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Peter Leko vs Alexander Khalifman
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 3, Mar-01
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation General (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: 11..Ndxe5?! worked out poorly; 11..Nxc5 would have been more solid. 15 Rb1 was played in Fogarasi-Atalik Budapest 1998 )Black won - not included in this database); 15 Qa4+ was a clear improvement prepared by Leko. Leko's preparation had identified 17 Be3! as very strong (ie.: 17..Qe4 18 c6+..Qxb4 19 axb..bxc 20 Rxa7+..Kf6 21 f4!..Nh4 22 f5 with a winning advantage) but during the game he mistakenly thought he had found an even stronger continuation. 28..Rxd5? 29 cxd..Ke7 30 c3..Re3 31 Rf1 would have likely led to a win for White. White's last chance was 29 Rd6+..R8d6 30 c3..R2e3 when he still has some winning chances; instead after 29 R1d2? the game quickly simplified to a draw.

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