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Evgeny Bareev vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fully Accepted Variation (A58)  ·  0-1



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Nov-15-04  Nezhmetdinov: Porr Evgeny does not know how to play against the "monster with a thousand eyes who sees all" (quote from Tony Miles RIP)
Nov-16-04  alexandrovm: Nice quote from passed Tony!
Nov-16-04  Minor Piece Activity: Looking at this in retrospect, 13... Qa6! was a very nice move and probably guaranteed a good advantage for Kaspy at that point already. That makes me think that Bareev's opening play must be suspect. 14. Qc2 isn't enough to keep control of d3 but I can't think of anything better. I like 10. Kxf1 with the idea of g3 Kg2 Nc4 later although maybe then f3 is too weakening.
Mar-12-05  Albertan: According to GM Seirawan the move 8.Nd2?! was dubious.8.e4 is the usual continuation after which play usually continues: 8...Bxf1 9.Kf1 Bg7 10.g3 O-O 11.Kg2 (the King-walk variation).
Mar-12-05  Albertan: At the time of this game the move 14...Ne5 was a novelty.
Mar-12-05  Albertan: GM Seirawan and Junior 9 preferred to play the move 16.a4 then play might have continued: 16...Nd3 17.Nb5!? Bxa1 18.Rxa1 Nf4 19.Nc7 Ne2+ 20.Kh1 Nd4 21.Qc3 Qe2 22.Nxa8 Rxa8.
Mar-12-05  Albertan: If 20.bxc4 Bxe3 21.Qxd3 Bxd2 22.Qxd2 Qxc4 23.Rfc1 Nc5 24.Na2 Nxe4 25.Rxc4 Nxd2 26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Re1 Kf8
Mar-12-05  Albertan: Seirawan evaluated the move 23.b5 as a ?. Instead maybe Bareev could have played 23.f5!? ie. 23...Bxf5 24.Bxc3 Nxe4 25.Bd4 Qb5 26.Ra1 g5 27.f6!? exf6 28.Qe2 Re8 29.
Mar-12-05  Albertan: 27...Nxe4! is nice concept.
May-16-06  notyetagm: Absolutely tremendous piece play by Kasparov.
Jan-28-07  Brown: Benko may be wrong, but in his new book, he has Bareev playing the black side here and embarrassing Kasparov from the opening on through. May he's wrong. Maybe I read it wrong...
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  plang: I don't believe Bareev has ever defeated Kasparov at classical chess.
Jun-16-08  nelech: Nice but what happen if instead of 30 Rç1? White plays 30 Nd1! It seems to me that Kasparov is in trouble in this case
Nov-21-10  Salaskan: Gazza seems to have a fondness for knights on d3 :-)
Jul-18-12  Wyatt Gwyon: Sure wish Kasparov played the Benko Gambit a bit more. Really seems to suit his style.
Mar-03-14  john barleycorn: I think 29...Be3 is the real corker. 30.Rc1? played in Zeitnot blows the game. 30.Nd1 is a critical continuation leading into the wonderworld of 1001 combinations.
Dec-27-16  rwbean: Stockfish 8 seems to think the real mistake is 20. b4 ... giving 20. ♘xc4 ♘f2+ 21. ♖xf2 ♗xf2 22. ♘a2 ♘b6 23. ♘b4 ♖xc4 24. bxc4 ♕xc4 = (37 ply, 353 seconds) versus 20 ... ♗xc3 21. ♗xc3 (-0.60) (42 ply, 4711 seconds) ... it favours 20 ... ♘f6 up to 38 ply.
May-03-17  PJs Studio: Can anyone imagine anymore sheer terror than Kasparov playing 3...b5?! Especially In 1994! (At the height of his powers)

"Honey, I'll be home in time for dinner."

Sep-06-18  paavoh: <I don't believe Bareev has ever defeated Kasparov at classical chess.> You are right, the lifetime record seems to be +8 =5, -0 for Kasparov.
Sep-06-18  SChesshevsky: Looks like another example of a protected ...Nd3 having the ability to help provoke mayhem in Whites camp. With:

Gruenfeld vs Reti, 1922

Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963

and Kasparov seemed to be especially alert to ...Nd3

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994

and even the less positional and more tactical

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1998

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  perfidious: <plang: I don't believe Bareev has ever defeated Kasparov at classical chess.>

Bareev never managed to make the great man taste defeat in other forms, either:

Mar-20-22  rwbean: 20. ♘xc4 = (SF, 64 ply)

20... ♘f6 -0.76 (SF, 50 ply)

22. ♖f3 ... -1.01 (SF, 51 ply) ... ♘e2 and earlier ♘e3 are seen in the PV lines often.

23. b5? is bad

26... ♗xc3 and 27... ♕c5 are correct...

White can wriggle out with 28. ♕xa3! (-0.41, 56 ply, but looks like liquidation to a drawn endgame) ... 29. ♕a8+ ♔g7 30. ♕a2 ♘xb1 31. ♕xc4 ♘d2 32. ♕b4 ♘xf3 33. gxf3 ♗e3 34. ♘e2 ♕c5 35. ♕xc5 ♗xc5 36. ♔g2 etc

so 29. ♕a2? was the last mistake, all White had to do was check on a8 first. (because if Black tries ...♗e3 in that line i.e. 29. ♕a8+ ♔g7 30. ♕a2 ♗e3? White has 31. ♘d1! drawing) while in the game 30... ♗e3 31. ♘d1? ♕a7! wins ... and if Black tries ♕a7 in the 29. ♕a8+ line i.e. 29. ♕a8+ ♔g7 30. ♕a2 ♗e3 31. ♘d1 ♕a7 then White wins with 32. ♕b2+! ♕d4 and massive liquidation 33. ♖xe3 ♘xb1 34. ♕xb1 ♖b4 35. ♕d3 ♕xd3 36. ♖xd3 ♖xb5 37. g3 ... White is a ♘ up for a ♙.

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