 29...Ba6+.
Jan-24-13  ConquistadorDK: Leko gives some fantastic insight into the position, and I think everybody should take a look at it. What makes me sad about this fantastic player is that he can't convert his extreme understanding of positions into more points. He likes to draw when his skills can take him so much further... Perhabs it's just me, but I think he's a lethal opponent when he wants to be, which is rare...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Does Leko say anything about the sacrifice 20.Nxg5? Will 20...Neg6 also work vs. that?
Jan-24-13  goldenbear: <An Englishman> I think you take and play Nfg6... 20.Nxg5 hxg5 21.Bxg5 Nfg6.
Jan-24-13  morfishine: <ConquistadorDK> Yes, that was a terrific 21 minutes of analysis by Leko; Shows, if nothing else, that home preparation is standard and necessary for a GM.

When I here comments like "Oh, it was all preparation, or it was 'home-cooked' months ago", I cringe.

The life-blood of a touring GM is all work, preparation and analysis.

Jul-28-14  isemeria: Great video! Showing both a theorethician and a practical player. I think Leko should make a series on positional play.

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