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Anatoly Karpov vs Evgeny Bareev
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-24
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-22-08  whiteshark: damned bitter
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: ....Ba7???? how many question marks should this get? ? ? Long live the Beer and ? pages
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: can anyone explain this blunder?
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: what do they call this? A helpmate?
Feb-04-09  WhiteRook48: 35...Ba7 is SO the worst move
Mar-29-09  WhiteRook48: Black was bareeved for this loss
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: well there are worse moves
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  tpstar: So Karpov is famous for 24. Ba7!! Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 while Bareev is infamous for 35 ... Ba7??

<a real kramnik> Sure.

Mar-19-11  Tigranny: No offense, but that may be the dumbest blunder ever. Anybody could see that 35...Ba7??? leads to 36.Rxd8 mate.
Mar-19-11  shadowleaf04: I just felt that Bareev had mentally exchanged the rooks when he played 35..Ba7. He was holding his own in this game. Another example of a one-move disaster.
Dec-31-15  thegoodanarchist: When I played through this game I thought the score must be wrong - Bareev does not play such moves!

But apparently, from reading the comments, it is all too real.

Dec-31-15  thegoodanarchist: Pun suggestion: "French Toast"
Aug-27-16  atragon: Really an incredible blunder... after 35.. Rxd5 36. Rxd5 Bd8 some engines (Komodo 10 and SF 160716) give a small edge to black.... even if white can manage to a draw. But in Linares 1994 the stars were on Karpov's side.
Aug-27-16  Granny O Doul: I think we are agreed that 35 ...Ba7 was in error.
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  perfidious: <DP12: Fortune smiled upon Anatoli Yevgenyvich for that entire tournament....>

Just ask Eric Schiller: the reason behind Karpov's smashing triumph was that most of his opponents faced Kasparov the round before, so were 'softened up'.

Mar-21-17  Swapmeet: I think the only remotely plausible explanation is that Bareev had already mentally played 35...Rxd5. Definitely one of the most shocking blunders in history, but can you imagine the pressure at this level?
Feb-15-18  tgyuid: henrik larsen once missed a penalty
Feb-15-18  tgyuid: 'only those who never play never lose....
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  cSete: ...Ba7. Wood pusher that I am, I spent quite a bit of time on the following move.

Were my pieces misplaced? Was this some sort of elaborate trap?

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  cSete: tgyuid

True......very true!

May-19-20  MrCalculater: Ba7 lose the rook even if it's not mate
May-19-20  Granny O Doul: Likewise, it's mate even if it doesn't lose the rook.
Feb-22-21  MarianoFreyre: Oh shiit. That was a terrible blunder.
Feb-22-21  Sally Simpson: ***

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Black played 35...Ba7??

The wrong order blunder. Quite a few GM cases of this but this one is of the most famous and drastic.

In your mind you play 35...Rxd5 36.Nxd5 and then consider what to do with the attacked Bishop on b6. 36...Bd8 or 36...Ba7.

You decide on 36...Ba7 and play it. (OOPS!)

It did not seem to affect Bareev too much, he beat Shirov in the next round.

Bareev vs Shirov, 1994

And so onto G.Chandler - E.Campbell, Edinburgh 1979.

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I remember this. I'm thinking Ba3+ K-any, then chop Queens with check and then Rxd1. I played 1.Qxg6 (OOPS!)

Never really bothered about this loss. (I too won my next round game) I messed up the move order, a clumsy oversight, probably already settled for a draw. More bothered when I've missed or rejected a winning line and lost. These ones sting for a day or two.

This one was just silly, even when I won a game by such a daft move it never felt the same as a 'normal' win.


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  Korora: Bareev hung his Birb and King alike out to dry here.
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