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Efim Geller vs Vasily Smyslov
"G Force" (game of the day Jan-03-12)
Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal Match (1965)  ·  Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1-0
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Jan-03-12
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  scormus: Tremendous game, great pun too.
IMO the real gem is <27 Kg1>, such a modest-looking move but so devastating, more elegant and decisive than the obvious <27 gxh7>.

I'm tempted to comment more but <xrt999>, <Once> and <sevenseaman> already said it so well

Jan-03-12
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  kevin86: A nice combination with a queen sac on the way.
Jan-03-12
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  playground player: This is one of those games that tells me how much I don't know about chess.
Jan-03-12
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Jan-03-12  Whitehat1963: Perhaps too well known, but couldn't this be a weekend puzzle after 24...Rxe4, in, say, five years or so?
Jan-03-12  laskereshevsky: I studied and delighted myself with this game since my younghood, still remember the admiration and pleasure I always tryied, replaing it over th board.

I think this game, played in the 1965's WC candidates quarter of final, is among the best 10 games played in the Candidates matches.

A shore candidate :-) for the title of the best ever....

Against the biggest odds, Geller overplayed Smyslov in this quarter of final by 5.5-2.5 with a score of +3 -0 =5

Jan-03-12  laskereshevsky: Its enteresting the fact Geller wasnt scheduled to play this 1/4 of final (!)

The place was in the right of Botvinnik, as fresh former-world champion, being beated by Petrosian in the WC final 1963

But BOT, in open polemical with the FIDE for the erase of the right of a WC re-turn match ( after the Tal-Botvinnik WC re-match in the 1961 ) refused to take part in the 1964-1965 WC cycle...

Geller, as 2nd classified in the previsious 1962 Curacao's candidates tournament was called to take the Mihail's place.... Poor Smyslov!!

Jan-03-12  Petrosianic: <Its enteresting the fact Geller wasnt scheduled to play this 1/4 of final (!)>

He was scheduled to play. That's why he wasn't in the interzonal. Because Botvinnik had already dropped out.

<Geller, as 2nd classified in the previsious 1962 Curacao's candidates tournament was called to take the Mihail's place....>

He was actually 3rd. He'd lost a match against Keres for the 2nd place spot. Had he won it, he'd have been seeded in the candidates whether Botvinnik dropped out or not.

Jan-03-12  laskereshevsky: <Petrosianic>:
Thanks for the explanation: :-)

Of course when i write: <Geller wasnt scheduled to play this 1/4 of final>, the meaning was the fact Geller was DIRECTLY, and not by PAIRINGS, puted in THIS match!...

Yes, you're right about the 2nd spot match was won by Keres, I have wrote my post by free-hand, and having only my memory as support I forget about this match

<Had he won it, he'd have been seeded in the candidates whether Botvinnik dropped out or not.> In this case was the Keres' time to "drop" in. So, the partecipants' field dsnt change.....

The <Poor Smyslov!!>, as to be confirmed, in the fact of Geller was ( repeat ) DIRECTLY puted to play with Vassily, in place of BOT, and NOT by pairing...

.......isnt it?!

Jan-04-12
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  kingscrusher: Funny enough I had covered this game yesterday (the day it was "game of the day") on my radio show with some other games of Geller:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cKJ...

Great game - very exciting. The mystery for me was the move Kh1-g1. I think it is to do more with diagonal related tactics like Qh3 and Bxg2+ possibilities than the back row weakness. Engine checking this game, it seems maybe Kh1-g1 wasn't needed and that 29 gxh7+ was very strong.

Jan-04-12
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  scormus: <kingscrusher> odd how these coincidences happen, if they are coincidences ....

<27 Kg1> .... I puzzled about this myself. <27 gxh7+> looked the natural move and in fact the engine chose it on shallow search giving a winning edge but only after some slightly messy play. Only with deeper search <Kg1> showed better.

OTB it would have been very difficult even for Geller to see all the continuations, so he may well have played it as prophylaxis against back rank threats, confident that he could afford a tempo. It certainly seems to cut limit B's counterplay possibilities and hence makes the win more straighforward.

