maandag, oktober 18, 2004

Desultory Turgescence

WCC Final Game: The Champion Retains his Crown

In a brilliant game, the champion was finally able to win the full point to draw even in the match and retain his crown by virtue of a tie score. The players played a Caro Kann opening, Leko probably figuring that he would have the best chance at pulling off a draw. (Personnally I would have chosen another Russian Defence, but then that's fodder for another story).

Leko had a prepared novelty for the opening played, at move 6 when he played 6.Nd2. After 15.Bd4 it begins to look like white has the advantage after ...Nxd4 16.cxd4 Qxd2+ 17.Kxd2. Leko starts to feel the pinch after 21...a6 22.a4! Now it is very difficult for him. At 34.f4! White is clearly winning with a deadly threat of f4-f5. At the end after 41.Nf7+ it's mate in three. (41...Ke8 42.Rc8+ Kd7 43.Rd8 mate).

Congratulations to the winner and still champion!

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bd7 6.Nd2 c5 7.dxc5 e6 8.Nb3 Bxc5 9.Nxc5 Qa5+ 10.c3 Qxc5 11.Nf3 Ne7 12.Bd3 Nbc6 13.Be3 Qa5 14.Qd2 Ng6 15.Bd4 Nxd4 16.cxd4 Qxd2+ 17.Kxd2 Nf4 18.Rac1 h5 19.Rhg1 Bc6 20.gxh5 Nxh5 21.b4 a6 22.a4 Kd8 23.Ng5 Be8 24.b5 Nf4 25.b6 Nxd3 26.Kxd3 Rc8 27.Rxc8+ Kxc8 28.Rc1+ Bc6 29.Nxf7 Rxh4 30.Nd6+ Kd8 31.Rg1 Rh3+ 32.Ke2 Ra3 33.Rxg7 Rxa4 34.f4 Ra2+ 35.Kf3 Ra3+ 36.Kg4 Rd3 37.f5 Rxd4+ 38.Kg5 exf5 39.Kf6 Rg4 40.Rc7 Rh4 41.Nf7+ 1-0

Shelby Long (18.10.04)

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