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Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Hungarian Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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  Albertan: The move 9...c5!? is a positional sacrifice. Black hopes to have compensation for the pawn in the form of more active pieces.
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  Albertan: The move 10...Bb7 is the main line in this variation with play usually continuing: 11.O-O Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Bg5 Nc6 =
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  Albertan: Bareev could have tried 16.Qc2 and play might have continued: 16...Ng4 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Rxd5 19.Qe4 Nf6 20.Qc2
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  Albertan: The move 16...b4!? is an interesting alternative to 16...Ng4.

A sample line involving 16...b4!? is 17.axb4 Nxb4 18.Nb5!? axb5 19.Qxb4 Bc4 20.Bxc4 bxc4 32.Be3 Nxe4 33.Qxc4 Bxb2 34.Re1=

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  Albertan: The move 19.Bf4! is a nice move which starts a combination.
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  Albertan: If Bareev had played 24.Bxc4 instead of 24.Rxa6 play might have continued:

24.Bxc4 Bxc4 25.Ne5 Rc8 26.c6 Be2 27.Rxa6 f6 28.Nd7 Bxg4

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  Albertan: Computer analysis (Shredder 8) shows that Van Wely could have held the endgame after: 27... e5 28. Nb5 Kf8 29. Nd6 Rc7 30. Nxc4 Be2 31. Ra8+ Ke7 32. Nxe5 f6 33. Ra2
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  Albertan: Van Wely made a mistake on move 28 when he played 28...Kf8. Instead he should have played 28...f6 29.Rc5 e5 30.Nb5 Ra8 been okay. However if after 28...f6!? White plays 29.f3! Bc8 30.c7 Rb7 31.Ra8 Rxc7 32.Nb5 Rc5 33.Na7 Ra5 34.Rxc8 wins
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  plang: Bareev had defeated Van Wely three months earlier during the 2001 Bundesliga with 13 a3; here he varied with 13 Rd1. Worth considering was 17..Bxc3!? 18 bxc(18 Qxc3..Nd4!) 18..Nge5 when Black should be OK. Van Wely had apparently overlooked 19 Bf4!. 27..Rb8?! led to White obtaining some additional tactical possibilities; 27..Kf8 at once looks better. 29 f3! would have been stronger as after 29..Be6 (29..Bc8? 30 Rd5! would have won at once) 30 Nxe6..fxe 31 Rc5 would have led to a winning pawn endgame. 29..Bc8? lost quickly; White would still have had a lot of work to do against the tougher defense 29..Ke8 30 Rxc4..e5 31 Nc2..Ke7. 33 Nc6! threatened 34 c8!(Q)+ and if 33..f6 then 34 Nb8..Be6 35 Rd8+..Kf7 36 Nd7 so Black resigned.
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