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Etienne Bacrot vs Evgeny Bareev
Aeroflot Open (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-14
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Bled Attack (D17)  ·  1-0



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Feb-15-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Decoy for tempo

Bacrot vs Bareev, 2010

20 ?

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20 ♗c4xf7+! 1-0

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20 ♗c4xf7+! <DECOYS (DRAGS)> the Black g8-king onto the <EXPOSED> f7-square so that 21 ♖e1x♘e7+ will come with <CHECK(!)>, winning easily.

20 ... ♔g8x♗f7 21 ♖e1x♘e7+ <check!>

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Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2007

22 ?

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22 f3-f4!

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Ivanchuk's *brilliant* 22 f3-f4! <DECOYS (DRAGS)> the Black g5-queen onto the <EXPOSED> f4-square so that the upcoming 23 ♖e1-e4, preparing to <DOUBLE ROOKS> on the open e-file against the Black e5-knight, comes with <TEMPO>.

22 ... ♕g5xf4 23 ♖e1-e4 1-0 Δ ♖a1-e1

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Feb-16-10  KERESOV: What an excellent game by GM Etienne Bacrot! When was the last time he won a game in 20 moves or less ? Kotov's formula is very evident in this game, "a unified plan in a game of chess is an aggregate of strategic operations, following one after another ..." The strategic pattern that took place in which GM Bareev does not make a single anti-positional move is somewhat amazing in itself and to lose both the opening and middlegame battle nevertheless is something a student of the game should derive aesthetic pleasure and profound knowledge. Ettienne adheres to the method of accumulating slight advantages. In all it's appearance, the knight on the edge of the board a6 is not the best solution. because any attempt now to bring this poor beast into play will involve a considerable loss of time. The scattered state of Black's forces and their lack of coordination will cause too much inconvenience. Bravo! Brilliant! and one of the best games of the year!
Dec-08-10  sevenseaman: Loads of promise visible in the young French gm. We should have been hearing more about him!
Sep-02-21  Brenin: 17 Rxe7 cries out to be played, with only 17 ... Nxe7 a reasonable response. The best follow-up for White seems to be 18 Qa3 Re8 19 Re1, but then what does White do after 19 ... Be6? If 20 Rxe6 then Qxd4 with back-rank threats? Or 20 Bxe6 fxe6 21 Rxe6 Qxd4? Not clear to me.
Sep-02-21  areknames: <17 Rxe7 cries out to be played, with only 17 ... Nxe7 a reasonable response. The best follow-up for White seems to be 18 Qa3 Re8 19 Re1, but then what does White do after 19 ... Be6? If 20 Rxe6 then Qxd4 with back-rank threats?>

Good point, <Brenin>. Maybe play 21.Rxe7 Qxc4 22.Nf3 with probably still a winning advantage?

Sep-02-21  areknames: Very good game and puzzle nonetheless.
Sep-02-21  sudoplatov: 19...Be6 seems to hold out a bit longer.
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  drollere: after 17. Rxe7 Nxe7 things seemed murky to me. the necessary seemed to be 19. Be6, and after .. Bxe6 20. fxe6 Rxe6 21. Qxd4 i thought black has a chance.
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  al wazir: My idea was 17. Rxe7 Nxe7 18. Re1 (instead of 18. Qa3).

I can't see anything better for black than 18...b5. The continuation is 19. Bxe7 bxc4 20. Qxb8 Qe8 21. Qb4 Be6 22. Bxf8 Qxf8.

If 18...Be6 , then 19. Bxe6 fxe6 20. Qxe6+ Kh8 (20...Rf7 21. Bxe7 Qxe7 22. Qxe7 Rxe7 23. Rxe7) 21. Bxe7 Re8 22. Bxd8 Rxe6 23. Rxe6 Rxd8 , and white is a piece up.

If instead 18...Re8, then 19. Bxf7+ Kf8 20. Bxe8 Qxe8 21. Bxe7+.

Sep-02-21  sp12: won't 19...Kf8 work for black?
Sep-02-21  mel gibson: I wasn't sure and Stockfish 14 doesn't give a huge advantage but chooses the same line:

