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|Jan-25-14|| ||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)
|Feb-06-14|| ||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!
|Mar-08-14|| ||stoy: According to Bronstein's widow, her late husband named Geller, not himself, as the greatest player of the King's Indian defense!|
|Mar-08-14|| ||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.|
|Mar-07-15|| ||plang: Tal is the best what?|
|Mar-07-15|| ||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!
|Mar-07-15|| ||offramp: Tal wasn't much of a vodka-drinker. Just two fingers.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <Before Geller we did not understand the King's Indian Defence> - Mikhail Botvinnik.|
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <From time to time, like many other players, I glance through my own games of earlier years, and return to positions and variations which have gone out of practice. I attempt to restore them, to find new ideas and plans> - Yefim Geller.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <It so often happens that, after sacrificing a pawn, a player aims not to obtain the initiative for it, but to regain sacrificed material> - Yefim Geller.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <The choice of opening, whether to aim for quiet or risky play, depends not only on the style of a player, but also on the disposition with which he sits down at the board> - Yefim Geller.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Just as it is wrong to work on chess by studying only the first 10-15 moves, so it is wrong to play one and the same opening system, even though it be rich in variations and nuances> - Yefim Geller.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <The chief characteristics of Geller's creativity are an amazing ability to extract the very maximum from the opening and a readiness to abandon positional schemes for an open game rife with combinations, or vice-versa, at any moment> - David Bronstein.|
|Aug-27-15|| ||Serbon91: <Wyatt Gwayon> Well,Andre Lillenthal played both Lasker and Carslen,go figure that. :-)|
|Aug-27-15|| ||jith1207: Paul Morphy played with Adolf Anderssen, Anderssen played with William Steinitz, Steinitz played with Emmanuel Lasker, Lasker played with Max Euwe, Euwe played with Efim Geller, Geller played with Vishy Anand and Anand has played with every other kid on the block now. That's Chess History from 1850s through 21st century, made possible by Efim Geller's Giant Leap across generations.|
|Aug-28-15|| ||offramp: <jith1207: Paul Morphy played with Adolf Anderssen, Anderssen played with William Steinitz, Steinitz played with Emmanuel Lasker, Lasker played with Max Euwe, Euwe played with Efim Geller, Geller played with Vishy Anand and Anand has played with every other kid on the block now. That's Chess History from 1850s through 21st century, made possible by Efim Geller's Giant Leap across generations.>|
That is good but it can be done a bit quicker:
Morphy played HE Bird:
Morphy vs Bird, 1858
Then HE Bird played Maroczy.
Bird vs Maroczy, 1895.
Maroczy played Pomar:
A Pomar-Salamanca vs Maroczy, 1947
And Pomar played Topalov:
Topalov vs A Pomar-Salamanca, 1992
..and Topalov has played everyone in the world.
|Aug-28-15|| ||jith1207: <Offramp> That's great, I was trying for a while and My list was definitely not an economical one. I hoped someone could check into that, and this looks great. My greater struggle was going earlier than 1850s to at least Philidor. Do you think we could possibly find such a lineage until Philidor?|
|Aug-29-15|| ||saturn2: <jith1207: Geller played with Vishy Anand>He also played against me in a simultanous 1983 or 1984. He opened the games e4 and d4 alternatively. He got angry when someone touched a piece and would not move it. From the results point of view he clobbered all the participants and there were some 2000 players amongst them.
<offramp: vodka-drinker> I cannot confirm that, but before this game I had Geller in mind from a book of the chess olympiad 1953 where he seemed thin, introvert, highly intellectual and he was already called 'The Russian Morphy' at this time according to a book on the Olympiad.
So I was rather surprised to see a ca 100 kg extrovert man.|
|Aug-29-15|| ||Fusilli: <saturn2> The 1939 Buenos Aires event was the last olympiad played in an odd-numbered year. Maybe you mean 1952 (Helsinki) or 1954 (Amsterdam) (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess...), or maybe you mean the Zurich candidates in 1953?|
I remember reading an interview in New In Chess where the person being interviewed referred to Geller as someone who always made a lot of fuss about everything, which is consistent with getting angry at someone for touching a piece and not moving it at a simul exhibition. But I can't remember who the interviewee was. I think Smyslov.
|Aug-29-15|| ||saturn2: Fusilli: It was Helsinki. I remember the book well although I dont have it any more. It was one of my first chessbooks. In the Soviet team were Smyslov, Boleslavsky, Kotov, Bronstein and Geller. I also remember all their fotos. Best performance had another guy called Kothenauer or something like that. Geller played a lot of Kingindians in this tournament and the author of the book (Mueller?) described this opening as something newly discovered and almost mystical.|
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