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Alexey Shirov vs Evgeny Bareev
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-03  refutor: shirov bounced back after his loss v. krasenkov with a little "fire on board" v. bareev
Jun-27-03  StevieW: Looks like bareev hasn't given up this line. See his game almasi later in the year
Nov-04-04  notyetagm: Gee, <just what was Bareev thinking>, leaving his kings in the middle of the board against Shirov, of all people?
Feb-28-06  Larsker: This is game 10 in Neil McDonald's book Chess: The art of logical thinking.

I first went through the game with Fritz and then read McDonald's analysis.

There are some important differences.

McDonald thinks that White played a fine game from start to end.

Fritz believes Black was best until he made a wrong decision on his move – and that it went downhill for him from there.

Concerning Black's move. McDonald writes <22. - , Qc5. The black queen has no choice but to retreat from her ideal square.>

Fritz prefers <22. - , Qxc4>. In fact, it maintains the small advantage that Black, according to Fritz, has built up after the opening (and which McDonald doesn’t see). <22. - , Qc5>, still according to Fritz, loses that advantage and hands it to White which then goes on and increases it until Black succumbs.

Nov-18-06  Kriegspiel: <Larsker> Your comments offer no illumination, since McDonald in his text analyzes -- and rejects -- 22...Qxc4 (see his notes to 22.Nb5!) and, without details of Fritz's counterclaim, it's impossible to evaluate the contrasting evaluations.


Jun-29-07  THE pawn: <Larsker> Are you sure? I checked the position with Rybka 1.0 and it says white is already winning (± 1,50, which is big for Rybka).

I think that the problem is Fritz. It calculates tons of variations, but doesn't take in consideration the relative activity of the pieces. Here, black is already toast because the bishop, the king's rook as well as the knight have yet to find good developing squares. Zero harmony here, and that's why McDonald and Rybka know this is over. Fritz can't calculate that far, because after all, there is still a long process to reach the win.

by the way, Rybka suggests Qc5 and Qb6 before Qxc4.

Apr-20-18  SpiritedReposte: White definitely seems to have compensation for not one but two pawns.

Why not give one back with <19. ...d3> and keep white from castling?

After 20. O-O it's not too inviting to play as black there.

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  plang: 11..Qb6 had been previously in an attempt to play for draw ceding White a small endgame advantage. 12 Qd2 had been introduced by Kasparov in a draw with Timman at Horgen 1995. Bareev, in this game, was the first to accept the gambit surprising Sgirov who believed the pawn to be poisoned. In the games played since this game 15..Ke7 has been played rather than Bareev's 15..Kf8. What Bareev had probably missed was that after 15..Ke7 16 Qb4 the response 16..a5! would have repulsed White's attack; ie. 17 Nf5+..Kd8 18 Qe7+..Kc7 19 Qd6+..Kd8 with a draw or 17 Nxc8+..Kd8 18 Qxb7..Rb8 when White loses material. 16..Qb2? worked out poorly; Psakhis suggested 16..b6 or 16..Nc5 as alternatives. Shirov thought that 19 Bh5!..g6 20 0-0! would have been an improvement; ie. 20..gxh 21 f5..d3+ 22 Kh1..Nxe5 23 Qh6+..Ke7 24 c5!..Qxc5 25 Ne4..Qd5 26 Qf6+..Kd7 27 Qxh8..Qxe4 28 Rfe1 with a solid advantage for White. 19..a5? was too slow; 19..Ke7 or 19..g6 were alternatives. 30..Nf6 31 Rxf5..Qe7 32 Bd5 would also have won quickly for White.

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