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Peter Svidler vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 (2005), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Jul-15
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0

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Jul-15-05  Knight13: Yes. Svidler finaly won a game! And a good one, too! He beat the great Leko!

Leko played a little bit bad here. Something's up with him.

Good game.

Jul-15-05  Montreal1666: Svidler on Playchess said Leko's mistake was that he assumed he had already achieved at least a draw when he played 23)...Qe5 and he was expecting 24)...Qc5+ to be answered by 25)Be3. But he was wrong.

And it was expected before Dortmund that Leko and Topalov not to be too much concerned about winning this tournament because of the up-comming Saint Luis WC.

Jul-15-05  Sonic Adventure: What happened to Leko here? He knows these lines off the back of his hand. Then again, he hasn't been doing well with this particular opening. See Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005

I would think that he would have come up with improvements in this line since.

Jul-15-05  percyblakeney: For what it's worth, Fritz didn't like 25. ... Bh6, and thinks black is slightly better after 25. ... Rxf3.
Jul-15-05  maoam: <I would think that he would have come up with improvements in this line since.>

Surely he'll save those for San Luis, when he'll really need them?

Jul-15-05  Montreal1666: <percyblakeney: For what it's worth, Fritz didn't like 25. ... Bh6> Yes Svidler talked about that too. You will be able to see his analysis soon on Chessbase. He is very sharp!.
Jul-16-05  notyetagm: 30 e5!, an ingenious move by Svidler. The point is that 30 ... ♕xe5? (<deflection from d7>) loses to 31 a4! and the Black b5-knight is lost (31 ... ♘c7?? 32 ♕d7+ ♔b8 33 ♕d8+ ♖xd8 34 ♖xd8#).
Jul-16-05  notyetagm: This game marks the second time that Leko has faced the Rossolimo as Black and the second time that he has lost. He also lost to Naiditsch.
Jul-16-05  patzer2: Here's some analysis with the ChessGames.com Opening Explorer and Fritz 8:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Be3 e5 9. Qd2 h6 10. O-O Qe7 11. Nh2 Nf8 12. f4 exf4 13. Rxf4 Ne6> Apparently, not to Leko's taste was 13... Be6 14. Rf2 O-O-O 15. Raf1 =. Perhaps this was because Svideler was familiar with this line and had previously won with it in Svidler vs Grischuk, 2005. However, it still looks to be a playable line, as Black's success in Rublevsky vs McShane, 2003 might suggest. <14. Rf2 Nd4 15. Raf1 Be6 16. Ng4 O-O-O 17. Nxh6 f6 18. Nd1 Rh7 19. c3 Nb5 20. Rf3 c4 21. Ng4 Rxd3 22. Qe2 Bxg4 23. hxg4 Qe5 24. Bf4 Qc5+ 25. Nf2 Bh6?> This drops a pawn without sufficient compensation. Apparently Black's last best chance, as suggested by <percyblankeney>, <Montreal1666> and even Svidler himself was to hold was 25... Rxf3! 26. Qxf3 Nc7 27. g5 Ne6 (27... f5 28. exf5 gxf5 29. Re1 ) 28. Be3 Qd6 29. Rd1 Qe7 30. Bxa7 fxg5 31. Bd4 Rh8 32. g3 Kb8 33. Qe3 g4 34. Bxg7 Qxg7 35. Kg2 Qe5 36. Qe2 Rf8 37. Nxg4 Qg5 38. Rd6 Nc5 39. Nf2 Kc7 40. e5 Rf5 41. Rf6 b5 42. Rxf5 gxf5 43. Qf3 Na4 44. Qd1 Qg6 45. Qe2 Qe6 46. Kf3 Nc5 47. Kf4 Nd7 48. a3 Nf8 =.

