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Peter Leko vs Alexander Grischuk
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-19
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Apr-24-05  Karpova: i'm amazed that nobody kibitzed on this great game yet!

Leko shows his tactical abilities once more. This game is a real jewel!

May-30-05  farrooj: It's true, this is an amazing game, Lekos favorite according to
Jun-02-05  Pawsome: The organizers of the Leko-Adams rapid match (2005) suggest that this fine game is the best of Leko's career – so far.
Jan-16-08  Open Defence: amazing game with very little kibitzing
Jan-16-08  percyblakeney: Apart from this game Grischuk had a very good Corus in 2002, just ½ point from first place (even if it was an unusually weak Corus, without Kasparov, Anand and Kramnik).
Feb-23-08  sallom89: amazing sacs!
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  plang: Grischuk had never played the Petroffs before but a month earlier at the World Championship tournament in Moscow he had played 13 Re1 in game 1 of his match against Motylev and the game had ended in a draw. The theoretical continuation in this line 11 Ne5..f6 12 Nf3..Kh8 is interesting: White spends tempi just to encourage Black to weaken his kingside with ..f6. In Dortmund 2001 Leko had played the innovation 13 cxd!? against Adams and had gone on to win a nice game; here he varied with 13 a3 which he had played once before in a draw against Kramnik at Dortmund 2000. In the game with Kramnik Leko had played 17 Bf3; here Leko took 25 minutes to come up with the innovation 17 a4. One of the problems with Grischuk's 17..Bg8?! was that later on he could not play ..b6 without severely weakening the queenside light squares. 23..g5 24 Ne5 would have avoided White's combination but would have left Black clearly worse. Still, perhaps 23..Bh7 could have been tried. 24..b6 25 cxb..cxb 26 Bxh6 would have won material for White. Perhaps 25..gxf 26 Qxf4..Qg7 27 Rxc7..Ne7 28 Rxa7 would have held out longer. 35..Re6!? 36 Kg2!..Ra6 37 c6..Rxc6 38 Rxc6..Nxc6 39 Qxh6+..Qxh6 40 gxh would not have helped Black.

This is a really nice game - voted the 2nd best game in Informant 83.

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