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Bela Soos vs Efim Geller
"Soos-Sussudio" (game of the day Jan-24-2012)
Varna ol (Men) fin-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 7, Oct-04
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Dynamic Attack (E76)  ·  1-0


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Nov-20-02  bishop: The Black Queen's Knight goes on an expedition, but is sorely missed on the Kingside. The White Queen,s Rook entry into the game is pretty and decisive.
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  OhioChessFan: Soos is now 80 something, and has annotated this game 1/25/06 on chesscafe, in the Skittles link.

Dec-19-06  notyetagm: This game is a great example of the power of the Four Pawns Attack.

Here one of the strongest players in the world (Geller) is simply demolished in a -minature(!)- when his King's Indian is overrun by the Four Pawns Attack.

Dec-19-06  notyetagm: Beautiful rook lift by White, 18 ♖a1-a3 and 19 ♖a3-g3.

Ahh, the things you can do with a space advantage.

Dec-19-06  notyetagm: All of you aspiring attacking players, -this- is exactly the kind of attacking position you are striving for.

Position after 20 ♗h6:

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White has a raging 5(!)-piece attack while Black has only three pieces defending. This superiority in force around the enemy king means a sacrifice is in order, which White plays next move with 21 ♖xf5!.

Nov-18-10  sevenseaman: Thank you <notyetagm> for your timely and telling comments, specifically your allusion to when a sacrifice is urgently called for. This demolition by Soos obviously turned Geller into a better player.
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  Phony Benoni: While not a true Benoni (yes, yes, I know, but I'm not going to say it) this is a typical example of what can happen to Black in Benoni-type positions where he plays too slowly to get counterplay going. He'll have no time to remove his jacket.

After 14.f5 it's obviously not going to be Black's day, as his kingside is being ripped apart while White opens up all sorts of lines for his pieces.

You'd think Geller would be allowed this one bad day, as he had won his first nine games at the Olympiad and wound up +10 -1 =1. But this turned out to be the only match the Soviets drew at Varna; they won the other 18. One hopes they weren't too harsh on him.

Jan-24-12  rilkefan: Rather to my surprise, stockfish likes 10...a5. But I guess it can count to four and see that black isn't going to manage ...b5 without too many tempo to invest.

After considering 13...Bg4, ...Bd7, ...Re8, it decides on the last, expecting 14.Nb5 in response - then goes back to ...Bd7 expecting 14.Ra3 Ng4 15.Nb5 Bxb5 16.axb5 with an edge of +0.24 at a depth of 24 - but then at a depth of 26 it prefers 13...Re8 slightly after all. It thinks 14.f5 Bd7 (a move I find a bit mysterious) shows progress for white at depth of 26 after 15.fg, 16.N or Bg5 and maybe h3/g4, so it shifts to 14...Ng4 and thinks 15.Bg5 Bd4+ 16.Kh1 Bf6 is nearly equal at a depth of 27. Hmm, now it's changing its opinion yet again, let's check another ply: and at a depth of 28 it's back to ...Bd7, evaluated as +0.2. And after 3 Gnodes I'm bored - and the evaluation just changed yet again, and it's looking at ...gxf5 and ...Ng4.

After a distraction, I see that sf still likes ...Bd7 at a depth of 30 (9.5 Gnodes), evaluating it at <0.36.

After the game move it likes an immediate Ra3, with the surprising line ...Qe7 16.Nh4 Nfxd5 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Nxf5 considered, maybe with Nb5 Rf8 tossed in. This is better than 0.9 for white at a depth of 25.

In the game line, after 17.Qh5 it's looking at ...Re5 with strongly varying evaluation, but anyway +0.5 at a depth of 26 after 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Bf4 Re7. Here black seems to be getting a little play at least - the e pawn gets to e2, for example. After the game moves 18...Qe7 19.Ra3 it thinks black needs to play ...f6 but is down by +2; after ...f5 he should resign.

Jan-24-12  kellmano: Anyone who plays the Kings Indian or Pirc must have lost at least one game like this. That's why I love these openings myself as black. There is a risk that the above happens, but if it doesn't then you get to try and mow your oponent down with your own pawns.
Jan-24-12  solskytz: Just say the word, oh...
Jan-24-12  FSR: "Doctor Soos" has a remarkable 2.5/3 against Geller, including toasting him at the next Olympiad as well:
Jan-24-12  TugasKamagong: Love the pun, the lyric "suss-sussodio" from the Phil Collins song.
Jan-24-12  nanobrain: Kumusta ka na Tugas? Kelan ka uuwi ng phils para mag-TugasKamagong Cup din tayo sa San Pedro?
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  Penguincw: This game reminds me of this game: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990
Jan-24-12  King Death: Now we know why Soos never got to be world champ. He was one guy that got it done against Geller.

Maybe Geller was like the Williams sisters in tennis, they could only get up for the majors and not some crummy little event in the sticks. He was still a tough player.

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  kevin86: White wins with a very coy move:23...♕xf5 24 ♗f6+ ♕g6 (otherwise,♕xf5)25 ♖xg6+ and wins

The bishop move cuts the queen from her rook.

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  playground player: Today's pun has totally lost me.
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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> It's based on a song from 1985:

I agree with your mother about jokes that need to be explained. However, since there is no perfect joke that everybody understands, I feel a need to educate. If, as a result, I can bring a smile or even a faint chuckle into the life of a single person, then I will be <technical draw>.

Jan-24-12  RookFile: <bishop: The Black Queen's Knight goes on an expedition, but is sorely missed on the Kingside. The White Queen's Rook entry into the game is pretty and decisive. >

I think this is a very accurate summary of this game. The knight on b4 was worthless.

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  OhioChessFan: <If, as a result, I can bring a smile or even a faint chuckle into the life of a single person, then I will be <technical draw>.>

Ayn Rand would be proud.

Here's a link to the song the pun channels:

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  technical draw: Hey, what's all this talk about Sussudio and Ayn Rand? And why don't I understand it? And why is my name being used in vain. Lucyyyy, you have some splainin to do!
Jun-28-12  cormac: when i first learned the KID, this was the first line presented in the book and i have found it thrilling to this day, from both sides of the board ... just the four pawns storming into the center is so dramatic and i've found usually leads to a 'dramatic' finish whether white or black comes out ahead ... this is a fine example of this thrilling variation ...
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