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Efim Geller
Number of games in database: 2,245
Years covered: 1946 to 1995
Overall record: +804 -347 =1087 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (300) 
    B83 B92 B84 B42 B58
 Ruy Lopez (178) 
    C92 C95 C96 C78 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (100) 
    C92 C95 C96 C84 C93
 French Defense (81) 
    C07 C09 C05 C03 C11
 Sicilian Scheveningen (74) 
    B83 B84 B85 B81
 Nimzo Indian (70) 
    E58 E26 E54 E55 E29
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (212) 
    C84 C93 C89 C85 C92
 King's Indian (189) 
    E92 E60 E67 E61 E73
 Sicilian (170) 
    B52 B64 B62 B88 B50
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (169) 
    C84 C93 C89 C85 C92
 Orthodox Defense (104) 
    D58 D55 D59 D53 D50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (71) 
    D31 D37 D35 D30 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 1-0
   Geller vs Karpov, 1976 1-0
   Fischer vs Geller, 1967 0-1
   Fischer vs Geller, 1967 0-1
   Geller vs Keres, 1973 1-0
   Kotov vs Geller, 1949 0-1
   Geller vs Panno, 1955 1-0
   Geller vs Portisch, 1967 1-0
   Geller vs Velimirovic, 1971 1-0
   Geller vs Kotov, 1955 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   Budapest (1952)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   Skopje (1967)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Havana (1965)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   The Application of Chess Theory by Benzol
   Geller beats the world champions and pretenders by ughaibu
   Grandmaster Geller: The First Quarter Century by Resignation Trap
   Efim Geller's Best Games by KingG
   Geller and Tal beat the French by ughaibu
   Legend Geller by Gottschalk
   King's Indian pioneers by keywiz84
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Curacao 1962] by Hesam7
   USSR Championship 1955 by Phony Benoni
   Geller App of Chess Theory by Sparky123

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(born Mar-08-1925, died Nov-17-1998, 73 years old) Ukraine
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Efim Petrovich Geller was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He learned how to play chess as a young man, and arrived on the international scene quickly by qualifying as a World Championship Candidate in 1952, thereby earning the grandmaster title. During Geller's career, he appeared in the Candidates five more times and competed in a record 23 Soviet Championships (winning two, in 1955 [rusbase-1] and 1979 [rusbase-2]). His aggressive playing style and expertise in double-edged positions culminated in a positive score against four World Champions over the course of his career (Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, and Robert James Fischer). He also scored victories against Max Euwe, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal and Anatoly Karpov, bringing his total of World Champions beaten to eight--a record he shares only with Botvinnik, Petrosian and Viktor Korchnoi. He won the 1992 World Senior Chess Championship.

Wikipedia article: Efim Geller

 page 1 of 90; games 1-25 of 2,245  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Kogan 1-034 1946 OdessaB53 Sicilian
2. Furman vs Geller  1-041 1947 LeningradD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Geller vs G Ilivitsky 1-026 1947 SverdlovskB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. Geller vs P Dubinin 1-032 1947 SverdlovskC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. Geller vs Lubensky ½-½16 1947 Kiev ch-UkraineC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Geller vs Koblents ½-½31 1947 SverdlovskD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Geller vs V Saigin  0-137 1947 SverdlovskB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. Geller vs V Zagorovsky 1-026 1948 Soviet UnionD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Geller vs Novotelnov 0-120 1949 TbilisiC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Geller vs Kholmov 0-143 1949 USSR ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. Geller vs V Liublinsky  1-081 1949 USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
12. Geller vs Boleslavsky 1-065 1949 USSR ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
13. D Grechkin vs Geller  ½-½31 1949 TbilisiC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. Geller vs Kasparian  1-042 1949 TbilisiB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
15. Lubensky vs Geller 0-134 1949 TbilisiE70 King's Indian
16. Levenfish vs Geller 0-151 1949 USSR ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. Geller vs V A Vasiliev  ½-½50 1949 TbilisiC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Geller vs Taimanov ½-½73 1949 USSR ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. G Goldberg vs Geller  0-150 1949 USSR ChampionshipA16 English
20. A Ebralidze vs Geller  ½-½41 1949 TbilisiD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
21. Flohr vs Geller 0-161 1949 USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
22. Ragozin vs Geller 0-140 1949 USSR ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
23. Geller vs Z Solmanis  ½-½23 1949 TbilisiC42 Petrov Defense
24. N Kopilov vs Geller 0-130 1949 USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
25. Geller vs Aronin  ½-½69 1949 USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 90; games 1-25 of 2,245  PGN Download
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  FSR: Wins in later games of a match count just as much as wins in earlier games.
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  keypusher: <Just like Fischer who has also problem with Geller, but Geller's wild play will not also work against iron Tigran.>

Did you see nosnibor's post?

Against Petrosian he scored +6=33-2.

Also, Geller's <wild play>??

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  parisattack: Not too many books on Geller's games but featured in McDonald's 'The Giants of Power Play' and Beim's 'How to Play Dynamic Chess.'

