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Peter Leko vs Li Chao
Leko - Li Chao (2015), Szeged HUN, rd 4, Aug-18
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: Just briefly skimming through the computer evals, Leko had a slight advantage until about 31.f3 (presumably due to time trouble). It just went downhill from there.
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  tamar: 27 Rd3 probably looked safest at the time, but looking ahead to its awful fate being pinned on c3, Leko's play after this move suddenly became as if doomed.

The active continuation was 27 Rd4! c5 28 Rh4 Qe6 29 Qxe6 Rxe6 and White has an extra pawn with no worries.

Aug-18-15  dumbgai: Leko tried to make a draw, but unfortunately he was up a pawn.
Aug-19-15  iking: chowed down ...
Aug-19-15  zanzibar: After Leko's 33.Kb2-a3?

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Black has a nice tactical shot, though both players seemed to have missed it.

Aug-19-15  zanzibar: And both played inaccurately heading into the time control.

I don't think Black appreciated how vulnerable White's king was during this phase of the game.

Aug-20-15  Ulhumbrus: 20 Qf4 overpowers the h4 pawn whereupon 20...g5!! offers the g pawn in its place in return for being able to pin White's capturing piece on the g file to the g2 pawn. When the g2 pawn falls White's king side pawn structure is broken.
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  thegoodanarchist: I think it was Fischer who said "Pin and Win"

Here Leko could say "Self-pin and Lose" after 35.Rc3 :)

I am not sure if he had any better option, though.

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  whiteshark: <dumbgai: Leko tried to make a draw, but unfortunately he was up a pawn.> I call shenanigans!

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