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Péter Lékó
Peter Leko 06 08 2006.jpg
Full name Péter Lékó
Country  Hungary
Born September 8, 1979 (1979-09-08) (age 30)
Subotica, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2739
(No. 12 on the January 2010 FIDE ratings list)
Peak rating 2763 (April 2005)
This article uses algebraic notation to describe chess moves.
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 player. He became a grandmaster in 1994 at the age of 14 years (a world record at the time). In the January 2010 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2739, making him number twelve in the world, and Hungary's number one. His best rating was number four, first achieved in April 2003.


Early life

Leko was a chess prodigy and became a Grandmaster at age 14, then the youngest ever.

He is the son-in-law of Armenian grandmaster Arshak Petrosian.

World Championship results

In 2002 Leko 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 – 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 6.5 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

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

Notable accomplishments

Sample game

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Chess zver 26.png a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 rd g8 kd h8 Chess zver 26.png
a7 rl b7 bd c7 d7 e7 rd f7 g7 bd h7 pd
a6 bl b6 c6 d6 qd e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 pd f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 nl c4 d4 pd e4 f4 pd g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 pl d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 pl c2 d2 e2 f2 pl g2 pl h2 pl
a1 b1 c1 d1 ql e1 f1 rl g1 kl h1
Chess zhor 26.png
In this position after move 26 in the 2005 Corus tournament game between Viswanathan Anand and Péter Lékó, 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 O-O 14. Nce3 Be6 15. Bd3 f5 16. O-O 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? (Better is 26. Bc6 Bxc6 27. Rxe7 Qxe7 28. Nxc6 with approximate equality. See diagram) 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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