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Alexey Shirov vs Evgeny Bareev
"Bareev Bereaved" (game of the day May-18-2010)
Novgorod (1994), Novgorod RUS, rd 3, Aug-??
French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: <where is blacks decisive mistake?> 14...Ncxe5 was a blunder. Evgeny simply overlooked that white has also another move to play instead of retreat of the Queen to c2 or its exchange. After 14...Nd4 black seems to be okay.
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  whiteshark: He's hopeless.
Feb-14-10  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka: <where is blacks decisive mistake?> 14...Ncxe5 was a blunder. Evgeny simply overlooked that white has also another move to play instead of retreat of the Queen to c2 or its exchange. After 14...Nd4 black seems to be okay.>

Wow, and this was a *CLASSICAL* game, not blitz or rapid!

A shocking oversight by a 2700-calibre player, 14 ... ♘c6xe5?? 15 ♖a1-d1 1-0.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I've had days like this. Now that I think on this, I've had entire tournaments like this.
May-18-10  shakespeare: <An Englishman: Good Evening: I've had days like this. Now that I think on this, I've had entire tournaments like this.>

me too - my last tournament :-) @#$% happens!

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  Once: Ouch! To be fair to Bareev, there is something of an optical illusion at work here. This is the position before the fatal mistake of 14... Nce5

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The white Qa4 is undefended, so black was surely assuming that it would retreat or exchange on e7. If the exchange, then Rxe7 sidesteps the attack by Bg5.

Unfortunately for Bareev, the sequence 14...Ncxe5? 15. Rad1 puts the black queen into a cross pin.

But from the starting diagram, with no pin yet on the board, who would have thought that two half moves later white would have pinned the black queen twice and be threatening mate from the seemingly innocuous rook sitting quietly snoring on a1?

It's easy to mock, but I suspect we have all fallen victim to something like this.

May-18-10  xanadu: Why so many moves on the Queen side by Black? Please, develope the King side before! (Be2, 0-0, etc...)
May-18-10  xmachine: Seems calm, then all of a sudden, this! Black would have been expecting a queen move from White, not a rook move
May-18-10  CapablancaFan122: Does anyone know what the time controls were for this game? Was it blitz?
May-18-10  newzild: Yay! My pet line versus the French makes a rare appearance on GOTD.

Now,, I'd like to see a Cochrane's Gambit, please.

May-18-10  Eric Farley: When mediocre meets mediocre anything can
happen. Witness Topalov x Anand.
May-18-10  alexrawlings: Is there anything wrong with 9.. Nxe4? I don't understand why Black didn't take the pawn here.
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  Phony Benoni: <alexrawlings: Is there anything wrong with 9.. Nxe4? I don't understand why Black didn't take the pawn here.>

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The potential pin on the long diagonal suggests moving the f3 knight somewhere, and 10.Ng5 looks interesting. After 10...Qxg5 11.Nxe4, the double attack on the queen gives White time to play 12.Nd6/f6+ and 13.Bxb7.

There are some complications, but this is a familiar theme and both players surely considered it. For example, compare the Monticelli trap in the Queen's Indian, as found in Euwe vs Capablanca, 1931

May-18-10  ajile: Awesome game. I hope Black had a sense of humor.
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  kevin86: Here is a similar game to yesterday's. The queen is lured away by an unsupported pin and mate follows.
May-18-10  Stoned Knight: <Eric Farley: When mediocre meets mediocre anything can happen. Witness Topalov x Anand.>

If Shirov and Anand are mediocre who isn't? yea, yea, the great american genius Bobby Fischer ... yawn

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  chrisowen: It was hop knight enter Nxe5 which cleaned him up. Better's Nd4 Evegeny digs a grave accentuating the morì nature of dealing queen's aims. Alexey tosses out the window conventional lines and takes a dip so selling the KIA. Scraps that notion, coordinate the bishop attack first, c4s a remedy. Fill er then the dfile with see rooks, and castles beforehand. Radical move Rad1 forced bishop in and tourist play lays black to rest.
May-18-10  drpoundsign: I'm low intermediate rating and I play better than THAT! Did he not see the double threat to rook and queen??
May-18-10  Not: It's pronounced Barey-ev, right? So the pun is extra groany ;)
May-18-10  outplayer: I think black could play 9...Ne4.
May-18-10  Raisin Death Ray: <Not> NOT!!!
May-18-10  AngeLa: ..this game looks like .. way back to morphy's games... ^^v (nice discussion guyz ^^v)God bless All ^^v
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  sea7kenp: What do we have here? Two X-Rays? (Rook to Rook and Queen to King)?
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  kingscrusher: <Phony Benoni>

Essentially Ne5 is an amazing resource to refute it.

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If 10...Nc3

11. Qh5! g6

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Example continuation follows:

12. Qh3 Qc7 13. f4 Na4 14. Ne4 Be7 15. b3 Nd7 16. O-O Nxe5 17. fxe5 Qxe5 18. Bf4 Qg7 (18... Qd4+ 19. Nf2 Bxg2 20. Qxg2 ) 19. Rae1 O-O 20. bxa4 )

Cheers, K

(analysis with help of Stockfish!)

Jul-07-21  Granny O Doul: The trap with 9...Nxe4 is essentially the one we saw in Browne vs Ashley, 1991 .

By the way, for a while in the early 90s there was a 976 number you could call to get the latest on whatever big chess tournament was going on. I believe it was an idea of then-USCF president Max Dlugy. Anyway, Bareev was "bereave" and Dreev was "dreave". They might have hired a sexy-voiced woman if such was their standard, but nope.

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