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Sergei Rublevsky vs Evgeny Bareev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Dec-19
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-19-05  csmath: First error:

19. ... Nd2?

Rublevsky easily chases the knight out and by move 24 black pieces are uncoordinated while white assumes full control of the center.

Second error that decides the game:

26. ... b4?

White forces exchange of queen for two rooks and assumes full attack on the black king with ideally positioned pieces. Black is totally lost and strange enough Bareev does not see it and moves the last defence rook to

29. Rea1?

and black is totally lost after pretty

30. Nh6!

The way Bareev is sometimes able to lose in his beloved French is quite crushing. Somebody else would abandon this opening already.

Dec-19-05  THE pawn: Strange how Bareev can screw his french, 19...Nd2? was a bad move, too bad because he had good prospects after:

19...Bd6 Nf5 Qc4 Qd1 or maybe

19...Bd6 axb5 axb5. All in all the following should have been Bd6

then comes the really bad 26...b4?!(maybe-->?), but I'm not sure of the following moves, maybe

26...Nbd7 Nxd7 Qxd7 Bxf6 gxf6 Rxe8
simplifying the position, though the endgame would be hard to win for black, maybe he has drawing chances. I need help here. One thing's for sure, after 19...Nd2? he was already, most probably lost.

And I cannot agree more, how Bareev couldn't see the huge threat menacing the king, his last barricade might have been Re6 , but after 29...Re6 Nfh6+ Kh8 it's almost the same result, black is lost, only a few moves later. Instead he played something even I wouldn't play: Rea1?? ( now you must know why after Svidler's interesting combination)

Dec-20-05  acirce: Judging from this game it looks like Bareev is significantly more tired than Rublevsky after the World Cup, being 39 years old I guess that's no surprise. Too bad as he would be one of the favourites if he could play at his full potential.
Dec-20-05  chessnewbie: what's wrong with 27...Qc6 for black? can someone explain pls?
Dec-20-05  Cyphelium: <chessnewbie> 27.- ♕c6 is bad because of 28. ♘fh6+. Then after 28.- gxh6? 29. ♘xf6+ black has to sac the queen on f6 to avoid the mate 29. - ♔h8/g7 30. ♕xh7. Instead, black can try 28.- ♔h8 29. ♘xf7+ ♔g8, but then 30. ♘g5 looks winning for white (the threat is ♘xf6+ followed by ♕xh7).
Dec-20-05  Saruman:
Dec-20-05  peters4n6: obviously black is lost, but why 35. Nf7+? Is the idea Qe6-Nh6-Qg8-Nf7# ?
Dec-20-05  patzer2: White's 27. Ng4!! punishes Black's miscue 26...b4? with a decisive discovered attack on the weakened Kingside castled position.

Here's some analysis with Fritz 8:

<26. Rad1 b4?>

Necessary was 26...Nbd7 27. Nxd7 Qxd7 28. Bxf6 gxf6 29. Rxe8 Rxe8 30. b4 Qc7 31. Qd3 Rc8 32. Qxd5 Qxc3 33. Qxb5 Bxb4 34. Qd7 Bf8 35. f4 .

<27. Ng4!! Qxe1+>

If 27... Qc6, then White wins after 28. Nfh6+ Kh8 (28... gxh6 29. Nxf6+ Qxf6 (29... Kg7 30. Qxh7#) 30. Bxf6 ) 29. Ne5 Qc7 30. Nexf7+ Qxf7 31. Nxf7+ .

<28. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29. Kf2 Rea1>

If 29...Re6, then 30. Nfh6+ Kh8 31. Nxf7+ Kg8 32. Nfh6+ Kh8 33. Nxf6 gxf6 34. Qf5 Rae8 35. Ng4 Nd7 36. Nxf6 Nxf6 37. Bxf6+ is winning.

<30. Nfh6+ Kh8 31. Nxf7+ Kg8 32. Nfh6+ Kh8 33. Nxf6 gxf6 34. Qf5 Bg7 35. Nf7+> and Black resigned.

