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Evgeny Bareev vs Teimour Radjabov
33rd Bosnian Sarajevo (2003), Sarajevo BIH, rd 9, May-27
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-02-03  dippel: A nice sacrifice - if 25.Kxf2 then comes: Bd4+ 26.Be3 Nf5 27.Kg1 Nxe3 28.Kh1 Ng4! and Black wins.
Jun-02-03  drukenknight: what do you think of 30...d2?
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  Sneaky: Sneaky: Here's some analysis by GM Kavalek:

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<A shocking rook sacrifice, jolting Bareev's confidence. After 24...Bd4 25.Rxe4 black can't play 25...Rxf2? because of 26.Rxd4! Qxd4 27.Be3 Rb2 28.Bxd4 Rxb1+ 29.Kf2 Rf8+ 30.Ke3 Nf5+ 31.Kxd3 Rd8 32.Kc2 Rxb3 33.Kxb3 Nxd4+ 34.Kb2 and white should win; and after 25...Bxf2+ 26.Kh1 Rad8 27.Rd1 Bc5 28.g4! cxb5 29.cxb5 Qc7 30.gxh5 Qb7 31.Rde1! d2 32.Bxd2 Rxd2 33.hxg6 white has a decisive attack.>

25.Rxe4 <After this white barely escapes. But Bareev might have been scared to accept the sacrifice with 25.Kxf2 because after 25...Bd4+ 26.Re3 [On 26.Be3 Nf5 27.Kg1 Nxe3 28.Kh1 Ng4! black wins.] 26...Nf5 white has problems eluding the unpleasant pin. Black does not care much about material disadvantage and has time to improve his position.

For example, 27.Kg1 Qc5 28.Rbe1 d2 29.R1e2 cxb5! 30.Kh1 Nxe3 31.Bxe3 Rf8 32.g4 Rf3 and black wins. On 27.Kf1 Qf8 28.Rf3 [28.Kg1 Qc5! as above.] 28...exf3 29.Qxf3 Qc5 30.Qxd3 Rf8 31.Ke2 Re8 black is better. The overprotection 27.Rbe1 does not work after 27...Nxe3, e.g. 28.Rxe3 Rf8+ 29.Kg1 Qa3 wins; or 28.Bxe3 Qf4+ 29.Kg1 d2 wins. Opening the diagonal a2-g8 with 27.c5 is met by 27...bxc5 28.e7+ Kg7 29.bxc6 Qxc6 and black will eventually end up with three pawns for a piece, for example 30.Rc1 Re8 31.Rc4 Nxe3 32.Bxe3 Qf6+ 33.Kg1 Rxe7 with a bright future for black. An amazing judgment by the youngster from Baku!>

25...Raf8 <Black was able to mobilize his rooks quickly.> 26.Qe3 Re2 27.Bxe7 <Bareev might have been glad to see a light at the end of the tunnel, avoiding complications like 27.c5!?, for example; after 27...Rxe3?! 28.cxd6 Rxe4 29.bxc6 the picturesque position is in white's favor. Of course, black can play 27...bxc5!? 28.Bxe7 Qxe7 29.Qxd3 Rxe4 30.Qxe4 cxb5 31.Qxg6 Rf6 32.Qxh5 Rh6 33.Qf5 c4 34.Bc2 Rxe6 with a good counterplay.> 27...Rxe3 <Not 27...Qxe7? 28.Qxd3 and white is better.> 28.Bxd6 Rxe4 29.Bxf8 Bd4+ 30.Kh1 <White has to be careful: after 30.Kf1? Rf4+ 31.Ke1 Bc3+ 32.Kd1 Rf1 mates.> 30...Kxf8 31.bxc6 Rxe6?! <Bareev will save the game now. After 31...d2! Radjabov had good winning chances, for example 32.Rf1+ [or 32.g3 Rxe6] 32...Ke7 33.Rf7+ [On 33.c7? comes Re1!] 33...Kd6 34.g3 Re1+ 35.Kg2 Kxc6 36.e7 Kd6> 32. c7! <After 32...Rc6 comes 33.Rd1.> Draw agreed.

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  Honza Cervenka: What is wrong with 25.Kxf2 Bd4+ 26.Re3 Nf5 27.Kf1 Qf8 28.Rf3 exf3 29.Qxf3 Qc5 30.Re1? After 30...Rf8 white can play 31.e7 Nxe7 32.Qxf8+ Kxf8 33.Bxe7+ Qxe7 34.Rxe7 with drawing ending, after 30...d2 31.Re4 white seems to be o.k. too.
Jun-03-03  drukenknight: While these GMs sure can spout of a lot of analysis for a drawn game! Sadly, I didnt even realize it was draw when I posted.
Jun-24-04  jeffnool: these game has a lot of improvement in this never ending variation of KID
Jan-10-11  Blunderdome: How did all those complications end in material equality?
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  plang: 13 Rb1!? is an extremely rare alternative to the main lines (13 Be3, 13 Bb2, 13 b5 and 13 Qb3) which has never achieved any popularity. 19..Rf6 20 Bb2..h5 21 c5..Qxe6 22 Qg5..e4 23 Bxf6..Qxf6 24 Qxf6..Bxf6 would have left Black with good compensation for the exchange. 26 Bxe7 would have been answered by 26..Bd4!. Bareev gave 31..d2 32 g3..Rxe6 33 Ba4..Re5 34 Rb5..Re7 35 Rd5..Bc3 36 Kg2 as equal.

Very creative attacking play by Radjabov; Bareev had to be very precise to defend.

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