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Evgeny Bareev vs Yuri Yakovich
"Bareev Encounter" (game of the day Jul-13-2021)
URS-ch U20 (1986), Tallinn URS
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Bogoljubow Defense (D24)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-07  Karpova: 18....Qxh5 19.Ng7+ Kd8 20.Re8#
Oct-06-08  dakgootje: would make for a great friday puzzle I'd say.
Nov-27-14  TheBish: Really surprised this hasn't been a Position of the Day yet! A hidden gem, just found it on another site. By the way, this was played in Tallinn.
Oct-02-15  ColeTrane: Just when exactly did black go wrong? ... maybe trying to keep the pawn advantage....
Oct-02-15  Retireborn: <ColeTrane> 12...Bxe6 is a mistake, Houdini gives 12...fxe6 as better, the point being that White doesn't have 13.Ng5 then.

15...e6 is also too clever; Black should play 15...axb5, although then White keeps some advantage after 16.Rxa8 Qxa8 17.Qg4! Qb7 (forced) 18.Qf5 f6 19.Ne6.

Jul-13-21  Brenin: There's a very pleasing mate after 18 ... Qxh5 19 Ng7+. The pun, depending on a phonetic mispronunciation of White's surname, is dreadful.
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  HeMateMe: I love the pun! Had no idea that Bogo has an opening named after himself.
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  al wazir: <Brenin: There's a very pleasing mate after 18 ... Qxh5 19 Ng7+.> It's more than pleasing, it's spectacular. Bareev must have had this combination in mind when he played 17. Qh5, and maybe as early as 13. Ng5. Home cooking?

<The pun, depending on a phonetic mispronunciation of White's surname, is dreadful.> Almost all the so-called puns are based on similar mispronunciations of players' names, and almost all are similarly dreadful.

"Bareev" in Russian sounds to an anglophone approximately as "bar-YAY-eff," with the stress on the middle syllable.

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  FSR: <HeMateMe> I haven't previously seen this line called the QGA <Bogoljubow Defense>, and have no idea why it would be. There's only one game in the database where Bogoljubow played 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6, a draw with Saemisch at Bremen 1937. That game didn't even feature the critical gambit line 5.e4, since Saemisch played the flaccid 5.a4 instead. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov, 1937. The database contains 31 games where someone played 4...a6 before Bogo did so in 1937. Those players included heavy hitters like Rubinstein (6 times), Janowski (8 times), Alekhine, Schlechter, and Flohr. Even Saemisch himself played it, winning a miniature, before Bogo drew Saemisch with it. H Steiner vs Saemisch, 1931.

But I can't believe you've never heard of the <Bogo-Indian Defense>, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+. Bogo played it six times, compiling the sad score of +1 =2 -3. He played 3...d5 more than seven times as often, and scored better with that move. Repertoire Explorer: Efim Bogoljubov (black). Contrast Nimzo's much more frequent and successful use of the Nimzo-Indian (+15 -10 -8). Repertoire Explorer: Aron Nimzowitsch (black). Then again, the Nimzo-Indian has been a more successful opening than the Bogo-Indian. Compare Opening Explorer with Opening Explorer.

There are several other lines to which someone has attached Bogo's name. See AFAIK, the best known and most respected of those is the Bogolyubow Defense to the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 gxf3 5.Nf3 g6. But if you ask Jan Gustafsson, the engines, or me, 5...c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.O-O e6 8.Ne5 Bg6! is Black's best defense to the Blackmar-Diemer.

Jul-13-21  Ironmanth: Just a nasty finish! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today, and have a wonderful summer.
Jul-13-21  AlicesKnight: Black is on the rack with a series of White tactical threats, and in this Bareev encounter, with the Rack Man - enough.
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  HeMateMe: Thanks, FSR. I have heard of the Bogo-Indian, just didn't know it was a reference to Bogolubov. I just assumed he was too busy drinking beer in the ratskeller to study openings.
Jul-13-21  Morphy111: Nice Sunday puzzle.
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  FSR: <HeMateMe> Bogo gets no respect. According to Chessmetrics, he was a top 10 player from 1919 to 1936, and was even No. 1 for two months at the start of 1927. His greatest result was at Moscow 1925, which he won with a blistering 15.5-5.5 score, 1 1/2 points ahead of Lasker and 2 points ahead of Capablanca, the reigning world champion.

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