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Garry Kasparov vs Peter Leko
Intel World Chess Express Challenge (1994) (blitz), Munich GER, May-20
Queen Pawn Game: Torre Attack. Gruenfeld Variation Main Line (D03)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-04  Shadout Mapes: What's the idea behind 50.c6?
Oct-09-04  Swindler: To create a passed b-pawn if White answers b7xc6.
Oct-09-04  acirce: There are several moves that look much simpler than 50.c6, like both Qa7 and Qa8.

An idea was also to give the knight the c5-square, but is it really winning at all against best defence?

Dec-22-05  Aseem: 50.c6 is a master stroke Kasparov must have seen it all the way till 55. Qe6
Mar-06-07  MrMelad: I never saw a less influencial knight on e4 then Leko's in this game... He even gave a pawn for this.
Mar-02-09  StevieB: Ya gotta love that sweet pawn chain of white's.
Jan-16-10  Ja Dood: What was wrong with:
51. Qxc4 dxc4 (51..Qxc4 is much the same)
52. Ne5+ Ke6
53. Nxc6 bxc6
54. Kf1
The white K prevents the c-pawn from Queening. Isn't this a simpler win?
Jan-16-10  Alphastar: <Ja Dood>

After 51. Qxc4?? Qxc4
(your 51. .. dxc4?? 52. Ne5+ Ke6 53. Nxc6 bxc6 54. b7 lets white queen a pawn) 52. Ne5+ Ke6
53. Nxc4 dxc4

The pawn endgame is lost for white, because black has a passed pawn on c4 he has to stop, and meanwhile black can create a second passed pawn on the kingside with h5-h4, g4, h3 etc. White cannot stop both and loses.

Jan-17-10  Ja Dood: Alphastar is correct. Qxc4 is a lemon. There is a reason I am not Kasparov.. ;-)
Mar-10-12  Brecker: 6... Bg4 is a case of dangerous symmetry.
8... Bxf3?! Leko's light square bishop has a very active diagonal and yet he trades it with the less active knight on f3? This move doesn't even force Kasparov's light square bishop out of his defence of the pawn of e4 because of 9. Nxf3. 13... Ne4 Bd3 Nf6?? Dont put your Knight on an out post unless you intend to keep it there. Otherwise that is a wasted move. He should've fortified his knight with 14... f5. 16.c5! Kasparov forces Leko's knight to an inactive square of 16... Na8.Anywhere else and the knight would've been taken. 20. Nd7! Leko finally does something right and adds two extra attackers to Kasparov's overagressive knight on e5. 30... Ne4 is a strong outpost for Leko's knight.But perhaps he should have first dealt with the threat of the pawn on b5. 30. b6 30... Nb5? Because after 31. Bxb5 and 31... cxb5 32.Rxb5 Leko is now down in material by a pawn and has allowed an enemy rook onto the 5th rank. It would have been better for the knight to be inactive again a8 in my opinion. 39. Be5! This is a great outpost for Kasparov's dark square bishop. 50. c6!! Brilliance.
The only time Kasparov used the Torre was met by Leko making mindblowiing ly questionable decisions.

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