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Alexander Khalifman vs Evgeny Bareev
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-25
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Jan-03-04  ivan2kilu: Extremely Instructive game, 6 Qe2 threatens a to win a pawn if Nxe4
Jan-04-04  Catfriend: Sorry... But how?
Jul-06-04  Theoryhack: Beautiful! In the final position White threatens Rh5!

6 Qe2 wins a pawn in the event of 6... Nxe4?! 7 Bxe4 Nf6? 8 Bxb7! Bxb7 9 Qb5+. instead 8...c6 first leaves black passive but not instantly losing.

Aug-23-06  notyetagm: This is the most instructive game I have ever seen on the tactical theme of <COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON THE LOOSE SQUARES NEAR THE ENEMY KING>.

Here the White h6-queen makes the h7-square loose. With the winning move 20 ♖g5!, White threatens to fully exploit the fact that he has <three different ways to coordinate on this loose h7-square>: 1) light-squared bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal (d3-bishop) 2) knight on g5, and 3) rook on the h-file.

All lines lead to mate or loss of the Black queen, the mate coming about due to the superb coordination of the White h6-queen with the White bishop, knight, or a rook against the loose h7-square or a different square near the Black king.

Black does not lose this game because of checks. Black does not lose this game because his king is exposed. <Black loses this game simply because White can effectively coordinate his pieces on a loose square near the Black king.>

Aug-23-06  syracrophy: 20.Rg5!!:

<a)> 20...Bxg5 21.Nxg5 and the only to avoid mate is 21...Qxg5 <21...Rd8 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qxf7#> 22.Qxg5 winning

<b)> 20...Qc7 21.Rh5!! gxh5 <if not is mate with 22.Qxh7#> 22.Qxh7#

Aug-23-06  notyetagm: <syracrophy> Yes, 20 ♖g5! is a great example of the <RELOADING> theme.

If Black captures the White g5-rook with his bishop (20 ... ♗xg5), then White simply <RELOADS> on the g5-square with his knight (21 ♘xg5), which forces mate or wins ♕ for ♖.

Jan-12-07  syracrophy: <notyetagm> And a last variation: 20...♕c7 21.♖h5!! ♖d8 22.♕xh7+ ♔f8 23.♕h8#

Anyways, Black was hopelessly lost

Mar-10-07  beginner64: Black can continue with 20. ..f5.

In that case, game may continue:
21. Rxg6 hxg6
22. Qxg6+ Kh8
23. Rg1!

Aug-11-07  dumbgai: Another exciting game in the same opening, from the same tournament is Morozevich-Van Wely where white also won with a decisive kingside attack. Perhaps we won't be seeing this line again in grandmaster play.
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  whiteshark: Thor's hammer to g5!
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  whiteshark: The next day <van Wely> repeated this game til move 12 only to resign seven moves later !! Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2002
Apr-20-08  Open Defence: why not simply 15...g6 ?
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  whiteshark: <Open Defence: why not simply 15...g6 ?> I think it's transposing after <15...g6 16.Rhg1 Nh5 17.Qh3>

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when black blundered with 17...Nf4??. But <17...Ng7 18.Ng5 Bxg5 19.Rxg5 e5 20.Qh4 Be6> instead looks o.k. for black.

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  plang: Bareev after 4..Nd7:
"When I played this system, I was looking for a quiet life. Unfortunately Khalifman chose a system which forces me to play sharply - and my memory of the system proved to be insufficient," This was just a temporary bump in the road for Bareev who went on to take clear first a half point clear of Grischuk.

10..Qd5?! and 11..Qxg2?! (11..e5!? may be playable) have been played several times with disastrous results. 15..e5 16 Nxe5..Nh5 17 Qe1 was suggested as an alternative. White would have had a strong attack after 17..Ng7 but Bareev thought 17..Nf4? was good enough to draw counting on 20 Ng5..Bxg5 21 Rxg5..Qd4 and missing Khalifman's decisive 20 Rg5!.

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