Jan-04-12  SChesshevsky: <27 Kg1>

I'm guessing 27.Kg1 was just a move from principle to get the King off the Bishop pin once the Queen moved off the diagonal.

White had such a winning position that the tempo doesn't cost and as I think Fischer said something like it's even worth the tempo because you never know.

I'm surprised Smyslov played a Gruenfeld so poorly positionally. I don't think he could've been very happy with his position after 18.. Qc6 with the Knight out of play and the Q in front of the Bishop on the file opposite the rook.

Jan-04-12
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  RandomVisitor: After 13.Kh1:


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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.18] d=28 13...Qe7> 14.Qd2 a6 15.Bd3 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.e5 Nxe2 18.Qxe2 Qa3 19.Be4 Bd7 20.Bc5 Qa4 21.Bxb7 Bb5 22.Qe4 Qxe4 23.Bxe4 Rac8 24.Rfe1 Rd2 25.a4 Bxa4 26.Bb7 Rb8 27.Be3 Ra2 28.Bxa6 Bb3

Jan-04-12
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  RandomVisitor: After 17.Qd2:


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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.21] d=26 17...Re8 18.Ng3 cxd4> 19.Bxd4 Nc4 20.Qg5 Ne5 21.Bc2 f6 22.Qd2 g5 23.Bb3+ Kh8 24.Rfe1 Rad8 25.Rcd1 h6 26.Qe2 Qc6 27.Qc2 Qc7 28.Be6 Nc6 29.Qb3

Jan-19-12  Whitehat1963: Perhaps the game is too well known, but there's a weekend puzzle after 26...Qd7.
Jan-19-12  Whitehat1963: Or certainly a Sunday puzzle after 23...Rde7.
Mar-08-12  edyedzer: Efim Geller at his prime !!
Mar-08-12
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  parisattack: This game, with excellent annotations, is featured in McDonald's The Giants of Power Play section on Geller.

McDonald defines Power Play as the confluence of three elements - preparation, psychology, dynamism - then goes on to detail with ten finer points of discussion.

Mar-11-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Spassky referred to this game in summing up Geller: "When Geller was on song, he could crush anyone. And I always admired this thoughtfulness of his-not only the excellently played opening-this goes without saying, but the thoughtfulness of his play after it, the planning. He was a grandmaster of very high class, and he would play one or two games a year which would determine the direction that chess took in this or that opening. Such a game, for example, was his win against Smyslov in the Grunfeld Defence in the 1965 match, where he several times sacrificed his queen."
Aug-30-12  harish22: Yep !!. The depth of Kg1 is stunning. If the k was on h1 then, after Qg4, Qf6 wins due to the back rank threat. This implies that Geller saw the entire combinations and complications while playing 24. Rcf1 or even as early as 21. Qf4
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: 27.Kg1 was played in order that black would create his own doom. In effect, white forced black into zugzwang.

Any move black made after that point was bound to be bad.

Mar-12-13  vikram2791: In the end how does White win?
Mar-12-13
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  Catfriend: <vikram2791: In the end how does White win?> Well, it depends on what Black does of course. 31..Qxg4 gets him mated 32. Rf8+ Rxf8 33. Rxf8+ Kg7 34. h8=Q#

White threatens 32. Qxg7+ Kxg7 33. Rf7+ Kh6 34. Rf8.

If Black defends by 31..Bd5, then 32. Qxg7+ Kxg7 33. Rf8 Rxf8 34. Rxf8 Kxf8 35. h8=Q+ wins.

Feb-06-14
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  offramp: <dyedzer: Efim Geller at his prime !!>

Mmm!
Prime. A big red rosette pinned to the seat of his trousers saying GUARANTEED 100% PRIME SOVIET CHESSPLAYER!

I prefer to say, <at his best>.

Apr-05-14  Nezhmetdinov: I can't remember seeing this game before, it is magic!
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