Grand Prix: Leko Explained Why He Spent So Much Time on Making the First Move

Время публикации: 21.09.2012 20:11 | Последнее обновление: 21.09.2012 20:17

Kasimdzhanov - Leko was first to end in today's Round 1 of the Grand Prix. Noteworthy is that Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan started his game with 1.e4. Despite the fact that this move is quite usual in Kasimdzhanov's games, it took Leko lots of time to choose an answer.

Peter told our correspondent Maria Yurenok why he spent so much time on making the first move after the game:

"Rustam doesn't usually play 1.e4 recently. When he made this move I started to think what was his plan. Taking into consideration Kasimdzhanov's cooperation with Anand, one should expect some unpleasant surprises. That's why I chose quiet Berlin instead of traditional for me Marshall attack in the Spanish Game. Fortunately one of my friends showed me some ideas in this line, so I was ready. In general we played an interesting game."

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix - London 2012"] [Site "London"] [Date "2012.09.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Kasimdzhanov, Rustam"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2684"] [BlackElo "2737"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:30/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Nc3 Bxd4 14. Nd5 c6 15. Ne7+ Kf8 16. Nxc8 Qf6 17. Qb4+ c5 18. Qd2 Rxc8 19. c3 Be5 20. Bxe5 Qxe5 21. Qxd7 Qc7 22. Rd1 Qxd7 23. Rxd7 Rc7 24. Rxc7 Nxc7 25. Bd3 h6 26. f4 Ne8 27. Kf2 Nd6 28. Ke3 Ke7 29. g3 b6 30. Be2 Ke6 31. Bg4+ Ke7 32. Be2 Ke6 33. Bg4+ 1/2-1/2 

GMs were analyzing the game for quite a long time


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