drukenknight: Spassky and Geller again in the closed sicilian. This game 4 in the candidates match between these two, and therefore the second closed sicilian of the match. Here is the previous game we looked at, game 6..
Spassky vs Geller, 1968
THese guys have apparently really hammered out a certain pattern in the closed sicilian that they want to get their forces into. There are probably lots of ways the opening can go so maybe not worth too much time.
Spassky in fact is in a formation that would do any hypermodern proud. Usually it is black players that you see with all their forces in a little bunch and then they break out on you. Ultimate hypermodern play vs a hypermodern defense.
Spassky plays 14 Qe2 in this game, later on in game 6 he played 14 b3 which is interesting. THe Q movements in the two games are somewhat different but Geller never really gets his out. Even though it is nice to have the Q on e8 to protect f7 from the mate, maybe it ties down the Queen too much? SOmethign to think about.
Evans makes this a big deal in his comments on game 6. Saying that RPxN is a mistake. Maybe a small one, but it can't be a huge deal and Geller has apparently worked out a whole plan for the sicilian based on certain moves; he plays them repeated in all the games in the series , and this recapture w/ RP is probably one of them.
IT is probably too much to ask a human player to make one tiny improvement in his game when he has probably adopted a style of play that is best for him and maybe adopted to the way his opponent thinks.
Geller is actually playing much better here in the early going he does not waste too much time on the queen side. Instead of extra knight maneuvers (in game 6) here he moves the QR up and down, but only twice and it's no big deal.
NOte how the mating threats against the fianchetto'd K are different than in game six because the Q is back there to protect f7. So the enemy Q or R cannot go to h7 and then f7 w/ check. This was a problem in game 6. Since this threat dwill not allow the B to capture the N on f6.
In this game 4; it is possible to first capture the N w/ BxN.
Well okay think about that; and also think about how black is going to use that wall of pawns on the queen side.