More Dangerous Than It Seems

Время публикации: 22.09.2012 22:49 | Последнее обновление: 22.09.2012 23:24

Peter Leko on his winning game against Vassily Ivanchuk 

Round 2 of the Grand Prix London has finished. There were registed only two decisive games, in one of them Peter Leko beat Vassily Ivanchuk.

After the game Peter confessed he didn't expect the opening which took place, that's why at some point he even spent 30 minutes on thinking.

"After 9...Bхc5 I decided to go on 10.Ne2, which in practice can be more dangerous than it seems, - Leko says. - The game turned out to be interesting. I was lucky to exchange white-squared bishops. And still it may seem that white doesn't have anything, however, I still control a-vertical and the king gets to e3. It was also important that I exchanged the pair of rooks. I don't know how big my advantage was, but playing this position with black was surely very uncomfortable.

Closer to the time control we repeated the moves once, because I had less time. Ivanchuk understood that and maybe that's why he made an impulsive move: 

LEKO - IVANCHUK

32...Кf7? Losses immediately because of 33.g5.
Of course he had to agree to threefold - 32...Nd8. I don't if white can win here, but black for sure needs a lot of effort in order to defend this position." 

"Did you see Ivanchuk's face after 32...Kf7 or after 33.g5 ?" - Leko was asked.
"No I didn't. Even if he understood his move was a mistake, he tried not to show it; while I saw the idea of playing g4-g5 half an hour before it could be realized, because this motive existed throughout the game. It was probably an unpleasant surprise for Ivanchuk: it's good to have
 a guaranteed win when you are in a time trouble."

Vassily Ivanchuk didn't come to the press conference. 

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix - London 2012"] [Site "London"] [Date "2012.09.22"] [Round "2"] [White "Leko, Peter"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2737"] [BlackElo "2769"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:30/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Ne2 b4 11. Bxc5 Nxc5 12. Ned4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Qb6 14. a3 Rb8 15. Be2 a5 16. axb4 axb4 17. O-O O-O 18. Qe3 Ba6 19. Bxa6 Nxa6 20. Qxb6 Rxb6 21. Kf2 Nb8 22. Ra8 Nc6 23. Rfa1 f6 24. Ke3 fxe5 25. fxe5 h6 26. h4 Rb7 27. h5 Rc7 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8 29. Ra8+ Ke7 30. g4 Nd8 31. Nd4 Nc6 32. Nf3 Kf7 33. g5 hxg5 34. Nxg5+ Ke7 35. Rg8 Nxe5 36. Rxg7+ Kd6 37. Rxc7 Kxc7 38. Nxe6+ Kd6 39. Nf4 Kc6 40. Nd3 Ng4+ 41. Kf4 Nf6 42. Kg5 1-0 

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