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Mikhail Gluzman vs Evgeny Bareev
FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Jan-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation (B18)  ·  0-1



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Oct-01-04  briiian13: nevermind... i saw the bishop pin
Oct-01-04  Stonewaller2: Right: 28. ♕f4 ♘g3+ 29. ♔h2 ♘xf1+ and now if 30. ♖xf1 ♗d6 nabs the ♕.
Sep-12-05  SnoopDogg: Amazing how Bareev saw this move from move 20 to 27 all the variations. This is what seperates the men from the boys (i.e. 2700's from the 2400's)
Apr-17-07  PolishPentium: White seemed to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory, as it were. Having built up considerable momentum out of the opening, he fritters it away, as alluded to by earlier commentators, with the weak 16 f4. Carpe diem, Mr. Gluzman, with the dynamic 16 Nxf7! If Black recaptures 16... KxN, then 17 Qg6+, and the Black k-side is in shambles. If instead Black moves the Rook (e.g., Rf8), 18 Nxh6 gxh6 19 Bxh6, White snatches all three pawns in exchange for the N. If instead in this "Rook-moving" line 17... Rh7, the N simply returns to e5, giving White a full pawn for his troubles.
Nov-21-14  plumbst: Difficult. Black is down an exchange for a pawn.

Black has an instant win with


Exploiting the loose g3 Knight and exposed King.


No choice, otherwise White loses massive material.


28.Qf4 loses to 28...Ng3+ 29.Kh2 Nxf1+ 30.Rxf1 Bd6.


White has to give up his Queen or be mated.

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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a pawn for a rook.

The white knight is momentarily defenseless and lacks mobility. The white castle has a number of weaknesses and the white pieces don't look well placed for an efficient defense. These details suggest 26... Re3 27.Ne2 (27.Rf3 Rxf3 28.gxf3 Qxg3 - + [B+N+P vs R]) 27... Qc6:

A) 28.Nd4 Rh3+ 29.Kg1 Rh4 30.Rf4 Rxf4 31.Qxf4 Qd5 32.Rd1 e5 wins the knight - + [B+N+P vs R].

B) 28.Kh2 Ng4+ 29.Kg1 (29.Kh1 Rh3#) 29... Rxe2+ wins.

C) 28.Kg1 Rxe2+ wins.

D) 28.Rf3 Rxf3 29.gxf3 Qxf3+ 30.Kh2 Ng4#.

E) 28.Rf2 Rh3+ 29.Kg1 Bxf2+ 30.Kf1 (30.Kxf2 Ne4+ wins the queen) 30... Rh1+ 31.Ng1 Rxg1+ 32.Ke2 Rxa1 is a massacre.

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  patzer2: Thought I did well in finding 26...Re4! for today's Friday puzzle solution, especially since I forgot I had seen it 10 years ago.

I visualized the combination to the game's end, but did not see all the way through to mate after 26...Re4 27. Nxe4 Nxe4 28. Qe1 (diagram below)

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26... Ng3+ 29. Kh2 Nxf1+ 30. Kh3 Qh2+ 31. Kg4 Qxg2+ 32. Kf4 Be3+ 33. Ke5 Qd5#.

Nov-21-14  pragni: 26..Rd5 also wins: attack Q and K. If 27.Qf4 then 27..Rd4. Same reply to 27.Qe1 and 27.Qc3
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  OhioChessFan: <pragni> likewise 26...Re3 Both are a little messier than the game continuation though.
Nov-21-14  morfishine: Black is pressing for a check on the h-file while his DSB covers <g1>; In trying to prevent this, White will lose material and the game

I think both 26...Re3 & 26...Be3 win

<26...Re3> 27.Ne2 Qe5 28.Rae1 Bd6 29.g3 Qe4+ 30.Kh2 Qh4+ 31.Kg2 Rxe2+ 32.Qxe2 Qxg3+ 33.Kh1 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Bc5+ 35.Rf2 Ng4

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<26...Be3> 27.Qe1 Qc4 28.Ne2 Bd2 29.Qxd2 Rxe2 30.Qd1 Qh4+ 31.Kg1 Ng4

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Yikes, another powerful rook move <26...Re4> escaped me :(


Nov-21-14  gofer: Initially, I looked at Ng4, but I have changed my mind.

<26 ... Re3>

Even though this stops the bishop's tight control a7-g1 diagonal. It threatens Nf3 with Qxg3. The knight cannot be defended as it is attacked twice and is currently undefended.

