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The Chess Greats of the World

PETERLEKO

Copyright by CAI S SA KFT


English text, diagram titles and layout:
Zoltan Molmir
Consultant: IM Tamas Erdelyi
Front cover photo by Frederic Friedel

I SBN: 978 963 87141 69


Publisher: CAI S SA KFT
H-6000 Kecskemet,
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Printed and bound in Hektograf Nyomda,


Piisp6kladany

THE CHESS GREATS OF THE


WORLD

PETER LEKO
Edited by
Daniel Lovas

CAISSA CHESS BOOKS

Dear reader, this is an interactive book. It


contains 50 chess diagrams, each showing a
critical position in which a very strong move
follows. You can also take part in the exciting
chess fights by trying to find the moves in
question. The game itself is always shown on
the page after the diagram. Have fun!
*

Peter Leko is the most successful Hungarian


chess player of our days.
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Kedves Olvaso! Ez egy interaktiv kiinyv:

50 sakkabrat tartalmaz, mindegyiken egy


kritikus alias sal, melyben egy nagyon eros
lepes kiivetkezik. On is reszese lehet az izgal
mas sakkcsataknak azzal, hogy megprobalja
megtalalni a kerdeses lepest. Magat a jatsz
mat

mindig a diagramot

ismertetjiik. Jo szorakozast!

kiiveto oldalon

Publisher's Note
Our aim in compiling this serial is double.
Firstly, we wish to raise a monument to the
memory of the one-time greats of chess and
to introduce some notabilities of our days,
too. Secondly, by showing the finest and
most typical games of these genial players,
we'd like to delight the populous camp of
chess fans, assisting, at the same time, the
development of the young chess generation.
We wish that yo will make good use of these
volumes and, forgetting the day's troubles,
you will recreate yourselves by taking a trip
to the "Osis of Beauty", as Bobby Fischer
called chess.
Dr. Tamas Erdelyi

A kiad6 eloszava
E sorozat szerkeszteseben kiad6nkat kettos
cel vezerli. Egyreszt emleket kivanunk alli
tani a sakkozas egykori nagyjainak es bemu
tatni napjaink nehany kival6sagat. Masreszt,
e zseniaIis sakkoz6k legszebb, legjellegzete
sebb jatszmainak ismertetesevel, gyonyor
kodtetni szeretnenk a sakkjatek rajong6inak
nepes taborat, egynttal elosegitve az ifju
sakknemzedek tudasbeli gyarapodasat is.
Kivanjuk, hogy sorozatunk kOteteit forgas
sak haszonnal, s feledve a mindennapok
megannyi gondjat-bajat, nyerjenek feludu
lest a szepseg oazisa"-ban, ahogy Bobby
"
Fischer nevezte a sakkjatekot.
Dr. Erdelyi Tamas

T he Career of P eter Lek6


Peter Le,k6 was born in 1979 in Szabadka,
Vajdasag territory, but was brought up from
his childhood in Szeged in Southern Hun
gary. It was here, in Geza Mar6czy's native
town, that he and his family found a home,
and some years ago he was elected a hon
orary citizen. He learned to play chess at age
seven, and his special talent blossomed out
very quickly. His parents did their best to
help his development, engaging coaches for
him and taking him even to remote countries
to play in tournaments there. For years he
was living in Kecskemet, a town known for
its teeming chess life, where he found excel
lent coaches and played the first serious
tournament games of his life in Caissa Chess
Centre. Before long, the wunderkind win-

ning strong adults' tournaments figured on


the front-page of the newspapers from Aus
tralia to S outh America. In 1994, at the age
of fourteen, he was awarded the title Inter
national Grandmaster, breaking herewith
Fischer's record.
The young grandmaster became a con
stant invitee of the strongest tournaments
and he moved forward rapidly on the world
ranking list. In 1995 he took a sensational
3rd place at the Grandmaster event in Dort
mund, and, at age 16, he won the World
Champion title in his age group. Then he
won Gradmaster events in Copenhagen, Ha
vana and Yopal. In 1997 in Tilburg and
Madrid he came third, in 1998 in Tilburg
second. The next great breakthrough came
in 1999, at age 20. In the Category 19 Dort
mund event he came first ahead of Kramnik,
Anand, Adams and Karpov.

In the Hungarian olympic team he made


his debut at the Moscow Olympiad. In Baku
he was already the determinant personality
of the silv.er-medalist Hungarian team of the
European Championship, whilst at the Bled
Chess Olympiad he was the unbeaten top
board player of the silver-medalist Hunga
rian team.
The incredibly quick career did not make
the young grandmaster's life one-sided.
Once he expressed his views on sports like
this: 1 am almost as fond of taking exercise
as playing chess." His favourite completive
sports are football and tennis. Besides, his
life is filled by music, reading and domes
ticity. In 2000 he married the daughter of the
captain of the Armenian chess team. By
now, Sophie is already a Hungarian citizen,
and her father, Arshak Petrosian, is also a
frequent visitor in the Szeged home of the
,,

Lek6 fam ily. Fo r many yea rs now the


Armen ian grandmaste r has been the d irecto r
of Peter's p reparat ions and the leade r of the
Le k6 team do ing all the p rofess ional back
ground work.
Peter Lek6 started h is ma rch fo r the
wo rld t itle in 2000. In Budapest in a s ix
game match he defeated Khal ifman, the
w inner of the Las Vegas World Champ i
onsh ip of FI DE, by 4.5-1.5. In January of
2001, he played a 12 -game rap id match w ith
Vlad im ir Kramn ik, wh ich he then lost in a
great struggle by 7-5. One year later, in
Dortmund, he won the Can d idates' Tour
nament, becom ing the challenger of Kram
n ik offic ially, too. The ir match took place in
2004 in Br issago, Italy. In the beg inn ing
Le k6 wave red but was able to recove r f rom
the shock of los ing the fi rst game. In the
fifth he equal ized, and w ith h is splend id w in

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sco red in ga me e ig ht he was in t he lead all


along unt il game 14 and needed only half a
po int to w in the wo rld t itle. But h is expe ri
enced opponent muste red all h is strength,
and in a d ramat ic fight won the last game.
Thus, w ith a 7-7 draw, Vlad im ir K ramn ik
defended h is throne.
But Lek6 was not left w ithout a wo rld
t itle, e ithe r. As fa r back as 2001, he beat
M ic hael Ada ms in an e ight -game match in
Fische r Random Chess, at the Chess Class ic
tournament in Ma inz.It was then that he was
awa rded - be ing the fi rst to earn it - the
Fische r Random Wo rld Chess Champ ion
t itle.
Du ring the pe riod of the g reat march fo r
the class ic wo rld t itle the Hunga rian g rand
maste r ac h ieved splend id results in the
wo rld's st rongest chess events. In 2002, he
won the G rand P rix rap id tournament in

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Dubai, in Essen he came second. In 2003,


he fin ished fi rst in L ina res, whe re h is com
bat ive app roach compelled gene ral adm ira
t ion. From Janua ry 2004 he soa red aga in. In
Wijk aan Zee he fin ished second beh ind
Anand, undefeated. He was fo r long in the
lead at the L ina res supe r-tournament, too,
but h is ill-fated loss to Kramn ik kept h im
from repeat ing h is fo rme r success. In Janu
a ry 2005 h is old d rea m was ful filled when
he came fi rst undefeated in Wijk aan Zee
ahead of Kramn ik, Anand and Topalov. Thus
he jo ined the five playe rs who could w in in
the three g reatest wo rld events: Wijk aan
Zee, L ina res and Do rtmund. In the Fall of
2006 he also came fi rst in the Tal Memo rial
in Moscow.
On the FI DE rank ing l ist the Hunga rian
grandmaste
the best 10; in the Janua ry 2007 l ist he was

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ranked 6t h w it h h is 2749 Elo -points. C hess


compet ito rs seldom rece ive h igh state
awa rds, but Pete r Lek6 is an except ion even
in th is. The P res ident of the Hungar ian Re
publ ic rewa rded h im, as the best nat ive
chess playe r, w ith the Kn ight's C ross of the
Hungar ian Orde r of the Republ ic.
Lek6 made a good start in the year 2007,
too. He won in Odessa, at the first rap id
Wo rld Cup of PCA. In t he knock -out system
event, to get among the best e ight he won
aga inst Sokolov, beat Rubevs ky 2 -0, and
then, in the 'sudden death' game aga inst
Gelfand, he succeeded in fight ing h is way to
qual ify ing fo r the final. The re he faced Ivan
chuk of Ukra ine, w ith whom, afte r three
d raws, he won the fourth game and w ith it
the tournament, too.
In the yea rs past, in M iskolc, a c ity in
Northern Hungary, Lek6 sta rted a ser ies of

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rapid match -tourna ments exciting keen in


te rest. In the fi rst match in 2005, against
Adams of England, he equal ized w ith a
sto rmy finish. In the end, afte r fu rthe r exc it
ing games, the ir duel resulted in a 4 -4 draw.
H is next opponent in 2006 was ex Wo rld
Champ ion Ka rpov, whom he defeated by
4.5 -3.5. And in 2007, Pete r Le k6's opponent
w ill be none othe r than Vlad imi r K ramni k.
At the t ime of the ag ree ment about the
match in M is kolc the o rgan ize rs could not
yet know that Kramn ik would acqu ire the
overall wo rld title by beat ing Topalov. And
Le k6, fo r his pa rt, sta rted th is yea r by w in
n ing the rap id Wo rld Cup. So the rapid
match o rgan ized in Ap ril 2007 in M is kolc
p rom ises to be one of the highest -ran king
chess encounte rs of the yea r.

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Lek6 P eter palyafutasa


Lek6 Pete r 1979-ben a vajdasag i Szaba dkan
szuletett, de k isgyennek ko rat61 a del -ma
gya ro rszag i Szegeden nevelkedett. Csalad
javal itt, Ma r6czy Geza szulova rosaban ta
lalt otthonra, mely nehany eve diszpolga
rava vaIasztotta. Hetevesen isme rkedett meg
a lepesekkel, es kulonleges sakktehetsege
nagyon gyo rsan k ibontakozott. Szule i m in
dent megtettek, hogy segitse k fejlo deset.
Edzoket fogadtak melIe, tavol i o rszago kban
rendezett ve rsenyek re is elv itte k. Eve kig a
sakkelete rol nevezetes Kecs kemeten elt,
ahol k ivaI6 e dzok re talaIt, es a Ca issa sakk
centrumban eIete elso komoly ve rseny
jatszma it vivta. Hama rosan AusztraI iat61
Del -Ame rikaig az ujsagok cimlapjara kernlt
a rangos felnott tomakat nye ro cso dagye rek.

