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(*Nigel Davies has had to take a break because of work pressure, so French Grandmaster, and king pawn expert, Olivier Renet has agreed to step in:*)

This month we will focus our attention on the match Leko-Adams which took place in Hungary during June 2005.

Adams twice played the Chigorin Defense and lost both games, whereas Leko played the Moller (Archangel) variation twice and also lost twice! In all these games Black found it very difficult to equalize.


Download PGN of June '05 1 e4 e5 games

Archangel [C78]

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 we will examine the trendy 6...Bc5 (instead of 6...Bb7 as in the Archangel proper):

In Game 1 Adams improved one of the lines of the Moller attack with 14 Nbxd4 and things seems to be difficult for Black:

Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5 are the most important games in this line and I have included some novelties of my own.


After 12 d5 is the Keres Variation still playable?

Leko crushed Adams in this line in Game 6, and had Kramnik on the ropes in Game 7. Meanwhile, Sutovsky should have won against Acs in Game 8 but sacrificed too much!!

Finally we'll take a look at the good old Mainline Chigorin:

In Game 9 Leko's play appeared to be easy and strong

Also take a look at the game Volokhitin - Rogic.

That's all for now, see you next month!


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