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Leko, P. (2745) - Karpov, An (2679) [B10]
Amber Rapidplay, Monaco (2) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d3
An infrequent continuation.
3...e5
In the game Short N - Leko P, Sarajevo 1999 (0-1, 44) Black played 3... g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. e5 Ng4 7. f4 f6 8. Nf3 fxe5 9. h3 Nh6 10. fxe5 Nf7 11. Qe2 e6 12. h4 h6 13. d4 Rg8 14. Be3 b6 15. O-O-O Ba6 16. Qd2 Qe7 17. Ne2 Nd7 18. Nf4 Nf8 19. Qc3 Kd7 20. Bh3 Rc8 with an edge to White.
4. Nf3 d4 5. Ne2 f6!?
A novelty. In the game Beckett, J - Fitzpatrick, A, Hervey Bay 1999 (0-1, 52) Black played 5... Bd6 6. Ng3 Ne7 7. Be2 Nd7.
6. g3 c5 7. Bg2 Nc6 8. O-O g5?!
A strange move. Better is 8... Be6 9. c3 Qd7 10. cxd4 cxd4 11. a3 (11. Nd2 Nb4) 11... Bd6 (11... O-O-O 12. b4) 12. Nd2 Nge7 13. f4 O-O.
9. c3 a5 10. cxd4 cxd4 11. Nd2 Be6 12. f4 a4 13. Nf3 h6 14. Bd2 Bd6 15. b4 Qb6 16. fxg5 fxg5








   
17. Bxg5!
A brave sacrifice.
17...hxg5 18. Nxg5 Nd8 19. Nxe6 Nxe6 20. h4
Possible is 20. a3.
20...Rh6
Unclear is 20... Bxb4!? 21. Rb1 Qd6.
21. a3 Ke7 22. Rf5 Qc6 23. Qd2 Qe8 24. Raf1 Rc8 25. Bh3 Rc7 26. Qa2 Rd7 27. Kh2 Kd8 28. Ng1 Kc8 29. Nf3 Ne7








   
30. Rxe5!
A nice blow.
30...Bxe5 31. Nxe5 Nc6 32. Nxd7 Qxd7 33. b5 Ne7 34. Qd2 Ng8 35. Qa5 Qd6 36. Bxe6+ Rxe6 37. Rf8+
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Leko, Peter (2745) - Karpov, Anatoly (2679) [B11]
Amber-rapid 10th/Monte Carlo (2) 2001

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d3 e5 4. Nf3 d4 5. Ne2 f6 6. g3 c5 7. Bg2 Nc6 8. O-O g5 9. c3 a5 10. cxd4 cxd4 11. Nd2 Be6 12. f4 a4 13. Nf3 h6 14. Bd2 Bd6 15. b4 Qb6 16. fxg5 fxg5 17. Bxg5 hxg5 18. Nxg5 Nd8 19. Nxe6 Nxe6 20. h4 Rh6 21. a3 Ke7 22. Rf5 Qc6 23. Qd2 Qe8 24. Raf1 Rc8 25. Bh3 Rc7 26. Qa2 Rd7 27. Kh2 Kd8 28. Ng1 Kc8 29. Nf3 Ne7 30. Rxe5 Bxe5 31. Nxe5 Nc6 32. Nxd7 Qxd7 33. b5 Ne7 34. Qd2 Ng8 35. Qa5 Qd6 36. Bxe6+ Rxe6 37. Rf8+ 1-0


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