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Leko, Peter (2736) - Radjabov, Teimour (2624) [C12]
Linares (8) 2003

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2
In the game Vallejo Pons, F - Radjabov, T, Linares (4) 2003 White played 6. Bc1 Ne4 7. Qg4 g6 8. Nge2 c5 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qc7 12. f3 Nc3 13. Bd2 Na4 14. Nf4 a6 15. c4 dxc4 16. Bxc4 Nc6 17. Rc1 Qe7 18. O-O Nb6 19. Nd3 Qxa3 20. Ra1 Qe7 21. Bb3 Qd8 22. Be3 Nd5 23. Bf2 h5 24. Qe4 Nc3 25. Qe1 Nxd4 26. Bd1 Ndb5 27. Nc5 O-O 28. Ba4 Nxa4 29. Rxa4 f5 30. Qc1 with sufficient compensation for two sacrificed pawns.
6...Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4!
White begins an attack on the kingside.
11...Bd7








   
12. h5 g5 13. f4 Nc6 14. fxg5 Qa5
After 14...Qxg5+ 15. Qxg5 hxg5 16. Ke3 White has a good prospects in the endgame - 16...g4 17. Rf1 Ke7 18. Rh4 Rag8 19. Rb1 b6 20. Be2 cxd4+ 21. cxd4 f5 22. exf6+ Kxf6 23. Rf1+ Ke7 24. Rxg4 Rxg4 25. Bxg4 Nxd4 26. Kxd4 1/2, a draw in Leko, P - Short, N, Batumi 1999 or 17...Rc8 18. Rf4 cxd4+ 19. cxd4 Nb4 20. Ne2 Nxd3 21. cxd3 Rc2 22. Rxg4 Rxa2 23. h6 b5 24. Rf1 Rxh6 25. Rg7 Rg6 26. Rgxf7 Kd8 27. g3 Rc2 28. Rh1 Rg8 29. Rhh7 Rc7 30. Nf4 Re8 31. Nh5 Kc8 32. Ng7 1-0, Black resigned in Sutovsky, E - Stellwagen, D, Amsterdam 2001.
15. dxc5 d4 16. Nf3 O-O-O








   
17. Rab1!
A novelty. In the game Olivier, J - Goldgewicht, L, Cannes 1995 White played 17. Ke2 Qxc3 18. Qf4 hxg5 19. Nxg5 Qxc5 20. Nf3 f5.
17...dxc3+
White has an edge in the case of 17...Qxc3+ 18. Ke2 hxg5 (18... Qxc5 19. Rb5 Qe7 20. Rhb1 b6 21. a4) 19. Nxg5 Rdg8 20. Qh4 Qxc5 21. Rb5 Qf8 22. Ne4 b6 23. g3.
18. Ke2 Rhg8
If 18...hxg5 then 19. h6 Qxc5 20. Rb5 Qf8 21. Rhb1 b6 22. h7 Kb8 23. Qa4 g4 24. Rxb6+! axb6 25. Qa6 gxf3+ 26. gxf3 Qc5 27. Rxb6+ Qxb6 28. Qxb6+ Ka8 29. Be4 Rc8 30. a4 winning.
19. Qe4 Qc7 20. g4 Ne7 21. Bb5 hxg5 22. Rb3 Nd5 23. Rhb1 Bc6?
Better is 23...f5.
24. Bxc6 Qxc6








   
25. Nd4!
The decisive centralization.
25...Qa6+ 26. Ke1 Rd7
Also hopeless is 26...Rgf8 27. Rxb7 (or 27. Nb5 Kb8 28. Nd6 Ka8 29. Rxb7 Qxa2 30. c6 Rb8 31. c7 Rxb7 32. Rxb7 Qa1+ 33. Kf2 Qa6 34. h6) 27...Qxb7 28. Rxb7 Kxb7 29. Nb5 a6 30. Nd6+ Kc7 31. Qd3 Ra8 32. Qh7 and White wins.
27. c6 Rc7 28. Rxb7 Rxb7 29. Rxb7 Nb6 30. Qh7!
A nice idea.
30...Rf8 31. Qg7
Also possible is 31. Rxf7 Rxf7 32. Qxf7.









   
31...Qa3 32. Qxf8+!
Great! Now 32...Qxf8 33. Nb5 Qc5 34. Nd6+ Kd8 35. c7+ Qxc7 36. Rxc7 Kxc7 37. h6. An elegant sacrifice.
Black resigned. 1-0










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Leko, Peter (2736) - Radjabov, Teimour (2624) [C12]
Linares 20th/Linares (8) 2003

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4 g6 9. Bd3 Nxd2 10. Kxd2 c5 11. h4 Bd7 12. h5 g5 13. f4 Nc6 14. fxg5 Qa5 15. dxc5 d4 16. Nf3 O-O-O 17. Rab1 dxc3+ 18. Ke2 Rhg8 19. Qe4 Qc7 20. g4 Ne7 21. Bb5 hxg5 22. Rb3 Nd5 23. Rhb1 Bc6 24. Bxc6 Qxc6 25. Nd4 Qa6+ 26. Ke1 Rd7 27. c6 Rc7 28. Rxb7 Rxb7 29. Rxb7 Nb6 30. Qh7 Rf8 31. Qg7 Qa3 32. Qxf8+ 1-0


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