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Evgeny Bareev vs Joel Lautier
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-26
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  1-0



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  TheAlchemist: This was one of the crucial games for Bareev on the way to winning his first big tournament. It was played in the penultimate round.

28.Bxa6!? was a corageous decision, giving him a dangerous passed c-Pawn.

From move 34 to move 44 the two Knights do a curious battle over g7 and h7. Both players must have been short on time, so they repeated the position a few times. Bareev eventually chose to continue with 45.Nxd5.

54.Qxf2!? was a controversial decision, going into the Rook endgame, where Bareev is renown for his skill. The alternative 54.Qc6 Re6 55.Qc8 Kg7 56.Ra8 looks good, I don't know why Bareev didn't choose it. Perhaps time trouble, perhaps over-confidence.

Anyway, the resulting endgame generated many heated discussions, the Kasparov club gave a brief anaylsis on 60...Rb2 and concluded that it was winning for White as well.

Shirov joined in the discussion, and started a big dispute with the Kasparov club, as he was convinced Black could draw.

Ok, so much for the "historic" background. I have read some analysis on this endgame by a "third party", and while I must admit I didn't really understand much, it concluded it was a draw with best play.

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  plang: Bareev made no attempt to get any advantage in the opening. 10..Rac8 was new; 10..d5 had been played previously. 16..g6 would have been more accurate as after Lautier's 16..Bf8?! he could not avoid due to 17..dxc 18 d5..Nxd5? 19 Ng5..h6 20 Qh5 winning for White. 21 a4! followed by b5 would have been very strong because of 21..Nxb4 22 Be5..Qa7 23 Qb2. 37..Bc4? was an error; better was 37..Qd6 38 Nf6..Nf8 when White should probably take the draw with 39 Nh5 as after 39 Nxe8..Rxe8 40 b5..Bc8 Black would have had good play. On several occasions either player could have claimed a three time repetition but did not. White finally found the winning idea with 45 Nxd5!. 46 Ne3 would have been stronger. Bareev thought that 51..Qb7 would have offered better chances though White would still have had the upper hand. White did not have time to work out the winning variation 54 Qc6!..Re6 55 Ra8+..Kg7 56 Qc8..e3 57 Qh8+..Kh6 58 Ra5..f5 59 Qf8+..Kh5 60 Ra7..e2 61 Rxh7+..Kg5 62 Qd8+..Kf4 63 Qd4+..Re4 64 Rh4+..Kg3 65 Qxd3+..Kxh4 66 Qxe5+. Black was lost after 60..e3?; he could have drawn with 60..Rb2+ 61 Ke1..Rb1+ 62 Ke2..Eb2+ 63 Kd1..Rb1+ 64 Kc2..f3! 65 gxf..exf 66 Re8+..Kg7 67 Re7+ etc..

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