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Evgeny Bareev vs Laurent Fressinet
Enghien-les-Bains (2003), France, rd 6, Jun-19
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Jun-23-03  Bears092: You'd think that 5 pawns should at least draw a rook, especially, when 4 are connected...
Jun-23-03  drukenknight: you would think. I am still looking at blacks 46th trying to figure out what is going on.
Jun-24-03  refutor: Black should win. look at Grischuk vs Shirov, 2002 for shirov's handling of 4 connected passed pawns v. rook...although the pawns in that game were a little further advanced
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  paulalbert: refutor: I looked at Grischuk v Shirov. I had either forgotten about that game or not seen it. I had previuosly referred people to Euwe v. Capablanca in which Capa draws with R against Euwe's 4Ps but pawns were not very advanced. I watched Bareev vs. Fressinet on ICC while in progress. Mixed view among masters and Gms about Fressinet's prospects to win, but everybody felt he totally blew it by letting K get cut off from pawns. I haven't seen any detailed analysis anywhere yet. Paul Albert
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  Honza Cervenka: Grischuk did not play well the ending with Shirov. Maybe that is why he lost it. For example why did he allow an easy advance of h-pawn by playing 46.Ke2? I would have played 46.Rh1 and if 46...e5, then 47.Ke3 with idea of next advance of pawns on the queenside and later an irruption of rook. Maybe black has any effective way to stop such a plan, but if not, he should lose the game. In this game white has no pawn in the ending, but his king is placed well and black pawns are not advanced. Black played that ending badly but I think that he has no real chance to win it.
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  kevin86: A similar game of rook vs five pawns is:Spassky-Fischer game 13 of 1972 WC. (Actually Spassky has imprisoned Fischer's rook with bishop and pawn),but the three pieces aside,it WAS a rook vs 5 pawns. By the way it was a drawn game,until Spassky blundered and lost. It was Boris' last stand as Fischer never lost after that.
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  kevin86: Here is the common theme among R vs P endings;if the rook's king can get in front of the pawns-the rook almost always wins. Even worse,as here,is when the king is cut off from the pawns,it is virtually always won by the rook.

On the other hand,if the rook's king is cut from the pawns-one pawn should draw and more than one usually wins.

Value rarely matters-it is the advancement of the pawns,and the placement of the kings that are paramount.

Mar-18-05  Prayer: A Rook can stop 5 pawns !!!
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  Sneaky: Hi Prayer, welcome to the club. Nice avatar!
Mar-04-06  blingice: I think it was poorly played by black, e.g., 59. Re6+, why not 59..h5?
Aug-18-08  vikinx: kevin86: <A similar game of rook vs five pawns is:Spassky-Fischer game 13 of 1972 WC.>I think you mean this game:Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
Feb-12-09  freeman8201: How can Evgeny make it out of this endgame?
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  whiteshark: <kevin86> Your general considerations look right to me. :D
Jan-12-10  YouRang: I suspect that black thought he was winning for part of this game -- and he probably was! However, he had 2 big miscues.

The first occurred after white played <39.f4>, attacking black's rook on e5 [diagram]

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Here, black played <39...Rf5>, missing a chance to win with 39...Rc1+!!, which forces the following sequence: 40.Kf2 Rxb1 41.Nxb1 Re4, and white can't save his f and h pawns (e.g. 42.Kg4? Re1 ). Black's pieces are beautifully placed, he has an army of passed pawns, and white's king is naked. It's more than enough compensation for the knight.

The game really turned around when white offered to exchange bishops with <43.Bf3> [diagram]

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Perhaps black, thinking that his bishop is attacked twice and defended once thought he needed to initiate the exchange with <43...Bxf3?>, but he missed the opportunity to defend the bishop and win a pawn in one swoop with 43...Rxg5!, and this mistake possibly changed the game from a black win to a black loss.

Had black played 43...Rxg5!, we would expect it continue: 44.Bxd5 Rxd5 45.Rxd5 exd5 46.Rb5 a4 47.Rxd5 Rf4 [diagram] White has his hands full (and then some) having to worry about black's connected kingside passed pawns, as well as the passed and guarded a-pawn.

Compare this to the position reached in the game after <52.Kxf3>

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The a-pawn is really not a problem, and black's slow kingside pawns are no match for the king and rook.

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  manselton: Don't understand why Black did not play 19... axb4 threatening RxRa1+ as well as bxQc3
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  plang: 9..e5 had been played in Ponomariov's win over Vallejjo Pons a few months earlier at Linares; 9..Bxc3 had been played recently in the little known game Barsov-Reefat Bangladesh 2003. In that game White had played 10 bxc and Black had gone on to win; 10 Bxc3 was new. According to Bareev Black's fascinating combination starting with 15..Nb4 was home preparation.

<manselton: Don't understand why Black did not play 19... axb4 threatening RxRa1+ as well as bxQc3>

Black could have won the queen with 19..axb 20 Qc1..Nb3 21 Rxa8..Nxc1 22 Rxf8+..Kxf8 23 Bc1 but would not have received enough in return.

Bareev thought that 27..Kf8 or 27..g6 would have been better as Fressinet's 27..b4 conceded the b3 square and allowed White to regroup. In a difficult position 35 Ke2? was an inaccuracy; either 35 Bc2 or 35 Bb3 would have been a better defense. Realizing he was lost Bareev successfully confused his opponent with 43 Bf3!. Bareev was critical of 52..g5?! recommending 52..h6 or 52..h5 (or even 52..a4) instead. 53..h6 54 Kh5..f5 55 Ra6..Kf6 56 Kxh6..g4 57 Kh5..g3 58 Ra5..f4 59 Kg4..e5 would have drawn easily. Bareev considered 56..e4?! to be the losing move offering a drawing line: 56..g4+ 57 Ke3..f4+ 58 Ke4..f3 59 Ke3..Kg5 60 Rxe5..Kg6 61 Rxa5..h5 62 Kf4..Kh6 63 Kg3..Kg6 64 Kh4..Kf6.

Great fight exhibited by both players and a fascinating and instructive ending.

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