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Anatoly Karpov vs Peter Leko
NAO Masters (2002), Cannes FRA, rd 5, Feb-26
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Misc. with 5.Nf3 (D73)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-02  knight: A very nice strategic game by Karpov.After 35.g4 he was about to get an excellent position by putting his knight on b3.Leko tried 35...b6 but this led to the loss of the c-pawn.
Oct-26-04  clocked: Who is this Karpov guy? Maybe he should get a title shot.


Oct-26-04  jcmoral: <clocked> lol
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  plang: 12 Nh4!? was a new move but after Black's clever reply 13..Nd5! Black was already fine; 12 Nc4 and 12 Bb2 had been played previously. Black would have had good compensation and the better chances after 19 Bxf7+..Rxf7 20 fxg..Nc4 21 Bc1..e5. Black continued to press on with the better endgame until his first mis-step 30..Kf6?!; 30..Reb8 would have been better. 34..Bf5?! was a waste of time but his position would still have been playable had he just retreated with 35..Bd7. Leko blundered with 35..b3? apparently counting on the response 36 Rb2..Bc2 37 Ne3 completely overlooking Karpov's decisive reply 36 Ra6!. 41..Nb7 would have lost to 42 Bf1!. No better would have been 48..Kd6 49 b6..Nd7 50 b7..Kc7 51 Bb5..Nb8 52 Bc6.

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