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Efim Geller vs Anatoly Karpov
"Efimeral Advantage" (game of the day May-29-05)
USSR Championship (1976)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Petrosian Variation (C16)  ·  1-0
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Oct-24-06
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  notyetagm: <setebos> FYI Geller had planned 25 Qxe6!! several moves earlier and spent his time calculating to make sure that he could win the resulting endgame.
Oct-24-06  OJC: "Grandmaster Efim Geller helped me to prepare for my final Candidates' match. Naturally, he was well versed in my openings repertoire, and therefore in our game I decided to play the French defense for the first time in my career. Well, you know, you've got to lose a lot of "Frenchies" before you can win in this complicated opening!"

-Karpov

Oct-24-06  OJC: Regarding the alternate score of this game, Karpov himself gives move 26 as Nfg6+, not Nhg6+.
Aug-21-07  dabearsrock1010: By far the best pun on the website...excellent.
Feb-08-09  Woody Wood Pusher: This game proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the French is busted.
May-07-09
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  Marmot PFL: Black has to attack the white pawn chain with c5 and possibly f6. Omitting these moves its no surprise that black gets squashed.
Aug-18-10
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  sevenseaman: Very imaginative pun. 25. Qxe6 is astounding.
Jan-26-11  bharatiy: Geller saw upto move 28 on 19 Qxa4 or 20 Bg5! Nice win by him, Karpov was constricted in initial phase of the game and later it was tactics and tactics. Guess not his strong point! I think 21 Rxb8 sealed win for Geller
Aug-20-12  Conrad93: Why would you need a zip file of this game when you can just copy the PGN?
Aug-20-12
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  perfidious: < bharatiy: ....Nice win by (Geller), Karpov was constricted in initial phase of the game and later it was tactics and tactics. Guess not his strong point!....>

Karpov was then world champion despite this perceived failing.

It would be accurate to state that even a top-class GM will find it more difficult to play positions from openings in which they aren't at home--Karpov seldom played the French.

Aug-20-12  Darek: I love Geller games :D
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: Karpov may have been new to the French, but he is still regarded as one of the best players of the 20th century.

An unknown opening is never an excuse for poor play.

Sep-17-12  ughaibu: If he could've spoken Spanish, his French would've been better.
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: True, and his Italian also.
Sep-17-12  ughaibu: So, we can conclude that he didn't speak Spanish. Has he learned it since? Now you're asking.
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: I heard he does speak Spanish. It's not that shocking.

World Class GM's travel to all kinds of places and it helps to know some foreign languages.

Almost all the the top ten GM's know some basic or advanced English.

And, in my home country of Ukraine, my aunt knows Polish, Russian, English, and Ukrainian.

Sep-17-12  ughaibu: If you'd heard he spoke Spanish, why were you asking if he did?

I assume you're human.
Hey! Anybody! Is Conrad93 human?

Sep-17-12
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  Jim Bartle: Karpov and Kasparov came to Peru in 2010. I don't know if either speaks Spanish, but both spoke to the public or press through interpreters.
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: I was asking to verify.
Dec-16-12  Albanius: Karpov's Spanish would make Torquemada proud:
Karpov vs Geller, 1983
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1972
Karpov vs Spassky, 1973
Jan-03-13
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  tjipa: Computers go on and on. My own shows Karpov being deep in trouble as early as his 9...Be7 (instead of the preferable 9... Bxd2). Anyway, I enjoyed this Geller's game immensely, and I had this moment of returning to Geller upon reading Sosonko's essay on him in the book 'I Knew Capablanca'. A great chess essayist that guy is, that much I can say, being a writer myself.
Oct-21-13  tedceldor: karpov is good with the Spanish
Mar-16-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: What a brilliant game by Geller!!!!!
Mar-16-14
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  LIFE Master AJ: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1976

#1.) A. Karpov (2695) 12.0 / 17
#2.) Y. Balashov (2545) 11.0 / 17
#3.) T. Petrosian (2635) 10.5 / 17
#4.) L. Polugaevsky (2635) 10.5 / 17
#5.) J. Dorfman (2405) 9.5 / 17
#6.) M. Tal (2615) 9.0 / 17
#7.) V. Smyslov (2580) 9.0 / 17
#8.) E. Geller (2620) 8.5 / 17
#9.) E. Sveshnikov (2510) 8.5 / 17
#10.) O. Romanishin (2560) 8.5 / 17

Mar-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

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