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Vasily Smyslov vs Efim Geller
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 22, Oct-10
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Donner Defense (E94)  ·  1-0


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  Gypsy: This is a game of two different parts for Geller: Strong and imaginative play from both sides leads to a rougly even but interesting position about the midpoint through the game. Around the move 20, Geller suddenly turns to haphazzard tactical traps. Over and over he then gets outplayed by the sound and bold maneuvers of Smyslov.

This was the game of round 22 of the tournament; Geller vs Smyslov, 1953 was played in round 7.

May-02-10  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 21.Rb1 was clear that Smyslov was playing for draw. Safe position, chaged Q, all tied. BL could try Nb3 or Bd7 to prepare b5. But h6? is sintomatic way to say "I'm not sure about best plan." So after f5(?) WH explore the Nc5 with d6 P fragility by e5! Nd5 was another surprising move (cxd5 cxd5: N and B both attacked!) Nh7: after change 2Rs, now change the Ns. After change the Rs, only Bs at board, the BL P structure is weak and 2Ps fall. Win against Smyslov end-game with 2 P less... forget!
May-02-10  Nezhmetdinov: This is a wonderful game from Smylov with lots of pretty little tactical points for white after Geller unwisely goes for f5 - Thanks for drawing it to my attention King.Arthur.Brazil!
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  plang: The system where Black plays ..exd in the orthodox Kings Indian was played several times in the 1990 Karpov-Kasparov match but was quite unusual at the time of this game. 13 g5! was very effective strategically giving White good chances in the endgame. Black was holding his own until 21..h6? which was punished quite nicely. Perhaps Geller had counted on 23..Bxc3 only to realize that after 24 Bxc5..dxc 25 Rxc3..fxe 26 Re3..Bf5 27 Be2..Re8 28 Rd1 Black would have been close to lost. 28..Kh8 would also have lost after 29 Re1..Be7 30 Kg2..Bxf6 31 Bxc5..Re8 32 Rce2..Bf7 33 Be7..Bd4 34 c5..Kh7 35 Rd1..Bc4 36 Rxd4..Bxe2 37 Rd7 (if 37..Bxf1 then 38 Bg5+ mates).
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