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Anatoly Karpov vs Evgeny Bareev
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1-0
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Nov-19-06  Albertan: For those of you not familiar with the French Defense, the move 3.Nd2 is known as the Tarrasch variation (named for Siegbert Tarrasch) The Tarrasch variation of the French Defense is regarded as White´s soundest response to the French Defence and it is especially favoured by players who like to start from a solid positional base.

The move 3.Nd2 avoids the pin ...Bb4 and keeps c3 open for a pawn. Black has two main approaches in response to 3.Nd2 - one open (3...c5), one closed (3...Nf6).

Nov-19-06  Albertan: Hiarcs 10 evaluated that Karpov gained an advantage after Bareev played 15...Qa6 . Instead it evaluated that a better idea for him is 15...Bd6 with this continuation possible: 16.Bg3 Qa6 17.Nf5 Bxe5 18.Rxe5 Nce4 19.Re7!? Kh8 20.Rxe8 Rxe8=

Instead of playing 16.Qe2 Hiarcs 10 suggests 16.Qc2 and gives this continuation as best: 16...Bd6 17.Bg3 Nfe4 18.Nef3 Nxg3 19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.hxg3 g6 =

Hiarcs prefers to play 17...Nh5 and calculated this possible continuation: 18.Bd2 Re7 19.Rae1 Rae8 20.g3 Ne4 21.Nef3 Nxd2 22.Nxd2 Rxe2 23.Rxe2 Rxe2 24.Nxe2 Nf6

Nov-19-06  Albertan: Hiarcs 10 gave a slightly better evaluation to the move 20...Be5 in relation to Bareev's choice 20...Bc7. A possible continuation after 20...Be5 is 21.Ndb3 Bc7 22.Rd1 h5 23.g3 Re2 24.Nd3 Bb6 25.Kf1 Re8=

On move 22 Hiarcs evaluated that 22...Ng4 was "better" than the move Bareev chose (22...Kf8) If 22.Ng4 a possible continuation is 23.h3 Nf6 24.a4 a5 25.Kf1 Ne4 26.g3 f5 27.Kg2 Kf7 28.Re1 Nd6 29.Rxe8 Nxe8 =

After Bareev's 26th move Hiarcs 10 evaluates the position as .

Hiarcs evaluated that on move 27 Bareev should have played 27...d4 however after 28. cxd4 Bxd4 28.h3 Bb6 29.Ke2 Rc2 30.Rc1 Rxc1 31.Nxc1 Ke7 Hiarcs 10 evaluates the position as equal.

Hiarcs 10 preferred to play the move ...Re8 on move 31. It calculated this possible continuation: 31...Re8 32.Nd5 Nxd5 33.Rxd5 Rc8 34.Rb5 Rc1+ 35.Ke2 Rc2+ 36.Kd1 Rxf2 37.Ke1!? h5 38.Rxb6 Rxf5 39.Rxb7 Kg7 =

Nov-19-06  Albertan: Hiarcs 10 preferred to play the move ....Ng5 on move 33 for Bareev and provided this possible continuation: 33...Ng5 34.Nd5 Ba5 35.Nf6 Rc2 36.Rd5 Bc7 37.Rd7 Rc5 38.Nd5 Ke8=

May-27-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: Black's 35 is a real kramnik...
Nov-24-07  The Rocket: 35ba7 what the hell????, this was at normal time control!,Kramniks blunder against Fritz actually looks ok in comparison to this!, this should be named blunder of the century considering also it was made in the biggest chess tournament(not counting world championships).
Apr-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I'm preparing a video annotation of this game, and it appears that at the point of the horrific blunder at the end, Black is better according to Rybka.

E.g. - check the side variation

[Event "Linares 12th"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Black "Bareev, Evgeny"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C08"]
[WhiteElo "2740"]
[BlackElo "2685"]
[PlyCount "71"]
[EventDate "1994.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2004.01.01"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nf6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Nd4 Qd7 11. N2f3 O-O 12. Bf4 Rfe8 13. Re1 Bf8 14. Ne5 Qa4 15. c3 Qa6 16. Qe2 Qxe2 17. Rxe2 Bd6 18. Nd7 Bxf4 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Nxc5 Bc7 21. Nd3 Bb6 22. Nb3 Kf8 23. Rd1 a5 24. Kf1 Rc8 25. Nd2 a4 26. a3 g5 27. Nf3 g4 28. Nh4 d4 29. cxd4 Bxd4 30. Nf5 Bb6 31. Nb4 Ne4 32. f3 gxf3 33. gxf3 Nc5 34. h4 Rd8 35. Rd5 Ba7 (35... Rxd5 36. Nxd5 Bd8 37. h5 Nd3 38. Nd6 Nxb2 39. Nxb7 Be7 40. Nxe7 Kxe7 41. Ke2 Ke6 42. f4 Kd5 43. Nd8 f6 44. Kd2 Nc4+ 45. Kc3 Nxa3 46. Kb4 Nc2+ 47. Kxa4 Nd4) 36. Rxd8# 1-0

Jun-04-08  ezmerin: Bareev was in trouble, but I believe 35...Rxd5 36. Nxd5 Bd8 was enough to get a draw.

That was a shock crash. It's hard to explain this blunder. Maybe Black were calculating the endgame with move Ba7 and believed so much his line will appear on the board, that he automatically responded by playing it? I happens from time to time.

Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: I don't Bareev that Bareev played 35...Ba7???
Dec-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: damned bitter
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: ....Ba7???? how many question marks should this get? ? ? Long live the Beer and ? pages
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: can anyone explain this blunder?
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: what do they call this? A helpmate?
Feb-04-09  WhiteRook48: 35...Ba7 is SO the worst move
Mar-29-09  WhiteRook48: Black was bareeved for this loss
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: well there are worse moves
Dec-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: So Karpov is famous for 24. Ba7!! Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 while Bareev is infamous for 35 ... Ba7??

<a real kramnik> Sure.

Mar-19-11  Tigranny: No offense, but that may be the dumbest blunder ever. Anybody could see that 35...Ba7??? leads to 36.Rxd8 mate.
Mar-19-11  shadowleaf04: I just felt that Bareev had mentally exchanged the rooks when he played 35..Ba7. He was holding his own in this game. Another example of a one-move disaster.
Dec-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: When I played through this game I thought the score must be wrong - Bareev does not play such moves!

But apparently, from reading the comments, it is all too real.

Dec-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Pun suggestion: "French Toast"
Aug-27-16  atragon: Really an incredible blunder... after 35.. Rxd5 36. Rxd5 Bd8 some engines (Komodo 10 and SF 160716) give a small edge to black.... even if white can manage to a draw. But in Linares 1994 the stars were on Karpov's side.
Aug-27-16  Granny O Doul: I think we are agreed that 35 ...Ba7 was in error.
Aug-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <DP12: Fortune smiled upon Anatoli Yevgenyvich for that entire tournament....>

Just ask Eric Schiller: the reason behind Karpov's smashing triumph was that most of his opponents faced Kasparov the round before, so were 'softened up'.

Mar-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Swapmeet: I think the only remotely plausible explanation is that Bareev had already mentally played 35...Rxd5. Definitely one of the most shocking blunders in history, but can you imagine the pressure at this level?
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