Peter Leko

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Péter Lékó
Peter Leko 06 08 2006.jpg
Full name Péter Lékó
Country Hungary
Born (1979-09-08) September 8, 1979 (age 34)
Subotica, Yugoslavia
(now Serbia)
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2737 (July 2014)
(No. 23 in the December 2012
FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2763 (April 2005)
The native form of this personal name is Lékó Péter. This article uses the Western name order.

Péter Lékó (Serbian: Петер Леко; born September 8, 1979 in Subotica, Yugoslavia) is a Hungarian chess grandmaster. He became a grandmaster in 1994 at the age of 14 years (a world record at the time). He was the challenger in the Classical World Chess Championship 2004 and tied Vladimir Kramnik 7–7, but Kramnik retained his title. His best world ranking was number four, first achieved in April 2003. Lékó is the son-in-law of Armenian grandmaster Arshak Petrosian.

World Championship results[edit]

In 2002 Lékó won the Candidates Tournament to qualify as the challenger to Vladimir Kramnik for the Classical World Chess Championship 2004. (The World Chess Championship was split at the time, but most of the strongest players participated, the most notable exceptions being the world's top two, Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand). After several delays, the match was held from September 25 to October 18, 2004, in Brissago, Switzerland. Lékó led by a point with just one game left to play. Kramnik managed to win the last game, tying the match 7–7 (+2−2=10), which entitled him to remain the reigning "classical" world champion.

In October 2005, Lékó played for the FIDE World Chess Championship title in San Luis, Argentina, and was ranked fifth with 6½ points. For more information, see FIDE World Chess Championship 2005.

In May–June 2007 Lékó played in the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2007. He won his matches against Mikhail Gurevich (+3−0=1) and Evgeny Bareev (+2−0=3), to qualify for the eight-player championship tournament. In the championship he finished fourth out of eight.


In 2001, Lékó narrowly defeated Grandmaster Michael Adams in an eight-game Fischer Random Chess (Chess960) match played as part of the Mainz Chess Classic.

Miskolc rapid chess matches[edit]

Every year since 2005, Péter Lékó played a rapid chess match in the Hungarian city of Miskolc. Each year, he faced a different world-class opponent.

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Sample game[edit]

Anand–Lékó, 2005
a b c d e f g h
f8 black rook
g8 black king
a7 white rook
b7 black bishop
e7 black rook
g7 black bishop
h7 black pawn
a6 white bishop
d6 black queen
e5 black pawn
b4 white knight
d4 black pawn
f4 black pawn
c3 white pawn
b2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
d1 white queen
f1 white rook
g1 white king
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 26.Ba6? Lékó (Black) punishes Anand's erroneous 26th move with a strong combination.

On the way to winning the prestigious Corus chess tournament in 2005, Lékó defeated Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand with the black pieces. The moves were:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. c3 Bg7 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nc2 0-0 14. Nce3 Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. 0-0 Ra7 17. a4 Ne7 18. Nxe7+ Rxe7 19. axb5 axb5 20. Bxb5 d5 21. Ra6 f4 22. Nc2 Bc8 23. Ra8 Qd6 24. Nb4 Bb7 25. Ra7 d4 26. Ba6? (see diagram)

Better was 26.Bc6 Bxc6 27.Rxe7 Qxe7 28.Nxc6 with approximate equality.

26... Bxg2! 27. Bc4+ Kh8 28. Ra6 Qc5 29. Kxg2 f3+ 30. Kh1 Qxc4 31. Rc6 Qb5 32. Rd6 e4 33. Rxd4 Bxd4 34. Qxd4+ Qe5 35. Qxe5+ Rxe5 36. Nc2 Rb8 37. Ne3 Rc5 38. h3 Rxb2 39. c4 Rg5 40. Kh2 Kg8 41. h4 Rg6 42. Kh3 Kf7 43. Nf5 Rc2 44. Ne3 Rd2 45. c5 Ke6 46. c6 Rg8 47. c7 Rc8 48. Kg3 Rxc7 49. Kf4 Rd4 50. Ra1 Rf7+ 51. Kg3 Rd8 52. Ra6+ Ke5 53. Ng4+ Kd5 54. Nf6+ Rxf6 55. Rxf6 Ke5 56. Rh6 Rg8+ 57. Kh3 e3 0–1

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Preceded by
Judit Polgár
Youngest chess grandmaster ever
Succeeded by
Étienne Bacrot