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Alexey Shirov vs Peter Leko
"We All Gotta Learn" (game of the day Feb-25-2016)
15th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1991), London ENG, rd 5, Aug-21
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-03  PVS: Shirov seems to have healthy leads over both Leko and Kramnik, including a Candidates match win over the latter. That match appears to be missing from the database.
Premium Chessgames Member You say we are missing a Shirov-Kramnik match? There's no excuse for that. What year?

By the way, Leko was only 12 here.

Aug-12-03  PVS:, it was named the World Chess Council World Championship candidates' match and held in Cazorla, Spain, May 24-June 5, 1998. Shirov won +2=7. It would be great to have it in the database.
Premium Chessgames Member World Chess Council 1/1 (1998)
Aug-12-03  ksadler: Here's a stupid question that I have been waiting to ask for a long time: at levels less than GM, what is wrong with 5. Nxe4. When I played the Black side of the Gruenfeld in this line I got this all the time, and it doesn't seem to be like all the books say.
Aug-12-03  HappyMeal: what criteria are used to choose games for this data base?
Premium Chessgames Member HappyMeal, see Help under "Where do you get your games?" We prefer world-class chess, hence our rule that at least one of the players should be at least 2200 or better; preferably 2400 or better. If somebody shows us a very interesting game between amateurs we bend the rules.
Aug-12-03  Benjamin Lau: <ksadler>

I don't play the Grunsfeld, but I can offer some common sense possibilities. The Grunsfeld, like the QGA, is theoretically better for black in the endgame than for white because black often has the queenside majority. Exchanging pieces gets us closer to the endgame. The more likely reason though is simply because 5. Nxe4 dxe4 leaves a pawn on e4 and makes it hard for white to play his knight to f3. Any Grunsfeld experts out there?

Aug-13-03  ksadler: <Ben Lau> I can see that, but I'd figure that the pawn on e4 would be more of a pain in the butt for Black to support than it would be a thorn in the side for White.
Aug-13-03  Kenneth Sterling: Leko would be the most interesting world champion of the four competitors.
Mar-22-04  HappyMeal: A hearty thank you to for responding to my question. I'm on my way to the "where do you get your games" page.
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  Benzol: <HappyMeal> Welcome to our Chess Community. :)
Mar-22-04  seoulmama: I would say that Leko would be a pretty boring Champion.
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  tamar: Kasparov's speculative assertion in OMGP is that a revolution in chess occurs every 5 champions, starting with Steinitz (1st) Botvinnik (6th)then Fischer (11th). Which means that we are due another normal perhaps dull champion like Leko (who would be 15th) before the next revolution occurs.
Oct-08-04  WMD: Both players missed 33...Rc6! 34.d8=Q Rxa6 which would have left a tough endgame for White to win. Consequently, Shirov should have preferred 32.Bf1.
Sep-26-05  iron maiden: Shirov has a plus score against Leko in normal time controls, doesn't he?
Oct-02-07  Jim Bartle: "By the way, Leko was only 12 here."

Reminds me of Tim Henman's response when praised for his winning record vs. Federer: "Well, it helps when you started playing him when he was twelve."

Jan-22-11  KingG: <Here's a stupid question that I have been waiting to ask for a long time: at levels less than GM, what is wrong with 5. Nxe4. When I played the Black side of the Gruenfeld in this line I got this all the time, and it doesn't seem to be like all the books say.>

Quoting Jonathan Rowson from his book Understanding the Grunfeld:

<5.Nxe4?! dxe4 leaves White with trouble developing and a funny-looking bishop on g5. IM Colin Crouch tried 6.Qa4+ against me at the 1997 British Championship, but after 6...Qd7!? 7.Qxd7 Nxd7 8.0-0-0 Bg7 9.f3 h6! 10.Be3 e5! 11.d5 f5! I had a good position and went on to win.>

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  piltdown man: The hard way.
Feb-25-16  schnarre: ...I think that White's Queenside attack was rendered all the more effective by the hemming in of Black's Kingside material (the Bishop essentially stayed on g7 the entire time).
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  kevin86: White wins the exchange...enough for black to strike his colors.
Feb-25-16  psmith: I don't get the pun...
Feb-26-16  The Kings Domain: Nice to see a game by a pre-teen Leko. He held up well against a master like Shirov.

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