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Mikhail Tal vs Efim Geller
43rd USSR Championship (1975), Yerevan ARM, rd 10, Dec-??
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-31-05  ughaibu: Both moves 24 are surprising.
Feb-11-07  who: 19.axb5 is believed to refute the whole variation. See
Feb-11-07  Open Defence: <who> interesting link
Feb-11-07  who: I should point out that there is a typo in that article. In the paragraph that begins "Somebody then suggested the improvement 23...Bc7", but it should actually be 23...Nc7.
Sep-18-12  Conrad93: Wow, I thought my idea was original.

It's a bummer someone already has an article about it.

Sep-18-12  Conrad93: [Event "Erevan ch-SU"]
[Site "Erevan ch-SU"]
[Date "1975.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
[Black "Efim Geller"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C89"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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"] [PlyCount "12"]
[EventDate "1975.??.??"]

19. axb5 axb5 20. Qf1 Qh5 21. f4 Kh8 22. Bxd5 cxd5 23. Qxb5 Rh6 24. h4 g5 1/2-1/2

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A drawish position.

[Event "Erevan ch-SU"]
[Site "Erevan ch-SU"]
[Date "1975.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
[Black "Efim Geller"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C89"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

click for larger view

"] [PlyCount "23"]
[EventDate "1975.??.??"]

19. axb5 axb5 20. Qf1 Qh5 21. f4 Kh8 22. Bxd5 cxd5 23. Qg2 Rh6 24. Ra5 Rb8 25. h4 Qf7 26. Nf3 Bxf3 27. Qxf3 Rg6 28. Bf2 h6 29. Ra6 Kh7 30. Kg2 1/2-1/2

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This gives white a huge advantage.

It's very tempting to either grab the knight or the pawn, but you lose the advantage the minute you give up the pin on d5.

It's only much later on that 22.Bxd5 is possible and effective.

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