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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Peter Leko
"If You Want It, Here It Is, Come and Get It." (game of the day Jun-21-2008)
Morelia-Linares (2006), Morelia MEX, rd 1, Feb-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1

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Feb-19-06  percyblakeney: Yep, beating Vallejo is maybe not sensational, but Leko playing hard for a win with black is a good sign.
Feb-19-06  me to play: For myself at least I never doubted that Leko is capable of winning Linares, or any tournament for that matter, regardless of this win over Vallejo.
Feb-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Definitely an entertaining game by Leko! Some very complicated are in here which I don't understand completely...This is a game I'll have to study!
Feb-19-06  drnooo: no doubt this will be a game to be remembered over and over as a joke. Leko turned to Leno. Hey guys I have this horse with mad cows desease.
Feb-19-06  euripides: <fan> certainly. I am the only Greek tragedian to refer to games like chess.
Feb-21-06  Mameluk: Mig gives some analysis on 34. Kd3-Re5 Kc4 on www.chessninja.com/dailydirt and wants to help where is that easy win. It annoys me that such players as Sakaev and Notkin miss this option, they save a lot of their time and call it a one-sided game. How easy to be an annotator. I hoped this Tarrasch-like annotating already died out. And this blunder is so educational- to let the black king in!!
Feb-21-06  Ulhumbrus: 7 a3?! loses an important tempo for development. Instead of this, 7 Bd3! pins the Ne4 to the h7 pawn.
Feb-21-06  Ulhumbrus: One point of 8 ...c5 is that it opens the way for 9...Qa5. This is the first of a pair of moves, of which the second is 10...cxd4. The point of this pair of moves is that with the c3 pawn pinned by the Q on a5, White cannot recapture on d4 with the c3 pawn, and so his queen side is shattered. On the other hand, unpinning the c3 pawn by Bd2 relinquishes the bishop pair owing to Leko's N on e4. The tempo spent on 7 a3? begins to look like an expensive luxury which White cannot afford.
Feb-23-06  alexandrovm: a nice surprise in the opening, very good game by Leko. Calmly and smoothly takes the full point, very nice ending position.
Apr-21-06  deadlyfischer: nice game! 13....Ne4 until 24. fxe4 is beautiful! this horse was the clue of this battle.
Jun-21-08  nathanschulz: hmm hmm hmm hmm, make your mind up fast
Jun-21-08
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  al wazir: Would someone please demonstrate the win after 41. Kb2 ?
Jun-21-08
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  Once: Fascinating game. I love the role played by black's light squared bishop. Even when it is sitting on its home square, it enables the knight to stay on prise. Otherwise, Bg4+ embarrasses the white king.

Later on the bishop wins the exchange with the really sneaky Bd7, threatening Ba4 to pin the queen.

It's a pity that this bishop had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines ...

Jun-21-08  Nikita Smirnov: Nice.Sacraficing nearly everything.I thought it was impossible on modern grandmaster level.
Jun-21-08  crafty: 41. ♔b2 ♔g7 42. ♗f5 ♖e5 43. e7 ♖xe7 44. ♔a3 ♖e5   (eval -3.73; depth 17 ply; 500M nodes)
Jun-21-08  thathwamasi: can someone please explain the pun for me. Thanks
Jun-21-08
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <thathwamasi>, the title consists of lyrics from a song that dates back to the Sixties. If memory serves, not that it does nowadays, the song continues, "but you better hurry 'cause it's going fast." Ironically, in this game, the Ne4 wasn't going anywhere, let alone fast.
Jun-21-08
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  Once: <thathwamasi> It's not really a pun. It's a reference to the knight that was able to be taken for so long.
Jun-21-08  CapablancaFan: Wow, I don't ever remember seeing a piece left left enprise for so long. But then again, in every scenerio, if white takes the knight, black recovers with advantage!
Jun-21-08
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  kevin86: A different kind of pun. This one was actually based on the CONTENT of the game. The song was by BADFINGER and was pretty good,actually.

It looked like white's "gang of four" was going to win the day,but a simple king moved ended their career.

Jun-21-08  mate2900s: Thats funny the knight was hanging forever it's like he was saying take it and die !
Jun-21-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: <al wazir: Would someone please demonstrate the win after 41. Kb2 ? >

There seems to be no single forced winning line, but this is the sort of exchange-down ending that GMs know to be hopeless to try to defend. Here are some variations:

41.Kb2 Kg7 42.Bf5 Re5 43.Bc2 Rxe6 44.Ka3 [44.Bxa4 Kxg6–+] 44...Re2 45.Bf5 Rf2 46.Bd7 Rf4 47.Be8 [47.Bxa4 Rxa4+ 48.Kxa4 f5 49.Kb5 f4 50.Kc4 f3 51.Kd3 c4+ 52.Ke3 c3–+] 47...f5 48.Bf7 Rb4 49.Be8 f4–+

