Game 4, 30.09.2004


Leko after Game 4: “I will start to be more ambitious”

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, September 30, 2004. “The first game was a deep shock for me. But now I will start to be more ambitious”, said Peter Leko after Game 4 of the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN in Brissago (Switzerland), where the spectators saw a nice fighting game today.

Like in the second game Leko chosed the Spanish Opening against titleholder Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), but he played slightly a different line this time. After Black’s Nc6-d4 White had a choice between a quiet move and more complicated continuation. Kramnik, who leads in the match, decided to play it safe. Leko regrouped his pieces very skillfuly and prepared some active operations on the king’s side, seeing the danger, that the World Champion started an attack on the queen’s side with 20. b4 and 21. c4.
After the small inaccuracy on move 25, Leko suddenly got under pressure. Kramnik even won a pawn, but in the resulting rook endgame the activity of the black rooks proved to be sufficient for a draw.

Game 5 between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko will start on Saturday, October 2, 3 p.m., Game 6 on Sunday, October 3, 3 p.m.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.09.30"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2770"]
[BlackElo "2741"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: closed, 7...O-O"]
[ECO "C88"]

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 d6 10. a3 Nd7 11. Nc3 Nd4 12. Ba2 Nxf3+ 13. Qxf3 Bg5 14. Bxg5
Qxg5 15. Nd5 c6 16. Ne3 g6 17. Rad1 Rad8 18. c3 c5 19. Bd5 Bc8 20. b4 Nb6
21. c4 Nxd5 22. Nxd5 Be6 23. bxc5 dxc5 24. Rb1 Rb8 25. cxb5 Bxd5 26. exd5
axb5 27. d6 b4 28. a4 Rfd8 29. Qd5 Qf6 30. Qxc5 Qxd6 31. Qxd6 Rxd6 32. Rxe5
b3 33. Rb5 Ra8 34. R1xb3 Rxa4 35. Rb6 Rd7 36. Rf6 Ra1+ 37. Kh2 Rd1 38. Rf3
h5 39. h4 Rd2 40. g3 Kg7 41. Kg2 Rd1 42. Re3 Kh7 43. Kf3 Rd2 1/2-1/2