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Efim Geller vs Andrija Fuderer
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 18, Sep-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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Aug-07-05  ughaibu: This is an amusing attack, partly queenless, but couldn't black have drawn much of the sting by taking the knight on move 18? he'd have plenty of pieces for his queen.
Aug-07-05  percyblakeney: An interesting game to let the computer chew on for a while. 17. ... Nxb3 looks like a good move for black, the preferred line: 17. ... Nxb3 18. Nf5 Qc5 19. Nxg7+ Kf8 20. Bh6 Kg8 21. axb3 Qc6 22. f3 Bc5+ 23. Kh1 Ng4 24. fxg4 Qxh6 25. Nf5 Qe6 and black will maybe not have it too comfortable, but after all he's a piece up and Fritz says -2.31. In the line played in the game 26. Rd7+ would be more forcing for white (mate in 5), after Rc7+ black could have held out longer with 26. ... Kg6 (27. Rd6+ Nf6 28. Kxf2 Be4 and white is only a pawn up but should be winning fairly easily anyway).
Aug-07-05  percyblakeney: ...and as for taking the knight on move 18, as <ughaibu> suggested, the computer then gives the position as equal but still prefers Fuderer's move (which doesn't have to mean that it's better...).
Aug-07-05  sitzkrieg: What about 15..Kf8 (Geller) ?
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  whiteshark: "This game with Andrija Fuderer is a striking confirmation of this. It took place in the 17th round, and was preceded by the follow­ ing circumstances.

After starting the tournament with a win, in the next nine games I did not manage to gain a single victory, whereas I lost three games, and after eleven rounds I was sharing places 15-19 out of the 21 competitors.

It was stipulated that the first nine players would go through to the Candidates Tourna­ment, and all I could do was to pin my hopes on the second half of the event. Experience told me that to my 4 points I would have to add a further 7-8 out of 10, in order to be one of the nine. This would not have been easy, even if I had been in good form. And if my form was letting me down, without drastic chess measures such a result was simply impossible.

It is true that by the game with Fuderer I was already sharing 7th place. But, firstly, he was a rival, and was only half a point behind me. Secondly, a win would practic­ally ensure me a place in the Candidates Tournament. And thirdly - and this is perhaps the most important factor - from inertia I was unable to switch suddenly to quiet play "with the draw in hand". Finally, there was the obligation of having the white pieces . . . ."

-- Geller

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  zydeco: I can't believe Fuderer passed up 24....Bxc6. If 25.Kxf2 Ng4+. If 25.Rd6 N2g4 26.Rxc6 Nxh6 27.Rxh6 Kxg7. Am I missing some trick?
Nov-18-15  saturn2: <zydeco I can't believe Fuderer passed up 24....Bxc6 If 25.Kxf2 Ng4+. If 25.Rd6 ...> Did you also look at 25 Nf5 threatening Ne7? A possible line could be 25...Re8 26 Rf1 Ne4 27 Nd6 Rf8 This is not a computer analysis (I dont have one) but white seems to have still attacking chances.
Nov-18-15  ndg2: 24..Bxc6 25.Nf5 (mate on e7) Re8 26.Rd8!! (Threathening again mate on e7, without defence actually)
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  zydeco: <saturn2 and ndg2> Nice! That's a really pretty mate. Good catch.
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