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Veselin Topalov vs Evgeny Bareev
"Bareev Grieves" (game of the day Sep-06-2018)
Dortmund Candidates (2002) (rapid), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-17
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Dec-21-06  notyetagm: One of my favorite Topalov games.
Jan-11-07  Octavia: in Neil McDonald's book the game finishes on move 30 with wh having Q & lots of pawns & bl having 2 Rs & 3 Ps.
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  plang: Which Neil McDonald book are you referring to?
Jan-27-07  BadTemper: wow what a sexy game.
Nov-03-08  sergeidave: "The Art of Logical Thinking" by Neil McDonald. This is game 12, but in the book this game ends with a few more moves, black resigning all the same.
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: a whole rook up and then losing. Hmm.
Jan-04-10  refutor: i miss topalov ;)
Oct-24-12  ZeejDonnelly: Glorious pun. Can't comprehend the game, however--got to go to work tomorrow.
Oct-24-12  Abdel Irada: <notyetagm: Yes, <Snoop>, this was a 5 0 blitz tie-break game! Gives you an idea of the immense talent possessed by a 2700.>

Even a "mere" 2500 can astound.

In 1999, I supplemented my (meager) income as one of the hustlers in San Francisco who set up tables and take on all comers for a dollar a game near the cable-car turnaround at Powell and Market Streets.

Among these hustlers was a Filipino named Omar who, I was given to understand, was an IM rated about 2500. As it happened, being prudent and having a constitutional aversion to chessic dismemberment, I seldom played him myself — although I did play him even and flatter myself that the few games we played were good ones. (I was then rated about 2200, although I've been largely inactive since 2000, when my daughter was born, and would hardly back myself to play at that level today.)

One of the people who did play Omar frequently was another player rated about 2200. Unlike me, he accepted time odds: five minutes to one.

These games drew quite an audience, for the high quality of play, the exciting style Omar played, and the blinding speed with which he moved. On one occasion, I watched them play out a terrifically intricate middlegame arising from a Scheveningen Sicilian in which Omar had ten seconds to make all of his remaining moves, while his opponent had over two minutes.

After some forty more moves, two minutes and nine seconds later, Omar won on time, having at one point made twelve moves in one second.

Oct-24-12  pablo333: My word: when he's on good form, there really is no-one better than Topalov! The way VT can calculate far sighted variations of moves is comparable to Alekhine, and he plays it with the style of Capablanca.
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  piltdown man: I love his chess! And I still hope he'll be the (undisputed) world champ one day.
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  HeMateMe: A linear mate. Pretty sharp. Bareev must have been very confident, to let his king get chased out, early. By exchanging Queens early , when he had the chance, the game was pretty much a dead draw.
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  scormus: Yes, I like his active style of play, very impressive here.

<Abdel Irada> <... twelve moves in one second> such fast hands :O Wouldn't want to meet him in the ring :(

< .... about 2200, although I've been largely inactive since 2000> 2000 was the year or did your rating drop?

Oct-24-12  Abdel Irada: <scormus>: 2000 was the year.
Oct-24-12  Tigranny: I thought Topalov was the player who fell victim to Bareev's immortal game - Topalov vs Bareev, 1994. Nice game by him too.
Oct-24-12  JohnBoy: Excellent game! Topalov at his prime.

<Irada> - I long ago recognized your strength from your comments. Keep it up.

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  scormus: <Abdel Irada: <scormus>: 2000 was the year>

I <;)> of course!

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  kevin86: Mate will come by queen next move....or the move after.
Oct-24-12  master of defence: 27...Qb5 doesn´t stops the mate?
Oct-24-12  Robed.Bishop: <MoD: 27...Qb5 doesn´t stops the mate?>

It will delay the mate and/or cost black his Queen after 28. Qd6+. I'm sure you can work out the details.

Oct-24-12  Abdel Irada: Thank you, <JohnBoy>.
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  offramp: The title for this game used to be <"Sittin' on Topalov the World">, but this has now been usurped by <"Bareev Grieves">. The loser now gets top billing. I suppose that is fair.
Sep-06-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: 23 dpa

<1. = (0.09): 19...Nb6> 20.Qa3 Qxa3 21.Rxa3 Rad8 22.Rc3+ Kb8 23.Rf3 Rd7 24.Ne2 Rxd1+ 25.Kxd1 Rf8 26.Nf4 Nd7 27.Nh5 Ne5 28.Rc3 Rg8 29.Ke2 Nc6 30.Ke3 Nb4 31.Rc4 Nd5+ 32.Kf3 b5 33.Rd4 g5 34.hxg5 hxg5 35.c4 bxc4 36.Rxc4 Rd8 37.Rg4 f6

2. = (0.20): 19...Rad8 20.Rf3 Qe7 21.c4 Nf6 22.Kb1 Ne4 23.Rfd3 Nc5 24.Qa3 b6 25.Nb3 Rxd3 26.Rxd3 Rd8 27.Nxc5 Qxc5 28.Qxc5+ bxc5 29.Kc2 Rxd3 30.Kxd3 g6 31.Ke4 Kd6 32.b3 f5+ 33.Ke3 e5 34.f3 Ke6 35.a3 a5 36.g3 g5

Sep-06-18  newzild: Can somebody explain 15...Kxd7 for this dunce?

All I can think of is 15...Qxd7 16. Nf5 ef 17. 0-0-0 followed by 18. Rhe1.


Sep-07-18  WorstPlayerEver: Hard to say why Bareev avoided 15... Qxd7

15... Qxd7 16. Nf5 exf5 17. O-O-O O-O-O 18. Qxa7 Qb5 19. c4 Qb6

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15...Qxd7 16. O-O-O a6 17. Nf5 O-O-O 18. Ne3 Qd6 19. Qxd6 Rxd6 20. Nxd5 exd5

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