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Leko – Carlsen [E15]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 Ba6 7.b3 0–0 8.Nc3 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bg2 Re8 11.Ne5 c5 12.0–0 Bb7 13.Rfd1 (If Carlsen wins and Anand draws, Carlsen will win 1st in tiebreaks since they go by the most number of wins.) 13…Na6 14.Qf4 (Today seems to be Queen’s Indian day. 3/4 games are Queen’s Indian.) 14…Nc7 15.Ng4 (White is slightly better but not much. Carlsen is fine.) 15…Nxg4 16.Qxg4 Qf6 (White has an easier time playing this game. He knows his target is the d5 pawn. Black is worse.) 17.e3 Rad8 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.dxc5 bxc5 20.Qa4 (Black is in quite a bit of trouble here. He has too many weaknesses such as the d5 and a7 pawn. Leko may score his first win here.) 20…Rd7 (This is actually interesting. I think the most obvious move would be 20…a6. However, I think Rd7 is fine.) 21.Ne4 (Utilizing the pin on the d5 pawn.) 21…d4 (Black has a trap here. If Nxc5??, Black would be better with dxe3. This is one example: 22.Nxc5 dxe3 23.Bxb7 exf2+ 24.Kg2 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Qe1 -+) 22.exd4 (Leko didn’t fall for any trap as expected. White is now comfortably better.) 22…Bxe4 23.Bxe4 Ne6 24.d5 Nd4 25.Re1 Qd8 26.Kf1 Rde7 27.Bd3 Qc8 28.g4 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Rf8 30.h3 Qd8 31.Be4 (Leko has continued well up to here. He just has to consolidate his position and he should win this endgame.) 31…Qb6 32.Bg2 g6 33.Kg1 Kg7 (It seems that both players are in time pressure. The last few moves have been what you call time pressure more, non-commital, non-risky moves. Now, Qd7 followed by perhaps Qe7 to bring the Queen into the Kingside action is a good plan.) 34.Qd7 Rd8 35.Qe7 a5 (Magnus is just trying to liquidate the Queenside pawns to get rid of some of his weaknesses. I highly doubt that Leko will allow it to happen.) 36.Kh1 Nb5 (Just a desperate move.) 37.Re6 (The best continuation.) Nd6 38.Qf6+ Kg8 (Black’s position is hopeless. It is just a matter of time.) 39.Re7 a4?? (40.Rxf7 and Black can resign immediately!) 40.axb4?? (Leko missed it but he still has a winning position.) 40…c4 (Even though White is still winning, he has some work to do. He made it more difficult for himself by not playing 40.Rxf7. Let’s throw away your Rybka, Fritz or Junior for a moment and put on your human thinking cap. How does White win? It is harder that it looks.) 41.Kh2 (Leko spent a lot of time for this move. Again, there is no clear easy win. Leko has to grind this out now if he wants to win his first game.) 41…Qb8 42.f4 (So Leko found a solid plan. He is pushing his f pawn to break open the Kingside.) 42…Qb8 42.f4 Qc8 43.Re3 Re8 (The correct move here would be trading the Rook.) 44.Rxe8 Nxe8 (Now Leko is doing well again. The more pieces off the board, the easier for him to grind. Now, I like 45.Qc6. The game will be soon over because Black no longer has much counter chances.) 45.Qc6 Qxc6 46.dxc6 Ke7 47.Kg3 Ke7 48.Kf2 Kd6 49.Ke3 Kc5 50.g5 Nc7 51.a3 Ne6 (The end is about to come.) 52.Be4 c3 53.f5 1-0