However, play could have continued 35...Kg8 36. Qe6 h6 37. Nxh6+ Kh7 38. Ng4 Rb8 39. Nxf6+ Kg6 (39... Bxf6 40. Qf7+ Kh6 41. Qxf6+ Kh5 42. g4#) 40. Ne4+ Kh7 41. Ng5+ Kh8 42. Qh6+ Kg8 43.Qxg7# 1-0

Dec-21-05  indragoel: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Re1 0-0 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Nf1 Re8 12.Be3 b5 13.c3 Qd7 14.Bd4 A sound move 14...Rad8 15.Ne3 Nce4 16.Qb3 a6 17.Ne5 Qb7 [17...Qc7 18.Nxd5 Rxd5 19.Rxe4 ] 18.Nd3 Qc6 19.a4 Nd2 [19...Bd6 20.axb5 axb5 21.f3 ] 20.Qc2 Nc4 21.axb5 [21.Nf5 Bf8 22.axb5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 axb5 ] 21...axb5 [21...Nxe3 22.Rxe3 (22.bxc6? looks very interesting, but 22...Nxc2 23.Rxe7 Rxe7 24.Rxa6 Nxd4 25.cxd4 Re4 ; 22.fxe3?! Qxb5 23.Red1 Ne4=) 22...axb5 23.Rae1 ] 22.Nf5 Bf8 23.b3 Nb6 24.Ne5 Qe6 25.f3 Ra8 26.Rad1 b4?? simply worsens the situation [>=26...Nbd7 ] 27.Ng4 Qxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Kf2 Rea1 [29...Re6 is the last straw 30.Nfh6+ Demolition of pawn structure 30...Kh8 31.Nxf7+ Kg8 32.Nfh6+ Kh8 33.Nxf6 gxf6 ] 30.Nfh6+! Demolishes the pawn shield [30.Bxb6?? too greedy 30...R8a2 31.Nxf6+ gxf6 ] 30...Kh8 [30...gxh6 Deflection from f6 31.Nxf6+ Eliminates the defender f6] 31.Nxf7+ [>=31.Nxf6 might be the shorter path 31...gxf6 32.Qf5 Nd7 33.Nxf7+ Kg8 ] 31...Kg8 32.Nfh6+! Demolition of pawn structure [32.Bxb6?? White will lose if he goes for the knight 32...R8a2 33.Nfh6+ gxh6 34.Nxf6+ Kf7 ] 32...Kh8 [32...gxh6 A deflection 33.Nxf6+ Annihilates a defender: f6] 33.Nxf6 [33.Bxb6?? capturing the knight would seal White's fate 33...R8a2 34.Qe2 bxc3 35.Nf7+ Kg8 36.Nfh6+ gxh6 37.Nxf6+ Kf7 38.Nxd5 Rxe2+ 39.Kxe2 c2 ] 33...gxf6 34.Qf5 [34.Bxb6?? if White takes the knight he will lose 34...R8a2 35.Qe2 Rxe2+ 36.Kxe2 Ra2+ 37.Kf1 bxc3 ] 34...Bg7 [34...R1a2+ hardly improves anything 35.Kg3 Bg7 36.Nf7+ Kg8 37.Qe6 ] 35.Nf7+ [35.Nf7+ Kg8 36.Qe6 ] 1-0
Dec-21-05  square dance: im just surprised that <susan polgar> didnt comment on this game with the likes of...bareev was schooled by rublevsky and is in last place.
Dec-21-05  Steppenwolf: peters4n6: Yes. Also 36. Qe6! threatens both mate and the knight on b6.
Dec-21-05  olaf4lena: I obviously need to learn the french better. Just watching the first 15 moves I would think that Black had some advantage. Good presence in the center, no "problem child." Did I miss something, in the opening or was it not until 19...Nd2? that white gains an advantage?
Dec-21-05  patzer2: <olaf4lena> Black didn't have the advantage, but was holding his own through his first eighteen moves. White had a slight advantage, which increased to a clear advantage after 19...Nd2? 20. Qc2 .

White's 9. Re1 is not a frequently played move, as 9. dxc5 is the normal continuation. So, I suppose White may have benefited from home preparation. Still, Black was doing OK for the first fifteen to eighteen moves.

Maybe it doesn't make much difference, but 16...Bc5 forcing the exchange of the dark squared Bishops would surely have taken more of the sting out of White's attack and secured better drawing chances.

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  tpstar: 11. Nf1 = Opening Explorer

In this French system where Black recaptures ... Nxc5, White often continues Nf1 & Be3 & Bd4 & Ne3 playing against Black's IQP.

After 25. f3:

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White has all kinds of nice possibilities.

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