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Viswanathan Anand vs Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-19
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  1-0


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Jan-19-04  kingandqueen: Anand could have played 23.Rd1 rite threatening Bg6 checkmate?Doesnt that speed the game ? To avoid checkmate,black has to lose at least 1 rook?
Jan-19-04  technical draw: Probably black would play 23..Nxh7 and just simplify.
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  tamar: 23 ♖d1 ♘xh7 stops the mates. I don't see any quick finish. The rook on a8 isn't that great anyway. It gets to move exactly one square ♖b8 the rest of the way. Bareev must feel like he has a target painted on his King whenever he plays the French.
Jan-19-04  Hidden Skillz: loved watchin this one..
Jan-19-04  PinkPanther: In chess there is a fine line between loyalty to your openings and stupidity....and this is stupidity. It's not like the French is the only think Bareev has ever played against e4, in fact, he's one of the best Caro Kann players on the face of the earth. I simply can't understand why he keeps throwing away points with this opening. And to those who say "he's losing these games because of blunders not because of the opening" well, there has to be some psychological baggage that goes with the French defense after all these games, which can only hurt Bareev in the long run.
Jan-19-04  JGD: I am sick and tired of people insulting Bareev's French defense. Both the Rubenstein and Burn variations are actually quite sound. The key thing to remember is that these subvariations of the French often give white a large space advantage and a free hand for tactical displays (it thus the NATURE of the opening that makes it prone to miniatures, not the overall soundness). Bareev is a fairly quiet, positional player, and is a very capable defender. The majority of his French miniatures have been due to elementary tactical oversights or getting a bit to greedy (eg. vs Khalifman at Wijk 2002). The French merely requires a great deal of caution. Overall, I think it is nice to see a player devoted towards the development (although in Bareev's case he'll want to pull out of his slump before he humiliates the defense!) of a particular opening. I value this sort of player more than one that merely follows the latest "vogue opening trends" or ultra computer-analysed tactics. Although it may not seem so at first, Bareev's kind of player is more healthy for the noble game.
Jan-19-04  PinkPanther: <JGD>
I have no problems with the French Defense, and in fact it's quite sound....with the exception of the Rubinstein Variation (in my opinion). However, I think it's stupid that he keeps playing the opening over and over again and getting beaten over and over again. You'd think after you burned your hand once on the stove you'd be reluctant to put your hand on that stove again...but I guess not in Bareev's case.
Jan-19-04  OneBadDog: Isn't Bareev the only top-level GM that plays the French?
Jan-19-04  zugzwang: Am not a chess expert but am just curious why Bareev keeps on pushing for this opening as black despite his previous losses. I hope you guys won't mind. Is he up to something?
Jan-19-04  technical draw: Yes, he's up to something. He's up to his neck in losses!
Jan-19-04  PinkPanther: <Isn't Bareev the only top-level GM that plays the French?> No, but he's one of the few that uses it as one of his main lines defenses against e4. Some other French players include Radjabov, Morozevich, Dreev, Anand (very occasionally), Adams (very occasionally in the past) and Korchnoi (not that he's a top level GM anymore).
Jan-19-04  technical draw: I think I'll put the French defense into my recycle bin. (where it can keep company with that other villian, the Pirc.)
Jan-20-04  OneBadDog: Ruy's & Sicilians seem to be what most top-level GM's are playing against 1 e4 these days.
Jan-20-04  PinkPanther: <Ruy's & Sicilians seem to be what most top-level GM's are playing against 1 e4 these days.> Don't forget the Petrov Defense and the Caro Kann.
Jan-20-04  Reisswolf: <<Ruy's & Sicilians seem to be what most top-level GM's are playing against 1 e4 these days.> Don't forget the Petrov Defense and the Caro Kann.>

This is precisely why people should work on the Alekhine, if only just to catch their opponents off guard.

Jan-20-04  OneBadDog: <This is precisely why people should work on the Alekhine, if only just to catch their opponents off guard.> I think the Alekhine is fine for us mortals. Most GM's would probably agree that the Alekhine gives White a a slight but persistant and tangible edge.
Apr-24-04  Gavnyce: Wow V.A. loves the sac seems like he will sac anything but seems to like to sac the knight the most. In this game his sacs are incrediable powerfully to take down his opponent
Jan-17-05  aw1988:
Jan-22-05  AdrianP: Everyone who has got a chessbase subscription owes it to themselves to have a look at Monokroussos' lecture which <aw1988> linked above - some absolutely extraordinary variations, including the most insane perpetual check.
Oct-06-08  SetNoEscapeOn: In his career dvd, Anand gives the following amazing line, fully fit for <notyetagm>'s collections. <AdrianP>, it must be the same line that you are referring to. Quite possibly the most amazing perpetual ever (although it exists only in the notes).

Instead of 27 Kf7:

27... Qf4 28. Rg7+ Kd6 29. Rxe6+ Kd5 30. Rxf6 (30. c4+ Qxc4 (30... Kxc4 31. Rg4 Nxg4 32. Re4+) 31. Rd7+ Nxd7 32. Qg8 Rxb2+ 33. Kxb2 Bg7+ 34. Re5+ Kxe5 (34... Kd4 35. Re4+ Kd3+ 36. Re5+ (36. Qxg7 Rb8+ 37. Ka3 Qc1+ 38. Ka4 Qd1+ (38... Nb6+ 39. Kb5 Nc4+ 40. Kc6 Na5+ 41. Kd6 Rb6+ 42. Kd5 Kd2 43. Qxa7 Rb5 44. a4) 39. Ka3 Qc1+) 36... Kd4) 35. Qxc4 Kxf5+ 36. Kc2 Rd8) 30... Rxb2+ 31. Kxb2 Qd2+)

Oct-05-11  Hesam7: Black actually did very well in the opening! After <17. ... c4!> he would have retained a comfortable edge. My main line is: 18. Nxh7 Qd8 19. Nxf8 Bxf8 20. Rd1 cxd3 21. Qxd3 Qb6 22. Rd2 Be7

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with a difficult ending for White. But after Bareev's 17. ... Rfd8? White is winning until Anand blunders with 23. Re1?. Black could have capitalized on this mistake by playing <26. ... Qd8!> the idea being to get the King to safety by: ... Kd7 & ... Kc7. But Black blunders back with 26. ... Rb6? after which White is winning and this time he does not let it slip.

Jan-31-16  WickedPawn: This is the game that Vishy picked for his masterclass at the tradewise chess open 2016. He mentions his failure to spot 25.Bc2 until move 29. He shows an insane variation with a crazy series of mutual uncovered checks leading to a draw. 12 years later he still remembers all these lines. Unbelievable.
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  tamar: Vishy's Master Class a must see http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.c...
Feb-01-16  john barleycorn: <tamar> thanks for the link. a great pleasure to watch the video
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