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Peter Leko vs Peter Svidler
"Peter-Peter, Pumpkin Eater" (game of the day Oct-31-2022)
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-05  Stevens: couldn't agree more - it was nice to see a game played through to the end (almost). who are <chessgames> following tomorrow?
Jan-17-05  JohnBoy: <artemis> - just for fun, here's another version of the B + rook P saga. W: Kg1, Ph2, B: Kd3, Bd5, Ph3 & g2. Black cannot force the white king out. I steered for this in a pawn down ending against James Thinnsen, a California master with several games posted here. Got him pretty upset! I loved it.
Jan-17-05  Milo: why not 43...f6?
Jan-17-05  morostyle: what a game ! the sicilian defence najdorf smashed by Leko !
Jan-17-05  dac1990: (506445) Leko,Peter - Svidler,Peter [B90]
Corus Chess Tournament Wijk aan Zee (3), 17.01.2005
[Fritz 8 (30s)]

B90: Sicilian Najdorf: Unusual White 6th moves, 6 Be3 Ng4 and 6 Be3 e5

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 0–0 10.0–0–0 Nbd7 11.g4 Qc7 12.Kb1 b5 13.g5 Nh5 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nb6 16.Rg1 Rab8 17.Rg4 last book move 17...g6 18.h4 [18.Na5 Rbc8²] 18...Ng7 [18...f5 19.Rb4=] 19.Bxb6 [19.Na5 Nxd5 Clearance to allow c7-a5 20.Qxd5 Qxa5²] 19...Qxb6 20.Na5 Rfc8 [¹20...Rbe8!?= is worthy of consideration] 21.Nc6 Rxc6 22.dxc6 Nf5 [22...Qxc6 23.f4±] 23.Re4 Qxc6 24.Bg2 Rd8 25.f4 Qc5 26.Qe1 Rc8 27.c3 b4 28.Rxb4 Ne3 29.Rd2 a5 30.Re4 Nc4 31.Rxc4 Qxc4 32.fxe5 Qe6 33.Re2 d5 34.Qf1 Qa6 35.Rd2 Qc4 [35...Qxf1+ 36.Bxf1 h6 37.gxh6 ] 36.Rd4 [Weaker is 36.Rxd5 Qxh4 37.Rxa5 Qxg5±] 36...Qxf1+ 37.Bxf1 Rd8 38.b4 [38.Ra4 d4 39.Rxd4 h6 40.gxh6 Rxd4 41.cxd4 Bxh4 ] 38...axb4 39.cxb4 Bf8 40.Bg2 Re8 41.Bxd5 Rxe5 42.a4 [42.Bc6 h6 ] 42...Kg7? [¹42...Bxb4 43.Bxf7+! Demolition of pawn structure 43...Kxf7 44.Rxb4 Ke6 ] 43.Bb3 h6 44.gxh6+ [44.Rf4 makes it even easier for White 44...Re1+ 45.Kc2 Re7 46.gxh6+ Kxh6 ] 44...Kxh6 45.Bxf7 g5 [45...Rf5 46.Be8 ] 46.h5 Re7 47.Bg6 Ra7 48.b5 Bc5 49.Rc4 Bf2 50.Kc2 Re7 [50...Kg7 doesn't change anything anymore 51.Kb3 ] 51.Kb3 [51.a5 might be the shorter path 51...Re5 52.Rc6 g4 ] 51...Re5 [51...Re3+ hoping against hope 52.Kb4 Be1+ 53.Kc5 Ba5 ] 52.Re4 Rc5 53.Kb4 Rc1 54.Ka5 Rg1 [54...Rc8 doesn't improve anything 55.b6 Rb8 56.Re6 ] 55.b6 g4 56.b7 Rb1 57.Re2 [57.Re2 Rxb7 58.Rxf2 ; 57.Re6 and White can already relax 57...Rxb7 58.Be4+ Kxh5 59.Bxb7 Kg5 ] 1–0

