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Viswanathan Anand vs Evgeny Bareev
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 7, Mar-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  0-1



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Mar-26-05  Hidden Skillz: i couldnt believe it was bareev..the man who beat anand!!
Mar-26-05  Phoenix: I believe it was Bareev himself who said Anand plays "superficial chess".
Mar-26-05  aragorn69: Any source for that quote, friend <Phoenix> ?? Doesn't sound like Gentleman Bareev to say that... although he is also known for his tongue-in-cheek irony, I believe.
Mar-26-05  your brilliance: Where did Anand go wrong? 26 Na5? Could he have defended the knight with Qc3-Qe1? And what was the idea behind 25 Ra4? Thanks in advance to anyone answering.
Mar-26-05  colp99: not a good day for Anand. I hope he can play better tommorow.
Mar-26-05  patzer2: <what was the idea behind 25 Ra4?> Even though 25. Ra4?! is positionally ugly, it's not a forced loss. Perhaps Anand thought he could outplay Bareev by creating some strange complications. Unfortunately for Anand, Bareev plays solid and Anand's followup 26. Na5? is a mistake, leaving White with a lost game after the deflection 26...e4! (not 26...Qxa5?? 27. Qxb7#).

Anand probably saw he could equalize with 25.Bxh6! gxh6 26.Qxf6=, but decided to pass it up and complicate with 25. Ra4?! That also appears to be the case with the blunder 26. Na5?, when instead 26. Nd2!? Rd5 27. Ne4 = holds for White.

Mar-26-05  patzer2: Interestingly, the deflection 26...e4! serves three purposes: (1) defending against the mate threat 27. Qxb7#; (2) creating a decoying double attack threat against Knight and Queen; (3) anchoring a winning defense against 27. Rxb7+ or 27. Rxe4.
Mar-26-05  patzer2: With 34...Bc7 Bareev defends accurately,
and avoids Anand's double attack trap 34...Bxc5? 35.Qb8+ Kd7 36.Qc7+ Ke8 37.Qc8+ Ke7 38.Qxc5+ Ke8 39.Bd6 .
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  Ulhumbrus: 23 Nxd6+ gains the superior minor piece for the ending.
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  Ulhumbrus: 36 c6 offers a poor transaction if we assume that White's c pawn is much more valuable than Black's f pawn.
Mar-27-05  your brilliance: Thanks <patzer2>. Wouldn't 27. Qc3 have been better than Rxe4?
Mar-27-05  Karpova: wow, winning with black in rapid chess against the best rapid player in the world, playing the caro-kann defence anand plays also very often is a great achievement!
Mar-27-05  patzer2: <Wouldn't 27. Qc3 have been better than Rxe4?> After 27. Qc3, Black wins with 27...b6! As a note of caution, Black should avoid the blunder 27. Qc3 Nd5??

An analysis with Fritz 8 @ 15 depth follows:

27.Qc3 b6! [not 27...Nd5?? 28.Rxb7+ Qxb7 29.Qxc5+ Qb6 30.Nc6+ Kb7 31.Qxb6+ Kxb6 32.Nxd8 Rxd8 33.Rxe4 ] 28.Nc4 Bd4 [also winning is 28...Bxf2! 29.Rh3 Bd4 30.Qb4 e3 31.Nxe3 Bxe3 32.Rxe3 Nd5–+] 29.Qb4 Bxf2 30.Rf4

[a) 30.Ne3 Bxe3 31.Rxe3 (31.Bxe3 Rd1+ 32.Bc1 e3 33.Rc3 Qe5 34.Rh2 e2 35.Rxe2 Qxe2–+) 31...Nd5 ;

b) 30.Qc3 Nd5 31.Qd2 Bxg3 32.Rh1 Qxc4 ;

c) 30.Rh1 Nd5 31.Qa4 e3 32.Ra3 Qc8 33.g4 e2 34.Rf3 e1Q ]

30...Nd5 31.Qd2 e3 32.Qe2 Nxf4–+ (-3.50 @ 15 depth)

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