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1994 -ben t izennt!gy evesen kapta meg a


nemzet koz i nagymeste ri cimet, megdontve
ezzel Fische r re ko rdjat.
Az ifj u nagymeste r a lege rosebb tomak
alland6 meghivottja lett, es nagy lendtilettel
lep kedett elo re a v ilag rangl istan. 1995 -ben
szenzac i6s 3. helyezest e rt el a do rtmund i
nagymeste rve rsenyen, s 16 evesen ko roszta
lyos v ilagbajno ki cimet sze rzett. Ezutan
Koppenhagaban, Havannaban, majd Yopal
ban nye rt nagymesterve rsenyt, 1997 -ben
T ilburgban es Ma d ridban ha rmadik, 1998 ban T ilburgbaJ;l masod ik lett. H uszevesen,
1999-ben kovet kezett az ujabb nagy atto res.
Kramny ik, Anand, Adams es Ka rpov elott
gyozott a 19-es kateg6 riaju do rtmun d i to r
nan.
A magya r valogatottban a mosz kva i
sa kkol imp ian mutatkozott be eloszo r. Baku
ban ma r az Eur6pa -bajno ki eztistermes ma -

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gyar csapat meghataroz6 egyen isege, a bled i


sakkol imp ian ped ig az eziistennet szerzett
magyar valogatott veretlen eltablasa volt.
A h ihetetleniil gyors karr ier nem tette
egyoldal uva a fiatal nagymester eletet. Egy
helyiitt azt ny ilatkozta a sportolasr61: " Majd
nem anny ira szeretek mozogn i, m int sak
kozn i." Kedvenc k iegeszito sportaga i a foc i
es a ten isz. Emellett a zene, az olvasas es a
csalad tolt i k i eletet. Az onneny sa kkvaloga
tott kap itcinyanak leanyat 2000-ben vette
felesegiil. Szo fi az6ta mar magyar allampol
gar, es edesapja, Arshak Petroszjan is gyak
ran megfordul a Lek6-csalad szeged i ott
honaban. Az onneny nagymester evek 6ta
felkesziilesenek iranyit6ja, a sza kma i hatter
munkat vegzo Lek6-team vezetoje.
Lek6 Peter 2000-ben kezdte meg mene
teleset a v ilagbajnok i dm elnyereseert. Bu
dapesten hatjatszmas parosmer kozesen 4,5-

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1,5 aninyban legyozte a FI D E Las Vegas -i


v ihigbajno ksagana k gyozteset, Hal ifmant.
2001 janmirjaban 12 jatszmas rap id meccset
jatszott Vlagy im ir Kramny ikkal, melyen ek
kor nagy kuzdelemben 7 -5 -re kikapott. Egy
ev m ulva Dortmundban megnyerte a v ilag
bajno kjelolte k tomajat, es ezzel hivatalosan
is Kramny ik kihiv6ja lett. Mer kozesiikre
2004 -ben az olaszorszag i Br issag6ban ke
riilt sor. Lek6 a kezdesnel b izonytalanko
dott, de s ikeriilt kihevem ie az elso jatszma
elvesztese o kozta so kkot. Az otod ik part iban
kiegyenlitett, majd a nyolcad ikban aratott
reme k gyozelmevel egeszen a 14. jatszma ig
vezetett, es mar csa k fel pont h ianyzott a
v ilagbajno ki dm megszerzesehez. Rut inos
ellenfele azonban m inden erejet osszeszed
ye, drama i kiizdelemben megnyerte az utol
s6 jatszmat. Ezzel Vlagyimir Kramny ik 7-7es dontetlennel megvedte tr6njat.

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Lek6 azonban igy sem ma radt v ihigbaj


nok i dm nelkiil. Meg 200 I -ben legyozte
M ichael Adamst egy nyolcpa rt is meccsen
Fische r- Rdom sakkban, a ma inz i Chess
Class ic to rmm. Ekko r kapta - elsokent - a
Fische r-Random sakkv ilagbajnok i cimet.
A klassz ikus v ilagelsosege rt folytatott
nagy meneteIes idosza kaban a magya r nagy
meste r remek e re dmenyeket e rt el a v ilag
lege rosebb sakktoma in. A 2002 -es ev szep
s ike re i: Duba iban G rand Prix rap id toman
gyozott, Essenben masod ik lett. 2003 -ban
L ina resben elsokent vegzett, es ha rc ias ja
tekfelfogasaval k ivivta az altalanos el isme
rest. 2004 janua rjat61 ismet szamyalt. Wijk
aan Zee -ben ve retleniil lett masod ik Anand
mogott. Soka ig vezetett a l ina res i szupe r
ve rsenyen is, de Kramny ik elleni balsze ren
cses ve resege meggatolta elozo evi s ike re
nek meg ismetleseben. 2005 janua rjaban reg i

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aIma teljesiilt, m idon ve retleniil lett toma


gyoztes Wijk aan Zee -ben K ramny ik, Anand
es Topalov elott. Igy bekeriilt azon ot jatekos
koze, ak ik gyozni tudtak a ha rom legna
gyobb v ilagve rsenyen: Wijk aan Zee -ben,
L ina resben es Dortmundban. EIso lett 2006
oszen a moszkva i Tal -emIekve rsenyen is.
A FI D E v ilag rangl istajan hosszu ideje a
legjobb 10 kozott talaIhat6 a magya r nagy
meste r, aki a 2007 -es janmi ri vilag rangl istan
2749 Elo -ponttal a hatod ik helyen allt. A
sakkve rsenyzok ritkan kapnak magas allam i
k itUnteteseket, de Lek6 Pete r ebben is k ive
tel. A Magya r Kozta rsasag elnoke iden a
Magya r Kozta rsasag i E rdem rend Lovagke
resztje k itUntetest adomanyozta a legjobb
haza i sa kkoz6nak.
Lek6 j61 kezdte a 2007 -es esztendot is.
Ogyesszaban, a P ro fi Sakkoz6k Szovetse
genek elso rap id v ilagkupajan gyozott. A k i-

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eseses rendsze rii ve rsenyen a legjobb nyoJc


koze jutasert Szokolov ellen nyert, Rubev
szk ijt 2 -0 -ra ve rte, majd Gelfand ellen a
"
"h irtelen halal part iban s ike riilt kiha rcoln ia
a tovabbjutast. A dontoben az u kran I van
csuk ellen harom dontetlen utan megnye rte a
negyed ik jatszmat, es ezzel a versenyt is.
Az elm ult evekben Lek6 nagy e rde klo
dest k ivalt6 rap id pa rosme rkozes -so rozatot
kezdett az eszak -magya ro rszagi nagyva ros
ban, M is kolcon. A 2005 -os elso mer kozesen
az angol Adams ellen fe rgeteges hajraval
egyenlitett k i. Vegiil izgalmas pa rt ikat kove
toen 4 -4 -es dontetlennel zarult a pa rha rcuk.
Kovetkezo ellenfele 2006 -ban az exv ilag
bajnok Ka rpov volt, ak it 4,5 -3,5 aranyban
legyozott. 2007 -ben ped ig nem mas lesz
Lek6 Peter ellenfele, m int Vlagy im ir Kram
nyik. Am iko r megszu letett a megegyezes a
miskoic i me rkozes rol, a sze rvezok meg nem

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tudhatuik, hogy Topalov legyozesevel K ram


ny ik megszerz i az abszol ut v ihigbajno ki ci
met. Le k6 ped ig eppen a Rap id Vihigkupa
megnyeresevel kezdte az evet. igy az esz
tendo egy ik leg rangosabb v iadala lesz a
2007 ap ril isaban rendezendo m is ko lc i rap id
pa rosme rkozes.

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Game 1
Tactical Nicety

Taktikai finomsag

P. Lik6

V.

Kramnik

Belgrade 1 995
White to play: 19 ?
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Game 1

P. Lik6 V. Kramnik
-

Belgrade 1995

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5
flc3 d6 6 g5 e6 7 d2 e7 8 0-0-0 0-0 9
f4 h6 10 4 tMJ6?! 11 flxc6! bxc6 12 e5
dxe5 13 fxe5 fle4 14 flxe4 4 15 f4! e7
16 d3 Hb8 17 b3 c7 18 wbl! c5 19 flf6t!
wh8 20 e4 g6 21 h4 b7 22 f4 wg7 23
flg4 Hh8 24 Hdfl HbfS 25 flf6 d8 26 g3
h5 27 g5 Hh7 28 Hf4 wh8 29 Hhfl f6 30
Hxf6 Hg8 31 g3 e7 32 f4 Hgg7 33 Hf2
d5 34 wb2 c6 35 c4 b7 36 Hd2 Hg8 37
Hd6 e8?! 38 f2+ - e4 39 xc5 e7 40
d4 f5 41 Hd7 e8 42 xa7 HfS 43 a4 wg8
44 a5 c8 45 a6 c6 46 c7 g2 47 xe6!
e6 48 Hxe6
1-0

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Game 2
Fatal Pin

Vegzetes kotes

P. Lek6

M. Tratar

Kecskemet 1991
White to play: 40 ?
25

Game 2

P. Lek6 M. Tratar
-

Kecs kemet 1991

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 f3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 d4 6 5 c3
e6 6 f4 a6 7 f3 \Wb6 8 a3 c6 9 xc6 bxc6
10 b3 rtie7 1 1 rtid3 e5 12 f5 h5 13 rtie3 c7 14
0-0 g4 15 rtid2 rtib7 16 g3 Hd8 17 wg2 d5
18 Hfel 6 19 He2 0-0 20 h3 Hfe8 21 g4
dxe4 22 e4 c5 23 Hfl c4 24 bxc4 e4 25
rtixe4 rtixe4 26 xe4 Hd4 27 f3 hxg4 28
hxg4 xc4 29 wh3 e4 30 f2 rtixa3 3 1 rtie3
Hd5 32 Hfel f6 33 wg2 rtic5 34 Hhl rtixe3 35
xe3 c7 36 b3 f7 37 h3 wfS 38 a3t
e7 39 Hh8t wf7 40 b3!
1-0

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Game 3
Stepping up the Pressure

Peti fokozza a nyomast

P. Lek6

Wijk

aan

I. Smirin

Zee 1993

White to play: 37 ?
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Game 3

P. Lek6 I. Smirin
-

Wijk aan Zee 1993

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 fJ d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 d4 6 5 c3
a6 6 e3 e6 7 f4 b5 S tWfJ b7 9 d3 b4 10
e2 bd7 11 g4 e5 12 b3 exf4 13 xf4
tWe7!? 14 0-0-01 e5 15 tWg3 HcS 16 ed4
tWc7! 17 wbl g6 IS Hdel? fxg4! 19 d2
1JNb6 20 Hhfl g7 21 h3 f6 22 5 f8 23
@h4 fd7 24 h6 g7 25 tWf4 c5 26 xc5
dxc5 27 c4 f6 2S d5 HdS' 29 xb7 tWxb7
30 h4 tWe7 31 cl wd7? 32 g4 g4 33
tWxg4t tWe6 34 tWgl! wc6 35 h5 HdgS 36
hxg6 f8 37 e5! Hxg6 3S tW h1 t tWd5 39 tWh3!
f5 40 tWxf5 g7 41 Hd I! tWxe5 42 tWd7t wb6
43 Hf7+- h6 44 He7! IJNbs 45 He6t
1- 0

