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Efim Geller vs Kenneth S Rogoff
Biel Interzonal (1976), Biel SUI, rd 19, Aug-06
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Fusilli: Strange position to offer a draw, no? White is better, with advantage of space, a d7 pawn that does not seem to be at risk of falling, and a knight that if it gets to d5 Black is cooked. Not that Black does not move too, but why would White offer a draw here? It seems risk-free to try to win.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> This was played in the last round, and the leaders stood as follows:

Larsen (12) agreed a quick draw as White with Huebner (11), wrapped up a spot;

Tal (11.5) even shorter draw with Black vs Liberzon, which left him with no worse than a playoff to qualify;

Smyslov (11) drew in 28 moves with Sanguineti and retained a chance to qualify;

Huebner was probably happy to go home after this fiasco the day before (Huebner vs Petrosian, 1976);

Portisch and Petrosian (11) both won and made the three-way playoff for two spots with Tal;

Byrne (11) was down a pawn in the ending vs Andersson when a draw was agreed in the second session, so also failed to advance.

The unfortunate outcome for Tal was that he lost this game (Tal vs Portisch, 1976) and was eliminated, as he drew the rest of his games, while Petrosian defeated Portisch in the first cycle (the only other decisive game in the playoff).

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Wow, I looked at the game you referenced between Huebner and Petrosian and it was indeed a fiasco. Huebner was known to have mood swings and he must have gone into the last round in a depressive state.

So, I guess Geller was tired and decided not to fight, eh?

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