Game 3, 28.09.2004


Kramnik holds his lead after the third game

Press release from the organizers

Brissago, September 28, 2004. After yesterday’s first rest day at the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN (Brissago/Switzerland) Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko continued their match for the title. The third game ended in a draw after 23 moves - and so the 28 year old Russian holds his lead against his challenger from Hungary.

Today Kramnik showed his remarkable opening preparation of the first match once again. Although Leko was first to deviate from the first game, it was the World Champion who came with the novelty.

A simple move (17…Qc2) with intention just to exchange the Queens, put the challenger in the long thought. In the endgame the white pawn structure looked more vulnerable. After almost an hour  thought Leko decided to simplify the position.

The forced play leaded to a drawish endgame with the opposite-colored bishops.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.09.28"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Leko"]
[Black "Kramnik"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2741"]
[BlackElo "2770"]
[Opening "Petrov: classical attack, Jaenisch variation"]
[ECO "C42"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8.
c4 Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Bf5 11. a3 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Nc6 13. Re1 Re8 14. cxd5
Qxd5 15. Bf4 Rac8 16. c4 Qe4 17. Be3 Qc2 18. d5 Na5 19. Nd4 Qxd1 20. Rexd1
Bd7 21. Bd2 Bf6 22. Bxa5 Bxd4 23. Rxd4 Rxe2 1/2-1/2