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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Efim Geller
Belgrade (1969), Belgrade YUG, rd 2, Nov-??
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Main Line (E69)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-02  ughaibu: I can imagine, Petrosian wasn't much of a tournament player compared with most world champions.
Dec-06-02  Kulla Tierchen: Petrosian wasn't much of a player compared with most world champions.
Jul-12-08  M.D. Wilson: <Kulla Tierchen: Petrosian wasn't much of a player compared with most world champions.>

It also appears that Kulla Tierchen wasn't much of a kibitzer compared with most kibitzers.

Jul-12-08  arsen387: what's wrong with 16.Bxh3? any help, please

<M.D. Wilson> LOL, agreed!

Jul-12-08  hcgflynn: arsen387: 16. bxh3 nf3+ then bxc3 and nd4.
Jul-15-08  arsen387: <hcgflynn> great, thanks, I missed that after Bxc3 the R is under attack
Jul-21-08  notyetagm: <arsen387: <hcgflynn> great, thanks, I missed that after Bxc3 the R is under attack>

Yes, the threat of <CONSECUTIVE CAPTURES>, ... ♗g7x♘c3 followed by ... ♗c3x♖a1, capturing the <UNDEFENDED> White a1-rook.

A powerful tactical display by Geller in his favorite King's Indian.

Jul-21-08  Marmot PFL: Bad tactical oversight by Botvinnik.
Jul-21-08  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: Bad tactical oversight by Botvinnik.>

Yes, and Geller or Tal was probably the strongest tacitcal player in the world back in the 60's.

Jul-21-08  RookFile: This game also shows Geller's strength in the opening, I think. He was one of the strongest opening theoreticians.
Jul-22-08  notyetagm: <RookFile: This game also shows Geller's strength in the opening, I think. He was one of the strongest opening theoreticians.>

Yes, between his excellent opening preparation and outstanding tactical skill you can easily understand why no one wanted to face him.


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  James Demery: Geller makes defeating a former World Champion look easy.
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  GrahamClayton: <hcgflynn>arsen387: 16. ♗h3 ♘f3+, followed by 17...♗c3 & 18...♘d4

15.b3? left the knight on c3 undefended - I remember a chess coach saying to me that you should always look for loose or unprotected pieces in a position.

Oct-13-11  jerseybob: Something happenin' here; what it is ain't exactly clear. Well, Buffalo Springfield could have been talking about this game! In Geller's game collection, he has the final moves listed as 21..Bxc3 22.Bxc3,Ndxf4ch 23.0-1, leaving out the queenside pawn play initiated in this version with 21..a5. So who's telling the truth?
May-28-12  YoungEd: This is the shortest game in the database in which Botvinnik lost with the White pieces. Neat tactics by Geller!
Jun-28-12  RookFile: Well, it is really unbelievably strong play by Geller. Nobody does this to Botvinnik, but on this day, he did.
Dec-19-12  jerseybob: This game is a throwback to the early days of the modern K.I.D., when Bronstein and Boleslavsky steamrollered hapless opponents who didn't know what was hitting them.
Mar-06-19  anjumskhan: Botvinnik never knew what Geller is doing.
Mar-06-19  WDenayer: I really don't remember - was it Krogius who was cursing in Moscow after Spassky lost the QGD Tartakower game to Fischer in '72, joining the applause after resigning? Krogius (I think) opined that Geller would have been better opposition than Spassky. Geller himself was furious too. This was not the proper way to act.
Oct-01-20  Caissas Clown: Every time I see Efim Geller victorious on the black side of the KID , I think WOW !
Oct-01-20  sudoplatov: Another triangle.

Geller beat Botvinnik 4 to 1, with 7 draws.
Botvinnik beat Keres 8 to 3, with 9 draws.
Keres beat Geller 9 to 7, with 21 draws.

There are more (Portisch>Keres>Korchnoi>Tal>Portisch as a quadrangle).

Oct-01-20  CaliWest: Can someone point out the winning continuation for black? I am not very good; I can't see it.
Oct-01-20  sudoplatov: After 25.gxf4 then ...Nxf4 26.Kh1 Nxe2 seems to leave Black up the Exchange and a Pawn at least with no slowdown in the attack.
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  perfidious: Count the pieces: the resulting material balance would actually be R+ three pawns for B+N.
Oct-02-20  SChesshevsky: <CaliWest> As noted after 25. gxf4 Nxf4 26.Kh1 Nxe2, the e pawn also can fall. 27. Qxe2 Qh4+ 28. Nh2 then ...Qxe4+ chops the pawn and exchanges queens.

So now white has very little attacking power, probably doesn't want to exchange rooks, and knows that eventually a black passed pawn is going to win. And Botvinnik is likely so disgusted with the sloppy way he played the opening, resignation saves him a lot of suffering.

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