Game 8, 07.10.2004


Leko defeats Kramnik with Black and takes the lead
Excellent victory from Leko!

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, October 7, 2004. The challenger takes the lead: After the most dramatic and exciting game so far at the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN, Peter Leko from Hungary is leading by 4,5 to 3,5 points. After three hours and 15 minutes he defeated World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) with Black.

“Certainly I’m disappointed, but at the same time I have to say: Peter Leko played a beautiful game”, said Kramnik afterwards.

Kramnik takes a challenge and let Leko play a Marshall gambit for the first time. He prepares an interesting and rare line. The 25 year old Hungarian spends a lot of time and goes for a principal continuation.
Kramnik sacrifices a queen for a rook and hopes, that his passed pawn would be the decisive factor after 25. …Qd3. Suddenly it is Kramnik who starts to think: He discovers a mistake in his home preparation.
The black attack is not only sufficient for a draw, but is winning! Although Leko has only a few minutes left, he plays the rest of the game confidently. Kramnik can only congratulate his opponent, who played a brilliant game. “I had quite a mixed feeling during the game. But now I’m very happy that I won it.”

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.07"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2743"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Marshall, main line, 14...Qh3"]
[ECO "C89"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qh5 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. f3 Nf6 19. Re1 Rae8 20. Rxe8 Rxe8 21. a4 Qg6 22. axb5 Bd3 23. Qf2 Re2 24. Qxe2 Bxe2 25. bxa6 Qd3 26. Kf2 Bxf3 27. Nxf3 Ne4+ 28. Ke1 Nxc3 29. bxc3 Qxc3+ 30. Kf2 Qxa1 31. a7 h6 32. h4 g4 0-1