Jan-17-05  Abaduba: This is some measure of revenge for Leko, since Svidler was Krammnik's second in the WC match. The real satisfaction would be beating Vlad himself, of course. And considering how well Leko's doing and how poorly Kramnik is, that's probably likely to happen.
Jan-17-05  morostyle: yes Abaduba cant wait that leko kramnik game ! the board WILL be on fire for sure !
Jan-17-05  Mating Net: Thanks <dac1990> I had a feeling 42...Kg7 was bad. The suggested line leaves white with only one passed pawn instead of 2 connected passers. White still wins the R+P endgame, but I would rather try and draw against a rook pawn passer instead of 2 connected passers.
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  offramp: <dac1990: [45...Rf5 46.Be8 ]> 45...Rf5 that does look like a good move! After the bishop moves black can play Rf4, and doesn't that get the rooks off? Not a draw, but it seems like a good attempt.
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  offramp: <morostyle: yes Abaduba cant wait that leko kramnik game ! the board WILL be on fire for sure !> I am not sure if you are kidding... But Botvinnik and Bronstein drew their 1951 WCh match and their next tournament game was seen as the tie-breaker. Botvinnik won, but I can't find the game just yet.

So will people also look on Leko v Kramnik at Corus as the tie-breaker, albeit totally unofficial?

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  offramp: This might be it: Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1952.
Jan-18-05  patzer2: I'm adding the pretty finishing move 57. Re2! to my endgame tactics collection. After 57. Re2! Bb6+ (57... Be1+ 58. Rxe1! is a winning deflection) 58. Kh6 , this little discovered attack becomes a decisive double attack, which either wins the Rook or allows the Pawn to Queen.
Jan-18-05  christ: peter kolek is ok for a domino game against domino players but not surely in chess
Jan-18-05  patzer2: Leko's combination to win a pawn with 31. Rxc4! proves to be decisive.
Jan-23-05  InfinityCircuit: I actually think that 57. Re6! is better than Re2. I plugged it into Fritz and it gave a superior evaluation.
Jan-23-05  ughaibu: Plug it into Nemeth.
Jan-23-05  ajit: good one Ughaibu!
Jan-25-05  Where is my mind: considering...20...Rbe8!?21.Nc6 Nh5 22.Rb4 Bd8 23. c4 f6

an easier line,57.Re6 Rxb7 58.Be4+ Kxh5 59.Bxb7 Kg5

Oct-01-06  ChrisBreeden: Peter Leko vs Peter Svidler, Corus 2005

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d5 cxd5 4. Nxd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3>

( To start of the analysis of the game, I first analyize the opening to better understand the player's ideas, and to check the accuracy of their moves. )

[ A critical move in the open sicilian. The 6. f3 variation allows white to play Be3 while protecting g4 preventing the Ng4 Bg5 h6 Bh4 g5 Bg3 variation. 5. f3 transposes, or allowing, 5.. e5 6. Bg5+ Nd7 7. Nf5 d5 8. exd5 a6, and as statistics shows, this line gives black a very good game. With black, there are two main variations, 6... e6 and 6... e5.

Black has also tried 6... Qb6, but white seems to get a very good game after 7. g4 which stays consistent to white's f3 plan, with expansion of the king side, while also threatening to misplace blacks peices, obtaining a massive spacial advantage, black will have some problems developing his lightsquare bishop. Black has tried the continuation 7.. e5 8. Nb3 Be6 9. Qd3 Nc6 (preparing to remove his d6 weakness, for example; 10. Be3 Qc7 11. 0-0-0 Nb4 12. Qd2 d5, if 13. a3 Nxc2 14. Kxc2 d4 15. Bxd4 exd4 16. Qxd4 and black gains a strong initiative workong on the weakened whites kind an knight a b3 with all but his king rook working on the attack.) 10. Be3 Qc7 11. g5! d5?! (11.. Nh5 and white has an easy game 12. 0-0-0, which is what black might have been thinking) 12. gxf6 d4 13. Bxd4 (13. Nxd4 exd4 Bxd4 Rd8, now if 13... exd4 Rd8 white has the resource Nxd6!) 13... Nb4 14. Qe2 Bxb3 15. axb4 exd4 16. Qc5, and white went on to winning with the supieor endgame.

Following on with 6.e6, black wants to prevent his backward pawn leaving the d5 center break avialabe, while removing the d5 square for white's knight with the idea of b5 b4 pawn storming gaining tempo on the queen side attack, and going a fortress with maybe the idea of nd7 b5 Qc7 Bb7 and Nb5, though white obviously has counterplay. The main line follows as 6... e6 7. Be3 Nd7 8. g4 h6 9. Qd2 b5, with many variations leading to a complicated game, well worth studying.

