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Peter Leko vs Gata Kamsky
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Jan-21-06  Al Notation: Looks like it's done. Ready to eat?
Jan-21-06  Woodpusher: <eat> Yes!! What's for brunch, how about some bagels and lox?
Jan-21-06  Karpova: leko-kamsky 1-0
Jan-21-06  Al Notation: Lox are for canals, man. I have some tasty pork chops!
Jan-21-06  Woodpusher: Bravo, Leko, Bravo!
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks again for coming by today. Next game tomorrow 7:30am EST (12:30 UTC), which will be Topalov-Gelfand.
Jan-21-06  art00: There's still Aronian-Van Wely
Jan-21-06  you vs yourself: Leko finally won a game! Congratulations!

<> thanks for the live games!

Jan-21-06  TheSlid: The errant Knight wins the day after all. Nice finish from Leko.
Jan-21-06  Woodpusher: Mmmmmm.... pork chop. Two dancing rooks in one day, is that a record? I worked up an appetite with all this dancing.
Jan-21-06  Scarecrow: A victory for Leko at last. Thanks <>!
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  Peligroso Patzer: And Kamsky keeps his perfect record of all decisive games. His form has been uneven, but he has played fighting chess in every game.
Jan-21-06  Al Notation: <woodpusher> I prefer a Dancing Queen (Abba song).
Jan-21-06  Karpova: (lekoooo ya)
You can win, you can draw, having the time of your life lekohh yeah lekOoo.. see that move, watch that game, diggin the Dancing rook (ahhh ahhh)

Saturday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the move to make
Where they play the right opening, getting in the swing You come in to look for a king
Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the tension's high
With a bit of rook shifting, everything is fine
You're in the mood for a draw
And when you get the chance

You are the Dancing Rook, young and sweet, only twenty six Dancing Rook, feel the beat from the tiger of madras lekohh yeah You can win, you can draw, having the time of your life lekOoo see that move, watch that game, diggin the Dancing Rook

You're a teaser, you turn 'em on
Leave 'em burning and then you're gone
Looking out for another, anyone will fight
But you're in the mood for a draw
And when you get the chance

You are the Dancing Rook, young and sweet, only twenty six Dancing Rook, feel the beat from the tiger of madras lekohh yaaa You can win, you can draw, having the time of your life lekOoo.. see that move, watch that game, dig in the Dancing Rook

Diggin the Dancing Rook

Jan-21-06  Scarecrow: <Karpova> LOL, thank you!
Jan-21-06  Ulhumbrus: This is one of those games where the brilliant combinations appear only in the notes: 41 Nc4!! bxc4 42 Bh6+!! drawing the black king away from its defence of the f7 pawn. Perhaps one can say that White cannot make his advantage count unless he is able to make use of such resources.
Jan-21-06  Al Notation: Karpova....not bad but it needs work, like rhyming! :-)

"you can dance, you can draw, having the best time of all..."

Jan-21-06  Al Notation: "See that move, it's in the book, you are the dancing rook"
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  OhioChessFan: Why not 42....Bxa5?
Jan-22-06  Whitehat1963: Great game from Leko. Yes, he CAN win occasionally!
Jan-23-06  patzer2: Here's some analysis with Fritz 8 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Bd7> Black's last move is part of the Ruy Lopez Opening book, but it's less commonly played than two alternatives. More often employed are 12...cxd4 as in Kotronias vs Shirov, 2005 or Kramnik vs Adams, 2005 and the less frequently played 12...Nc6 as in L Dominguez vs Vescovi, 2005 or Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003. <13. Nf1 Rac8> This is a seldom played move. More frequently played are 13...Rfe8 as in Tal vs Unzicker, 1982 or 13...Nc4 as in Smirin vs I Ibragimov, 2004. <14. Ne3!> White won all five games in the database with 14. Ne3!, including this one,
K Spraggett vs R Pageau, 1976, Rellstab vs W Hasenfuss, 1937, Aitken vs K Kirby, 1958 and Tal vs M Hamam, 1974. <14...cxd4 15. cxd4 Nc6 16. d5 Nb4 17. Bb1 a5 18. a3 Na6 19. b4 axb4 ?!> Giving White's Rook free rein on the a-file cannot be good. Instead, Fritz 8 indicates Black can equalize after 19... Nh5 20. Ng4 Nf4 21. Bxf4 exf4 22. Qd3 Qc4 23. bxa5 Nc5 =. <20. axb4 > White has a small but persistant advantage, which will continue to increase. <20... Qb7> If 20... Nxb4?, then White traps the Knight after 21. Bd2 Qc5 22. Qb3 . <21. Bd2 Bd8 22. Bd3 Bb6 23. Nc2 h6> Perhaps a slightly better alternative for Black is Fritz 8's recommendation 23... Ne8!? 24. Nh4 f5 25. Nxf5 Bxf5 26. exf5 Nac7 27. Qf3 Qxd5 28. Qxd5+ Nxd5 29. Ne3 Nxe3 30. Bxe3 Rb8 31. Be2 Nf6 32. Red1 d5 33. g4 Rfd8 34. Rac1 Kf7 . <24. Nh4! Nh7> Although White's slowly increasing advantage is hard to counter, perhaps Black could offer more resistance with Fritz 8's suggestion of 24... Bd8!? 25. Qf3 Nxe4 26. Rxe4 f5 27. Ng6 Rf6 28. Rxe5 dxe5 29. Nxe5 Be7 30. Nxd7 Qxd7 31. Nd4 Nxb4 32. Bxf5 Qd6 .