17. Rxe7

(17. Rxe7 (♖e1xe7 ♘d5xe7 ♕b3-a3
♖f8-e8 ♖d1-e1 ♗c8-e6 ♖e1xe6 ♕d8xd4 ♘h4-f3 ♕d4xc4 ♖e6xe7 ♖e8xe7 ♕a3xe7 ♕c4-a4 h2-h3 ♕a4xa5 ♗g5-f4 ♕a5-d8 ♕e7-b4 a6-a5 ♕b4-b3 ♖b8-a8 ♕b3xb7 ♕d8-c8 ♕b7-b3 a5-a4 ♕b3-c2 f7-f6 ♘f3-d4 ♕c8-d7 ♗f4-e3 ♔g8-h8 ♔g1-h2 ♕d7-d5 ♘d4-e2 ♕d5-e5+ g2-g3 c6-c5 h3-h4 c5-c4 ♗e3-d4 ♕e5-d5 ♕c2-c3 h7-h6 ♕c3-b4 ♕d5-e4 ♗d4-e3 ♕e4-e5 ♘e2-c3 ♕e5-b8 ♕b4xc4 ♕b8xb2 ♘c3xa4 ♕b2-b7 ♕c4-d4 ♕b7-b1 ♕d4-d7 ♕b1-f1) +1.73/43 327)

score for White +1.73 depth 43.

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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxg5.

The bishop pair x-ray Black's royal family. This suggests 17.Rxe7:

A) 17... Nxe7 18.Re1

A.1) 18... Re8 19.Bxf7+ Kh8 (19... Kf8 20.Bg8 wins decisive material to stop Qf7#) 20.Bxe8 Qxe8 21.Bxe7 and Black can't take advantage of the momentarily defenseless rook on e1.

A.2) 18... Be6 19.Rxe6 fxe6 (19... f6 20.Rxe7+ wins decisive material) 20.Bxe6+ Rf7 (20... Kh8 21.Ng6+ hxg6 22.Qh3#) 21.Bxf7+ Kf8 22.Bxe7+ wins.

B) 17... f6 18.Bxf6 Rxf6 (18... gxf6 19.Qg3+ and mate in two) 19.Rxg7+ Kxg7 20.Qg3+ and 21.Qxb8 wins two pawns.

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  agb2002: I missed 18... Qxa5, winning for Black.

Better luck tomorrow.

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  drollere: sorry guys: "necessary seemed to be 19. .. Be6, 20. Bxe6 fxe6, 21. Rxe6 Qxd4 i thought black has a chance."

must try to do better.

Sep-02-21  Autoreparaturwerkbau: As <Brenin> said.
Sep-02-21  nikonoel: You are all complaining about Bareev "missing" 19. ... Be6 but he probably saw 20.Rxe6 fxe6 (certainly a mistake but the most logical move) 21.Bxe6+ Kh8 22.Bxe7! Qxe7 23.Ng6+ followed by mate on the h-file.
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  Teyss: <al wazir> <agb2002> et al. you are not alone, also went for 17.Rxe7 only expecting 17...Re8 or Be6, completely missed Qxa5. It's difficult enough to find one's own out-of-the-box countermoves, let alone the opponent's.

Apparently after 18.Qa3 White has an advantage but it's not major so indeed Black missed his chance with 19...Be6. Would be surprising that Bareev be busted in just 17 moves in a relatively quiet position. Either Bacrot was lucky, either he estimated that Bareev does not handle well this type of attack.

<nikonoel> As pointed out above after 19...Be6 20.Rxe6 Black can go 20...Qxd4 e.g. 21.Rxe7 Qxc4 with a minor advantage even after <areknames>'s 22.Nf3. Now, you have to be an engine or a cold-blooded lizard to play this... or a GM, a bit surprising Bareev didn't see it.

Much more complex than it first seems (honestly, if even <agb2002> missed it...).

Sep-02-21  Cellist: After checking all sorts of lines starting with Bxd5, Qg3, or Bxe7 (followed by Bxa6), I found the correct first move, Sadly, I went wrong on the second move, choosing 18. Re1 instead of 18. Qa3. The best refutation seems to be 18. ... Qxa5, with a double attack on the R and B.
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  Teyss: Looking at the puzzle again, messed up in my post, meant "went for 18.Re1 [not 17.Rxe7 which is ok] only expecting 18...Re8 or Be6" as other kibitzers did. Only excuse, it is a complex position.
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  chrisowen: Be careful as tone first Rxe7 x
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  chrisowen: How did you do it ?
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  al wazir: <Teyss: ... completely missed Qxa5. >

Yep, after 17. Rxe7 Nxe7 18. Re1 Qxa5 19. Qe3 (or Nf3) Nd5, white is busted.


Sep-02-21  Stanco: <drollere>
if 19...Be6 than 20. Rxe6!! fxe6 21. Bxe6+ Kh8 22. Bxe7 Rxe7 23. Ng6+ hxg6 24. Qh3# 😊 🤣🤣🤣
Sep-02-21  Brenin: <Stanco>, <drollere>: 17 Rxe7 Nxe7 18 Qa3 Re8 19 Re1 Be6 20 Rxe6 Qxd4 (better than 20 ... fxe6 21 Bxe6+) 21 Rxe7 Qxc4 leaves Black with R+P for B+N.
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