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Boris Gelfand vs Peter Leko
European Championship (rapid) (1996) (rapid), Cap d'Adge FRA
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Feb-03-06  MoranCho: This is an amazing variation that
Gelfand keeps playing as White. I wouldn't play it myself, because you keep having to sac the a-pawn.
He's regularly down two pawns in this
line every time, but has board
control and extra development.
It's hard to get a handle on
Gelfand's style just yet. He's obviously extremely strong. Right now it looks something like a more
tactical Mihia Suba (square control
player). More looks are needed.
Aug-09-07  aazqua: This is the standard variation. Leko just gets crushed in the middle game. Really bizarre as he's one of the best - impossible to believe he hasn't played through this variation quite a bit.
Mar-30-08  aazqua: This is indeed a standard variation but a very interesting one. Certainly very dynamic. Gelfand is a pretty solid player.
Jan-13-11  Hesam7: 38. ... b6 looks like a time trouble blunder and 38. ... Rc6 looks like an improvement:

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Now taking on c5 does not work: 39. Rxc5? Be6 and White loses. But after: 39. Bb2! Be6 40. Qf3 (threatening Qf6) 40. ... Qe7 41. Qc3! f6 42. Qe3!

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And White's attack is decisive since both 42. ... b6 and 42. ... Qf8 are met by 43. g5! (the idea is that Black can not capture with the f-pawn because the Qe5! will be decisive). So it seems that Leko was lost before playing 38. ... b6. But it is very hard to pinpoint what his decisive mistake was.

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