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Peter Leko vs Laurent Fressinet
NAO Masters (2002), Cannes FRA, rd 6, Feb-27
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-02  knight: Black moved his king's Knight to the queenside so white decided to close the center and started action on the kingside by pushing his king'rook pawn.Black did not react particularly well and left himself a whole on f5.White applied pressure and after an exchange of queens obtained the two bishops in an open game,his knight was eyeing the square e6.His 40.f4! threatenend the e-pawn,black replied with 40...Nxd5 and was forced to give up the exchange after 41.Bd4,because 42...Nxd1 would have run into 43.Bd4 followed by Ba1 winning a piece.
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  plang: 9..Nd7 isn't played much anymore but it is a very flexible approach. 13..Bd7 was a new move that has not been repeated; 13..exd, 13..g6, 13..Ne7, 13..Na5 and 13..Bb7 had been played previously. 18..c6 19 Qd2! would have been strong for White. After 19 h4! White had a promising attack and a clear edge. 26 Nxd6..Nxd6 27 Bxd6..Bg4 would have given Black good counterplay. In time pressure Leko missed the pretty combination 40 Ne6!..Rxd5 41 Rxd5..Nxd5 42 Nxf8..Ne7 43 Be6!..Rxf8 44 Rxe5! winning. Still, White won material as after the alternative 42..Nxd1 43 Bd4 the knight would have been trapped. Black resigned as after 54..Nb3 55 Rh1 White's mating threats are decisive.

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