Game 9, 09.10.2004


Challenger Peter Leko is still in the lead

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, October 9, 2004. Today Game 9 of the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN (Brissago/Switzerland) ended in a draw – and challenger Peter Leko (Hungary) is still in the lead with 5 to 4 points against titleholder Vladimir Kramnik (Russia).

As the challenger, the 25 year old Hungarian needs seven and a half points out of 14 games to become World Champion. Game 10 will start tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Kramnik with Black today chooses the Queen Indian defence against 1. …d4. Leko loses a lot of time in the opening. He is not sure how to break a defensive wall of the World Champion.

After some hesitation he decides to attack in the center with typical advance e2–e4. But he spends already about 70 minutes for his 16 moves. The 29 year old Russian plays the opening quickly and confidently, but here he surprises the opponent with a draw offer. Leko doesn’t want to risk his lead in the match and agrees.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.09"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Leko"]
[Black "Kramnik"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2743"]
[BlackElo "2760"]
[Opening "Queen's Indian: Nimzovich variation (exaggerated fianchetto)"]
[ECO "E15"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 Bb7 8. Bg2 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O O-O 11. Bf4 Na6 12. Qc2 Re8 13. Rfd1 c6 14. Ne5 h6 15. a3 Nc7 16. e4 Ne6 1/2-1/2