(1) Bareev,E (2643) - Leko,P (2738) [E32]
WCh Candidates Finals Elista RUS (4), 10.06.2007
[Mihail Marin]

Starting with today, my comments will become less comprehensive. I have a good reason for that: quite soon, I will participate in the Spanish team championship, where the expected rating average of my opponents corresponds ->to the 18th cathegory. One does not play against Svidler and Ivanchuk every day, and I feel I should be doing some preparation for this special occasion. However, I will analyze the most interesting games from the remaining rounds in Elista in greater detail for the next issue of ChessBase Magazine.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3
Against Judit, Bareev displayed excellent preparation in the Quen's Indian. For some reason, he applies another treatment to Judit's countryman.

3...Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.e3
[Leko's play against Gurevich in the lines starting with 8.f3 was quite convincing. Besides, Bareev is a specalist of the system introduced by the text move.]

8...d6 9.Ne2 Nbd7 10.Qd3 Ba6 11.Qc2 Qc8 12.b4 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.b5 Bb7
The mutual losses of time tend to compensate each other. However, the fact that White has been forced to block the queenside can be regarded as an achievement for Black, whose advantage in the centre will persist untill deep in the endgame.

15.a4 d5 16.a5 Rb8 17.Ng3 Qc7 18.Be2 Qe5 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.0-0 h5 21.h4 Rfd8 22.Rad1 g6 23.Bf3 d4 24.Bxb7 Rxb7 25.Rfe1 Qc7 26.exd4 cxd4 27.Qd3 Ng4 28.Nf1 Ne5 29.Qe2 Ng4 30.a6
White avoids the repetition of moves mainly because of the unfavourable match situation.

30...Rbb8 31.Qd3 Rbc8 32.Re4 e5 33.f3 Nf6 34.Ree1 Nd7 35.Nd2 Nc5 36.Qa3 Re8
White's position is difficult. His queenside pawns are blocked, while the enemy centre is quite threatening. Bareev recurs to desperate means.

37.Nb3 Nxb3 38.Qxb3 Qxc4 39.Qxc4 Rxc4 40.Rc1
The permanent possibility of creating a far advanced passed pawn offers White reasonable saving chances.

40...Rc3 41.Kf2 Rec8 42.Ra1 Rc2+ 43.Kg3 R2c5 44.Reb1 Kg7 45.b6 axb6 46.Rxb6 R5c7 47.Rd6 Rc1 48.Ra5 R8c5 49.Ra4 R1c4 50.Ra1 Rc1 51.Ra4 R1c4 52.Ra1 Rc1
With the intention of eternally pursuing the white rook or, in case of exchange, place his own rook behind the passed pawn. 1/2-1/2