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Aleksey Dreev vs Evgeny Bareev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Dec-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Blumenfeld Variation (D49)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-05  sucaba: On 25. _ f5, White has 26. ♗xf5 exf5 27. fxe5 .

After 18. _ ♔f8 the game is difficult for Black, since the king's ♖ does not take actively part. So even 18. _ ♗f8 may be better.

Dec-27-05  Koster: Not a Meran expert, but 12...Qb6 definitely looks better than gxf6. Maybe someone who is could comment.
Dec-27-05  aw1988: gxf6 is superior. The point is after Qb6 fxg7 Bxg7 O-O the Black king has difficulties, as witnessed in Botvinnik-Euwe.
Dec-27-05  Madman99X: The chessgames database shows +21 -11 =9 after 12...Qxb6 for 62.2% in favor of white

It also shows +12 -9 =10 after 12...gxf6 for 54.9% in favor of white.

Dec-27-05  Koster: Well as the game went black also had some problems defending his king, although black can likely improve somewhere. Maybe 11...Nxe5 or Ng4 are better bets than axb5 if the stats are correct.
Dec-28-05  HannibalSchlecter: (What both players were thinking during the game)"Oh my God, our names rhyme!"
Dec-28-05  alicefujimori: <HannibalSchlecter>lol..good one.

Well, I think <KingG> will be very disappointed at the result of this

Dec-28-05  syracrophy: There's no satisfactory defense against 34.Qxg7+ and 34.Qxe6+, both killing
Dec-28-05  aw1988: axb5 is also fine.

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