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Efim Geller vs Vasily Smyslov
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Mar-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch. O'Kelly Variation (E26)  ·  0-1


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Dec-06-03  Resignation Trap: This was probably Smyslov's best game of this tournament. He demonstrated ideal strategy against the Saemisch variation of the Nimzo-Indian. His sealed move of 41...Qe4!! (threatening 42...Qh7) adds a festive touch.
Dec-06-03  Catfriend: Great!
42.Q:Be4?? N:e2+ 43.Kf1 N:Qg3+ 44.Ke1 Rh1+ 45.Kd2 N:Be4+ 46.Kc2 R:Rc1+ 47.K:Rc1 N:f2
Mar-31-05  Pawsome: It's a small point, but Geller lost on time before making his 56th move, according to Kasparov.
Apr-01-05  sneaky pete: The original German language tournament book contains the printing error 19... Dh6-f6 (instead of 19... Dh4-f6), but in any case 19... Qf6 was played. Geller's 56th move is included, with the remark that he exceeded the time limit when making this move.
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  Richard Taylor: I agree <Resignation> - this game is partly annotated by Golombek in his book "Modern Chess Strategy" - it wod be great if that book could be updated -but the notes fro this game are very instructive (obviosuly istony "out of date" in that new games have been played but there are so many variations that often some lines dont really go "out of date as such" - he explains why the various moves are played eg Ne8 to play f5 etc - to slow White's attack
Aug-04-07  notyetagm: <Resignation Trap: This was probably Smyslov's best game of this tournament. He demonstrated ideal strategy against the Saemisch variation of the Nimzo-Indian. His sealed move of 41...Qe4!! (threatening 42...Qh7) adds a festive touch.>

Despite being known primarily for his incredible endgame technique, Smyslov also unleashed many of these !!-thunderbolts. Smyslov's 41 ... ♕c4-e4!! from this game is a great example.

41 ... ♕c4-e4!!. Wow.

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  zydeco: Great game! It looks like Geller's chance was 34.Qh2 (saving time on the game continuation) to set up g5. Then if 34....Kg8 35.Bf3 Ne7 36.Re1 Rfe8?! 37.g5 hxg5 38.Bxg5 white has an initiative so maybe black gives back the exchange with, say, 36....Ng6 37.Bd5+ Rxd5 38.cxd5 Qxd5 and after 39.Qh5 the endgame looks roughly equal. One crazy-looking line is 39....Qd3 40.g5 Qf5 41.g4 Nf4 42.gxf5 (if 42.Qxh6 Qd5 ) Nxh5 43.gxh6 gxh6 44.Bxh6 Rxf5 45.Re7 Rf6 and I'd call it a draw. 40....hxg5 41.Bxg5 Qxc3 42.Rc1 Qd3 43.Rd1 Qc2 44.Rd2 Qf5 is similarly confusing although probably better for black.
Sep-04-13  ColdSong: Impressive handling;all seems under control,and even if Houdini's advices are required bye principle,this one certainly deserves to be in Smyslov's masterpieces.
May-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: Amazing move that 41...Qe4!!. Vasily Smyslov was such a great player!
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  offramp: I've been playing over the games of Korchnoi - Geller Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), and in that 8-game match Geller lost on time thrice.
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  perfidious: Korchnoi commented of Geller (believe it was in the aftermath of the 1971 match) that he was a superb attacker, but had a tendency to waste time and calculated variations relatively badly for a top-class GM, the latter being a great strength of Korchnoi.
May-09-15  Howard: A problem Geller sometimes had was trying to find the "perfect" move in a given position, even if it meant spending a long time on just one move.

In his well-known loss to Fischer in 1970, he reportedly spent a huge amount of time on one particular move, somewhere around the 11th move. Most of us know how the rest of the game went.

May-12-15  A.T PhoneHome: You mean the game where Geller blundered in the endgame too?
May-12-15  Howard: That is correct.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Anyone else astonished at how long White's c4 pawn survived until Smyslov finally captured it? He kept finding better continuations from moves 15 through 37. Such patience!
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