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Peter Leko vs Evgeny Bareev
Dortmund Sparkassen (2000), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0

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Jun-15-16
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  plang: 9..Bxd3 is the standard move; Bareev's 9..Nbd7 is rarely played. In the draw Kudrin-Yermolinsky Woburn 1998 (game not included in this database) White had played 11 Bf5; 11 dxe was new. Mcdonald didn't like 16..a6?! saying it was too weakening recommending 16..Kb8 instead.

Leko on playing 17 b4:
"White would have a strategically winning game if his king were in a normal castled position and he was ready to bring his rooks to the center, but that just remains a sweet dream. This original position is full of danger for White as Black is ready to launch a big attack with developing moves like e7-e5 and Nh7-f6. There is an urgent need for a unique solution."

Leko was critical of 30 Rxc6? recommending 30 Bc5 as much stronger. In time pressure Bareev missed the stronger 30..Kd7 31 Rg6..Bf6 32 Kg2..Ne5 33 Ne3..Rd2 34 Rxf6..gxf 35 a4..Rc8 36 Rh1..Nxc4 37 Nxc4..Rxc4 38 a5 and Black is better though a draw would have been the likely result. After 37..Bb4? White had the winning chances; better was 37..a5 38 Nf3..a4 39 Nd4..Bxd4 40 Kxd4..Rxf2 41 Rh1 with a draw. All the experts commenting on the game after move 40 thought the game would end in a draw; Leko had seen hidden resources. The alternative 47 Nc5+..Kc7 48 Nxb3..Bxg3 would only have been good enough for a draw. Bareev may have overlooked the winning move 48 Kd7!.

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