Jul-16-05  patzer2: <26. Bxh6 Rxh6 27. Rxd3 cxd3 28. Qxd3 Rh8 29. Rd1 Qe7 30. e5! fxe5 > This appears forced, leaving Black a pawn down and with a weak isolated Kingside pawn. Declining the sacrfice seems useless as White is winning after 30... a6 31. Qxg6 fxe5 32. Qf5+ Kb8 33. Rd7 Qc5 34. Qf6 Rf8 35. Rd8+ Rxd8 36. Qxd8+ Ka7 37. Qd2 Qc4 38. a3 Qe6 39. Qe3+ Ka8 40. g5 Nd6 41. Qh3 Qe8 42. Qh6 . Note that capturing with the Queen is a mistake as 30... Qxe5? 31. c4! leaves Black's Knight a trapped piece. <31. Qxg6 Kb8> White squeezes out an endgame win after 31... Nc7 32. Qf5+ Kb8 33. Rd7 Qc5 34. Qf6 Rc8 35. Rd8 Ne8 36. Rxc8+ Kxc8 37. Qf5+ Kd8 38. g5 a5 39. Kh1 Qd5 40. Ng4 e4 41. Qxd5+ cxd5 42. Nf6 Ke7 43. Nxd5+ Ke6 44. c4 Kf5 45. Nc3 e3 46. g6 Kxg6 47. Nd5 e2 48. Nf4+ Kg5 49. Nxe2 . <32. g5!> This sets up a winning passed pawn combination. <32...Nc7> Not much help for Black is 32... Rf8 33. Ne4 Qc7 34. Rd3 a6 35. Nc5 Qb6 36. b4 Nc7 37. a4 a5 38. Qd6 Rc8 39. g6 Ka7 40. g7 axb4 41. cxb4 Rg8 42. Qf8 Qxb4 43. Qxg8 Qe1+ 44. Kh2 Qh4+ 45. Rh3 Qf4+ 46. Kg1 Qc1+ 47. Kf2 Qxc5+ 48. Kf3 Qc3+ 49. Kg4 Qd4+ 50. Kh5 Qd1+ 51. g4 Nd5 52. Qf8 Nf4+ 53. Qxf4 exf4 54. g8=Q Also failing for Black is 32... e4 33. Nxe4 Rh4 34. Qg8+ Kc7 35. Nf2 Rh7 36. Qg6 Rf7 37. Ne4 Rf4 38. Re1 a6 39. g3 Rf7 40. Kg2 Kb8 41. Nc5 Qxe1 42. Qg8+ Ka7 43. Qxf7 Qe2+ 44. Qf2 Qxf2+ 45. Kxf2 <33. Qf6! Qe8> OK for White is 33... Qxf6 34. gxf6 Rf8 35. Ne4 Nd5 36. Rf1 Kc7 37. f7 Kd7 38. Ng5 Ke7 39. Rf5 e4 40. a3 b5 41. Kf2 a5 42. Ke2 e3 43. Rf3 a4 44. g3 c5 45. Rf5 Nf6 46. Rxc5 <34. Rd7 Kc8> No problem for White is 34... Rg8 35. Qd6 Qc8 36. Ne4 Re8 37. g6 a6 38. g7 Rg8 39. Nf6 Ka8 40. Rxc7 Qd8 41. Qxd8+ Rxd8 42. Rf7 . <35. Re7 Qd8 36. Qf5+> An alternative win for White is} 36. g6 Rf8 37. Qxe5 Nd5 38. Rh7 Re8 39. Qf5+ Kb8 40. Qd7 Qxd7 41. Rxd7 Rg8 42. g7 Nf4 43. Ne4 Nh5 44. Nc5 Kc8 45. Rxb7 Rxg7 46. Rxg7 Nxg7 47. g4 . <36... Kb8 37. Qxe5 Rg8 38. Ne4 Qd1+ 39. Kh2 Qh5+ 40. Kg3 Rc8 41. Nf6 1-0> Leko resigns as White has a winning attack on the pinned Knight. Play might continue 41...Qg6 (41... Qh8 42. Rxc7! Rxc7 43. Nd7+ Kc8 44. Qxh8+ ) 42. Ne8 .
Jul-16-05  Montreal1666: <patzer2:> good work!
Jul-16-05  patzer2: Thanks <Montreal1666>. I don't understand all the intricacies of Super GM play, but the detailed analysis at least gives me an appreciation of the depth of their preparations and the strength of their play.
Jul-29-05  AdrianP: Svidler has quite a convincing record against Leko +6 -2 =13 on this database (although a couple of his wins are, I think, rapid).

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