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Leko, Peter (2707) - Goganov, Aleksey (2603) [C18]
World Chess Cup, Baku (1) 2015

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e6
The French Defence.
2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. h4
White tries to weaken Black's kingside with h4-h5-h6. Before Peter Leko played 7. Qg4.
7...Qc7
7...Nbc6 is also possible.
8. h5 h6








   
9. Rb1!?
A novelty. Usually White plays here the simple 9. Nf3.
9...Nbc6 10. Qg4!
Again a novelty! In one game Peter Leko produced two novelties, excellent home preparation! In Speckner, R - Wegener, D, Germany 1991, White played 10. Nf3 Bd7 11. Rh4 (after 7. h4 Nbc6 8. h5 h6 9. Rb1 Qc7).
10...Nf5 11. Bd3








   
11...cxd4?!
11...Nce7 looks more stubborn.
12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. Bb2! Qa5+ 14. Kf1 Qc5 15. Bxd4 Nxd4 16. Qxg7 Qf8 17. Qf6 Rg8 18. Rh4 Nc6 19. Nf3
White has a clear advantage in development.
19...b6 20. Rf4 Bd7 21. Re1 Ne7








   
22. Nd4!
White activates the knight.
22...Qg7 23. g3
23. Nb5 is also good, after 23...Bxb5 (23...Qxg2+ 24. Ke2 Kd8 25. Nd6, winning) 24. Bxb5+ Kf8 25. g4 a6 26. Bd7 Qxf6 27. exf6 Nc8 28. c4 Nd6 29. cxd5 exd5 30. Bc6 Rc8 31. Bxd5 Rg5 32. Rd4 White has a big edge in the endgame.
23...Qxf6 24. Rxf6 Rh8 25. Re3!








   
25...Ng8
Or 25...Rc8 26. Ref3 Nf5 27. Nxf5 exf5 28. Bxf5 Bxf5 29. R3xf5 Rh7 30. Rd6 Rxc2 31. Rxd5, with serious chances to win in the ending with an extra pawn.
26. Rf4 Ke7 27. Ref3 Be8 28. Rg4 Rc8 29. Rg7 Rc3
White obtains a huge advantage.
30. Rf4 Kd8








   
31. Nxe6+!
White wins with a small combination. Great!
31...Kc8
Or 31...fxe6 32. Rf8 Rc7 33. Rxc7 Kxc7 34. Rxe8, winning.
32. Nd4
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Leko, Peter (2707) - Goganov, Aleksey (2603) [C18]
World Chess Cup/Baku (1) 2015

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. h4 Qc7 8. h5 h6 9. Rb1 Nbc6 10. Qg4 Nf5 11. Bd3 cxd4 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. Bb2 Qa5+ 14. Kf1 Qc5 15. Bxd4 Nxd4 16. Qxg7 Qf8 17. Qf6 Rg8 18. Rh4 Nc6 19. Nf3 b6 20. Rf4 Bd7 21. Re1 Ne7 22. Nd4 Qg7 23. g3 Qxf6 24. Rxf6 Rh8 25. Re3 Ng8 26. Rf4 Ke7 27. Ref3 Be8 28. Rg4 Rc8 29. Rg7 Rc3 30. Rf4 Kd8 31. Nxe6+ Kc8 32. Nd4 1-0


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