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Alexey Shirov vs Peter Leko
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 11, Mar-31
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-05  Philidor: It's nice to see a tactician win against an almost undefeatable and defensive player like Leko! It's a pity he didn't beat Kramnik as well. Shirov is a fresh spirit in the analytical machinery of today's chess!
Apr-05-05  strategos: Absolutely beautiful how Shirov increases the pressure continuously. He starts putting on the thumbscrews with 10. Bh6 and never eases off with a sloppy move.
Apr-05-05  THE pawn: <strategos> yeah, and you just have to notice how he had developped by checking the endgame, square D to H, pawns opening the way for the queen and the rook.
Apr-18-05  notyetagm: Nice tactics by Shirov to finish the game, beginning with 35 ♖h8+. Leko resigns in the final position because he is mated:

40 ♖d8+ ♕xd8 41 ♕xd8#
40 ♖d8+ ♔e7 41 ♕c7#

The combined power of a <rook and queen on the 8th rank> against an enemy king that lacks flight squares because of the pawn structure is lethal.

Apr-18-05  notyetagm: Classic example of a queen and rook on the 8th rank creating mate threats against the enemy king: Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927.
May-11-05  Orbitkind: Great play by Shirov.
Jun-03-05  DutchDunce: Shirov vs. Leko is an interesting rivalry, at least restricted to the Chessgames DB. The first 11 decisions were all Shirov wins, followed by 6 Leko wins in a row. This is evidently Shirov's first win vs. Leko in a long time.

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