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Game

A Cruel Riposte
Kegyetlen riposzt

P. Lek6

J. Piket

Tilburg 1997
White to play: 30 ?
29

Game 4

P. Lek6 - J. Piket
T ilburg 1997

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 g6 5 c4
g7 6 e3 flf6 7 flc3 flg4 8 \Wxg4 flxd4 9
\Wdl fle6 10 Hcl \Wa5 11 a3!? b6 12 d3 g5
13 0-0 b7 14 Hc2 xc3!? 15 Hxc3 \We5 16
Hel h5 17 d2 Hh6 18 h4?! Hg6! 19 hxg5
flxg5 20 \Wxh5 \Wg7 21 'i9f1? fle6 22 g3 0-0-0
23 e3 Hh8 24 \Wf3 Hh2!! += 25 c5 Hf6 26
cxb6t 'i9 d8! 27 f4 fld4 28 \We3 \Wg4!!-+ 29
\Wxd4 \Wf3?? 30 \Wxd7t! (30 \Wxd7t 'i9xd7 31
b5t)
1-0

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Game 5
A

Nasty Thrust in Time Trouble

Idozavaros cwni

P. Lek6 - L. Van Wely

Tilburg 1997
White to play: 40 ?
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Game 5
P.

Lek6 - L. Van Wely


T ilburg 1997

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 tf)f6 5 f)c3
a6 6 f4Ybc7 7Ybf3 g6 8 e3 b5 9 d3 b7 10
g4 b4 11 flce2 g7 12 0-0-0 bd7 13 flg3
flc5 14 wbl flfd7 15 flb3 Hc8 16Ybf2 fla4 17
cl fldc5 18 h4! a5 19 h5 Hg8?! 20 hxg6
hxg6 21 Elli7? flxd3 22 cxd3 a6 + 23 flfl!?
b5 24Ybe2Yba7 25 e5!Yba6 26 fld4 dxe5 27
fxe5 flc5 28 flxb5Ybxb5 29 fle3! fld7 30 flc4
Ybd5 31 (fih6 h6 32 Hxh6 Hc6 33 Hc1 flfS
34 Elli3 fle6 35 tMIc2 wfS 36 Hfl flg5 37 Hhhl!
wg7? 38 Ybh2! Ybxd3t 39 wal flh3 40 e6!?
HfS? 41 fle5
1-0

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Game 6
A Staggering::PQnch
Agyrengeto pofon

P. Lek6

Computer FritzlPrimergy

Frankfurt 2000
White to play: 47 ?

K8000

Ga me 6

P. Lek6 Computer FritzlPrimergy K8000


-

Frankfurt 2000

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 e5 2 'fl f3 e6 3 d3 'fle6 4 g3 g6 5 g2 g7
6 0-0 'flge7 7 Hel d6 8 e3 e5 9 a3 0-0 10 b4
h6 11 'flb d2 e6 12 'fle4 b5 13 'fle3 a5 14
bxe5 dxe5 15 e4 b4 16 'fl d5 d6 17 b2 Hfb8
18 a4 g4 19 h3 e6 20 'fld2 'fld4 21 xd4
exd4 22 'flb3 Ha7 23 d2 c;!;>h7 24 He2 'fle8 25
f4 e6 26 f5 gxf5 27 exf5 d5 28 xd5 f6
29 Hf2 f8 30 c;!;>g2 'flb6 31 e4 'fl d7 32 He1
'flc5 33 a2 c;!;>g8 34 Hf3 d6 35 h4 He7 36
c;!;>h3 c;!;>h7 37 'flxe5 e5 38 g4 b3 39 g2 c;!;>h8
40 g5 d6 41 g4 d7 42 h5 f8 43 Hg3
d6 44 Heg1 b2 45 e5 Hxe5 46 gxh6 xh6
47 Hg6! xg6 48 fxg6 c;!;>g7 49 gxf7t
1-0

34

Game 7
Nice and Obvious

Kezenfekvo es szep

P. Lek6

E. Magbami

Yerevan 2001
White to play: 25 ?
35

Game 7
P.

Lek6

E.

Maghami

Yerevan 2001

Sicilian Defence
e4 e5 2 flf3 d6 3 d4 ex d4 4 flxd4 flf6 5 fle3
a6 6 g5 e6 7 f4 b5 8 e5 dxe5 9 fxe5 e7 10
exf6 e5t 11 e2 x g5 12 0-0 Ha7?! 13
d3 Hd7 14 fle4 e5 15 flf3 xb2 16 e3
b7 17 a4 b4 18 Habl xe2 19 flf g5! e7 20
Hx b4!! xe4 21 flxe4 b4 22 fx g7 Hg8 23
flf6t wd8 24 flx g8 e5 25 flf6! xe3t 26
whl we8 27 flxd7
1-0
]

36

GameS
The' La st Finesse

Az utols6 finomsag

P. Lek6

R. Kasimdzhanov

San Luis

2005

White to play:

42 ?

37

Game 8

P. Lek6 R. Kasimdzhanov
-

San Lu is 2005

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 e5 2 f3 e6 3 d4 exd4 4 xd4 a6 5 d3
e5 6 b3 a7 7 e2 6 8 e3 d6 9 f4 e7
10 0-0 f6 1 1 a7 Hxa7 12 e3 b5 13 a4
b4 14 dl a5 15 3 0-0 16 whl b7 17 g4
g4 18 xg4 Haa8 19 Hael e7 20 He3 g6
21 g3 Hfe8 22 b5 Hae8 23 e3 Hed8 24 f5
bxe3 25 bxe3 Has 26 f6 f8 27 f4 h6 28
Hh3 g5 29 e3 e5 30 Hh5 g6 3 1 3 xe4
32 d2 e2 33 Hxh6 Hae8 34 Hh5 He5 35
Hel g4 36 xg4 f5 37 g3 d5 38 b3 Hee8
39 d4 e4 40 e6 Hxe6 41 xe6 d6 42
g5! f4 43 xf4 f4 44 Hg5t wh7 45 b5
wh6 46 h4 g2 47 Hxg2 Hg8 48 Hee2
1-0

38

Game 9
The Decisive Blow

A donto csapas

P. Lek6

J.

Polgar

San Luis 2005


White to play: 21 ?
39

Game 9
P.

Leko - J.

Polgar

San Lu is 2005

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 lf3 e6 3 d4 cx d4 4 d4 lc6 5 lc3
Wlc7 6 e3 a6 7 Wl d2 l f6 8 0-0-0 b4 9 f3
le7 10 l de2 b5 11 g4 h6 1 2 Hgl lg6 13 a3
e7 14 f4 b4 15 axb4 xb4 16 Wl d4 Wla5 17
wb 1 ID>8 18 g5 lh5 19 gxh6 Hxh6 20 Hg5
Wlc7 21 lb5! Hxb5 22 Hxb5 axb5 23 Wlxb4
lhx f4 24 lc3 Hxh2 25 gl
1-0

40

Game 1 0
Finishing Black off

Sotetet kicsimiljak

P. Lek6

T. Radjabov

Linares 2006
White to play: 45 ?
41

Game
P.

10

Lek6 - T. Radjabov
L inares 200 6

Sicilian Defence
e4 cS 2 flf.3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 f)xd4 6 5
flc3 e5 6 fldb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 fla3 b5 9 fld5
0.e7 10 6 x f6 ] 1 c3 0-0 12 flc2 g5 13
a4 bxa4 14 Hxa4 as 15 c4 m,8 16 b3 wh8
17 ce3 e6 18 h4 f4 J 9 flf5 g6 20 flfe3
wg7 21 g3 6 22 flg4 f5 23 fuh6 0xh6 24
h5 g5 25 ex f5 x f5 26 fle3 c8 27 YJa2 fle7
280-0 ftf6 29 1M'e2 tJYb6 30 Hfa1 tJYc6 31 Hxa5
b7 32 d5 d5 33 xd5 xc3 34 flg4t
tlg7 35 Ha7 e6 36 'lc4 \Welt 3 7 wg2 e7 38
xb7 exb7 39 xd6 f8 40 h6t wh8 41
'MId5 b8 42 tJYd3 tJYb4 43 lld7 e4 44 @d5
5 45 flf6! (45... Hxf6 46 Hd8t Hj8 47
1

tJYj7+-)

42

1-0

Game 11
As Clear as Daylight

Napmil vililgosabb

P. Lek6

B. Gelfand

Odessa 2007
White to play: 25 ?
43

Game 1 1
P. Lek6 - B. Gelfand
Odessa 2007

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flfl d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5 flc3
a6 6 fl e5 7 flb3 e6 8 e3 flbd7 9 'MJd2 b5
10 0-0-0 h5 11 wb1 Hc8 12 d3 flb6 13 h3
h4 14 f4 b4 15 fld5 d5 16 exd5 flc4 17
c4 Hxc4 18 'MJe2 'MJc8 19 fxe5 dxe5 20 d4
d6 21 fla5 Hxd4 22 Hxd4 0-0 23 Hxh4 e4
24 Hfl He8 25 H x f6! gxf6 26 'MJh5 wfS 27
flc6
1-0

44

Game 1 2
In Cold Blood

Hidegverrel

P. Lek6

J. Pinter

Budapest 1997
White to play: 37 ?
45

Game 12

P. Lek6 J. Pinter
-

Budapest 1997

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 ffi flc6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 fl f6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 fld7 10
d4 f6 11 a4 fla5?! 12 c2 b7 13 d5!;t
e7!? 14 fla3 c6 15 b4 flc4 16 fu.c4 bxc4 17
dxc6 c6 18 fld2! d5 19 exd5 d5 20
ffi! xf3 211M'xf.31M'c7 22 a5! wh8 23 a4
Hac8 24 1M'd5 Hcd8 25 1M'c6 1M'xc6 26 xc6
flb8 27 f.3 f5!? 28 Hxe5 f6 29 Hx f5 Hfe8
30 Hx f6!? Hel t 31 wh2 gx f6 32 g5! He6 33
He I! Hdd6 34 Hxe6 Hxe6 35 f4 fld7 36 d5
He2 37 xc4!! He4 38 d3 Hx f4 39 wg3 fle5
40 cBx f4 flxd3t 41 we4 flb2 42 wd5
1-0

