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Peter Leko vs Aleksey Dreev
World Blitz Championship (2007) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-08  jtd200: Where was the mistake, here, for black? Was it 15..Qb5 instead of 15..O-O, or was it 17..b5?
Nov-20-13  MarkFinan: 17..b5 did look bad to me at first too, but if cb ..cb Qxb5+ black can wriggle out and has the threat of R. c8# I haven't let the engine take a look yet though, so im probably getting something wrong 😣
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  Messiah: E Gurbanzade vs T Enkhbat, 2007 and R Hasanov vs M Purtseladze, 2007 both saw 15...0-0, but I seriously doubt that Lékó or Dreev knew these games.

After 23. Ba5 (23. Qxc6+ was even more ruthless and deadly) Black was already very bad, not even 23...0-0 was a relief any more.

But what was the critical mistake? I think it was 20...bxc4, leaving the king in the center, and opening up the queenside for exploitation of the light squares. Something like 20...O-O 21. g4 Qh7 22. c5 Nd5 seems holdable, but I agree that Black's position is not very nice. The entire 15...Qd5 idea was unnatural and rushing.

But okay, anything quicker than classical time controls is almost certainly worthless for me, so experimenting with that rushing queen move might be acceptable in blitz. Whoever knows, I am not a GM.

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