(1) Kramnik - Leko [A33]
Miskolc (m1) (1), 25.04.2007
[Berkes/Meszaros]

The first move was made by Sandor Kali, the Mayor of Miskolc. The flashlights had blinked for a number of minutes, then the game finally began. The players sarted the match in an apparently tense state of mind.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3 Qa5 8.Bh4 Ne4!
Black happily accepts the simplification.

9.Bxe7 Nxc3 10.Qd2 Nxe7
[We would have also expected 10...Kxe7 ]

11.Nb5 0-0 12.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 13.Nxc3 b6 14.0-0-0 Rd8 15.Be2 Bb7 16.e4?! f5!
Black doesn't wait like a sitting duck. He won't let White finish his development and play on Black's main weakness, the 'd6' square. The intense counterplay tumbles the white army.

17.exf5
[17.f3?! fxe4 18.fxe4 Ng6 19.Rd4 Bc6 (19...Kf7?! 20.Nb5! Ke7 21.Nd6 Bc6 22.b4! ) 20.b4 Ne5 21.Rhd1 Kf7 =/+]

17...Nxf5 18.Rhg1 Rac8 19.Rd2 Kf8!
The king belongs to the middle of the board. By the time White wakens, Black is taking the initiative. [19...d5 20.cxd5 Bxd5 (20...exd5?! 21.Bg4 g6 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Rd4 +/=) 21.Kd1 Kf7= ]

20.g3 Ke7 21.Re1 Nd6 22.b3
[Better is 22.Rd4 ]

22...b5 23.Red1 Ne4 24.Nxe4 Bxe4 25.Kb2
Black is better because of his central pawns, but the advantage is far from being decisive. We would have liked to see a "skinning" á la Lékó, but considering the time shortage the players devided the point. 1/2-1/2