Game 12, 14.10.2004


After a hard fought game Peter Leko needs one point to become World Champion

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, October 14, 2004. After 34 moves and almost four hours Peter Leko felt relieved. “It was a very tough game for me”, said the 25 year old Hungarian. “I had several nightmares during the game.” Finally Leko was able to hold the game against titleholder Vladimir Kramnik from Russia.
And with 6,5 to 5,5 points he is still in the lead at the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN (Brissago/Switzerland). The spectators applauded the protagonists after a hard fought and interesting game.

Leko changes his defence and plays Caro Kann today. Kramnik comes with an inspired 18. Qh7 and creates a big pressure. Leko decides to let White to exchange on f6. The black position looks almost lost, but the challenger starts to defend very strongly, using all chances to create a counter play.

White tries to activate his knight and to bring it to c6. Meanwhile Leko collects two pawns on the king’s side. Suddenly the position doesn’t look so nice for White anymore. Leko suggests an exchange of the queens and offers a draw at the same time.

Now the challenger from Hungary needs one point out of the last two games to become World Champion. Game 13, where Kramnik has the black pieces, starts on Saturday,
3 p.m. Game 14 is scheduled on Monday, October 18, 3 p.m.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.14"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2743"]
[Opening "Caro-Kann: classical, Spassky variation"]
[ECO "B19"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Qc7 13. O-O-O Ngf6 14. Ne4 O-O-O 15. g3 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Bd6 17. Kb1 Rhe8 18. Qh7 Rg8 19. c4 c5 20. d5 Nf6 21. Qc2 exd5 22. cxd5 Qd7 23. Bc3 Rde8 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Qd3 f5 26. Nd2 b5 27. Rhe1 Kb8 28. Qc3 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 c4 30. Nf3 f4 31. g4 Bc7 32. Qd4 Qxg4 33. Qe4 Qxh5 34. Nd4 Qg6 1/2-1/2