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Peter Leko vs Evgeny Bareev
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-10
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Dec-11-06  acirce: From Jacob Aagaard's <Excelling At Chess Calculation>, the chapter "Important Thinking Techniques":

(after going over the game starting from move 35, stressing how White is constantly dominating black's knight):

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<All this is very well, but as Leko writes in his annotations, Bareev had a good chance of keeping White in the unpleasant pin by dominating the white knight with:


Now Black has serious threats like ...a7-a5-a4-a3 and ..Nh5-f4-d3, in both cases regaining the piece. If White wants to avoid this, he can try to escape with his knight.


Now 37.Nc4 is coming, after which White will be able to untangle himself and proceed to exploit his extra piece. But Black can continue his domination of the knight with the amazing:


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The knight has nowhere to go, and the pin is still very much a reality, so the outcome would probably be a draw by repetition of moves:

37.Nc8 Rb7 38.Nd6 Rb4

Domination is a part of chess thinking unappreciated by many players. Often when I have analysed with players who know much more about chess than me, I have sensed little awareness of this part of the game which has given me many extra points over the years.>

Dec-12-06  sucaba: Black did avoide 35. _ ♖b7 36. g3 a5 37. ♔g2 a4 38. ♘d6 ♖b4 39. ♖h1 ♖xb2 40. ♖xh5 which looks a bit difficult to hold. But an improvement in this line is 37. _ ♘f6!, and now White should not play 38. ♗xf6 ♖xb1 39. ♗e7 a4, because Black's ♔ can walk to b3 and support the a♙.

A try later in the game instead of 38. _ a5 could be 38. _ h5 39. g3 ♘g6 40. ♘c4 h4 with the idea to further reduce material with 41. gxh4 ♘xh4, or to regain the f4 square for the ♘ after 41. g4 ♘f4.

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  Mateo: Fantastic puzzle position, Black to play on move 35. As 35...Rb7 should draw, better for White seems 35.Ne7+ Kf7 36.Nc6 Rxd4 37.Nxd4 Nd3 38.Rb7+ Kf6 39.Rxa7 was better, although Black may have some drawing hopes, because of the reduced material with all the pawns on the same wing.
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  plang: Usually Black retreats with 12..Qc7; 12..Bb4 was a relatively new idea that has attained some popularity since this game was played. 17..Bd8 18 Nxh6+..gxh 19 Bxh6..Re8 20 Ne5 would have given White a powerful attack. 28..Kxf7 29 b3..Rxa3 30 Rc7+..Kg8 31 bxc would have been strong for White. 38..Ne2+ 39 Kf1..Nc3 40 Rc1! would also have not regained the piece. 49..a3 50 Kd2..azb 51 Kxc2..Kg7 52 Kxb2..Kf6 53 Nf3..Kf5 54 Nh2!..Ke4 55 Kc2 would also have been winning for White.

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