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Kramnik, Vladimir (2770) - Leko, Peter (2741) [C89]
Classical World Championship, Brissago (8) 2004

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3








   
8...d5!
The most aggressive continuation. Black bravely sacrifices his central pawn.
9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1








   
13...Qh4
Now Black has good counterplay on the kingside.
14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4
Threatening Re4-h4.
15...g5!
The threat is easily parried. Also Black plans to counterattack with ...f7-f5.
16. Qf1!?
If 16.Bxg5? then 16...Qf5.








   
16...Qh5!
Peter keeps his strongest piece.
17. Nd2
In the case of 17. f3 Bf5 Black obtains nice counterplay
18. Bxd5?! (18. Nd2) 18...cxd5 19. Re1 (19. Re3 Bh3 20. Qf2 f5 21. Re6 Rad8) 19...Rae8! 20. Be3?! (20. Nd2 Bd7) 20...Bh3 21. Qf2 f5! 22. Na3 f4, Rodriguez, R - Krylov, P, EU-ch M corr 1960;
18. Re1 Rae8 19. Rxe8 (19. Nd2) 19...Rxe8 20. c4? (20. Nd2? Nf4! 21. gxf4 Bxf4 22. Qg2 Re1+ 23. Nf1 Bh3; 20. Qf2 Bd3 21. Bd1 c5) 20...Bd3! 21. Qxd3 Bxg3! 22. hxg3 Re1+ 23. Qf1 (23. Kf2 Qh1 24. f4 g4) 23...Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Qh1+ 25. Ke2 Qxc1 26. cxd5 Qxb2+ 0-1, Noukas, U - Johansson, A, Nord Baltic Cup corr 1996;
19. Nd2 Bd3 20. Qf2 Nf6 21. Re3 (21. Ne4 Nxe4 22. fxe4 Bxe4) 21...Rxe3 22. Qxe3 Qg6 23. Ne4 Bxe4 24. fxe4 Nxe4 25. Qe2 (25. a4) 25...Kh8 26. Be3 f5 27. Bc2 Re8 28. Re1 h5, Nowak, Z - Schulze, M, IECG email 2003.
17...Bf5 18. f3!?
After 18. Qe2 Qg6 (18...g4 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Re3 f6 21. a4) 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Re3 Bf4 21. Re7 Bd3 (21...Bd6 22. Re3) 22. Qe1 Bd6 23. Re3 g4 the chances are even. Black has no problems after
18. Bxd5?! cxd5 19. Re3?! (19.Qe2) 19...Rae8 20. a4 Bh3! 21. Qe1 f5 22. f3 Bf4! 23. Rxe8 Rxe8 24. Qd1 Be3+ 25. Kh1 Bf2 26. g4 fxg4 27. fxg4 Bxg4 0-1, Megaranto, S - Garcia, E, Oropesa del Mar 2000;
18. Bd1 Qg6 19. Re1 Rae8 20. Be2 (20. Nf3) 20...Qe6 (20...Qh6, 20... h6) 21. Nf3 Qd7, Asztalos, V - Antal, A, Eger Agria op 2002;
18. Re1 Rae8 19. Bd1 g4 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. Be2 Nf4! 22. gxf4 Bxf4 23. h3, Endthaler, A - Brestan, P, Austria 1999.








   
18...Nf6!?
A novelty. Here 18...Bxe4?! is dangerous, 19. fxe4 Nc7 (19...Ne3 20. Qf3 Qxf3 21. Nxf3 Nc4 22. Bxg5 Nxb2 23. e5 Ba3 24. Bh6) 20. e5 Be7 21. Ne4. Another try is 18...Rae8 19. Rxe8 Rxe8 20. Ne4 Bxe4 21. fxe4 Rxe4 22. Bd1 g4 23. Qf2 Re6 24. a4 b4 with equality in Elyakim, D - Krempel, T, W-ch M500 corr 1990.
19. Re1
The alternatives are 19. a4 Nxe4 20. Nxe4 and 19. Re3.
19...Rae8!
Black occupies the only open file.
20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. a4!








   
21...Qg6!
Better than 21...b4?! 22. Nc4 Bc7 (22...Bxg3 23. hxg3 Bd3 24. Nd6 Bxf1 25. Bxf7+) 23. Ne3 Bh3 24. Qf2.
22. axb5
22. Ne4 is also playable.
22...Bd3!








   
23. Qf2?
Very risky. White must continue 23. Qd1 Be2 24. Qc2 (24. Bc2? Qh5 25. Qe1 Bxf3 26. Qxe8+ (26. Qf1 Bd5 27. Bd1 (27. Qxf6 Re2 28. Nf3 Bf4! winning) 27...Ng4 28. Bxg4 Qxg4) 26...Nxe8 27. bxa6 Nc7 28. a7 Kg7) 24...Bd3 with repetition.
23...Re2!!
Black attacks!
24. Qxe2
The second player wins and after 24. bxa6 Rxf2 25. Kxf2 Qh6
26. Kg1 g4 27. Bxf7+ Kg7 (27...Kxf7 28. Ne4 Qh5 29. Nxd6+ Ke7);
26. Kg2 g4 27. fxg4 Qe3;
26. Ke3 Bb5 27. Bc4 g4+ 28. Kd3 gxf3 (28... Qg6+) 29. Bxb5 Qg6+ 30. Ke3 Ng4+ 31. Kxf3 Qf5+ 32. Ke2 Qe6+ 33. Kd3 Nf2+ 34. Kc2 Qf5+ 35. Kb3 Qxb5+ 36. Kc2 Qf5+ 37. Kb3 Nd3 38. a7 Nxc1+ 39. Rxc1 Qa5;
26. Nf1 Qh3 27. Bxg5 Bxf1 28. Rxf1 Qxh2+ 29. Ke3 Qxb2.
24...Bxe2 25. bxa6








   
25...Qd3!!
An excellent move. Black allows White to promote the a-pawn with check.
26. Kf2
If 26. a7 Qe3+ 27. Kg2 Bxf3+ 28. Nxf3 Qe2+ 29.Kg1 then 29...Ng4! 30. a8Q+ Kg7 31. Be3 Qxe3+ 32. Kg2 Qe2+ 33. Kh3 Ne3, winning.
26...Bxf3 27. Nxf3 Ne4+
Or 27...Ng4+ 28. Ke1 Nxh2! 29. Ne5 (29. Nxh2 Bxg3 checkmate) 29...Nf3+ 30. Kf2 Nxe5 31. dxe5 Bc5+ 32. Ke1 Qxg3+.
28. Ke1








   
28...Nxc3!
The last blow.
29. bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Kf2 Qxa1 31. a7 h6 32. h4 g4
White resigned. 0-1










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Kramnik, Vladimir (2770) - Leko, Peter (2741) [C89]
World Championship/Brissago (8) 2004

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5! 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5! 16. Qf1!? Qh5! 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. f3!? Nf6!? 19. Re1 Rae8 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. a4! Qg6! 22. axb5 Bd3! 23. Qf2? Re2!! 24. Qxe2 Bxe2 25. bxa6 Qd3!! 26. Kf2 Bxf3 27. Nxf3 Ne4+ 28. Ke1 Nxc3! 29. bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Kf2 Qxa1 31. a7 h6 32. h4 g4 0-1


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