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Peter Leko vs Alexander Grischuk
World Championship Tournament (2007), Mexico City MEX, rd 8, Sep-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Sep-21-07  acirce: Lékó in his element.
Sep-21-07  you vs yourself: Leko will get his first win pretty soon and get back to even. 1.5 pt off the lead, pretty hard to overcome IF none of the guys above him in the standings lose. If they do, he's got a chance.
Sep-21-07  twinlark: All the King's horses and all the King's men are not gonna put Grischuk together again.
Sep-21-07  luzhin: 52...Qxg6!
Sep-21-07  luzhin: but then Leko has 53.Qf3!
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  chancho: Grischuk is desperate for some counterplay.
Sep-21-07  twinlark: Looks like Leko didn't want his King chased around, and chooses the safer alternative.
Sep-21-07  twinlark: This will be a bitter pill for Grischuk, after he was looking like a contender a couple of games ago.
Sep-21-07  chessmoron: Leko: yay!

The rest: Boo! ;D

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  JointheArmy: c3?? Ne6 1-0
Sep-21-07  twinlark: Why on earth didn't he play 58.Rxg7+...?
Sep-21-07  Marmot PFL: its over!
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  chancho: 1-0 official. Fine game by Leko.
Sep-21-07  Hootey: Congratulations to Leko!
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  boz: A beautiful game by Leko.
Sep-22-07  Hot Logic: What a beauty. Leko is now on an even score.
Sep-22-07  Brown: On 33, I found N1d2 surprising, and was expecting 33.Ne3, looking at d5 but also considering an eventual g5 pawn sac, leaving the g4 square for the knight.
Sep-22-07  suenteus po 147: Thisa is Grischuk's second loss in a row on the black side of a Ruy Lopez. Surely, he must view his chances as better with the Sicilian against any 1.e4 players in his remaining games?
Sep-22-07  Resignation Trap: I think that Leko has finally worked himself into proper playing shape. Unfortunately for him, it may be too late to have much impact....

At any rate, here's a photo from the end of the game: .

Sep-23-07  znprdx: I would like to know why 16....c4 wasn't played. As a long fan of the King's Indian I was intrigued by Leko's QN this common in the R-L? Thank-you.
Sep-23-07  znprdx: <twinlark> This is likely what Grischuk expected – a perpetual check 58.Rxg7+ Kh8 59. Rh7+ Kg8 Because now what? 60. Rxh6[N] loses to c2. In the final position Black is in zugszwang since White has the permanent threat of an Arab mate as well as the Knight hunt. If he saves the knight Rh7 wins h6 and the h5 pawn promotes.
Sep-24-07  Eyal: It seems that Leko played a near-perfect game – one of those games that make the (non-Marshall) Ruy Lopez look like a forced win for White... 39...Nhg5? Is a blunder, providing White with an important tempo for the attack – better is 39...Qf6, to counter 40.h4 with g5. But at this stage Black's position is already very difficult to hold – it's not easy to say where, exactly, Grischuk went wrong before that.
May-29-08  Billy Vaughan: Leko annotates his game here:
May-29-08  Alphastar: Nice annotations and a very nice, stylistic game by Leko.
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