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Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev vs Alexander Morozevich
Russian Championship Superfinal (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Dec-26
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0


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Dec-26-05  csmath: 11. ... e5?

Moro cannot stand passive play, that is why we like him. Seeing this move live I thought this is OK only black is taking a serious commitment creating pawn weaknesses. However here Bareev demostrates immediately this move was a grave positional error and a lot worse than just a bad pawn structure!

12. Nd5! ... Nxd5

(anything else and black ends with passive defence)

13. cxd5 ... exf4

14. dxc6 ... fxg3

15. hxg3 ... Qc6?

grave error but black position is bad already, everything a consequence of that 11th move.

16. b4!

It is hard to believe but black is already lost!

I do not remember a recent game where a master player like Morozevich would be lost after 16 move, that is the case here. Unbelievable. Moro did continue useless fight for another 17 moves, at the end quite humorous.

Dec-26-05  Hidden Skillz: mtel masters vishy vs kramnik.. not exactly 16 moves but a move later
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  Ron: Wow. It does seem that after Black's 11th move his game is going downhill. After move 11 it seems that Bareev played perfectly.
Dec-26-05  aw1988: Right, Anand-Kramnik comes to mind, as well as Kramnik-Topalov (the latter from Corus).
Dec-26-05  bob000: brilliant win by Bareev
Dec-26-05  menacing knights: bareev devastated morozevich!
Dec-26-05  notyetagm: Awesome game by Bareev.
Dec-26-05  Akavall: Bareev did play a great game, but Morozevich played awful! This game reminds me of Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

I am not sure if Bareev saw everything over the board though, like Leko did. It is possible that Morozevich simply walked into at home preparation.

Dec-27-05  sucaba: I think the move 11. _ e5 was not that bad.
Black could play 13. _ ♘b4. After 14. ♕a4+ ♕d7 15. ♕xd7+ ♗xd7 or 14. ♕c4 exf4 15. ♕xb4 fxg3 I don't see why Black should lose.
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  al wazir: 33. Qg5+ would make a good Monday puzzle.
32. Rh4 would make a good Tuesday puzzle.
31. Qh6+ would make a good Wednesday puzzle.
30. Qg5+ would make a good Thursday puzzle.
29. Rxb8 would make a good Friday puzzle.
28. Rxb7 would make a good Saturday puzzle.
27. Qh4+ would make a good Sunday puzzle.

So what day was it when white played 25. Bc6+ ?

Dec-27-05  Akavall: <al wazir> Tuesday.
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  al wazir: Actually, 12/26 was a Monday.
Dec-27-05  Akavall: See, 26 was a Monday, 25 would be Tuesday ;). At least that's what I was thinking(to continue the pattern). Yeah, they did play on a Monday, and that also explains why Morozevich played so bad!
Dec-28-05  sucaba: On Sunday Bareev could play ♖xb7+ first.
I believe the toughest resistance would lead to a #12. For example 27. _ ♖xb7 28. ♕g5+ ♔f8 29. ♕xd8+ ♔g7 30. ♕g5+ ♔f8 31. ♖h4 ♖b1+ 32. ♔h2 ♖h1+ 33. ♔xh1 ♗d4 34. ♕d8+ ♔g7 35. ♕h8+ ♔g6 36. ♕( or ♖)h6+ ♔f5 37. g4+ (or ♗e4+ or ♖h5+) ♔e5 38. f4#.
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: After 25.Bc6+!! there are other ways also losing:

a)25...bxc6 26.Rxb8 Qxb8 27.Qg8+ winning the queen

b)25...Bd7 26.Re4+ Kf8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Rh4! and there are no satisfactory defense to the threats: 29.Qh8++ or 29.Be4 or even 29.Rxb7 winning

If instead of 31...Kg8, black plays 31...Kf7 32.Qg5+! Kf8 (32...f6 loses to 33.Qg7+ Kd8 34.Rh4!! and there's no satisfactory defense against 35.Rh8+ and 35.Qf8+) 33.Rh4! and the threat 34.Rh8+ decides the game

After 33.Qg5+:

a)33...Qg7 34.Qd8+ Qf8 35.Rh8+! winning

b)33...Kf8 34.Qd8+ Kg7 35.Qh8+ Kg6 36.Qh6+ Kf5 37.Rh5+ Kg4 38.Bf3++

Dec-29-05  mrbasso: <know-it-alls> It is easy to start engines and criticize, but would be much tougher to actually be in the situation. 10.Rc1 is a novelty.
Previously 10.0-0 e5 11.Bd2 Be6 was played.
Khalifman vs D Bocharov, 2005

However now 10.Rc1 e5 11.Bd2 Be6 is bad since Qeen c2 is protected and 12.Nd5! is possible. Moro couldn't find a satisfactory solution over the board. Black seems worse if he doesn't play e5 in this line.

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  ajile: Great game by Bareev. He tempoed Moro into a hopelessly lost game. Agreed 11..e5 was the move that started his problems. Then after 16. b4! the game broke open for White.
Mar-25-06  Whitehat1963: This great game serves as a great primer on the use of the skewer as a tactic. (Player of the Day)
Oct-06-09  Jack Sparrow: simply brilliant.
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