Personal Mona Lisa of GM Evgeny Bareev

Personal Mona Lisa of GM Evgeny Bareev‎

GM Gserper
25 | Tactics

Russian GM Evgeny Bareev is widely known as a strong technical player.  Probably for that reason Vladimir Kramnik invited him to be his second during the World Championship match vs. Garry Kasparov.  Indeed, Kasparov was never able to break the Berlin Wall built by the Kramnik-Bareev duo.  Yet, I always considered GM Bareev a sharp tactical player.  We played many games including Soviet junior competitions and in all of them, regardless of the result, he tried to checkmate my King.   Just check out two of them:


Now I want to show you the game that GM Bareev considers the best he ever played.  So, get a cup of coffee (or a glass of beer, whatever you prefer) and prepare to witness an action-packed battle!

(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your attacking skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)

As you can see in the following diagram, White hasn't finished his development and his King isn't castled, yet he starts preparations for a deadly attack.  How can it be done?




What a drastic change compared to the previous diagram!  Out of the blue, White has a very strong attack.  But how should he continue?


White managed to completely open the Black King but for the price of a whole Rook!
Now it looks like his attack fizzles out.  Yet, Bareev finds the way to start the second wave of his attack!  How did he do it?
Even though White has brought all his pieces into the attack it may appear that Black has protected all the key squares.  Of course it is just an illusion!  What should White play to decisively break Black's position?
Currently GM Evgeny Bareev is the head coach of the Russian Olympic chess team.  I truly hope that he will find time to play in tournaments himself to produce more gems like this one!
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