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Evgeny Bareev vs Alexey Shirov
Karpov Poikovsky (2006), Poikovsky RUS, rd 1, Mar-18
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-18-06  Illogic: Underpromote to save the draw!!
Mar-18-06  aw1988: <Sneaky> Here's one.
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  Sneaky: Thanks. It's analogous to 60.f8=N+ in A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003
Mar-18-06  shr0pshire: It seems that Bareev doesn't want to get caught up in the complications that black is trying to offer, and is okay with a slow exchange of pieces.


Mar-19-06  Zoat: Amazing defense by Shirov... However, a dissapointing start for such a great ( or one time great) player, having to struggle for a draw against a weaker opponent...
Mar-19-06  Karpova: <having to struggle for a draw against a weaker opponent...>

LOL, as if Bareev was weaker than Shirov

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  plang: Bareev is rated almost 2700 and has been one of the strongest players in the world for more than 10 years. He won Corus a few years ago; he is not a "weaker player"
Mar-19-06  Zoat: < plang, karpova> What I meant is that Bareev has the lower rating than Shirov, and that Shirov's play certainly used to be better than Bareev's... ( at his peak stregth Shirov was beating Kramnik ... Although for the past few years Shirov has seemed a lot worse than before..)

But you are right, right now Bareev is not the weaker player... I wonder if Shirov thinks that too?!

Mar-19-06  CapablancaFan: Shirov underpromotes to the knight with check in order to save the game and get away with the draw. Hmmm...highly instructive.
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  whiteshark: The position after <63...Rxb5> is a tablebase draw.

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  whiteshark: White's winning move would have been <58.g5!>,

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e.g.<58...Rd5 59.Kg4 Rxb5 60.g6 Rb1 61.Rg5!>

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<61...Rg1+ 62.Kf5 Rf1+ 63.Ke4 Re1+ 64.Kd4>

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<64...Re8 65.g7 Rg8 66.Rg6+ Ke7 67.Rxb6>

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  Plaskett: The ending of R vs N occured between Hebden and Basman in an Allegro Finish of a game at a weekend event in Edinburgh 1983. Spectating, and noting that, as here, black had just underpromoted with check to avoid mate, I told both players that the position was a book draw. But one side´s flag had just fallen! The arbiter ruled it drawn.

Hodgson insisted that another arbiter, in 1989, was right to rule Suba the winner when I had two knights vs his pawn (he was white and the pawn was at h6) when my flag fell.

I had offered a draw only a move or two earlier.

Julian cited a recent instance where he had played Nunn, had a Rook vs Nunn´s Knight, and had lost on time when Nunn had but 6 seconds remaining.

There seemed no consensus on whether arbiter David Eustace had correctly ruled against my appeal that the game with GM Suba be called a draw. IM Pein later told me, "MANY people agreed with it." IM Hartston wrote in The Independent that when setting the rules for The Master Game GM tournament, some years earlier, their first rule was, "We are all gentlemen." He added, "There were never any disputes."

Mar-15-21  RambunctiousPawn: Instead of 76 ... Kc1, 76 ... Kb1 was better technique. There may follow 77 Kb3 Ka1 78 Rxb2 stalemate!

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