Game 2, 26.09.2004
Draw in the second game: Leko entered the match
Press release from the organizers
Brissago, September 26, 2004. The second game of the Classical World Chess Championship between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Peter Leko (Hungary) ended in a draw. Leko, the 25-year-old Hungarian, said after the game: “Now I have the first half point. And I feel that I have entered the match.”
The beginning of the game looked very promising. Leko played a rare line of the Spanish opening and got some chances on the queen side. At the same time Kramnik was preparing an attack on the king’s side. The main battle could be around the white bishop a2. Black was threatening to cut it out from the game with the advance of the c-pawn. To avoid this danger Kramnik started some operation in the center which resulted in exchange of his bishop. Instead of taking this bishop Leko suddenly took the knight on g5.
Kramnik saw the hidden idea – an intermediate move Qg3 – and decided not to challenge the challenger any longer. Leko accepted the draw offer, the endgame, which would arise offered no real chances for both of the players.
After the exhausting fight in the first game the players didn’t have the strength to go to their limits again. Vladimir Kramnik, who was obviously still exhausted from yesterday’s game, said: “I will try to recover tomorrow as much as possible in order to play the third game on Tuesday with full energy.”
[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Leko, Peter"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 Re8 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Ng5 Rf8 12. a3 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Na5 14. Ba2 c5 15.
f4 exf4 16. e5 Nd5 17. Bxd5 Qxg5 18. Bxb7 1/2-1/2