Know Svidler he probably went is going for the 6... e5 variation for the sheer activity of his peices, and for a positional disadvantage. Black plans to rapidly devlop his light squared bishop and strive for a break in the center with d5, or an attack to whites queen side with a pawn storm. Black also plans to 'try' and prevent f4 and tame whites kind side attack. All variations with 6. f3 seem to end with a position of opposite castled kings, and the timing and the swiftness of each attack seems to play a paramount part of the descision of the game. after 6... e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Nd7 (Hoping to quickly allow b5 before g4 Nb6 g5 Nh5) 9. g4, with much of the same idea of the 6. e6 variation.]


Oct-01-06  ChrisBreeden: <6... e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. Be3 Be7>

[ Svidler diverts from the much played Nd7 in search for a castling quickly to bring his rook in to play, also dampening whites play of g4 g5 by keeping constant observation on the g5 pawn with the bishop, and now if black can exchange his queen side knight for the dark square bishop black has a fantastic square for his knight, as is shown through the course of the game. The immediate 7... d5 simplifies to an endgame slightly favorable for white after 7... d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. Qxd5 Bxd5 ]

<9. Qd2> (9. g4 is less accurate due to 9... d5 allow black to simplify the game. Leko's technique here is to try and have black play Nd7 prior to playing g4/g5, and if Nc6, white's Nd5 gives him a good game.)

<9... 0-0 10. 0-0-0 Nd7 11. g4 Qc7 12. Kb1 b5 13. g5 Nh5 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nb6>

<16. Rg1> (subtle maneuver, leko must still be in his book. If white goes for the immediate idea of Nc6, with 16. Bxb6 Qxb6 17. Na6 Rc8 18. Nc6 Bf8 and now black now black can activate his king side knight to the f4 square with out contest like he so much desired and black has a good game) <16... Rb8> (16... Nc4 17. Bxc4 bxc4 18. Na6 Rb8 19. Qc3 followed by Nc6 and now whites knight protects the b8 square, whill attacking blacks bishop upholding the base of his central pawn chain, and white manages to obtain a wonderful game.) <17. Rg4> (Now Bxb6 is answered by Rxb6 and the black bishop is protected by the queen.) <17... g6> (17... Nc4 18. Bxc4 bxc4 19 Qa5 wins a pawn for white with a solid position. Svidler is giving his knight a place to go, though the black knight does assist in blockading the pawn storm, g6 followed by Ng7 works too)

<18. h4 Ng7?! 19. Bxb6!> (Now this maneuver which has been analyised again and again takes place now since black would have to spend 2 extra tempo to obtain the f4 square for his knight. Could this have been prepared by Svidler, or has he forgotten the whole theory of the current variation where on? Maybe Svidler should've left his knight at h4 helping blockade the king side attack and countering the Bxb6 idea. Or as fritz says, which I very much agree 18... f5 19. Rb4=) <19... Qxb6?!> (What's svidler thinking?! Whats Leko thinking!! I personally would be worried of something home brewed, but knowing svidler, he doesn't seem to spend much time with the such. 19... Rxb6 20 Na5 Ra8 20. Nc6 Bf8, Beleive it or not, Shredder thinks that Svidler should play Nh5->Ng7 all over again!)

<20. Na5 Rc8 21. Nc6 Rxc6 22. exc6 Nf5> (Now the game has moved to a game with opposite colored bishops. Now if black can activate his bishop, maybe with a d5 push *cough cough, Nf4, seriosly though if the Knight was at f4 black would have composation for the exchange* black might be able to brew up a nice attack. White must also be careful not to end up with a game of opposite coloured bishops if he wants to convert his advantage to a win.)

<23. Re4 Qxc6 24. Bg2 Rd8 25. Qe1> (Leko with outstanding technique prevents the d5 breakthrough, but Svidler's attack continues, though loosing it's tourqe).

<25... Rc8 26. c3 b4 >

To be continued... I'm going to try to analyize this game more in depth in the next two days and try to understand the two players techniques and check the accuracy and correctness of blacks exchange sac. Any corrects/additions/ideas are greatly appreciated.

Mar-21-08  Alex Patkowski: great game!
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  boz: Great lateral rook play. Super sharp as Leko would say.
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  offramp: I think this a pretty run-of-the-mill game.
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  OhioChessFan: The White Rooks shuffling along the 4th rank were a bit interesting. The pun ran in honor of Halloween.
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  boz: Some of you guys are so jaded.
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