Vallejo – Leko, Linares 2006

White:
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2650)
Black:
Peter Leko (2740)
Opening
Nimzo-Indian: Classical
Tournament
Linares 2006, Moerlia/Linares, Round 1
Date
18/02/2006
ECO Code
E32
Result
0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. e4
This is a risky approach. White’s pawn centre is a juicy target. Vallejo has played this twice, both games ending in a draw.
5… d5
5… d6 Vallejo Pons – Ponomariov, Young Masters 2006, 1/2 (56). This seems to be the main alternative to 5… d5.
6. e5 Ne4 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 c5 9. Bd3 Qa5 10. Ne2 cxd4 11. cxd5 exd5 12. f3 Nxc3 13. Nxd4 Ne4+ 14. Ke2 f5! =/+
Position after 14...f5! A Leko novelty. The knight is offered, but it cannot be accepted.
14… Qc3 15. Bxe4 Qxd4 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Bb2 Qh4 18. Bd3 Nc6 19. Kf1 Bd7 20. Re1 Rfe8 21. Qf2 Qh5 22. h4 Bf5 23. Be2 Qh7 24. g4 Bd3 25. Kg2 Nd8 26. Bd1 Belozerov – Sakaev, 56th ch-RUS 2003, 1/2 (26)
15. Be3
Inferior is 15. fxe4 fxe4 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Qc4+ Kh8 -/+
15… Nc6 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Rhc1 Rb8 18. Kd1
White starts to err under the intense pressure.
18. Ra2!? must be considered 18… Qc7 19. Qxc6 Qxe5 20. f4 =+
Shredder 7: 18. Kf1 f4 19. Bxe4 fxe3 20. Bxh7+ Kh8 21. Bd3 Bd7 22. Qc5 Qxc5 23. Rxc5 Rb2 24. Rc2 Rxc2 25. Bxc2 c5 [eval -0.19/14]
18… Rd8 19. Bd4 Be6 20. Rab1 Rxb1 21. Rxb1 c5 22. Rb5
22. fxe4 dxe4 23. Qxc5 Qa4+ 24. Bc2 Qxd4+ 25. Qxd4 Rxd4+ 26. Ke2 -/+
22… Qxa3 23. Bb2 Qa2 24. Be2
24. Qb1 Qa4+ 25. Qc2 Nf2+ 26. Ke2 Qh4 27. Qxc5 Nxd3 28. Kxd3 Qe1 -+ (28… Qxh2? doesn’t lead to the expected results 29. Qe7 h6 30. Qxd8+ Kh7 31. Qe8 Qxg2 32. Qxe6 Qf1+ 33. Kd2 Qxb5 34. Qxf5+ Kg8 35. Qc8+ Kh7 36. Qc3 +-)
24… Bd7 25. fxe4 Bxb5
25… a6! and its game over for White:

  • 26. Qb3 Qb1+ 27. Bc1 Qxb3+ 28. Rxb3 Ba4 -+
  • 26. Rxc5 Ba4 -+
  • 26. Rb3 Ba4 27. Kc1 Qxb3 28. Qxb3 Bxb3 -+
26. Bxb5 Rb8
26… dxe4+?! is much weaker 27. Ke2 Qa5 28. Bc4+ Kh8 29. e6 =
27. Bc6 Qxb2
27… dxe4!? might be the shorter path 28. Kc1 -+
28. Bxd5+ Kh8 29. Qxb2 Rxb2 30. exf5 Rb4 31. Kc2 Rd4??
Lets White right back into the game.
31… Rf4 Black had this great chance 32. g4 Rd4 -+ (32… Rxg4?? 33. e6 Rb4 34. e7 +-) and now 33. Bf7 is simply met by Rxg4 -+
32. Bf7 Re4 33. e6 h5 34. Bxh5?
34. Kd3 and White could well hope to play on Re5 35. Kc4 =+
34… Kg8 35. g4?
35. Kd3 Rd4+ 36. Kc3 -+
35… Kf8 36. g5 Ke7 37. h3 a5 38. Bg4 a4 39. f6+
39. Kc3 desperation Rb4 40. Bd1 -+
39… gxf6 40. g6
40. gxf6+ is the last straw 40… Kxf6 41. Kb2 -+
40… Kf8
40… Kf8 41. Kb2 Kg7 -+40… Rxg4 and Black can celebrate victory 41. hxg4 Kxe6 -+
0-1
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