Today's game earned Yevgeny Bareyev a place in the final of the Russian Championship, in which he is currently locked in battle with Peter Svidler. Playing against a Dutch defence, Bareyev gained a positional advantage from the opening, with a little more space in the centre and chances to attack on the Q-side, but the game only truly came to life after 21...c6. Black's plan was to bring his knight from d8 to f7, then recapture on d6 to leave the knight covering f5 and e4. Bareyev met this by organising pressure down the d-file, culminating in 27.Nc4 Nxc4 28.Qxf6!

Black seemed to be holding things together until he was hit by 31.e4! when 31...fxe4 loses to 32.Bh3. White won a pawn and nursed it carefully to reach a winning endgame. At the end, White brings his king to h5 and Black cannot both hold up the white Q-side pawns and protect his own pawns on h6 and c6.

White: Y Bareyev

Black: A Lastin

1 d4 f5 24 Nxd5 Nxd5

2 g3 Nf6 25 Nd2 Bxb2

3 Bg2 g6 26 Qxb2 Nf6

4 Nf3 Bg7 27 Nc4 Nxc4

5 0-0 0-0 28 Qxf6 Rxf6

6 c4 d6 29 Rxd7 Nd6

7 Nc3 Nc6 30 Rd1 Ree6

8 d5 Na5 31 e4 Nxe4

9 Qd3 e5 32 Rxb7 Rf7

10 dxe6 Bxe6 33 Rd8+ Kg7

11 b3 Nc6 34 Rdd7 Rxd7

12 Rb1 Ng4 35 Rxd7+ Kf6

13 Qd2 h6 36 Bxe4 fxe4

14 e3 Qd7 37 Rxa7 e3

15 Ne2 Bf7 38 Kf1 Kf5

16 Bb2 Nf6 39 Ra4 exf2

17 Rbd1 Rae8 40 Kxf2 Rd6

18 Qc1 g5 41 Ke2 Re6+

19 Ned4 Nd8 42 Kf3 Re1

20 c5 Bd5 43 Ra5+ Ke6

21 cxd6 c6 44 Kg4 Rh1

22 Ne2 Nf7 45 h3 Rh2

23 Nc3 Nxd6 46 h4 resigns

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