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Evgeny Bareev vs Jeroen Piket
"Djinni in a Bottle" (game of the day Oct-06-2010)
Montecatini Terme (2000), Montecatini Terme ITA, rd 7, Aug-03
English Opening: King's English Variation. Hungarian Attack (A25)  ·  1-0



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Dec-15-04  Shams: 39...Rf8 and who would like to tell me white`s reply?
Dec-15-04  ConLaMismaMano: How about 39...Rf8 40.Qxf8+ Bxf8 41.Rxf8+ Qxf8 42.b7? White is about to crown his pawn and will be a piece up.
Dec-15-04  Shams: thanks. I agree. :)
Dec-17-04  drukenknight: check out the line following:

38. Bxd5 cxd5
39. Qxf5 Rf8


Dec-17-04  nikolaas: <drukenknight: check out the line following:

38. Bxd5 cxd5
39. Qxf5 Rf8

continuing? > Yes.

May-25-05  farrooj: Why can't the Black Queen ever go to c8 to trade?
Sep-05-05  dac1990: <farooj> White will trade Queens, and then advance b7 with tempo, and then will promote on b8, winning.
Oct-28-05  Karpova: <chesscookie: Dude, why do you just post " a nice game" and the like for every game you see? Post some analysis.>

well, i don't say that about every game i see. this game is a true masterpiece but i understand that you may have difficulties in recognising this as one.

btw, thanks for your extensive analysis on this game!

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  al wazir: What's wrong with 40...Rf8 ?
Oct-06-10  rilkefan: 41. Bc6 Qc8 (if Qxc6 then Qxf8) 42. Re8 would be my first reaction to 40...Rf8.
Oct-06-10  gmalino: can someone pls explain why black didn't play 22...Rxd6? isn't this winning a piece?

(I know, i'm just blind!)

Oct-06-10  moi: <gmalino>: if 22...Rxd6,23Rxd6,Qxd6,24 c5+

What I can't understand is 25...Rd7 instead of the obvious Rxd1+. Does anyone have a clue, pls?

Oct-06-10  twisted eye: after 22...Rxd6 23. Rxd6 Qxd6 24. c5+, Black's queen is under attack from the discovered check. The only way to save her from the pawn is to block the White queen's check; however, both places to put her, she just gets taken anyway, either by White's queen or bishop, drastically losing the exchange.
Oct-06-10  gars: Karpova and Chesscookie:

Since you are so keen on analysis, I ask each of you to post an analysis of "Portisch-Torre", Rio Interzonal, 1979, because to this day I (a confirmed rabbit) have not seen anything about it but reams and reams of variations. Thanks a lot!

Oct-06-10  gmalino: <moi><twisted eye> thx, that's what i meant with blind! omg.
Oct-06-10  AxelBoldt: I was expecting 30...Ned5, but the Fire engine gives a nice win for White: 31. Bxd5! Rxe6 (31...cxd5 32. c6) 32. Bxe6 Nd5 33. Rxd5! cxd5 34. Bd7.
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  kevin86: Black is out of options...except to resign.
Oct-06-10  Chessmensch: Picket's Charge. Also, a bit of humor relating to that. When asked why his charge at Gettysburg failed, General Pickett replied: "I've always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.
Oct-06-10  I play the Fred: ...and the pun means what, exactly?
Oct-06-10  Everett: <I play the Fred: ...and the pun means what, exactly?>

Have you looked at the game? After 25.Bc7, which black piece do you think may represent the djinn?

Oct-06-10  I play the Fred: Very cool. Thanks.
Oct-06-10  gauer: This Queen was almost left with as many (good) diagonal movements on the board at one point as her predecessor, the ancient wazir (counsellor). Seems to compare well to Disney's cartoon rendition of Alladin, or perhaps (including such story anthologies as Raymond Smullyan's & others') The (Chess) Mysteries of the Arabian ♘s.

Probably games like Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922 & the one above are good reasons for ♔s to trust their own decisions, rather than wishing for the promises of a mere counsellor to promise great power. In this case, someone was definitely best left corked back up!

Oct-06-10  madhatter5: Nice!
Oct-07-10  David2009: There is the most beautiful "unheard melody". At move 36 (Black to play)

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(Bareev vs Piket 2000) why not why not 36...Ned5? Because of the astonishing sequence 37.Bxd5 Rxe6 38.Bxe6 Nd5 39.Rxd5 cxd5 40.Bd7 to leave

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and the Bishop and passed Pawns are more powerful than the Queen.

I have checked against Crafty End Game Trainer who wriggles with 36...g4!? but after 37 hxg4 Ned5 there are similar variations. Crafty EGT link: to the position with White about to play 36 Rd1:

POSTSCRIPT: Earlier, <drunkenknight> (Dec-17-04) suggested <37...Ned5 38. Bxd5 cxd5 39. Qxf5 Rf8 continuing?> 39. c6 instead of 39. Qxf5 looks winning.

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  plang: 8 e3 was a new move; 8 Qb3 had been played previously. 10..d6?! allowed White the opportunity to play 11 dxe..dxe 12 Qxd8+..Kxd8 13 Na4 with a small edge but Bareev chose not to play it; 10..e4 looks stronger. After 14..Nd7?! Black had trouble achieving active counterplay; 14..Ne4 or 14..Qe8 were alternatives. Piket may have overlooked 22 Rfd1!; he used 30 of his remaining 35 minutes but was unable to find satisfactory defense. Bareev blundered with 24 Nxb7?; he would have maintained a winning position with 24 Bc7. 28..Nf6? allowed White to activate his rook; 28..Bf6 followed by ..Re7 and..Kg7 would have allowed Black to slowly improve his position. The aggressive 33..g5? created weaknesses; 33..Kh7 or 33..a5 were alternatives. After 38..Nf5? Black was lost; a tougher defense was 38..Nfg8 39 exf..Rf8 40 Qe6..Rf6 41 Qe4 with good chances for White.

Bareev: "I am proud that, as regards the number of strange, strong and weak moves, the game approaches the best creations of Alex Shirov."

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