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Peter Svidler vs Evgeny Bareev
"Unbareevable" (game of the day Apr-12-2015)
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-13
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  Bobsterman3000: Isn't 11...Qxf6 a blunder?

I am thinking that Bareev should have recaptured with the pawn instead, due to his weak back rank and king still in the center.

Apr-23-04  acirce: Intuitively 11...gxf6 seems sounder indeed. Maybe followed by ...f5 if there isn't some vicious tactics for White in some lines there.

The decisive mistake was of course 16...exf4??

Apr-23-04  Bears092: I'm a french player, and this is one of the lines I use. Taking the white knight on e4 is usually a bad idea since that gives whites bishop the power of the long diagonal. If black can assert his there, he should have at least equality...
May-21-05  schnarre: I concur with Pink Panther's assertion that Bareev needs to quit playing the Rubenstein Variation, & stay with the Caro-Kann instead of the french!
Dec-19-05  netlava: The French is good but maybe not for Bareev.
Dec-28-05  CloudDragon: Bareev is fine he made a mistake 2700 more time than many indeed!
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: There's no good defense against 18.Rfe1 and 18.Bxa8, and the black queen has to guard 18.Qd8++. Black's completely lost! 1-0
Dec-28-05  yogi1986: hmm bareev doesn't look so overrated in the 2005 russian superfinal with a win over kramnik and a crushing revenge over svidler.
Jan-13-06  schnarre: <syracrophy> <Black's completely lost!>


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  LIFE Master AJ: (at CC) We are going over some of the games in the book, "Judgement and Planning in Chess," by GM Niel McDonald. This is one of the games that he chooses to shine the spotlight on.
Nov-21-07  Whitehat1963: Okay, call me an idiot, but I don't see the finish. Black's at a disadvantage, but why can't he play 17...Rb7 18. Re1 Be6? I'm missing something obvious, what is it?
Nov-21-07  Jim Bartle: Um, I think 17...Rb7 would be illegal?
Nov-21-07  Whitehat1963: Whoops I meant 17...Rb8, of course!
Nov-21-07  Jim Bartle: Then 18. Bxc8?
Nov-21-07  Whitehat1963: Yeah, obvious, like I said. If 17...Rb6, then 18. Bxc8 and black has to castle rather than recover the bishop. Thanks, <Jim B>.
Nov-27-10  sevenseaman: 17. Bxb7 is very opportune. Black's fight evaporates.
Apr-23-11  wordfunph: Peter's astonishing 14.Nc6!
Jun-15-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Svidler vs Bareev, 2004.
Your score: 23 (par = 19)


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  offramp: Worst Evgeny Bareev er
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  Honza Cervenka: Black's troubles started with 10...h6?! instead of more natural and better 10...Be7 like in Shirov vs Anand, 2001. Still the game could have been playable after 11...gxf6!? On the other hand, 14...0-0 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.Qd6 Qxd6 17.Rxd6 Rb8 18.a4 with idea a5, Rfd1 and Rb6 looks quite ugly for black who is cramped without any active counterplay. 16...0-0 was definitely better than 16...exf4 losing the game on the spot but after 17.f5 white with firm control of d-file and black's problems to finish his development is strategically won.
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  Honza Cervenka: 15.Qc3!? is probably even better than 15.Nxe7. The Knight is still untouchable and after 15...0-0 16.Nxe5 white has sound extra Pawn.
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  Bubo bubo: Opening the central files before castling is usually a bad idea, as witnessed by this game: Black loses either a rook or his queen for a rook (17...Bxb7 18.Rfe1) or his king (17...Qc5+ 18.Kh1 Bxb7 19.Rfe1+ Kf8 20.Qd8+ Rxd8 21.Rxd8#) - just because his king is still sitting in the middle. Sometimes even 2700ers make bad mistakes...
Apr-12-15  thegoldenband: I was looking at 16...Bg4, but it doesn't help much -- White's initiative is too strong, and Black too far behind in development.
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  scormus: One of those days we all have sometimes :(

Bareev plays like a novice

CG's pun makes me wince

My guts reacted to the magnesium I take to avoid getting cramp in the legs

Oh, and Geraint Thomas had a painful exit in the Paris-Roubaix "Hell of the North"

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  kevin86: Instant death caused by fork and pin.
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