Jan-23-06  patzer2: <25. Qf3!> White secures a clear and strong advantage. <25...Ng5 26. Qg3 Nc7 27. Ne3 Ra8 28. Nef5 Rxa1 29. Ne7+ Kh8 30. Rxa1 Nh7 31. Qf3 Nf6 32. Bxh6 Ra8 33. Rf1 Nce8 34. Bc1 Ra1 35. Nhf5 Qc7 36. Bd2 Rxf1+ 37. Kxf1 g6 38. Ne3 Kg7 39. g4 Nh7 40. Kg2!?> This move worked OK, but Leko initially misses the brilliant positional sacrifice with 40. Nc4!! Nef6 ( 40... bxc4? 41. Bh6+ Kxh6 42. Qxf7 Kg5 43. Qxg6+ Kf4 44. Qh6+ Ng5 (44... Kf3 45. Be2+ Kxe4 46. f3+ Kd4 47. Qd2#) 45. Ng6+ Kf3 46. Qf8+ Nf7 47. Qxf7+ Nf6 48. Qxf6+ Bf5 49. Qxf5#) 41. Nxb6 Qxb6 42. Qe2 Ng8 43. Be3 Qb7 44. Nc6 Bxc6 45. dxc6 Qxc6 46. Bxb5 Qb7 47. Qc4 Ne7 48. Ba6 Qd7 49. Qb5 Qxb5+ 50. Bxb5 . 40... Qb7?! This allows White another chance to win brilliantly, which he doesn't miss the second time around. Instead, Black should try 40... Nef6!? 41. Nd1 Bd4 42. Qe2 Nf8 to maximize resistance. <41. Nc4!!> Leko doesn't pass up a second chance to make a brilliant positional sacrifice. <41...g5> If 41... bxc4, then White wins after 42. Bh6+ Kxh6 43. Qxf7 Nf8 (43... Bf5 44. gxf5 Nf8 45. Qxf8+ Kh5 46. Qxe8 Kh4 47. Qxg6 Qxe7 48. Qg4#) 44. Ng8+ Kg5 45. Qxf8 cxd3 46. Qh6#. <42. Na5 Qa8 43. Nf5+ Kf8 44. h4 Bd8 45. Nh6 f6 46. hxg5 f5 1-0> Black resigned here, but play could have continued 47. gxf5 ♗xg5 48. ♗xg5 ♘xg5 49. ♕h5 ♕d8 50. ♕g6 ♕f6 51. ♕g8+ ♔e7 52. ♘g4 ♕f7 53. ♕xg5+ ♔f8 54. ♘c6 ♕g7 55. ♕h4 ♗c8 56. ♗xb5 ♗d7 57. ♔g3 ♗xc6 58. dxc6 ♕f7 59. f6 d5 60. ♘xe5 1-0
May-02-06  notyetagm: 41 ♘c4!! is a stunning move, the point being that after 41 ... bxc4? White forces mate with 42 ♗h6+!! ♔xh6 43 ♕xf7.
Sep-12-09  WhiteRook48: did Leko miss an easier win here?
Sep-22-16  Howard: So Leko had two chances in a row to play the winning move ? Remind me to check NIC for the analysis to this game--don't recall Leko mentioning that.
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