Game 13, 16.10.2004

In the photo: (from the official site: The Top Model Natalia Vodianova makes the 1st move in game 13)

A fantastic fight over six hours – Leko holds the draw – Decisive game on Monday

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, October 16, 2004. A fantastic fight ended after six hours and 65 moves. And challenger Peter Leko (Hungary) holds the draw against titleholder Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) in this memorable game. It was a fight until the end – and only when all pieces except the kings disappeared from the board, was it definitely a draw.

Now, the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN will be decided in the last and 14th game on Monday, October 18, 3 p.m. Titleholder Kramnik will have the white pieces – and has to win this decisive game. For challenger Leko a draw will be enough to become the new World Champion.

Kramnik really took a lot of risks today and played a very complicated opening. He managed to surprise Leko with his plan f7-f5 and reached a promising position, where he started to prepare an attack on the king’s side. With a nice tactical trick 27. Nf5, Leko managed to simplify the position and to get a rook endgame. But in time trouble he missed the right move and found himself in a very difficult situation.

Again under enormous pressure, Leko played his best chess and found another miracle defence.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.16"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Leko"]
[Black "Kramnik"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2743"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[Opening "Benoni: Nimzovich (knight's tour) variation"]
[ECO "A61"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 exd5 6. cxd5 g6 7. Nd2 Bg7 8. e4 O-O 9. Be2 Na6 10. O-O Ne8 11. Nc4 Nac7 12. a4 f5 13. exf5 Rxf5 14. Bg4 Rf8 15. Bxc8 Rxc8 16. Qb3 b6 17. Nb5 Nxb5 18. axb5 Rc7 19. Bd2 Rcf7 20. Bc3 Qd7 21. f3 g5 22. Ne3 Rf4 23. Rfe1 h5 24. Qc2 Qf7 25. h3 Bd4 26. Bxd4 Rxd4 27. Nf5 Qxf5 28. Qxf5 Rxf5 29. Rxe8+ Kf7 30. Rb8 Rdxd5 31. Rxa7+ Ke6 32. Re8+ Kf6 33. g4 hxg4 34. hxg4 Rd1+ 35. Kf2 Re5 36. Rh8 Rd2+ 37. Kg3 Ree2 38. Rf8+ Kg6 39. Rg8+ Kf6 40. Rf8+ Ke6 41. Re8+ Kd5 42. Rxe2 Rxe2 43. Rg7 Re5 44. Rb7 c4 45. Rxb6 Re2 46. f4 Re3+ 47. Kf2 gxf4 48. Rb8 Rb3 49. b6 Ke4 50. Re8+ Kd3 51. Re2 d5 52. Kf3 d4 53. g5 c3 54. bxc3 dxc3 55. Rg2 Rb2 56. b7 Rxb7 57. Kxf4 Rb2 58. Rg1 c2 59. Rc1 Rb1 60. Rxc2 Kxc2 61. g6 Kd3 62. Kf5 Rb5+ 63. Kf6 Rb6+ 64. Kf7 Rxg6 65. Kxg6 1/2-1/2