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Anatoly Karpov vs Evgeny Bareev
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-24
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1-0

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Apr-29-08
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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  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?
Feb-15-18  tgyuid: henrik larsen once missed a penalty
Feb-15-18  tgyuid: 'only those who never play never lose....
Mar-18-20
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  cSete: ...Ba7. Wood pusher that I am, I spent quite a bit of time on the following move.

Were my pieces misplaced? Was this some sort of elaborate trap?

Mar-18-20
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  cSete: tgyuid

True......very true!

May-19-20  MrCalculater: Ba7 lose the rook even if it's not mate
May-19-20  Granny O Doul: Likewise, it's mate even if it doesn't lose the rook.
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