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Peter Leko vs Michael Adams
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-11
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-06  MUG: This game is wonderfully analysed by Jacob Aagaard in Excelling at Technical Chess. Seems most annotators believe 20...g5 was Adams' first mistake (with the exception of Leko and Aagaard, who think 21...Bb4?! was the first dubious move as it achieves nothing and loses a tempo when the White knight comes to d3). But I have to say, I think the whole line involving a ...Qb6 seems very dubious to me - why does Black willingly enter into what can only turn out to be a difficult endgame?

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  plang: Played in the last round of the preliminaries of the Candidates tournament; a win by either player would qualify them to play Shirov in the semi-finals. Adas normally plays the main line 8..Nb4 (in fact he had lost using this line against Leko in Dortmund the previous year); here he played 8..Nf6 presumably to surprise Leko. 15..Qb6!? leads to an ending where White has all the winning chances; perhaps 15..Rb8 is a better choice. 18..Rfc8 and 18..Bb4 had been played previously; 18..h6 was new but did not represent an improvement. 20..g5?! created weaknesses; 20..Ne8 or 20..Bb4 would have been more solid. Note that 20..Ne4 21 f3..Nd6? 22 Ng6! would have cost Black material. 27..Nd6 followed by ..Nc4 would have been a tougher defense. 36..Bxa2 37 b3..Rxc2 38 Nxc2..Bxb3 39 Ne3..Nd7 40 Re7 would not have helped Black.

Voted the 5th best game in Informant 85 not due to any flashy tactics but due to starting with a small positional edge and gradually and convincingly increasing it.

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