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Candidates Match: Polgar - Bareev Match

Evgeny Bareev3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Judit Polgar2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Polgar vs Bareev ½-½632007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
2. Bareev vs J Polgar 1-0642007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevE15 Queen's Indian
3. J Polgar vs Bareev ½-½562007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. Bareev vs J Polgar 1-0542007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
5. J Polgar vs Bareev 1-0332007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
6. Bareev vs J Polgar ½-½472007Candidates Match: Polgar - BareevA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-02-07
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  Maxim Dlugy: Yes 27...Ra4 was better. There's no way Judith can win this now.
Jun-02-07  acirce: Judit lost the thread. Now this will be easy for Bareev. Phew!
Jun-02-07
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  Maxim Dlugy: Black does have the passed "a" pawn..but the Knight is very strong and Black's pawn structure is seriously weakened. Bareev will have to missplay this for Judith to have a chance.
Jun-02-07  twinlark: Well done Bareev.
Jun-02-07  Bob726: Congrulations to Bareev for advancing
Jun-02-07  Knight13: And so Bareev advances. Nicely done.
Jun-02-07
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  Gypsy: Congratulations Evgeny. Smooth consolidation under pressure.
Jun-02-07  percyblakeney: It took Polgar a bit too much time to get close to her normal form, I don't think Bareev will beat Leko in the next round but nothing is impossible.
Jun-02-07
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  suenteus po 147: Congratulations to Bareev. I don't think many people expected him to pull this off, but he did and that says something important about him as a player.
Jun-02-07  moroloser: <percyblakeney:> And unfortunately, at least for mediocre players like I am, Bareev- Leko is going to be too subtle and far less exciting than Polgar- Leko...
Jun-02-07
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  keypusher: This turned out to be a fine game. Sorry Polgar couldn't pull it off, but congratulations to Bareev.
Jun-02-07
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  chancho: Congratulations to the "Bareevinator," on advancing to the next round.
Jun-02-07  Akavall: Congratulations to Bareev! Leko is a clear favourite in their match, of course.
Jun-02-07
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  suenteus po 147: <Akavall: Leko is a clear favourite in their match, of course.> I would say that's true only in the rapid tiebreaks. Leko's lifetime score with Bareev is actually tied 3-3 in classical games. He's 4-0 in rapid play, though, so I guess all Leko has to do is tie the match and then win in rapid.
Jun-02-07  granyid: I stick for Bareev anyway... maybe a slim win.
Jun-02-07  acirce: <Leko's lifetime score with Bareev is actually tied 3-3 in classical games. He's 4-0 in rapid play, though, so I guess all Leko has to do is tie the match and then win in rapid.>

It's rather 4-3 in classical and 3-0 in rapid (draws not counting), unless I'm mistaken, but none of that says much anyway. Their last decisive game in classical is from 2002, which doesn't mean that they mostly draw - most of their games are decisive - it just means they haven't played much in recent years. So what matters is that Lékó is currently the better player.

Noteworthy is that now Lékó has got two more rest days, and he is typically in good physical shape anyway. Meanwhile, you get a feeling Bareev has already started to tire. I'm rooting for Lékó, but wouldn't really mind it if Bareev pulled it off somehow, which I'm not ruling out.

Jun-02-07
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  suenteus po 147: <acirce> That's a much better breakdown than I gave. Another point to make as well is that all of Bareev's wins come from 2002, which was a peak year for Evgeny, whereas Lékó is much more consistent than him.
Jun-02-07
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  Gypsy: Well, someone already said it: Leko-Bareev is going to be a festival of subtle chess. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I for one am looking forward to their games.
Jun-02-07  KamikazeAttack: Bareev's hey day was back in the early 90s.

He went thru a slump only to come back recently.

It is a credit to his longevity to still be a top player today.

Jun-02-07  positionalgenius: <kamikaze>He peaked in the early 2000s. Won Corus 2002,hit highest elo(2739) around that time.
Jun-02-07  flamboyant: I'm a bit disappointed, I was cheering for Polgar, she's by far my favorite player, but she still have some trouble against the best positionnal players (particularly Kramnick)
Jun-02-07  notyetagm: Too bad Judit never played the KID in this match. She lost badly twice when she played the Queen's Indian and could not have done worse playing the KID.

I am really disappointed that she avoided the KID in the final game. Better to go down with both guns blazing than with a wimper.

Jun-02-07  twinlark: An incredibly disappointing match from the point of view of Polgar supporters. Not so much that she lost, but the way she lost. It took 5 games before she looked remotely like the Polgar everyone knew. Quite frankly, for most of the match she didn't seem to even be playing at grandmaster standard.

She is going to have to seriously reassess her future, as her days of being a World Championship contender look to be well and truly over.

Jun-02-07  PinkPanther: <twinlark>
Truthfully, Polgar should have been lucky to get a draw in the 5th game. Run that thing through a computer and see what it thinks. Is that the Polgar that you know? She was lucky this match wasn't over by game 4.
Jun-03-07  notyetagm: <flamboyant: I'm a bit disappointed, I was cheering for Polgar, she's by far my favorite player, but she still have some trouble against the best positionnal players (particularly Kramnick)>

Yes, if Judit had made it to Mexico City, Kramnik just would have beaten her two more times.

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