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Vladimir Malakhov vs Evgeny Bareev
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 6, Apr-07
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Furman Variation (D27)  ·  1-0



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Apr-08-08  notyetagm: Position after 25 ... ♗d7x♖c8 =

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How is it possible that a top GM like Bareev (Black) can lose this -dead- equal position?

There are -no- imbalances in the position for either side to use to try to play for a win, but win White does. Unbelievable. Bareev must have been just completely shocked when he lost this game from the above position.

Apr-08-08  notyetagm: Could some endgame expert please comment on this fascinating endgame struggle?


Apr-08-08  Gilmoy: 29.h5 was the first move that made me say "wow". Positionally, it freezes Black's K-side. Tactically, White can force the exchange of the dark-square Bs. Then White's h5-pawn is protectable, while Black's h6-pawn hangs, and Black's K is too far -- that's a huge asymmetry!

(Corollary: If the Bs were opposite color, then a two-pawn face-off is symmetric, either both hanging or both protected -- surely that's a big reason why OCBs tend to draw.)

Black's K-side is curiously tied up, e.g. 27.h4 h5?? 28.Bg6. Also, the f6-pawn is pinned to g7. It doesn't look completely even -- surely White gets a bonus fraction for more K-side mobility.

Apr-09-08  notyetagm: <Gilmoy> But can you believe that Bareev actually -lost(!)- from the position after move 25, given in my first post above?

Bareev was once #4 in the world with a rating arounf 2744!

Apr-09-08  euripides: <notyet> white's bishops are better than Black's in the diagram you give. Black's light-squared bishop is difficult to mobilise without making a target on e5. But I agree it's remarkable to make a win out of that.

Later, it's not immediately obvious, but gradually becomes clear, that Black's h pawn is more a liability than an asset.

Nov-28-16  Faarian: @notyetagm Congratulations for discovering the gem! Interstingly, Gelfand discusses the game and its impression on him in his recent book, Positional Decision Making! I found the game from the book.

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