Dannemann: Game six drawn in 20

10/3/2004 – World championship challenger Peter Leko is definitely on the offensive. After winning game five to equalize the score today, with the black pieces, he surprised the incumbent Vladimir Kramnik with a pawn sacrifice on move 14. Kramnik demurred and, with a super-model watching, the game soon ended in a draw. Here's our report.

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Game six: quick draw in 20 moves

After yesterday’s six and a half hour game and Peter Leko’s victory against classical chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik, the sixth game at the Centro Dannemann today ended in a 20-move draw.


Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko: the start of game six

Kramnik repeated the Spanish Opening, but his Hungarian challenger came up with a new and powerful idea: 14…d5, offering a pawn sacrifice. Kramnik decided not to take the risk and choses a solid reply 15.Bg5, hoping to get some initiative on the kingside. But after c5-c4 his bishop on a2 started to look bad. It took the world champion some time to bring the bishop back into the game.


Projection of the players on giant plasma screens for VIP visitors

Meanwhile Leko had stabilized his position on the kingside. When he offered a draw, Kramnik could hardly refuse: Black was already slightly better.

 
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(6) Kramnik,V (2770) - Leko,P (2741) [C88]
WCh Brissago SUI (6), 03.10.2004
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.c3 Qd7 14.Nf1 d5 15.Bg5 dxe4 16.dxe4 c4 17.Ne3 Rfd8 18.Nf5 Qe6 19.Qe2 Bf8 20.Bb1 h6 ½–½.


The match commentators GMs Artur Jussupow and Helmut Pfleger don't seem to be enjoying this game in their sound-proof cabin at the back of the playing hall


Super-model Carmen Kass with the head of Dannemann Brazil Hans Leusen.


Carmen is the head of the Estonian Chess Federation and genuinely interested in the game


The chess playing super-model who lives in New York


After the game, as always, there was a live video coverage of the press conference on Playchess.com.


Jussupow and Pfleger went through the game, answering the questions of spectators

Contacts and further information

Rolf Behovits
Press Officer World Chess Championship
CENTRO DANNEMANN
Via Ruggero Leoncavallo
CH-6614 Brissago
rbehovits@chessgate.de

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