46

Game 1 3
Utter Ruin

Vegromhis

P. Lek6

M. Adams

Dortmund 1999
White to play: 28 ?
47

Gamel3

P. Lek6 M. Adams
-

Dortmund 1999

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 eS 2 ffi flc6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 flf6 5 0-0
e7 6 He1 b5 7 b3 0-0 8 c3 d5 9 exd5 flxd5
10 xe5 flxe5 11 xe5 c6 12 d4 d6 13 f!e I
Wh4 14 g3 \Wh3 15 He4 b7? 16 Hh4 IWe6 17
fld2 f5N 18 \Wh5! h6 19 f)f3'e7 20 ljh3 c5!
21 dxc5! c5 22 f4! gae8 23 dl! e7 24
g5! Hd7 25 el !MJb6 26 e2 wh7 27 ID14!!
a 5 28 xh6!! \)!Jxh6 29 Wlg5 a4 30 e6
1-0

48

Game 14
With a Firm Hand

Erelyes kezzel

P. Lek6

A. Beliavsky

Bled 2002
White

to play: 34?
49

Game 14

P. Lek6 A. Beliavsky
-

Bled 2002

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 ffi c6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 f6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 b8 10
d4 bd7 11 bd2 b7 12 c2 He8 13 f 1
14 g3 g6 15 b3 g7 16 d5 b6 17
Hbl!;t c6 18 c4 \Mic7 19 d3 d7 20 e3 c5
21 f1 bxc4 22 bxc4 bd7 23 \Mid2 Hab8 24
h6! xh6 25 \Mixh6 ffi 26 h4! cxd5 27 cxd5
c8 28 Hxb8! \Mixb8 29 h5 \Mic7 30 2!!
d7? 31 c4! f6 32 He3! He7 33 hxg6 hxg6
34 h5! gxh5 35 Hg3t g4 36 \Mixh5 xe4
37 \Mixg4t g5 38 e3 e4?! 39 \Mif4 (39
. . .

fth 7 40 g4+-)
1-0

50

Game 15/1
Fighting Chess

Kiizdosakk

P. Lek6

R. Kasimdzhanov

Essen 2002
"White to play: 61 ?
51

Game 15/1

P. Lek6 R. Kasimdzhanov
-

Essen 2002

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 M 'fJc6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 'fJf6 5 0-0
'fJxe4 6 d4 b5 7 b3 d5 8 dxe5 e6 9 'fJbd2
c5 10 tM'e2 'fJxd2 11 xd2 0-0 12 Had1 He8
13 h3!? tM'd7 14 c3!? Had8 15 g5 e7 16
Hfe1 h6 17 c1 c5 18 tM'd3 'fJe7 19 'fJd4
xd4 20 tM'xd4 'fJf5 21 tM'c5! d4!? 22 c2 d5
23 cxd4 'fJh4 24 e4 xe4 25 Hxe4 'fJg6 26
Heel! He6 27 tM'c2 'fJe7 28 e3 f5!? 29 exf6
Hxf6 30 f3! 'fJd5 31 f2 HdfS 32 g3 Hc6
33 tM'e4 'fJf6 34 tM'd3 'fJd5 35 He5 Hcf6 36
Hde1 tM'f7 37 tM'e4 c6 38 a3 a5 39 wh2 a4 40
tM'c2 Hg6 41 H5e4 tM'f5 42 tM'f2 wh7 43 e5
wg8 44 tM'e2 h5 45 Hfl tM'g5 46 tM'f2 tM'f5 47
Hfe1 He6 48 tM'e2 Hg6 49 g3 tM'f7 50 tM'd2
tM'f6 51 HIe2!? tM'f5 52 tM'e1 tM'f7 53 Hc2 tM'f5
54 Hc5 tM'f7 55 tM'cl tM'd7 56 tM'c2 Hf5 57 e5
Hfg5 58 He2 h4 59 tM'e4 Hh6 60 Hec2 wh8 61
'
f4!?

52

Game 15/2
More than Enough

Tobb, mint elegendo

P. Lek6

R. Kasimdzhanov

Essen 2002
White to play: 68 ?
53

Game 15/2

P. Lek6 R. Kasimdzhanov
-

Essen 2002

Ruy Lopez
6 1...He6 62 g5 Hxe4 63 fxe4 tWd6t 64 whl
b6 65 e3 tWe6! 66 e5 c4 67 gl tWf5? 68
H2xc4! bxc4 69 Hxc6+ - tWc2 70 e6 tWe4 7 1
Hxc4 tWxe6 72 d5 tWxd5 73 Hxh4t wg8 74
Hxa4 wfl 75 Hb4 we6 76 a4 tWa2 77 b3 wd5
78 Hb5t we4 79 a5 wd3 80 b4 wc4 8 1Hb6 g5
82 a6 wb3 83 Hg6 g4 84 a7 gxh3 85 Hg8 h2
86 Wxh2
1- 0

54

Game 16
Too Many Pins

Kotes kotes hat8n

P.

Leko

A. Morozevich

Cannes 2002
White to play: 42 ?
55

Game 16

P. Lek6 A. Morozevich
-

Cannes 2002

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 ffi c6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 f6 5 0-0
b5 6 b3 c5 7 a4 Hb8 8 c3 d6 9 d4 b6 10
a3 0-0 11 axb5 axb5 12 xb5 g4 13 c2
h6?! 14 d5! 7 15 h3 h5 16 whl!! xe4!?
17 e4 f5 18 c2! e8! 19 a4 e4 20 xc7
f7 21 e6 exf3 22 gxf3 f6!? 23 xfS HxfS
24 b5! h4 25 wg2 g5? 26 Ha4 f4 27 d7
g6 28 He4 e5 29 Hxe5+- dxe5 30 d3
wg7 31 e4 c7 32 f5 Hf6 33 c4 f7 34 c5
h5 35 d6 g4 36 fxg4 g6 37 Hgl d8 38
xe5 f3t 39 wxf3 xh3t 40 we2 hxg4 41
Hxg4 h5 42 g5! xf5 43 xf6t wf7 44 f3

(44 fuj6 45 d5t!)


. . .

1-0

56

Game 17
A Terrible Horse's Kick

Rettenetes 16rugas

P. Lek6

M. Adams

Miskolc 2005
White to play: 32 ?
57

Game 17
P.

Lek6 M. Adams
-

M is kole 2005

Ruy Lopez
I e4 e5 2 ffi tfJe6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 tfJf6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 e3 0-0 9 h3 tfJa5 10
e2 e5 11 d4 Wte7 12 tfJbd2 exd4 13 exd4 tfJe6
14 tfJb3 a5 15 e3 a4 16 tfJbd2 d7 17 Hel
Hae8 18 tfJfl Wtb8 19 bl He7 20 Wtd2 exd4
2 1 tfJxd4 tfJxd4 22 xd4 Hxe I 23 Hxe I He8
24 Hel e6 25 tfJe3 tfJd7 26 f4 f6 27 Hdl
Wta8 28 f6 tfJxf6 29 Wtxd6 g6 30 f5 tfJxe4 3 1
e4 Wtxe4 32 tfJg4!
1-0

58

Game 18
In Attacking Vein

Tamad6 szellemben

P. Lek6 - L. Bruzon

Wijk aan Zee 2005


White to play: 22 ?
59

Garne 18

P. Lek6 L. Bruzon
-

Wijk aan Zee 2005

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 flf3 c6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 f6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 a5 10
c2 c5 1 1 d4 Y}}c7 12 bd2 cxd4 13 cxd4 d7
14 f1 Hac8 15 He2 c6 16 a3 exd4 17 xd4
Hfe8 18 g3 d5 19 xc6 xc6 20 e5 e4 21
f4 g5 22 f5! gxf4 23 Hxe4 wh8 24 He1
d7 25 e6
1-0

60

Game 1 9
Dashed Cruel

Pokolian kegyetlen

P. Lek6

N. Short

Wijk aan Zee 2005


White to play: 37 ?

61

Game 19

P. Lek6 N. Short
-

Wijk aan Zee 2005

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 f3 e6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 f6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 e3 0-0 9 h3 b8 10
d4 bd7 11 bd2 b7 12 e2 He8 13 f 1
f8 14 g3 g6 15 b3 g7 16 d5 Wte7 17 e4
e6 18 e3 Hee8 19 Hel a5 20 Wtd2 bxe4 2 1
bxe4 exd5 22 exd5 e5 23 d3 h5 24 xe5
dxe5 25 Wtg5 He7 26 tfJf 1 Hae8 27 ld2 e8
28 Wtxe7 Hxe7 29 tfJc4 a6 30 ffxe5 xe5 3 1
tfJxe5 e4 32 xe4 Hxe5 33 xa6 Hxe1 34
Hxc 1 Hxe4 35 f3 He5 36 He5 h4 37 d6!

[37... "f1xc5 (37... Helt 38 rJlj2 Hdl 39 Hc8 rJlfB


40 b5+-) 38 d7+-}
1- 0

62

Game 20
Tactical Acumen

lraJctilkai eleslatas

P. Lik6

Wijk

G. Kamsky

aan

Zee 2006

White to play: 41 ?

63

Game 20

P. Lek6 G. Kamsky
-

W ijk aan Zee 2006

Ruy Lopez
I e4 e5 2 ffi c6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 f6 5 0-0
e7 6 Hel b5 7 b3 d6 8 c3 0-0 9 h3 a5 10
c2 c5 11 d4 Y}}c7 12 bd2 d7 13 ffl Hac8
14 e3 cxd4 15 cxd4 fJc6 16 d5 b4 17 bl
a5 18 a3 a6 19 b4 axb4 20 axb4 YJJb7 21
d2 d8 22 d3 b6 23 2 h6 24 4 h7
25 Y}}f3 g5 26 Y}}g3 fJc7 27 fJe3 Has 28 fJef5
Hxal 29 e7t wh8 30 Hxal 7 3 1 Y}}f3 fJf6
32 6Has 33 Hfl fJce8 34 c I Hal 35
5 Y}}c7 36 d2 Hxflt 37 Wxfl g6 38 e3
wg7 39 g4 7 40 wg2 Y}}b7 41 fJc4! g5 42
fJa5 Y}}a8 43 ff5t wf'8 44 h4 d8 45 6 f6
46 hxg5 f5
1-0

64

Game 21
A Crusher

Hahilos dafes

P. Lek6

I. Sokolov

Odessa 2007
White to play: 21 ?
65

Game 21

P. Lek6 - I. Sokolov
O dessa 2007

RuyLopez
1 e4 e5 2 f3 c6 3 b5 c5 4 c3 f5 5 d4
fXe4 6 xc6 dxc6 7 e5 'M' d5 8 0-0 ff6 9
4 d6 10 c4 'M'e6 11 c5 e7 12 c3 'M'f5 13
g3 e6 14 f3 exf3 15 Hxf3 'M'h5 16 'M'e2 f5
17 Haft g6 18 'M'c4 HfS 19 d5 d7 20 x d7
d7 21 d6!
1-0

