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Robert James Fischer vs Efim Geller
"Worry Geller" (game of the day Dec-13-2015)
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 6, Sep-10
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  1-0



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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Jan-03-14  PJs Studio: 20.Qb7! Chasing the rook to a square where it can be captured after Qb4+ & Qxe7+. Instructive.
Jan-14-14  SeanAzarin: Fischer on the game:

[on Geller's 7th move] "Geller looked quite happy after his novelty."

[on Geller's 14th move] "Geller took a half hour on this recapture and stopped looking happy."

[on Geller's 18th move] "Loses outright."

[on why Geller resigned after Fischer's 22nd move] "He must now lose both a Knight *and* a Rook."

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  AylerKupp: You live and learn. If Geller wanted to play ...Qf6 then his 6...Bh5 is a mistake, as it usually is in positions of this type when White has 0-0 and Black has not. Instead 6...h5 is better, as it usually is in positions of this type and as indicated in <kingscrusher>'s video, since 7.hxg4 hxg4 either regains the piece or loses immediately after 8.Nh2 (or 8.Ne1) 8...Qh4. White's relative best is probably 8.g3 which after 8...gxf3 9.Qxf3 Nf6 is roughly equal. FWIW, Houdini 1.5a evaluates the resulting position at [-0.09], d=26; Komodo 6 evaluates the resulting position at [+0.01], d=23; and Critter 1.6a evaluates the resulting position at [-0.13], d=26.

But 6...h5 was not well known in 1961, with the earliest games that I was able to find also in 1961; Z Gabrys vs Sliwa, 1961 (which continued 7.c4 Qf6), 1-0 and Ustinov vs. Klovans, Batumi 1961 (not in Opening Explorer), 0-1. In this latter both players were rated 2300+ and, so Geller might have been familiar with this game/idea, depending on when it was played (the Bled tournament was held in Sep-1961).

If 7...Qf6 was the result of home analysis by Geller then I wonder if he looked at 6...h5 followed by 7...Qf6 and, if he did, how thoroughly. 6...Bh5 and 7...Qf6 was not played very often after this loss by Geller; I was only able to find 5 additional games which continued 6...Bh5 7.c3 Qf6, with the resulting scores of +4-0=1, with the latest game played in 2001. In contrast I found 19 games with 6...h5 7.c3 Qf6 with the resulting scores of +5-9=5 and a Black winning percentage of 60.5%.

Regardless, Geller was probably lost after 13.Nxe5, the 2 bishops notwithstanding, because of his wrecked pawn position, poor development, and highly vulnerable king. Fischer's 20.Qb7 was masterful as I, and I suspect many others, would have opted for 20.Qb4+ which wins a piece and stops Black's "attack" after 20...Ne7 [] 21.Qxe7+ Kg8 22.h4. But 20.Qb7 forces Black's rook out into the open where, as <PJs Studio> pointed out, it can be captured after 22.Qb4+. Why win only a knight when you can win both a knight and a rook?

May-05-14  RookFile: Fischer remarked that Geller appeared happy for much of this game.
May-16-14  Howard: Yes, up until roughly the 12th move.
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  perfidious: <jackmandoo: Well there is a difference between having you king exposed and your king in danger, players like Fischer (and myself,) know how to tell the difference.....Bobby knew (and I knew too, I predicted most of these moves) that he was on a prarie (sic).>

In the same class as Fischer was, are you?

From this poster's profile:

<For role playing I am "SubmissiveSurka".....>


May-16-14  Petrosianic: Hmmm, it shows he also knows a lot about John Deere tractors... except how to spell "Deere".
Dec-09-15  bobbyperez: If Geller played 6...h5!? in the 6th

move,Fischer may play 7.d4

(Not 7.hxg4 hxg4 8.Ne1?? Qh4!)

b5 8.Bb3 Nxd4 9.hxg4 hxg4 10.Ng5 Nh6

11.f4.The mobility of pieces,solid

position,and the lead in development

gives white a decisive advantage.

Dec-13-15  waustad: OK, what is "Worry Geller" about?
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  offramp: Uri Geller.
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  thegoodanarchist: Yeah, Don't castle against Fischer. Sure. That's a fine strategy. A fine strategy for getting smashed.
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: Uri Geller.>

Just remember, if you want to bend a spoon... There is no spoon!

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  ketchuplover: No spoon for you!!
Dec-13-15  Absentee: That's not a knife, that's a spoon.
Dec-13-15  Sularus: Follow the white rabbit
Dec-13-15  morfishine: This game is of such low quality, it doesn't bear mentioning that its just not good enough to be I won't


Dec-13-15  Amarande: Total ruthlessness! Goodbye Knight, it's clear even at move 20 (indeed, 20 Qb4+ would be telling enough), but 20 Qb7! makes it sting more. Goodbye Rook!

Wait, there's more though - Ne7 23 Qxe7+ Kg8 24 Qxd8+ Kh7 25 Qh4+, where the King can't go back to g8 because of Re8#, so Black must play Qh6 and - Goodbye Queen, too!

I don't suppose Black would like to play on with an undeveloped R vs. R+R+Q? Nope, doesn't look like it.

Dec-13-15  Howard: Morfishine is correct about this above-average, admittedly, game being a GOTD. It was certainly one of Fischer's better efforts from the Bled 1961 event, but GOTD ?!

The judges must have been a bit tipsy from Christmas eggnog when they made this selection.

Dec-13-15  RookFile: On the face of it, this game does look like Morphy vs. amateur. But Fischer's moves from 12 - 20 or so were really sharp. A lesser player might have given Geller a way of escape.
Dec-14-15  dgm1214: Yes the game flowed downhill mostly
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  kevin86: Geller is beaten soundly by Fischer.
Jan-09-16  Joker2048: Wake up bobby...
Surely fischer is the neo from matrix!
Apr-27-17  Mithrain: <thegoodanarchist: Yeah, Don't castle against Fischer. Sure. That's a fine strategy. A fine strategy for getting smashed>

Fair enough!

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  GrahamClayton: 8. g4! - "I realized the danger inherent in weakening my Kingside, but I felt that I could capitalize on Black's lack of development before he could get to my King" - Fischer.
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