Game 10, 10.10.2004


Draw in Game 10 – and Kramnik still one point down

Press Release from the organizers
Brissago, October 10, 2004. On Sunday Peter Leko defended again his lead at the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN against titleholder Vladimir Kramnik from Russia. “I try to keep the lead. And I’m just thinking from game to game”, said the 25 year old challenger from Hungary after today’s game. Now Leko needs two points out of the last four games to become World Champion.

For the first time in the match Vladimir Kramnik gets the clear better position after the opening. Leko faces a difficult and passive endgame with several pawn weaknesses. Kramnik looks for a forced win, but is not able to find one. With 24. …d5 Kramnik goes for an attack on the king’s side, because the Black rook was in offside on a5. Leko, in spite of being in time pressure, finds the exact defence 27. … Rdc7 and holds the draw.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.10"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2743"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Muller defense"]
[ECO "C78"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. c3 b5 7. Bc2 d5 8. exd5 Qxd5 9. a4 b4 10. d4 exd4 11. Bb3 Qd8 12. Re1+ Be7 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Qxd4 15. cxd4 Bb7 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Nd2 Rg8 19. g3 Rd8 20. Rac1 Rd7 21. Nc4 Rg5 22. Ne3 Kf8 23. h4 Ra5 24. d5 Rc5 25. Rcd1 c6 26. Nf5 cxd5 27. Rd4 Rdc7 28. Red1 Rc1 29. Bxd5 Rxd1+ 30. Rxd1 Bc8 31. Be4 Bxf5 32. Bxf5 b3 33. Rd3 Rc4 34. Bd7 Rb4 35. Bc6 1/2-1/2