66

Game 22
And this is the End of it

Es nines tovilbb

P. Lek6

M. Adams

Dortmund 2002
White to play: 45 ?
67

Game 22

P. Lek6 M. Adams
-

Dortmund 2002

PetroffDefence
1 e4 eS 2 flf3 flf6 3 flxeS d6 4 flf3 flxe4 S d4
dS 6 d3 fle6 7 0-0 e7 8 e4 flf6 9 h3 0-0
10 flc3 flb4 11 e2 dxe4 12 e4 e6 13 gS
flbdS 14 He1 e6 IS 'M'b3 'M'b6 16 flxdS exdS
17 'M'xb6 axb6 18 b3! h6 19 f4!? Hfe8 20
fles gS!? 21 h2!t b4?! 22 He2 fle4 23
fld3 fS 24 Hae1 g7 2S eS xeS 26 flxeS
wg7 27 fld3 He7 28 flb4 Hd8 29 g4! flf6 30
wg2 Hd6 31 f3 d7 32 wg3 wfS 33 h4 bS 34
HeS gxh4t 3S wxh4 e4 36 e2 bS 37 a3
Hd8 38 wg3 wg7 39 fS wfS 40 Hhl wg7 41
flc2!+ - He8 42 fle3 Hee7 43 wf4 e6 44 e2
d7 45 g5!
1-0

68

Game 23
A Nice Touch

Tetszetos stilusban

P. Lek6

Wijk

A. Grischuk

aan

Zee 2002

White to play: 29 ?
69

Game 23

P. Lek6 A. Grischuk
-

Wijk aan Zee 2002

Petroff Defence
1 e4 e5 2 f3 f6 3 fOCe5 d6 4 ffi xe4 5 d4
d5 6 d3 e6 7 0-0 e7 8 e4 b4 9 e2 e6
10 3 0-0 11 e5 f6 12 f3 wh8 13 a3
fOCe3 14 bxe3 e6 15 d2 f5 16 Hel f6 17
a4 g8 18 e5 He8 19 ffi h6?! 20 Hbl! Hb8
21 d3 Hxe1t 22 WJxe1 WJd7 23 f4 He8? 24
WJd2 g5 25 Hxb7! He8 26 h4 gxf4 27 WJxf4
g7 28 xf5! WJd8 29 g5! hxg5 30 hxg5
WJf8 31 WJh3t h6 32 f5 He8 33 Hxe7 Helt
34 wh2 7 35 g4 e6 36 WJxh6t WJxh6t 37
gxh6 fOCf5 38 gxf5 xf5 39 Hf7! g6 40
Hxa7 Hc1 41 wg3 Hxe3t 42 wf4 h5 43 we5
Hf3 44 e6 g4 45 a5 Hxf2 46 a6 He2 47 He7

(47 Ha2 48 a7)


. . .

1-0
70

Game 24
The Force of the Pawns

A gyalogok ereje

P. Lek6

A. Khalifman

Istanbul 2000
White to play: 66 ?
71

Game 24

P. Lek6 A. Khalifman
-

Istanbul 2000

French Defence
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 flc3 b4 4 e5 c5 5 a3 a5
6 g4 fle7 7 dxc5 xc3t 8 bxc3 flg6 9 flfl
fl d7 10 d3 c7 11 0-0 flxc5 12 a4!? 0-0 13
a3 b6 14 fel f5! 15 exf6 flxd3! 16 cxd3
xf6 17 g3!? xg3 18 hxg3 d7 19 d6!
c8 20 e5!? flxe5 21 flxe5 e8 22 a3 c5
23 fl a5 24 eal wfS 25 wf2 we7 26 d4 d7
27 we3 fS 28 wd2 b8 29 3a2 e8 30 fld3
c8! 31 fle5 wd6 32 wc2 wc7!? 33 wb3 wb7
34 g4.h6 35 f4 c7 36 wb4 wa6 37 a3?!
7! 38 wb3 c7 39 3a2 wb7 40 wb4 wa6
41 f5! exf5 42 gxf5 h5 43 f1 7 44 fld3
c7 45 fle5 b7 46 fld3 c7 47 wb3 wb7 48
e I! c6 49 e6 d7 50 e5 c6 51 flf4 h4
52 fle6 d7 53 e3 wc8! 54 g4 e7! 55 h3
d7 56 ffi e4? 57 flxd7 wxd7 58 x h4
we7 59 g2 b5 60 7! wfS 61 g5 bxa4t 62
wb4 a6 63 f6!? a3 64 xg7 ee6! 65
7!+ - a2 66 g6! a4t 67 wb3 (67. .. a3t
68 wc2 fuc3t 69 w b2)
1-0

72

Game 25
Mate in Eight

Matt nyolc lepesben

P. Lek6 - P. Nikolic

Bastia 200 1
White to play: 25 ?
73

Game 25
P.

Lek6

P.

Nikolic

Bast ia 2001

French Defence
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 fle3 b4 4 e5 e5 5 a3
e3t 6 bxe3 fle7 7 g4 wfS 8 d2 e7 9
d3 b6 10 flh3 a6 11 flf4 x d3 12 ex d3
flg6 N 13 flh5 flc6 14 0-0 flee7 15 flg3! d7
16 h4!? a4 17 Hfel flc6? 18 h5! flgxe5 19
f4 flx d3 20 d6t wg8 21 Hxe6!? fxe6 22
xe6t wfS 23 h6! +- Hg8 24 hxg7t Hxg7 25
h6 fl d8 26 g7t cJ?xg7 27 flf5t
1-0

74

Game 26
Splendid and Forced

GyonyorU es Fonalas

P. Lek6

T. Radjabov

Linares 2003
White to play: 32 ?
75

Game 26

P. Lek6 T. Radjabov
-

L inares 2 003

French Defence
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 3 6 4 g5 b4 5 e5 h6
6 d2 e3 7 bxe3 4 8 g4 g6 9 d3
d2 10 wxd2 e5 11 h4 d7 12 h5 g5 13 f4
6 14 fxg5 a5!? 15 dxe5! d4 16 f3
0-0-0 17Habl! dxe3t 18 we2 Hhg8 19 e4!
e7! 20 g4! fle7! 21 b5! hxg5 22 Hb3! d5
23 Hhbl e6? 24 e6 xe6 25 d4!+
'Mia6t 26 we1 Hd7 27 e6 He7 28Hxb7 Hxb7
29 Hxb7 b6 30 h7 HfS 31 g7 a3 32

xf8t! (32... xj8 33 5 c5 34 frl6f wd8


35 c7f xc7 36 fuc7 wxc7 37 h6)
1-0

76

Game 27
Pete Means Business

Peti nem lacafac8zik

P. Lek6

A. Kharlov

Budapest 1992
White to play: 26 ?

77

Game 27

P. Lek6 A. Kharlov
-

Budapest 1992

Caro-Kann Defence
1 e4 c6 2 flc3 d5 3 flf3 g6 4 d4 tJig7 5 h3 flh6
6 tJif4 f6 7 1Mld2 flf7 8 0-0-0 0-0 9 wb1 b5 10
exd5 b4 1 1 fla4 lMla5 12 flc5 cxd5 13 g4 e5
14 tJie3 e4 15 flel fte8 16 f3 fld7 17 flb3 1Mla4
18 fxe4 dxe4 19 flg2 tJib7 20 flf4 g5 21 flh5
tJid5 22 h4 h6 2J 1Mlf2 fld6 24 hxg5 fxg5 25
fJxg7 wxg7 26 ftxh6!! Wxh6 27 1MJh4t
1-0

78

Game 28
There is No Mercy

Nines kegyelem

P. Lek6

Wijk

V. Bologan

aan

Zee 2004

White to play: 26 ?

79

Game 28

P. Lek6 V. Bologan
-

Wijk

aan

Zee 2004

Caro-Kann Defence
I e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 3 dxe4 4 e4 d7 5
g5 gf6 6 d3 e6 7 1 f3 d6 8 We2 h6 9
4 xe4 1 0 Wxe4 Wc7 1 1 0-0 b6 1 2 Wg4
Wf8 1 3 b3 b7 1 4 b2 f6 1 5 Wh4 c5 1 6
dxc5 Wxc5 1 7 xf6 gxf6 1 8 Wxf6 Wh5 ! 1 9
Hfe l Hg8? 2 0 e4 Hxg2t? 2 1 wxg2 Wg4t
22 wh l e4 23 Hxe4 Wxe4 24 He l Wh7 25
4+- we8 26 xe6! wd7 27 Wf3 Hb8 28
4 Hc8 29 Wh3 t f5 30 f5
1-0

80

Game 29/1
Battering-Ram

Faltoro kos

P. Lek6

B. Gelfand

Moscow 2006
White to play: 32 ?

81

Game 29/1

P. Lek6 B. Gelfand
-

Moscow 2006

Queen s Gambit
1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 flf3 flf6 4 flc3 dxc4 5 a4
f5 6 e3 e6 7 xc4 b4 8 0-0 flbd7 9 !We2
g4 1 0 h3 f3 1 1 !Wxf3 0-0 1 2 Hd l Hc8 1 3
e4 e5 1 4 e3 !Wa5 1 5 !Wf5 exd4 1 6 !Wxa5 xa5
1 7 xd4 Hfe8 1 8 f3 a6 1 9 wf2 fle5 20 e2
Hcd8 2 1 e3 h5 22 g4 hxg4 23 hxg4 flg6 24
Hxd8 Hxd8 25 wg3 He8 26 Hd l c7t 27 wf2
He7 28 f1 flf4 29 g5 flh7 3 0 xf4 f4 3 1
Hd8t flfS 32 g6!

82

Game 29/2
Hard-Fought Battle for the Full P oint

Heroikus kiizdelem a teljes pontert

P. Lek6

B. Gelfand

Moscow 2006
White to play: 43 ?

83

Game 29/2

P. Lek6 B. Gelfand
-

Moscow 2006

Queen s Gambit
3 2... b5 3 3 h3 fxg6 34 Has bxa4 3 5 f1 wf7
36 c4t 6 3 7 fle2 d6 3 8 f4 wf6 39 e5t
e5 40 fxe5 t wxe5 4 1 xe6 wxe6 42 Hxa6
Hb7 43 f4t we5 44 we3 c5 45 3 t wd5 46
Ha5 wd6 47 Hxa4 wd5 48 Ha5 wd6 49 Ha4
wd5 5 0 wd2 c4 5 1 b4t we4 52 wc3 g5 53
fr6 g4 54 Hxc4t wf5 55 d4t wf4 56 c6t
wf5 57 b4 g3 58 d5 we5 59 3 Hf7 60
Hg4 Hc7t 6 1 c4t wf5 62 Hxg3 g5 63 Hf3 t
we4 64 Hf7 Hc8 65 Hg7 wf4 66 wd3 Hd8t 67
we2 He8 t 68 wf2 Hb8 69 Hf7t we4 70 Hd7
g4 7 1 b3 Hb4 72 2t wf4 73 Hd3 wf5 74
wg3 we5 75 c4t we4 76 He3 t wd4 77 wxg4
Hb8 78 wf3 Hh8 79 we2
0-1

84

Game 30
Tolya can Shake Hands

Tolja Dylijthatja a kezet

P. Lek6

A. Karpov

Miskolc 2006
White to play: 51 ?

