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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-26
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-16-05  acirce: Talking about sickness...

<``Gentlemen champions are rare,'' Peter Leko's manager Mr Carsten Hensel said at a press conference explaining the delayed start of the Kramnik-Leko encounter. Leko who is sick and had an appointment with the doctor said he would not be making it to the game at 1-30 p.m. local time. Kramnik agreed to the delayed start at 2.30 p.m. which is not a practice in this tournament. As a gesture of sportsmanship, Kramnik offered a draw with white in 15 moves unwilling to defeat a sick opponent. Kramnik is playing for the tournament title and has fallen behind in the scoring. He has 6.5 points and with two rounds left may not be able bridge the gap with the leaders.>

Nov-02-05  Unicornio: Typical lines from Leko and Kramnik.
Jan-01-09  KingG: <Thankfully, Vladimir Kramnik took pity on poor Peter by not only agreeing to a one-hour delay in the match to let him see the good doctor again, but also agreeing a short draw to allow him to get back to his hotel bed in an effort to aid a more speedy recover. “I get nothing out of playing an opponent who is in a bad way,” said good old Vlad after the game.>

Feb-03-10  KingG: What a troll that <Unicornio> was. Thankfully there is a lot less of that nonsense now.

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