Grand Prix: Peter Leko Escaped Wang Hao By Sacrificing the Knight

Время публикации: 02.10.2012 02:40 | Последнее обновление: 02.10.2012 02:40

Peter Leko and Wang Hao faced each other in Round 9 of the Grand Prix London, the game left the preparation stage only in the endgame.

"This endgame is probably drawn if playing accurately, - Hungarian GM says. - But suddenly I realized that I forgot my home preparation and started to hesitate after 23...Kg8 24.f5.

Here's the position where Leko started hesitation:


"I knew that 24...Rd8 is a correct move, but I didn't like it during the game. Who wants to play with this kind of pawn on f6 [white pawn will move on f6 after several moves - CN]?

...Then it seemed that everything went to the logical peaceful result, but I made a terrible move 31...Rd8 (31...Ке6 or 31...g5 were giving a draw immediately). After this I had to play very accurately in order to save the game in a time trouble. I was lucky to find some defending sacrifices: for example, in the case 33.c6 I could take on f6 with the knight, let him to queen the pawn, but I could build a fortress with the rook and knight against the queen. In the game I still sacrificed the knight for a pawn, but firstly I found a strong move 35...h6".

Leko stressed that he was thinking all this during the game, so checking it with computer may give a completely different evaluation. 

[Event "1st FIDE GP London 2012"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2012.10.01"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Wang Hao"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E53"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, main line with ...c5"] [EventDate ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b6 10. Qe2 Bb7 11. Rd1 Nbd7 12. d5 Bxc3 13. dxe6 Bxf3 14. gxf3 fxe6 15. bxc3 Qc7 16. Bxe6+ Kh8 17. Be3 Rae8 18. Qc4 Qb7 19. Bxd7 Nxd7 20. Qd5 Qxd5 21. Rxd5 Ne5 22. f4 Nc4 23. Bd4 Kg8 24. f5 Rd8 25. Rxd8 Rxd8 26. f6 g6 27. Re1 Nd6 28. Kg2 Rd7 29. Be5 Ne8 30. Re4 Kf7 31. c4 Rd8 32. c5 Rd5 33. Bd4 bxc5 34. Re7+ Kf8 35. Be5 h6 36. Re6 Kf7 37. Re7+ Kf8 38. f4 Nxf6 39. Bxf6 Rd6 40. Bh4 g5 41. Rxa7 gxh4 42. Kf3 c4 43. Kg4 Rc6 44. Rd7 c3 45. Rd1 Ra6 46. Rc1 Rxa2 47. Rxc3 Rxh2 48. Rh3 Rxh3 49. Kxh3 Kg7 50. Kxh4 Kf6 51. Kh5 Kf5 52. Kxh6 Kxf4 1/2-1/2 


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