85

Game 3 0

P. Lek6 A. Karpov
-

Miskole 2006

Queen:'I Indian Defence


1 d4 f6 2 e4 e6 3 f3 b6 4 g3 a6 5 b3
b4t 6 d2 e7 7 g2 0-0 8 0-0 e6 9 e3
d5 1 0 5 d7 1 1 xd7 d7 1 2 d2 He8
1 3 e4 e5 1 4 exd5 exd5 1 5 dxe5 dxe4 1 6 e6
exb3 1 7 He l b2 1 8 b2 e5 1 9 fr4 xe4
20 tMig4 f6 2 1 xf6 tMixf6 22 tMixe4 Hfd8 23
Had l Hxd l 24 Hxd l g6 25 d5 wg7 26 wg2
He7 27 Hd4 g5 28 h4 h6 29 hxg5 hxg5 30
Hg4 tMif5 3 1 tMid4t f6 32 f3 e6 3 3 tMie3 e5
34 Hd4 tMie6 3 5 tMid2 tMie7 36 wg l tMie6 3 7 Hd8
tMie 7 3 8 tMid5 tMif7 3 9 tMid6 tMie 7 40 tMid5 tMie6 4 1
tMid2 He7 4 2 wg2 4 43 tMib4 fr5 44 tMid4 tMie5
45 tMid2 e4 46 tMie2 5 47 tMie4 He7 48 tMig8t
wh6 49 tMih8t Hh7 50 tMif8t Hg7 51 d7!
1 -0
86

Game 31
Penetration

Benyomulas

P.

Lek6

M. Carlsen

Linares 2007
White to play: 37 ?

87

Game 31

P. Lek6 M. Carlsen
-

L inares 2007

Queen S Indian Defence


1 d4 6 2 ffi e6 3 c4 b6 4 g3 b4t 5 d2
d2 t 61M'x d2 a6 7 b3 0-0 8 3 d5 9 cx d5
ex d5 10 g2 He8 11 fle5 c5 12 0-0 b7 13
Hf dl fla6 141M'f4 flc7 15 flg4 flxg4 161M'xg4
IM' f6 17 e3 Ha d8 18 Hac1 IM'e7 19 dxc5 bxc5
20 IM'a4 H d7 21 fle4 d4 22 ex d4 e4 23
e4 fle6 24 d5 fl d4 25 He1 IM' d8 26 <Y fl
H de7 27 d31M'c8 28 g4! Hxel t 29 Hxel HfS
30 h3 IM' d8 31 e4 IM'b6 32 g2 g6 33 <Ygl
<Yg7 34 IM' d7 H d8 35 IM'e7 a5 36 <Yh 1 flb5 37
H e6! fl d6 38 IM' f6t <Yg 39 He7 a4 40 bxa4?
(40 fuj7 /+ -) 40 c4 41 <Yh2 IM'b8 42 f4 IM'c8
43 He3 He8 44 Hxe8t flxe8 45 IM'c6lM'xc6 46
dxc6 <YfS 47 <Yg3 <Ye7 48 <Yf2 <Y d6 49 <Ye3
<Yc5 50 g5 flc7 51 a3 fle6 52 e4 c 53 f5
1-0
88

Game 32
The Strike of the P ole-Axe

Lesujt a tag16

P. Lek6 - A. Naiditsch

DortmWld 2006
White to play: 34 ?

89

Game 32

P. Lek6 A. Naiditsch
-

Dortmund 2006

Catalan Opening
1 d4 f6 2 e4 e6 3 g3 b4t 4 d2 e5 5 xb4
exb4 6 g2 0-0 7 ffi d6 8 0-0 e6 9 d5
exd5 1 0 exd5 e7 1 1 h4 !MIb6 1 2 e4 g4 1 3
tMlb3 a5 14 h 3 a4 1 5 !MId3 d7 1 6 He 1 Hfe8 1 7
ffi g6 1 8 bd2 a3 1 9 Hab 1 a4 2 0 !MId4
!MIxd4 2 1 d4 e2 22 Hbe 1 d3 23 Hxe8t
Hxe8 24 bxa3 bxa3 25 f4 h5 26 He3 a6 27
wf2 h4 28 f3 Het 29 e5 dxe5 30 fxe5 d7
3 1 e6 fxe6 32 dxe6 e5 3 3 e7 He8 34 h5!
1 -0

90

Game 33
His Majesty's Throne is Tottering

Inog a tr6nus ofelsege alatt

V. Ivanchuk

P. Lek6

Monte Carlo 2001


Black to play: 34 ?
. . .

91

Game 3 3

v. Ivanchuk - P. Lek6
Monte Carlo 200 1

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 f3 c6 3 d4 cxd4 4 xd4 'ff6 5
3 e5 6 fldb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 a3 b5 9 xf6
gxf6 1 0 d5 f5 1 1 c3 g7 1 2 exf5 f5 1 3
fr2 e6 1 4 g3 0-0 1 5 g2 f5 1 6 0-0 a5 1 7
He l Hc8 1 8 3 a7 1 9 d2 e4 2 0 Had l e5
2 1 c2 wh8 22 6 e8 23 ce3 c6 24 a3
g6 25 4 f7 26 Hd2 Hb8 27 Hed l xd5
28 Hxd5 e7 29 H5d2 Hg8 3 0 wh 1 Hg6 3 1 f4
exf3 32 f3 g7 3 3 5 HfS 3 4 g2 xg3!
3 5 f3 h6 3 6 fl Hfg8 3 7 d3 f4 3 8 xf5
f5 3 9 5 d2 40 g6 xg6 4 1 d5
e3
0- 1

92

Game 34
Large Diagonal

Nagyatl6

T. Luther

P. Lek6

Essen 2002
Black to play: 24 ?
. . .

93

Game 34

T. Luther P. Lek6
-

Essen 2002

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 4Jf3 4Jc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 4Jxd4 4Jf6 5
4Jc3 e5 6 4Jdb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 4Ja3 b5 9 xf6
gxf6 1 0 4Jd5 f5 1 1 b5 axb5 1 2 fub5 Ha4
1 3 b4 Hxb4 1 4 4Jbc7t wd7 1 5 0-0 Hg8 ! 1 6
g3 ! ?N Hb7 ! 1 7 \Wh5 \Wg5 ! 1 8 \Wxf7t e7 1 9
4Jxe7 4Jxe7 2 0 4Je6 \Wg6 2 1 4JfSt HxfS 22
\WxfS fxe4 23 Hfb 1 Hc7 24 a4 e3! 25 fxe3
\We4
0- 1

94

Game 35
White Is Outwitted

Vilagosnak tUljamak

A. Shirov

az

eszen

P. Lek6

Dortmund 2002
Black to play: 30 ?
. . .

95

Game 3 5
A.

Shirov P. Lek6
-

Dortmund 2 002

Sicilian Defence
I e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 b5 g6 4 c6 dxc6 5
d3 g7 6 h3 flf6 7 flc3 0-0 8 e3 b6 9 IM'd2
e5 1 0 h6 IM'd6 1 1 0-0-0 a5 1 2 xg7 wxg7
1 3 g4 a4 1 4 fle2 b5 1 5 flg3 b4 1 6 IM'g5 He8
1 7 fl<i2 a3 1 8 bxa3 ? h6 1 9 1M'e3 e6 20 flb3 ? !
Hxa3 ! 2 1 IM'xc5 IM'b8 ! 2 2 wb2 fld7 2 3 IM'e3 flb6
24 Ha l c5 ! -+ 25 wc l c4 26 dxc4 flxc4 27
lM'e l IM'a7 28 IM'xb4IM'xf2 29 flf5t gxf5 30 gxf5
Hc8! 3 1 fxe6 fle3 ! [32 wb2 IM'xc2t 33 wxa3

Ha8t 34 lM'a4 (34 fla5 fr4t) 34...lM'c3! 35


IDzglt wh7 361M'xa8 fr2t 37 wa4lM'b4#}
0 -1

96

Game 36
Pete Stands No Funny Business

Petivel nem lehet packami

J.

Polgar - P.

Lek6

Budapest 2003
Black to play: 34

. . .

97

Game 3 6
J.

Polgar P. Lek6
-

Budapest 2003

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5
flc3 e5 6 fldb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 fla3 b5 9 xf6
gxf6 1 0 fld5 f5 1 1 d3 e6 1 2 iJNh5 Hg8 1 3
g 3 Hg5 1 4iJNd l xd5 1 5 exd5 fle7 1 6 flxb5 ! ?
\Wb6 1 7 fla3 ! iJNxb2 1 8 flc4 iJNc3 t 1 9 wfl Hd8
20 Hb l e4 2 1 e2? f4 ! 22 Hb3 iJNf6 23 gxf4
iJNxf4 ! ? 24 fle3 g7 25 xa6 flf5 ! 26 flg2
iJNe5 27 h4 Hg6 28 Hhh3 wf8+ 29 \Wb I ! ? f6
3 0 h5 ? Hg8+ 3 1 e2? fld4 32 Hbe3 g5 33
\Wb6 He8 34 Heg3 f5!-+ 3 5 flh4?! flxe2 36
Wxe2 f4 3 7 Hb3 f3 t 38 wfl iJNxd5 39 tfJxf3
iJNc4 t 40 Hd3 exd3 4 1 iJNxd6t e7 42 iJNh6t
Hg7 43 Hg3 dxc2t 44 wg2iJNc3
0-1

98

Game 3 7
The Decisive Breakthrough

A donto attores

s. Karjakin

P. Lek6

Dortmund 2004

Black to play: 31 ?
. . .

99

Game 37

S. Karjakin - P. Lek6
Dortmund 2004

Sicilian Dejimce
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5
flc3 e5 6 fldb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 xf6 gxf6 9
fla3 b5 1 0 fld5 f5 11 d3 e6 12 0-0 xd5
1 3 exd5 fle7 14 Wlh5 e4 1 5 e2 g7 16 c3
0-0 1 7 c2 c8 18 fle3 f4 19 flf5 e8 20 a4
flg6 2 1 axb5 axb5 22 xb5 e5 23 Wlh3 b8 !
24 c4 Wlf6 2 5 flxg7 wxg7 26 a7 f8 27 d7
g5 28 b4 Wld4 29 c5 dxc5 3 0 b5 f3 3 1 g3
e3!-+ 32 fxe3 Wlxe3 t 3 3 wh l Wle2 34 fa l
xd5 35 WIn d2 3 6 WIg I fle5 3 7 h3 fld3 3 8
n flf2t 3 9 xf2 Wlxf2 4 0 Wlxf2 xf2 41 wg I
2 42 n Hd8 43 a3 f2t 44 wg2 dl 45
f3 dd2 46 f4 d4 4 7 f3 d I 48 b6
xb6 49 wxf2 c1
0 -1
100

Game 38
Tactic is the Salt of Chess

A taktika a sakkjatek sava-borsa

V. Anand

Wijk

aan

P.

