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Veselin Topalov vs Evgeny Bareev
Novgorod (1997), Novgorod RUS, rd 4, Jun-15
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1-0

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May-17-04  Whitehat1963: Why is this over?
May-17-04  fred lennox: Possibly time. Also, black can't avoid a lost of another pawn. White threatens 38. Re3...Rg6 to save the e pawn, 39 Ne5...Rf6 40. Ng4...Rg5 41. Rh1! After the exchange of pieces the e pawn is gone, so too a7.
May-18-04  fred lennox: 37...Rc2+ 38 Kh3. There's nothing good to stop white from opening a file and take the a7 pawn. Ex. Re1...Rg6, f5...exf5, Re7+. My former comment was a blunder.
May-21-05  schnarre: Black is in a bad spot, & can't do anything about it! White's position, with even a little careful play should win through!
Oct-11-15  Conrad93: Compare this to the game played a decade later between Arashchenko and Volkov: Areshchenko vs S Volkov, 2007.

The game featured the improvement 14...a6.

White went for 15. a5, and black, instead of doubling his rooks or playing Rc8, simply played Rff8! (I'm not sure if this is a novelty):


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Now, if white tries to emulate Topalov-Bareev with the move 16. b5, he gets into an unpleasant endgame, since now Nf3-Ne5 isn't an option. For example: 16...axb5 axb5 17. Ne7 Ne5:


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18. Rxa1 Nxd7! 19. Qa5 Qxa5 20. Rxa5 Nxf8 Kxf8:


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White's weak d pawn gives black a slight advantage, and I don't think this is the type of position white should be aiming for.

Oct-11-15  Conrad93: The rook should be on f1, by the way.

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