(1) Kramnyik - Leko [E15]
Miskolc (m3), 26.04.2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 0-0 12.0-0 Rc8 13.e4 c5 14.exd5 exd5 15.dxc5 dxc4 16.c6 cxb3 17.Re1 b2 18.Bxb2 Nc5 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Qg4
The main line of the Queen's Indian Defence. It is curious that this opening, which has occurred in many top level games, was also seen last year in the Leko-Karpov match in Miskolc. However, at that time Peter played with white.

In the afore-mentioned game Karpov played 20... Bf6 and found himself in a worse position.

21.Qxc4 Nd3 22.Be5 Nxe1
[22...Nxe5? 23.Rxe5 Bf6 24.Rd5 Bxa1 25.Rxd8 Rfxd8 26.Bh3 Rc7 27.Bd7+/- Qd5-d6]

23.Rxe1 Bf6 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.c7 Qd6 26.Rc1 b5 27.Qc2 b4 28.Bb7 g6 29.h4!
A very strong move that forces Black to make an important and awkward decision. If he himself plays h5, then the evolving pawn structure is most likely a losing weakness in a pawn endgame, and moreover he is weakening his king. If he doesn't play h5 then he has to face a Kg2; h4-h5-h6 plan, whereafter White would have a strong tactical pawn on h6.

The losing move. At the press conference after the games Peter was not able to give an explanation to this blunder. We would not even try to do so. [29...h5 30.Kf1! happened i n an Ivanchuk-Aronian (Monte Carlo, 2007) game. With this fine move White puts his king closer to the center and prepares a favourable simplification.]

30.Qa4! Qd2 31.Qc6 a5 32.Bxc8?
White is impatient. He would have needed his bishop for a few more moves to defend against the threatening checks on the long diagonal. [32.Rc2 Qe1+ 33.Kg2 Qe6 34.Qb5! and there is no Qe4+. White would have won easily.]

32...Rxc8 33.Rc2 Qd3?
This move pays back the loan. [33...Qe1+ 34.Kg2 Qe6! 35.Qb7 Qd7 and because of the constantly threatening perpetual check White's task of intensifing his advantage to a decisive one is not so easy at all.]

Black's position is beyond recovery. From now on Kramnik doesn't give his opponent any more chances.

34...Kg7 35.Rc5 a4 36.Qxa4
[36.Qb7 Qd7 37.Qxb4 Rxc7 38.Qc3++- ]

36...Qe4+ 37.Kh2 Qd4 38.Qc2
[38.Rc2? Rxc7 39.Rxc7 Qxf2+ 40.Kh3 Qf1+= ]

38...h5 39.Kg2 Qd6 40.Qb2+! f6
[40...Kh7 41.Qxb4 Rxc7 42.Rxh5+ gxh5 43.Qxd6+- ; 40...Kg8 41.Qxb4 Rxc7 42.Qb8+ Kg7 43.Qxc7+- ]

41.Qc2 Kf7 42.Qc4+ Kg7 43.Rc6 Qd7 44.Qc5 Kf7 45.Kh2 Kg7 46.Qb6 Qf5 47.Qd4 Kf7 48.Rxf6+! Qxf6 49.Qd7+ 1-0