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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Peter Leko
"Leko of the Passed" (game of the day Feb-09-2023)
World Team Championship (2011), Ningbo CHN, rd 4, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: Hard to believe the lone Queen wins against all of the material. Marshall Gambit is not played out.
Jul-20-11  Shams: <HeMateMe> Yes, and neither is the Marshall Attack-- amazing that Marshall conceived two such daring gambits, and a hundred years on they remain not just viable but vibrant lines. Pretty remarkable.
Jul-20-11  geeker: Funny: yesterday I was all set to start in with the Leko draw jokes, but refrained. The very next day he wins an exciting game!
Jul-21-11  DrMAL: Crazy game. 30.Bg2? The rest just gets uglier...
Jul-21-11  hedgeh0g: I really don't know why White bothers to walk into the Marshall anymore. Such a headache to hang onto a pawn only to reach some drawish bishop ending.
Jul-21-11  wfarmia: 42.rxc2 what is the problem
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  perfidious: <hedgeh0g> As a practical matter, I agree-since 1975, I've had exactly one main-line Spanish with either colour, and in a second case, was facing a much weaker player who was a Marshall specialist.

Time to trot out 8.a4!

The only trouble with this line for Black is that it may be an unsuitable try for a win when facing a weaker player, given that there's more than one way to take the life out of things, as even that great expert in the variation John Nunn has acknowledged.

Jul-21-11  aktajha: <wfarmia> 42. Rxc2 Qe4 forks rook and bishop and defends the checking square e3.
Jul-21-11  andretheking: Why can't white simply play 31 Bc3 ? Won't that hold the position?
Jul-21-11  Marmot PFL: < andretheking:> 31 Bc3 b4 32 Bxb4 Qxd4+ then 33...Qxb2 forking R and B
Jul-22-11  positionalgenius: Some nice play by Leko, reminds me of his best years 2002-2006...
Jul-27-11  miguel8755: hola amigos hello bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Aug-13-11  splatty: Awesome game!
Sep-12-11  miguel8755: mi nombre es miguel salgado pronto me convertire en gm bueno esa es la intencion.
Nov-09-11  msoewulff: seems like the passed pawns give the queen a win over the greater material.
Dec-14-11  chessking11: 18...f4? I play the Marshall myself, so I'm used to seeing these ideas, but I still think, "How can this possibly work?" I don't know if this will hold up...
May-18-12  Nilsson: The fantastic move to find is 19...c5!
I actually have the same position after
17.Nd2, and is studying this position.
Ivanchuk played 20.Re4, and that is not the best move. White is 1 piece up, but like most of the variations in Marshall attack, black has an advantage in " what´s in english?" Developement? I think black is ok here for at least a draw.
May-19-12  CapablancaFan: This is an example of how to PROPERLY conduct the Marshall Attack.
Jun-25-19  Howard: This game was analyzed in a NIC Yearbook, in fact.
Feb-09-23  goodevans: <DrMAL: Crazy game. 30.Bg2? The rest just gets uglier...>

I think this comes back to the earlier comment <HeMateMe: Hard to believe the lone Queen wins against all of the material...>

Other moves lead to a fairly quick draw and it seems Chucky thought he had winning chances. To be fair, most players (including me) would have thought the same given the material plus. Seems he, I and probably a whole lot of others were very much wrong.

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  Willber G: <goodevans: <DrMAL: Crazy game. 30.Bg2? The rest just gets uglier...>

Other moves lead to a fairly quick draw and it seems Chucky thought he had winning chances.>

Similarly 38.Kh2. It looked wrong, and it was. Rf2 would have saved the game.

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  Honza Cervenka: 38.Kh2 looks like a case of misjudgement of the position. White avoids repetition of moves just to resign three moves later.
Feb-09-23  goodevans: <Honza Cervenka: 38.Kh2 looks like a case of misjudgement of the position. White avoids repetition of moves just to resign three moves later.>

In the final position <42.Rxc2> is obvious after which <42...Qe4> is an 'only move'. Nothing else comes close to giving Black any significant advantage. Was that triple fork really so difficult for a player of Chucky's ability to see back on move 38?

Perhaps time trouble was a factor (often the case in Chucky's losses). If it was then why not just repeat once to get nearer to the time control before committing one way or the other on move 40?

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  OhioChessFan: Groaner of a pun. Wish I'd thought of it.
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  Teyss: Amazing Black can win a Q+P vs R+2B ending but the position is indeed lost after White's 30th as noted. Now if White could still have saved the game with 38.Rf2 it means Black erred in between. SF says 34...h6 would have kept the advantage because the BK can hide on h7 but it's way above my paygrade to understand the intricacies of the resulting position.

Since Leko played like Ivanchuk by taking all the risks, the pun makes sense since his style is generally considered as cautious. Another layer is before this game Pete's score vs Chuky was +3 -8 in classical time (didn't count the draws) so Leko did indeed let go of the past. Excellent triple pun.

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