I think those sum up Geller's style quite well - dynamic power player.

Oct-26-13  TheFocus: <paris> Here is a good collection of his best games by Geller. Superb analyst.

Game Collection: The Application of Chess Theory - Geller

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  FSR: Here is the complete list, with links:

Versus Euwe (tied): +1 =0 -1

Versus Botvinnik (+3): +4 =7 -1

Versus Smyslov (+3): +11 =37 -8

Versus Tal (tied): +6 =23 -6

Versus Petrosian (+2): +5 =33 -3

Versus Spassky (-4): +6 =22 -10

Versus Fischer (+2): +5 =2 -3

Versus Karpov (-1): +1 =6 -2

Versus Kasparov (-1): +0 =3 -1

Versus Anand (-1): +0 =1 -1

Versus Khalifman (if he counts) (tied): +0 =1 =0

Geller's total score: +39 =135 -36 50.7%

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  parisattack: <heFocus: <paris> Here is a good collection of his best games by Geller. Superb analyst. Game Collection: The Application of Chess Theory - Geller>

Yes, wonderful book. Miss the old Pergamons - almost all winners.

There is also a Russian 'Black' Geller and Grandmaster Geller at the Chessboard.

But still not much about him out there. Put it on your list 'to do' <TheFocus> - right after Fischer, Pillsbury and Breyer! ;)

Oct-26-13  Wyatt Gwyon: God that's crazy that he played both Euwe and Anand.
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  FSR: A decent player, but no Wesley So.
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  parisattack: <FSR: A decent player, but no Wesley So.>

This is true! :)

Oct-26-13  SimonWebbsTiger: for those wondering what <parisattack> means

<There is also a Russian 'Black' Geller and Grandmaster Geller at the Chessboard.>

it is (I presume!) a reference to a whole series of Russian books devoted to the games of a certain Soviet player and not just the more famous (GM) players from the USSR. Nicknamed "the Black books" because of the cover, which had a Photo of the player in question.

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  parisattack: Yessir and thanks <SimonWebbsTiger>!

The 'Black' series is about the only source for Soviet era GMs who were never famous or well-known in the West.

Karel Mokry has them at decent price though postage from the Czech Republic can be dicey - He occasionally has full or nearly full sets available. Certainly one of the nicest and most reliable dealers in the business.

It would appear you also have the 'chess book bug' yes? If so, may the Force be with you! :)

Oct-27-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<parisattack>

thx for the heads up on Mokry. I have been using buying quite a few books through an old friend's business

Geller's "Application of Chess Theory" is one of many treasures I have bought through Tony over the years.

Yeah, I have a book bug but my Collection is not even remotely close to being as impressive as yours, sir!

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  parisattack: Thank you <SimonWebbsTiger> I will add to my list of dealers.

I've bought/sold with Karel Mokry for 10+ years and have always had a good experience - save when U.S. Customs held four large boxes of Moravians and I got stuck for $200 in fees. :) (Obviously not Karel's fault, of course!)

I've recommended him to many collectors and no one has offered anything but praise for him.

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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "It was clear to me that the vulnerable point of the American Grandmaster was in double-edged, hanging, irrational positions, where he often failed to find a win even in a won position." >

-Geller (on Fischer)

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  offramp: Geller wrote a really good book: <The Application of Chess Theory>. Anecdotes from his GM colleagues sometimes portray him in cossack mode, a bit of a toughie like Tolush and Kotov. But with all of them there was probably a bit of Soviet anti-intellectualism cutting some shapes.

I don't like Intellectuals myself, they are freaky and laaugh unexpectedly, but I wonder what those Stalinist countries really hated them for, sending them to Gulags. I suppose it's because Intellectuals are well-known for being slow runners.

Until I read The Application of Chess Theory (which has a Marxist-style title, or am I wrong?) I did not know that Petrosian was a close friend of Geller. I knew they were <friends> but I suspect that Ken Neat specifically translated a certain word to <close friends>.

It's a great book if you can get it!

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  stoy: According to Bronstein's widow, her late husband named Geller, not himself, as the greatest player of the King's Indian defense!
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Efim Geller.
Mar-08-14  ketchuplover: ...and or happy birthday herr Geller
Oct-31-14  Yopo: Smyslov also defeat 8 world champions
Euwe, Botwinnik, Petrosian, Tal, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov
Oct-31-14  Olavi: <Yopo> Smyslov's win against Kasparov was a simultaneous.
Nov-17-14  ketchuplover: RIP still Mr.Geller
Mar-07-15  DanielHoseano: Still, Tal is the best.
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  plang: Tal is the best what?
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  SteinitzLives: Tal was the most prolific, well-rounded party-animal, who was also a World Chess Champion.

Alekhine could give him a run for his money for drinking, and Capablanca for womanizing, but combine the two categories together, and throw in money-tossing (not to mention cookie-tossing) and Tal wins hands down!

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  offramp: Tal wasn't much of a vodka-drinker. Just two fingers.
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