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Evgeny Bareev vs Veselin Topalov
Dortmund Candidates (2002), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-15
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-02  morphynoman2: Hehehe, not bad at all!
Aug-12-02  bishop: Somebody could write a book about this game.
Jun-30-07  acirce: <What can you do,” said Topalov’s manager IM Silvio Danailov later in the evening when I bumped into him when out for a walk. “The guy [Bareev] played like a God today – how the hell he saw through the complications is beyond us. But don’t worry - we are far from ready to pack our bags yet”.>

Oct-29-10  cocker: Position after 51 ... ♔e6 is analysed in Understanding Chess Endgames by John Nunn (#57b).
Dec-13-14  siggemannen: Wow, what a great game by Bareev!
Feb-22-15  SpiritedReposte: What a hard fought struggle. Nice endgame tactic to ensure promotion.
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  Messiah: "Top-a-Low"
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  plang: Game 3 of their semi final match in the Candidates Tournament; this win gave Bareev a 2-1 lead but Topalov won game 4 and then the quick play playoff to qualify for the finals. In Degraeve-Howell Groningen 1995 (game not included in this database) White had played 17 Be3 and the game had ended in a draw; 17 c5 was new. 24..bxa would have been safer not giving White an advanced passed pawn. 29 Rg1 would have been a more solid way to play for a win. In this crazy double-edged endgame Black missed a win with 32..Rbc8! 33 Rxc8..Rxc8 34 Nc7..d3 35 Bd1..e4 36 fxe..fxe 37 a8(Q)..Rxa8 38 Nxa8..e3.

Quote from British Chess Magazine after 34..e4:
"Around here the large audience watching via the internet was getting very excited and vociferous, with various opinions being bandied about as to who was winning. Even those people who had their Fritz analysis engine switched on couldn't really tell."

White had to avoid 37 Rb8?..e2 38 Bxe2..dxe 39 Rxd8..Nd3 40 Re8..Ne5 and Black wins. After 38..e2? White was in control; 38..Ra8 would have left things unclear.

This was a really great fighting game; particularly when you take into account what the stakes were taking place in Candidates match.

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