27 Qf2 Rxg3

27 Rf3 Rxf3

The knight cannot move; 4 of its 6 available squares are blocked by its own pieces and the other are a disaster...

27 Ne4 Rxe4

27 Ne2 Ne4!
28 Qe1/Qd2/Qc2/Qb2 Rxe2!

The rook is immune due to the <windmill of death>!

So white only has one real alternative; lose the knight and go on the attack. The rook moves look ugly...

27 Rad1 Qxg3

27 Rae1 Qxg3
28 Rxe3 Bxe3
28 Qe1 Nxh5!

<27 fxe6 Qxg3>
<28 exf7+ Kxf7>

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White is now desperate, he must defend against 29 Qh4+ Kg1 30 Rh3+ any move 31 Rh1#. The only defensive response; 29 Qf2 Qxf2+ 30 Rxf2 Ke6 leaves Black's three pieces and mobile king easily outplaying the two white rooks in the end game. So instead white must continue the attack or die. There is only one check available.

<29 Rxf6+ Kxf6!>

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Unfortunately for white he has traded into a position where all the checks are on dark squares and black controls ALL the dark squares.

Game over!


Oh. Not even close to the correct answer...

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  Penguincw: I got the right idea, sort of, to look for a mate on h2, but a windmill (or discovered check) never came until my mind.
Nov-21-14  goodevans: I went for <26...Re3> which I see from the posts 10 years ago is also good enough for a win. Somewhat disappointing to have a puzzle with more than one "solution", particularly to have it twice.
Nov-21-14  pragni: 26..Rd5 is the simplest!
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  kevin86: A windmill ending!
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  Jimfromprovidence: <plumbst> <27...Nxe4 28.Qf4 loses to 28...Ng3+ 29.Kh2 Nxf1+ 30.Rxf1 Bd6.>

I took me forever to see all the way to the bishop pin in this very elegant finish.

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  benveniste: I ended up in the 26. ... Rd5 camp as well, which I think is only slightly inferior to the line in the game.
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  Sneaky: 26...Rd5 27.Qe1 Rd4 (suggestion of <pragni>) 28.Ne2 Re4 and it looks like Black is winning a piece (the threat is ...Qe5).

The text is more forcing.

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Nov-21-14  posoo: WAT AVOUT 28 rf3????
Nov-21-14  squlpt: "WAT AVOUT 28 rf3????"

Loses the queen on d2 next move...

Nov-21-14  TheBish: M Gluzman vs Bareev, 2001

Black to play (26...?) "Difficult", Black is down the Exchange for a pawn.

It's obvious that the ideal scenario for Black would be to get a rook or queen to h4 to deliver checkmate. But if 26...Ne4 27. Qf4! (not 27. Nxe4? Rxe4 28. Rf3 Rh4+ 29. Rh3 Qg3!) 27...Nxg3+ 28. Qxg3 Re4!? 29. Qh3! (not 29. Qxc7?? Rh4#) and Black's attack fizzles out. This would be a case of right square, wrong piece. Instead, Black should give away another Exchange!

26...♖e4! 27. ♘xe4

Forced, as it was the only way to stop 27...Rh4# since 27. Rf2 Rh4+ 28. Kg1 Qxg3 loses miserably.

27...♘xe4 28. ♕f4

Or 28. Qe1 Ng3+ 29. Kh2 Nxf1+ 30. Kh3 (30. Kh1 Qh2#) 30...Qh2+ 31. Kg4 Qxg2+ 32. Kf4 (32. Kh4 Be7+ and mates) Bd6+ 33. Qe5 Qg3+ 34. Ke4 Qe3#.

28...♘g3+ 29. ♔h2 ♘xf1+ 30. ♖xf1 ♗d6 and Black wins the queen, leaving him with a queen for a rook.

Nov-21-14  dem176: I went Re3....
Nov-24-14  Moszkowski012273: <posoo> I thought you could play a little chess?
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  Fusilli: Precise play by black out of the opening. White's troubles start with the premature 15.Ne5 when O-O was needed. After the natural 15...Nbd7, white has to support the knight with 16.f4

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But now 16...a5! disrupts the queenside for white, because the rook on a1 is unsupported. White's best option seems to be 17.b5, but black has comfortable game after 17...c5. It becomes clear that white had to castle in move 15. Black's 16...a5 is a master move. A lesser player would automatically castle, but black doesn't waste the opportunity to strike.

Once white plays 17.bxa5, black sends his own king to safety and white has a broken up queenside and no secure place for his king on the kingside. Positionally speaking, black has the upper hand.

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