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Alexander Lastin vs Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev
Russia Team Championship (2004), Sochi RUS, rd 1, Apr-20
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line (C07)  ·  0-1



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Feb-25-12  JohnBoy: In revision of my above posting, the endgame is not even. Black is a pawn up and can keep the pawn with substantial winning chances after 26...Ng4 27.Bd8 Nf2 28.Kf2 Rh2+ 29.Ke3 Re2+ 30.Kd3 Kd8 31.Bf7 Rg2 - but this is definitely not as easy as the direct 26...Ng4.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The unsung hero of this position is the f7 pawn as the position after 25 Bxc6 shows us.

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White deperately wants to play 26 Be6+, winning the knight, but he has to take the f pawn first. Then it's too late.

Feb-25-12  hms123: <<Announcement of Rinus Award>>

We typically try to make an award four times a year. In general, first priority for a <Rinus Award> goes to a non-premium member who makes an excellent contribution to one of the <World vs. GM> games hosted by <>. When there is a break between games, the committee has made an award to someone on another part of the website who has made excellent contributions in that area (e.g., <ChessBookForum>, POTD page).

At this point in the year, it looks to us as though there will be a long break between games. In addition, among the many superb nominations made by the POTD folks, two nominees stood out. Not only did both nominees make consistent, excellent analytic contributions, they also represented the best of <> in their conduct and in their contributions to the creation of a healthy atmosphere at <>.

As we were reading through the posts over the last 60 games (which, by the way, was slow-going only because we kept getting distracted by <Once’s> always-entertaining posts), we ran across this interchange between the two nominees (starting about here: L Shamkovich vs G Lebredo, 1978) that showed how a disagreement and misunderstanding can be settled amicably and with civility and respect all around. We found this conversation to be so refreshing that we decided to make awards to both non-premium members.

It is with great pleasure that User: WinKing User: kutztown46 and I announce that both User: sevenseaman and User: LoveThatJoker will be receiving <Rinus Awards> of year-long premium memberships as soon as they are activated. I have already notified the administrators.

Our thanks go to all of you who are regulars at the POTD pages. You set a terrific example of what a chess community should be like.

Feb-25-12  BOSTER: Many theoreticians believe that doubled pawn (like f3 and f7) are completely useless.

But sometimes even the single pawn like a single person has <pride and dignity>.

By the sacr. the queen black pawn on f3 with the rook h8 and bishop on c6 can together capture the white king in some <silly> variations.

Couple lines:
if 25.Rxc6 Bxc6
26.Qb6 f2+
27.Rxf2 Rh1#
if 25.Qxf3 Qxf3
26.Rxf3 Bc6
27.Rxc6+ bxc6
28.Bxf7 Rd1
29.Rf1 Rxf1+ and black has not too much .
if 25.Rxc6 Bxc6
26.Qxf3 Bxf3
27.Rxf3 Rd1+
28.Rf1 and black has not too much.

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  Once: Hearty congratulations to both <sevenseaman> and <Lovethatjoker>.

You are both very well deserved recipients of the Rinus Award. Thanks from all of us for your excellent posts, insightful analysis, good friendship and wit. We look forward to many more, and to jawing with you in your very own forums, fora, fori, forata, whatever. Latin never was my strong point.

Now the crucial question has to to be ... what avatars are you going to choose? Something suitably nautical for <sevenseaman> and dark knightish for <lovethatjoker>? Or have I misunderstood your handles?

Thanks also to <hms123>, <WinKing> and <kutztown46> for exercising the wisdom of Solomon.

Feb-25-12  scormus: <Jim .... the f7 pawn> <Once> again, you hit the nail directly on the head. I thought at first I had got this weekend puzzle straight off, in less than a minute. But I hadnt seen the key point you <hit> upon.

<Once .... Hearty congratulations to both <sevenseaman> and <Lovethatjoker>> I'd gladly second that! Every day excellent contributions

Feb-25-12  morfishine: Congratulations <sevenseaman> and <LoveThatJoker> on winning the Rinus award! Well deserved! I much enjoy your posts and look forward to more!
Feb-25-12  BOSTER: The line 24...Ng4 25.Qxf3 is wrong, because of 25...Qc5+.
Feb-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <morfishine, scormus, Once, hms123, Memethecat>

I want to thank you most sincerely for the congratulations, the support and the comraderie.

Thank you very much for the award!

It means a lot to me and I cherish it.



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  Once: <LoveThatJoker> You are most welcome.

Next you need to open your forum. Think of it like Rick's bar in Casablanca. And you are the suave host in the white jacket. I might pop by some time, looking for a permit to travel.

And maybe you'll ask Sam to play "as time goes by"

Feb-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <Once> I love Casablanca, man!

By the way, don't swing by looking for a travel permit! Come so as to drink some Scotch and play a few blitz games!


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  WinKing: lol...Love the choice of your avatar <LoveThatJoker> - Congratulations!!! Your accurate analysis of the problems & the keenness of your wit make you very deserving of the coveted Rinus Award.
Feb-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <WinKing> Thanks, man! I'm truly happy today. Thank you for your kind words.