Lek6

Zee 2005

Black to play: 26 ?
. . .

101

Game 3 8

V . Anand P. Lek6
-

Wijk aan Zee 2005

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 flc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5
flc3 e5 6 fldb5 d6 7 g5 a6 8 fla3 b5 9 xf6
gxf6 1 0 fld5 f5 1 1 c3 g7 1 2 exf5 xf5 1 3
flc2 0-0 14 flce3 e6 15 d3 f5 1 6 0-0 Ha 7
1 7 a4 fle7 18 flxe7t Hxe7 1 9 axb5 axb5 20
b5 d5 2 1 Ha6 f4 22 flc2 c8 23 Has tMld6
24 flb4 b7 25 Ha7 d4 26 a6 xg2! 27
c4t wh8 28 Ha6 tMlc5 29 Wxg2 f3t 30 whl
tMlxc4 3 1 Hc6 tMlb5 32 Hd6 e4 3 3 Hxd4 xd4
34 tMlxd4t tMle5 35 tMlxe5 t Hxe5 3 6 flc2 Hb8
3 7 fle3 Hc5 3 8 h3 Hxb2 3 9 c4 Hg5 40 wh2
wg8 4 1 h4 Hg6 42 wh3 wil 43 flf5 Hc2 44
fle3 Hd2 45 c5 we6 46 c6 Hg8 47 c7 Hc8 48
wg3 Hxc7 49 wf4 Hd4 50 Ha l Hilt 5 1 wg3
Hd8 52 Ha6t we5 53 flg4t wd5 54 flf6t Hxf6
55 Hxf6 we5 56 Hh6 Hg8t 57 wh3 e3
0 -1
102

Game 39
Knight Fork is an Ugly Motif

A sakk-sekk csfulya motivum

V. Topalov

P. Lek6

Monte Carlo 2006

Black to play: 26 ?
. . .

103

Game 3 9
V.

Topalov P. Lek6
-

Monte Carlo 2006

Sicilian Defence
1 e4 c5 2 flf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 flxd4 flf6 5 flc3
a6 6 e3 e5 7 flb3 e6 8 \Wd2 flbd7 9 0-0-0
b5 1 0 f4 c8 1 1 wbl \Wc7 1 2 h3 h5 1 3 d3 h4
1 4 fld5 xd5 1 5 exd5 e4 1 6 e l e7 1 7
e2 flb6 18 g4 flc4 1 9 \Wf2 flxg4 2 0 hxg4
h3 2 1 d4 h2 22 c3 \Wb7 23 \We2 wfS 24 g5
a5 25 \Wxe4 a4 26 flc l xg5! 27 g3 f6 28
f6 gxf6 29 fld3 \Wd7 3 0 \Wg2 \Wh3 3 1 \Wxh3
xh3 3 2 1 e8 3 3 flf2 xg3 34 xh2 e2
3 5 flg4 xh2 3 6 flxh2 g2 3 7 ffi xb2t 3 8
wa l a3 3 9 fld4 fle3 4 0 b l f2 4 1 xb5
xf4 42 1 f2 43 c 1 f5 44 flb5 flc4 45
fld4 f4 46 flf5 fle3
0- 1

104

Game 40
Superior Force

Tulero

V. Kramnik

P. Leko

Brissago 2004

Black to play: 26 ?
. . .

105

Game 40

V. Kram nik P. Lek6


-

Brissago 2004

Ruy Lopez
1 e4 e5 2 flfJ flc6 3 b5 a6 4 a4 flf6 5 0-0
e7 6 He1 b5 7 b3 0-0 8 c3 d5 9 exd5 flxd5
1 0 fue5 flxe5 ]1 Hxe5 c6 12 d4 d6 1 3 He 1
\Wh4 14 g3 tWh3 15 He4 g5 16 tWfl ! ? tWh5 17
fld2 f5 1 8 fJ flf6 19 He1 Hae8 20 Hxe8
Hxe8 2 1 a4 ! ? tWg6 ! 22 axb5 d3 23 tWf2? He2
24 tWxe2 e2 25 bxa6 tWd3 ! ! 26 wf2 xf3!
27 fufJ fle4t 28 we l flxc3 ! 29 bxc3 tWxc3 t
3 0 wf2 tWxa l 3 1 a7? ! h6 32 h4 g4
0 -1

106

Game

41

A n Infantryman Dashes Forward

Egy baka nekil6dul

V.

Topalov

P.

Lek6

Wien 1 996

Black to play: 15 ?
. . .

107

Game 4 1

V. Topalov P. Lek6
-

Wien 1 996

Caro-Kann Defence
1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 c4 f)f6 5 tfJc3
f)c6 6 g5 e6 7 a3 d7 8 xf6 gxf6 9 g3 ? !
O-O-O ! 1 0 g2 g4 1 1 f3 e6 1 2 c 5 f5 ! 1 3
b4 e5 1 4 f)ge2 e6 ! + 1 5 dxe5 d4! 1 6 f)e4 d3
1 7 f)f4 d2t ! 1 8 wf2 c4 ! ! - + 1 9 h3 xh3 20
f)x.h3 d4 t 2 1 wg2 f)xe5 22 3 f)c4 23
mtd l f5 24 f)eg5 Hd7 ! 25 f4 g7 ! 26 tfJf2
d5 t 27 ffi xal 28 Hxa l He8
0- 1

1 08

Game 42
Exploiting the Pin

A kotes kihasznaIasa

N. Short - P. Lek6

Sarajevo 1 999

Black to play: 35 ?
. . .

109

Game 42

N. Short P. Lek6
-

Sarajevo 1 999

Caro-Kann Defence
1 e4 c6 2 3 d5 3 d3 ! ? g6? ! 4 g3 g7 5 g2
6? ! 6 e5 ! g4 7 f4 f6 ! ? 8 f3 fxe5? ! 9 h3
6 1 0 fxe5 W ! ? 1 1 'We2 e6 1 2 h4 h6 1 3
d4 Hg8 1 4 e3 b 6 1 5 0-0-0 a6 1 6 'Wd2
'We7 1 7 e2 d7 1 8 f4 fS 1 9 'Wc3 wd7 20
h3 Hc8 ! 2 1 Hd2 Hc7 22 Hf2 wc8 23 a3 ! ?
wb8 2 4 1JNb4 'We 8! 2 5 2 d8 ! 2 6 f1 ! xf1
27 Hhxfl b7 28 3 d7 29 wbl HfS 3 0 c4 !
Hxf2 3 1 Hxf2 g5 ! ? 32 hxg5 'Wg6 33 'Wb3 !
c5? ! 34 gxh6 xh6 3 5 xh6 cxd4! 36 HfSt
fS 3 7 xfS a5 38 'Wc2 xc4 ! = 39 xc4
Hxc4 40 d6t was 4 1 1JNb3 'Wxg3 42 wa2 'We3
43 a4 'Wd2 44 b4 11 [44 'Wb5! 'Wxd3 45 'We8t

(45. a5 ? 'Wc2-+) 45. . . wb 7 46 'Wd7t was


(46. . . wa6? 4 7. b8+-) 4 7 'We8t =1 44 . . . Hc3 !
0- 1
1 10

Game 43
Deadly Chase

HalaIos hajsza

V. Kramnik

P. Lek6

Tilburg 1 998

Black to play: 41 ?
. . .

1 11

Game 43
V.

Kramnik - P. Lek6
Tilburg 1 995

King s Indian Defence


1 d4 6 2 c4 g6 3 f3 e5 4 dxe5 flh5 5 flh3
flc6 6 g5 e7 7 xe7 'Wxe7 S flc3 'Wxe5 9 g4
flg7 1 0 f4 'We7 1 1 fld5 'WdS 12 'Wd3 0-0 1 3
'Wc3 fles 1 4 g5 fle7 1 5 6t flxf6 1 6 gxf6
flf5 1 7 e4 HeS I S flg5 c5 1 9 0-0-0 fld4 20
e5 d6 2 1 ffi g4 22 flxd4 d 1 23 flb5
dxe5 24 fxe5 a4 25 fld6 He6 26 g2 Hxd6
27 exd6 'Wxd6 2S b7 HeS 29 b3 'Wf4 t 30
wb2 He3 3 1 Hd l h5 32 'Wa5 He2t 33 wa3 'Wf2
34 'WdSt eS 3 5 Hd2 ! Hxd2 36 'WxeSt wh7
3 7 'Wxfit wh6 3 S wa4 Hxa2t 39 wb5 'We3 40
d5 'Wxb3 t 4 1 wc6 Ha6t! 42 wd7 'Wh3 t ! 43
e6 'Wd3 t 44 weS 'Wd6 45 'We7 'Wxe6 (46 f7
'Wc8t 47 'Wd8 He6t 48 wj8 'Wxd8#)
0 -1
1 12

Game 44
Black Win s in 1\vo Moves

Sotet ket lepesben nyer

L. Ljuboj evic

P. Lek6

Monte Carlo 2003


Blqck to play: 34 ?
. . .

1 13

Game 44
L.

Ljubojevie

P. L ek6

Monte Carlo 2003

Queen S Indian Defence


1 e4 e5 2 fl f6 3 e3 e6 4 g3 b6 5 g2
b7 6 0-0 e7 7 He l d5 8 exd5 exd5 9 d4
0-0 1 0 4 bd7 1 1 dxe5 e5 1 2. d4 e4
1 3 fue4 dxe4 1 4 @a4 f6 15 Hed l @e8 16

tlYxe8 Hfxe8 17 b5 He7 1 8 a3 e3 19 fl a5 20


d6 d6 2 1 Hxd6 a6 22 3 Hb8 23 f4
e4 24 Had l h6 2S b5 26 H l d4 He7 27
wg2 b4 28 e4 xe4 29 Hxe4 e6 30 Hxe3
He2 3 1 axb4 axb4 32 b3 He3 33 Hxe3 bxe3
34 He6

He8!

35 Hxe8t e8 36 e4 b7
0- 1

114

Game 45
Beautiful and Strong

S zcp cs eras

F. Vallejo-Pons

- P. Lek6

Morelia 2006

Black to play: 21 ?
. . .