Jun-21-08
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  al wazir: <Peligroso Patzer>: Thanks. I hadn't adequately appreciated 41...Kg7.
Jun-25-08
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  patzer2: <1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4>

Much more often played and my
personal preference is 5. a3 as in Black's win in D Ippolito vs Onischuk, 2008, White's win in Dreev vs A Moiseenko, 2008 and the draw in Carlsen vs Leko, 2008

<5...d5 6. e5 Ne4 7. a3>

The alternative is 7. Bd3
as in the draws in Radjabov vs E Alekseev, 2007 and Carlsen vs Aronian, 2004

<7...Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 c5 9. Bd3 Qa5 10. Ne2 cxd4 11. cxd5 exd5 12. f3 Nxc3 13. Nxd4 Ne4+ 14. Ke2 f5!>

This surprise appears to be a new move which leads to sharper tactics than the previously played 14...Qc3 =, as in the drawn game A Belozerov vs Sakaev, 2003

<15. Be3>

White's position is difficult to defend, but perhaps he can navigate Black's tactical surprise and improve his survival chances with 15. e6! Nc6 (15... Qb6 16. Be3 f4 17. Rhb1 Qd6 18. Bg1 Nf6 19. Kf1 Nc6 20. Nxc6 Qxc6 21. Bc5 Re8 22. Bb5 ) 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. e7 Nc3+ 18. Kd2! Nb5+ 19. Kd1 Re8 20. Qxc6 Qa4+ 21. Kd2 Qf4+ 22. Kd1 Qa4+ 23. Kd2 =.

<15... Nc6 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rhc1>

Worth a try, but perhaps not much better for White against strong play is 17. Qxc6 Rb8 18. Rhc1! (Not 18. fxe4?? fxe4 19. Bc2 Bg4#) 18... f4 19. Bxf4 Rxf4 20. fxe4 Bg4+ 21. Ke3! Rf7 22. exd5 Qd8! 23. g3 Rf3+ 24. Kd4 Qg5 .

Jun-25-08
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  patzer2: <17... Rb8 18. Kd1>

Although White probably should try the pawn grab, he's not much better off after 18. Qxc6 f4 19. Bxf4 Rxf4 20. fxe4 Bg4+ 21. Ke3 Rf7 22. exd5 Qd8! 23. g3 Rf3+ 24. Kd4 Qg5 .

<18...Rd8 19. Bd4 Be6 20. Rab1 Rxb1 21. Rxb1 c5 22. Rb5>

Putting up more resistance, but likely still losing to strong play is 22. fxe4 dxe4 23. Qxc5 Qa4+ 24. Bc2 Rxd4+ 25. Ke1 Qd7 26. Rb8+ Kf7 27. Rf8+ Kg6 28. Qc3 h6 29. g4 fxg4 30. Rf4 Qd5 31. Qe3 Bf5 32. e6 Qa5+ 33. Kf1 Rc4 34. e7 Qe5 35. Bd3 Rc1+ 36. Kg2 Qxe7 37. Rxe4 Qb7 38. Kg3 Qc7+ 39. Rf4 Rc5 40. Kg2 Qc6+ 41. Be4 Bxe4+ 42. Qxe4+ Qxe4+ 43. Rxe4 Kf5 .

<22... Qxa3 23. Bb2 Qa2 24. Be2 Bd7>

This is OK. However, stronger is 24... d4! 25. fxe4 d3 26. Bxd3 fxe4 .

<25. fxe4 Bxb5 26. Bxb5 Rb8 27. Bc6 Qxb2>

Also winning is 27... dxe4! 28. Kc1 Qe6 29. Ba4 Kh8 30. Qe2 Qa2 31. Bd1 a5 32. Qd2 a4 33. Qc3 h6 .

<28. Bxd5+ Kh8 29. Qxb2 Rxb2 30. exf5 Rb4 31. Kc2 Rd4 32. Bf7 Re4 33. e6 h5 34. Bxh5>

Putting up more resistance but still insufficient for white is 34. Kd3 Re5 35. Kc4 a6 36. h4 Kh7 37. g3 Kh8 38. Bxh5 Kg8 39. Bf7+ Kf8 40. g4 Re4+ 41. Kxc5 a5 42. g5 a4 .

<34... Kg8 35. g4>

Also losing for White is 35. Kc3 Kf8
36. Bd1 a5 37. g3 a4 .

<35... Kf8 36. g5 Ke7 37. h3 a5 38. Bg4 a4 39. f6+ gxf6 40. g6 Kf8> 0-1

White resigns in lieu of such possibilities as 41. Kb2 Kg7 42. Bf5 Re5 43. Bg4 f5 44. Bd1 f4 45. Bxa4 f3 46. Bb5 Rxe6 47. Kc3 Kxg6 48. Kd2 f2 49. Be2 Kg5 50. Bf1 Kh4 51. Bc4 Re1 .

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