With utmost appreciation,


Feb-25-12  Memethecat: <LTJ> I can't believe they wasted a years subscription on you, there should be a re-count...

ENJOY!! you deserve it mate. ^.^

Feb-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <Memethecat> :D Thanks for the birthday beats!


Feb-25-12  James D Flynn: My first thought was the blasé 24…..Ng4. I saw that after 25.Rxc6+ Bxc6 White cannot move the Q because he is mated after f2+ but he can and probably should immediately return the material with 26.Qxf3 Bxf3 27.Rxf3 Rd1+ 28.Rf1 Rh1+ 29. Kxh1 Rxf1+ 30.Kg2 Rf2+ 31.Kg1 and White’s 2 bishops are at least the equal of Black’s R & N in the ending. My next try was 24.….Qb5 (threat Qh5) 25.Qxf3 Qc5+ 26.Qf2(Qe3 loses to Qh5 and White cannot defend both h1 and h2 nor can the K flee eg. 27. Kg2 Qh2+ 28.Kf3 Bg4# and Kg2 loses to Bh3+ when the Q and the Rom d6 fall) Qh5 27.Qg2 Ne4(amusing is Bh3 28.Rc6+ Kd7 29.Rc7+ Ke8 30.Qxb7 and White’s attack comes first) 28.Rd5 Qg6 29.Re1 f5 and in this complex position White’s mating threats are stymied by the strong N on e4, Black will now safely place his B on c6 with somewhat the better position but I did not find a win. Now for the game.
Feb-25-12  sevenseaman: <Rinus> award! I dunno what it means, or why me. Its like Santa Claus turning up on Mars.

I'll repeat a Russian story of KGB days. Someone asked a Russian what had been his life's greatest moment.

Said he "The KGB knocking on my door one early morning and saying 'Alexandrovich?' and me thumbing to my right 'next door'."

Happiness is a very relative thing. I am amazed if <hms123> <kutztown46> & <WinKing> have so perceptively noticed my recent 'argument' with <LTJ>, they surely wouldn't have missed my 'transgressions' which are many.

I can only infer they (on <CG>'s behalf) were 'majestically' indulgent and 'winked' at my peccadilloes to let me roam the town. The least I can do is to be grateful and sincerely try to be on good behavior for future.

One way or another, its never good being on the 'police records'. I better not misuse my parole.

Thanks to the trio.

If I tried to list all the people whose kibitzes I enjoy regularly, my comment will not come to an end. I'll briefly say there are plenty of wise people around here.

For instance, I really missed <Once>'s presence when he took a surprise, unwelcome sabbatical. When one chats one assumes an audience. And you just cannot have its 'crown jewel' missing.

My very close friend and another pearl I may not survive at all without is <morfishine>. His presence brings so much maturity and balance, it makes it worth my while being on the site.

Thanks all.

Feb-25-12  James D Flynn: As I said a few minutes ago "but he can and probably should immediately return the material with 26.Qxf3 Bxf3". I do not believe there is a win for Black after that.
Feb-25-12  Marmot PFL: <White’s 2 bishops are at least the equal of Black’s R & N in the ending.>

As much as I like the bishop pair they are not the equal of a rook plus knight.

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  WinKing: Congratulations <sevenseaman>! Your posts on the problems are always top notch. <hms123> & I may not be regulars here at POTD but we check in quite often. You have a good group here & it doesn't go unnoticed. :)
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  Once: <sevenseaman> You say peccadilloes, we say character. Good humour. Excellent analysis. It great to have you around.

Next you need an avatar and to get your forum opened...

Feb-26-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: I first looked at this late yesterday and found 24... Ng4! 25.Rxc6+ Bxc6 26.Qxf3! (Qe1?? f2+ 27.Rxf2 Rh1#) Bxf3 27.Rxf3 where the endgame is tricky. One possibility is 27... Rd1+ 28.Rf1 (Kg3?? Rh2#) Rxf1+ 28.Kxf1 Rh1+ 29.K moves Rb1 winning the b-pawn, but I'm not convinced this is a clear win. Time to review game and kibitzing...
Feb-26-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: I think that <David2009> and I were both right: 26.Qxf3! is much tougher than 26.Bxf7, an over-finesse that forces white to surrender the bishop pair.
Feb-26-12  sevenseaman: Thanks <once>. Yes we read the same dictionary, peccadilloes are small flaws of character. It takes lot of resolve to keep them out and away. We keep violating <CG>'s posting guidelines, at times rather grossly.

You somewhere alluded to my handle thinking it has nautical connections. Far from it. The day I registered I had David Seaman, the famous England goalkeeper on my mind. I used to like his keeping that was only marred by a famous long distance goal scored against him by Ronaldinho in a WC semifinal(I think) against Brazil.

I just added 7 before it, the number I like. That was it, 7cman. I like your avatar the best. Lot of bright light trying to pour through vertical slats (or slits)in an electric turquoise background.

Feb-26-12  LIFE Master AJ: 24...Ng4!
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