1 15

Game 45

F. Vallejo-Pons - P. Lek6
Morelia 2006

Nimzo-Indian Defence
1 d4 ff6 2 e4 e6 3 e3 b4 4 lM'e2 0-0 5 e4
d5 6 e5 e4 7 a3 e3 t 8 bxe3 e5 9 d3 lM'a5
1 0 e2 exd4 1 1 exd5 exd5 1 2 f3 e3 1 3
d4 e4t 1 4 we2 f5 1 5 e3 6 1 6 xe6
bxe6 1 7 IDle l Hb8 1 8 wd l Hd8 1 9 d4 e6
20 Hab 1 Hxb 1 2 1 Hxb 1 c5! 22 Hb5 lM'xa3 23
b2 lM'a2 24 e2 d7 25 fxe4 b5 26 xb5
Hb8 27 e6 lM'xb2 28 d5 t wh8 29 lM'xb2
Hxb2 3 0 exf5 Hb4 3 1 we2 Hd4 3 2 f7 He4 3 3
e 6 h 5 34 xh5 wg8 3 5 g4 w fS 3 6 g5 we7 3 7
h3 a5 3 8 g4 a4 3 9 f6t gxf6 4 0 g6 wfS
0-1

1 16

Ga me 46

Tim e to Resign
Lehet fola dni

z.

I1incic

P.

Lek6

Belgra de 1996

Black to play: 40 ?
. . .

1 17

Game 46

Z. llincic P. Lek6
-

Belgrade 1 996

Grunfeld Defence
1 d4 tlf6 2 c4 g6 3 g3 c6 4 g2 d5 5 cxd5
cxd5 6 ffi g7 7 0-0 0-0 8 tlc3 e6 9 tle5
tlfd7 1 0 f4 tlc6 1 1 e3 f6 1 2 tld3 tlb6 1 3 f2
"
f5 1 4 tl 5 d7 1 5 a4 ! ? a5 1 6 tMib3 tlb4 1 7
Hfc l tMie7 ! 1 8 tlb5 Hfc8 1 9 Hc5 ! fS 2 0 g4 ! ?
fxg4 ! 2 1 Hac l ? c6 ! + 22 H5 c3 g7 ! 23
tlxg4 HfS 24 e3 tlc4 ! 25 tla3 ? ! tld2 ! - + 26
tMid l tle4 27 e4 dxe4 28 Hb l g5 ! 29 g3
tld5 3 0 tlc4 gxf4 3 1 xf4 tlxf4 ! 32 exf4
Hxf4 3 3 Hg3 HafS 34 tlce5 wh8 3 5 Hc l tMid6 !
3 6 tMid2 e3 3 7 tMixe3 Hxd4 3 8 Hfl Hd l 3 9 tlf3
Hxfl t 40 wxfl tMixg3! (41 hxg3 fuj3 t 42
tMi:x;t3 f3- +)
0-1

1 18

Game 47
Knights at their Best

Huszarok csucsfonnilban

J. Lautier

P. Lek6

Tilburg 1 997

Black to play: 31. . . ?


1 19

Game 47

J. Lautier P. Lek6
-

Tilburg 1 997

Griinfeld Defence
I d4 ff6 2 ffi g6 3 e4 g7 4 3 d5 5 !Wb3

dxe4 6 !Wxe4 0-0 7 e4 a6 8 !Wb3 b5 9 e5 fd7


1 0 h4 e5 1 1 e6 fxe6? 1 1 2 h5 ! exd4 13 hxg6
5 1 4 !We2 1 ? Hxf3 ! 1 5 gxh7t wh8 1 6 gxf3
d3 ! 1 7 !Wd l e6 1 8 h6? xh6 1 9 Hxh6
b7) 20 g2 e5 2 1 Hh3 !Wd4 22 Hg3 ? e4 !
23 wfl HfS 24 wgl Hf4 ! 25 !We l e5 26 d l
Wxh7 27 Hb l e8 ! 28 e3 d2 29 !We2t !Wd3 !
+ 3 0 !Wxd3 t xd3 3 1 fl c1 ! 32 e4 bxe4
3 3 Hg5? ! f5 34 Ha l Hxf3 3 5 I e2 36
wg2 xd l 3 7 Hh5 t wg6
0 -1

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Game 48
To Give Mate is Delectable

A mattadits gyonyorkodtet

A. Shirov

P. Lek6

Dortmund

1 998

Black to play: 30 ?
. . .

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Game 48

A. Shirov P. Lek6
-

Dortmund 1 998

Griinfeld Defence
1 d4 ff6 2 c4 g6 3 fr3 d5 4 cxd5 flxd5 5 e4
flxc3 6 bxc3 rJig7 7 flf3 c5 8 Hb 1 0-0 9 rJie2
cxd4 ] 0 cxd4 1M'a5 t 1 ] rJid2 IM'xa2 12 0-0 fld7
1 3 rJib4 flb6 ] 4 fle5 f6 1 5 fld3 lM'il 1 6 d5 f5
1 7 flc5 fxe4 ! 1 8 d6 Hd8 ! 1 9 flxe4 rJif5 20
rJid3 rJixe4 2 1 {jJxe4 exd6 22 f4 d5 23 rJic2 flc4
24 Hb3 a5 25 rJia3 d4 ! 26 f5 fle3 27 1M'f3 Hd7
28 1M'h3 d3 ! 29 rJixd3 flxfl 3 0 fxg6 rJid4t! 3 ]
wh l lM'f2 (32 rJic4t wh8-+)
0- 1

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Game 49
The Ballad of the Stray King

Az elbitangolt kinily balladaja

G. Kasparov

P. Lek6

Frankfurt 2000
Black to play: 47 ?
. . .

1 23

Game 49

G. Kasparov P. Lek6
-

Frankfurt 2000

King s Indian Defence


1 d4 4)[6 2 ffi g6 3 c4 g7 4 c3 d5 5 b3
dxc4 6 xc4 0-0 7 e4 a6 8 3 c5 9 dxc5
a5 1 0 6 xb6 1 1 cxb6 bd7 1 2 e2
b6 1 3 e3 bd7 1 4 d4 c5 1 5 f3 e5 1 6
6 bxc6 1 7 xc5 d8 1 8 w f2 e6 1 9 hd l
d7 20 e3 f8 2 1 d2 f5 22 ad l e7 23
g3 wf7 24 b3 a5 25 c2 f6 26 xd8 xd8
27 exf5 gxf5 28 a4 d5 29 b6 a8 30 c5
7 3 1 xe7 wxe7 3 2 we3 wd6 33 d3 f4t
34 gxf4 exf4t 3 5 wxf4 f8t 3 6 wg5 e5 3 7
7 xf3 t 3 8 wh6 f4 3 9 e2 h4t 4 0 wg7
2 4 1 c3 f3 42 e4t r1lc7 43 f6 d4
44 xd5 t cxd5 45 d2 wd6 46 d3 e6t 47
wf6 f4t!
0- 1
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Game 50
In a Tight Corner

Szorul a kapca

J. Timman

P. Leko

Wijk aan Zee 2004


Black to play: 47 ?
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Game 50

J. Timman P. Lek6
-

Wijk aan Zee 2004

English Opening
1 f)f3 c5 2 b3 f)f6 3 b2 e6 4 g3 b6 5 g2
b7 6 c4 e7 7 0-0 d6 8 f)c3 0-0 9 e3 f)bd7
1 0 \We2 a6 1 1 Hfd l \Wc7 1 2 Hac 1 f)e4 1 3 f)xe4
e4 1 4 d3 c6 1 5 d4 e4 1 6 f)e l xg2 1 7
Jxg2 Had8 1 8 d5 e5 ? ! 1 9 e4 Hde8 2 0 Hfl
\Wd8 2 1 Hce 1 f6 22 f)e3 g6 23 \Wc2 h5 24
wh l \We7 25 c3 g7 26 f)g2 ! ? b5 27 f4 exf4
28 gxf4 bxc4 29 g7 c;!;>xg7 3 0 bxc4 f)f6 3 1
e5 f)g4 3 2 e6? f)h6 ! 3 3 Hg l ? ! \Wf6 34 \We4
wh7 ! 35 f)e3 ? ! fxe6 36 dxe6 \Wxe6 3 7 \Wb7t
Hf7 3 8 \Wg2 \We4 39 f)d5 \Wxg2t 40 wxg2 Hb8
4 1 He2? ! f)f5 42 wh3 f)d4 43 Heg2 f)f3 44
Hfl g5 ! 45 Hgf2 g4t 46 wg3 He8 47 h3 h4t!
48 wg2 f)e l t 49 wg l g3 - + 50 Hd2 Hf5 5 1
f)c7 e3 52 Hxd6 ffi t 53 wh l f)d4 54 Hd7t
wg6 55 f)d5 He2 56 wg 1 Hh2 57 f)c3 Hc2 58
f)d5 Hh2 59 f)c3 Hf7 ! 60 f5 t Hxf5
0-1
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Index of Opponents
Numbers refer to game s. A bold number indicates
that Lek6 was White .
Adam s 1 3, 1 7, 22

Lautier 47

Anand 3 8

Lj ubojevic 44

Beliav sky 1 4

Luther 34

Bologan 28

Morozevich 16

Bruzon 1 8

Naiditsch 32

Carlsen 3 1

Nikolic 25

Comp FritzIPrimergy 6

Piket 4

Gelfand 1 1 , 29

Pinter 1 2

Ghaem Maghami 7

Polgar, J u 9 , 3 6

Grischuk 23

Radj abov 1 0, 26

Ilincic 46

Shirov 3 5 , 4 8

Ivanchuk 3 3

Short 19, 4 2

Kamsky 20

Smirin 3

Katj akin 3 7

Sokolov 2 1

Karpov 30

Timman 5 0

Kasimdzhanov 8, 1 5

Topalov 3 9, 4 1

Kasparov 4 9

Tratar 2

Khalifill an 24

Vallej o -Pons 45

Kharlov 27

Van Wely 5

Kramnik 1, 40, 43

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Index of Openings
Numbers refer to games . A bold number indi
cates that Lek6 was White .

Caro-Kann Defence 27, 28, 4 1 , 42


Catalan Opening 32
English Opening 50
French Defence 24-26
Griinfeld Defence 46-49
King 's Indian Defence 43
Nimzo-Indian Defence 45
Petroff Defence 22-23
Queen's Gambit 29
Queen's Indian Defence 30-3 1 , 44
Ruy Lopez 1 2-2 1 , 40
Sicilian Defence 1-1 1 , 3 3 -3 9

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Symbols used
1" Check
tt
Double check
,
#
Checkmate
Good move
! ! Excellent move
? Bad move
?? Blunder
! ? Interesting move
?! Dubious move
t White stands slightly better
Black stands slightly better
=+=
Winning
advantage for White
+
- + Winning advantage for Black
White has the upper hand
=+=
Black has the upper hand
An unclear position
co
with compensation
1 -0 White wins
0- 1 Black wins
0()

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