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Peter Leko vs Jan Smeets
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-24
Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: King gone astray.
Jan-24-10  Marmot PFL: My guess is Leko would have ground him down eventually anyway.
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  whiteshark: <MPFL> We will never know, probably Smeets could have defended better, too. <30...h5> to keep the kingside closed (or at least with a better ♙h4:♙g6 structure) is an idea though white surely has a lasting advantange due to his a-passer.

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Jan-24-10  The Rocket: leko is very impressive against the russian defence, he is one of the few super gms who wins games against it as white.

dont know why that is, the other guys seem pretty clueless.

Jan-25-10  thehighwaycat: Re[2]gicide
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  fredthebear: 26.Bb3?

Holy buckets, Batman!

Did they miss the pinned c2-pawn? 26...RxBb3 robs the pin, wins a piece, and soon thereafter the game. Black has a crushing move at his finger tips!

No, he doesn't. 27.Qa4+ and fork would win the loose Rb3 back.

So, get rid of the defender, right? Black puts the snatch of the Bb3 on hold and hopes the exchange of queens will allow for a follow-up grab.

Both players see it; a good defender must be a good tactician to prevent trouble before it happens. So, the queens are exchanged w/27...RxQb6, retaining the possibility. Both sides make adjustments w/the light-squared bishops before the Rook can rob the pin. White's endangered bishop takes flight with 29.Bd5.

The pin has switched from the bishop to the b2-pawn. Black tries 30...Ra8, hoping to play Rxa3, robbing the pinned b2-pawn. The White king sees that too, and steps out of the pin. Australian chess writer/editor and correspondence champion C.J.S. Purdy advised readers to "unpin immediately." White complied.

White shifts sides and ties down the mischievous Black rooks to defense of the h-pawn with 34.Rh1, 37.Rh3 and 38.Rdh1. The h-file has become a busy place.

Soon thereafter White shifts the rooks again and both Bishops are exchanged off. A rooks and pawns endgame has arrived. It's a long ways from over, but White's passed a-pawn -- once in danger, should prove decisive after multiple exchanges.

No, wait! White has a mate in one. Black is punished by those sly White rooks for using the king as an aggressor. Thus, Black resigns.

The White superhero rides off into the sunset, victory in hand. His placid style proves correct again.

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