woensdag, oktober 13, 2004

Desultory Turgescence

WCC Game 11: Leko's Turn to Draw

With just three games left, Leko (white) squanders another chance to take a commanding lead by winning with the white pieces. Now he has white just one more time in the match.

Game 11 saw the Queen's Indian Defence again, but this time, with white varying from his 5.b3 of game 9, to 5.Qa4. At move 14, Kramnik played 14...Nh5. Now don't run to your opening manual to find the move because it's not there. Yes, Kramnik's home analysis found this move, but Leko could not find an answer over the board. He ran his clock down trying, but in the end decided to go for a short draw by repetion. So, all of you Queen's Indian buffs, you have until Thursday's game 12 to find the answer. A betting man might start an office pool to see how long before some GM finds the answer and plays it in his/her game.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Bf4 a6 11.Rfd1 d6 12.Qc2 Qc7 13.Rac1 Rd8 14.Qd2 Nh5 15.Bg5 Nf6 16.Bf4 Nh5 17.Bg5 Nf6 Draw agreed

Kramnik has the white pieces in next Thursday's game 12. He feels he has all the chances left to pull off another win before the end of the match on 18 October, and keep his title. Leko likes his chances with the black pieces where he seems to be playing his best. What do you think?

Shelby Long (12.10.04)

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