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David Bronstein vs Efim Geller
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 9, Aug-29
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0

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Nov-04-05  ewenardus: <eaglewing> Yes, I've hada great fun too. One last line:

15.Rxe7 Kd8 16.Bg5 Re8 17.Qb6+! Then:

17...Kc8 18.Nxd5! if 18...Nxd5 19.Rxe8+ Bxe8 20.Qd8++ if 18...Kb8 19.Bf4+ Kc8 20.Qc7++ So black must play 18...Qc2 or Qc4 and then 19.Rc1 is game over!

17...Kxe7 18.Nxd5+ Kf8 and now 19.Nxf6! is a killer. Check this variation: 19...Bxf6 20.Qxf6 Re6 21.Qh8++ or 19...Bc6 20.Qc5+ Re7 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Bxe7+ Ke8 23.Qxd5 Kxe7 24.Qxb7+ Kf6 25.Qxa8

So I definitely think Geller chose the best of the worse lines! This last one has to be analysed a bit more, but I thought it was interesting.

16.Bf4 looks good yep, and a someone else posted practically anything white plays here looks good! Maybe even 16.Kh1 wins?!

Hope to see you again sometime!

Nov-04-05  snowie1: The one move that puzzled me most was Bf8. I couldn't make any sense of it. But finally, I see that it was to rid himself of that pesky N coming (he thought) to c5. Imaging his utter surprise when Rxc6!
Nov-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: <patzer2
<"The decisive mistake for Geller was 13...Nf6??, allowing the winning 14. Re5! Instead, the defensive move 13...Bc6! = holds the position.> >

I must agree with you.

(Although two question marks might be a bit harsh, however ... not totally out of line.)

<JohnBoy>
I could not answer your question ... easily or quickly. I wound up annotating this game. (I sent it in to this website, hopefully they will use the notes.)

<all> Good analysis! (several different posts)

Nov-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: And to be completely honest, when I was just playing through this game (casually), I did not realize that ...Nf6? was the problem. (It left the Queen with no good squares.)
Nov-04-05  Montreal1666: 14)Rxe7 should work as well
Nov-04-05  aw1988: <Montreal> With what? Nxd5 cannot be played, because the queen is guarding the pawn...
Nov-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: Fritz 8.0 gives: 14.Rxe7+ Kxe7; 15.Qb4+ Kd8; 16.Qxb7 Rc8; 17.Qxa6 Ne4; and shows Black to be winning.

So how does 14.Rxe7 win? (Please explain.)

Nov-04-05  Saruman: "(Although two question marks might be a bit harsh, however ... not totally out of line.)"-AJ

When youre at it: how comes that you overuse exclamation marks yourself?

Nov-04-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Rxd7 was the obvious move, given the theme of the week, but hats off to those who found <14.Re5>! I didn't get it. Both <Rxe7> and the follow-up move <Nxd5+> were standing out to me, but in order for <Nxd5+> to work, the prerequisite move is <Re5>, which I didn't see. A very nice puzzle of the day!
Nov-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: <s> Who knows?!?!??!!!!!!
Nov-04-05
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  Richard Taylor: I found the main moves of this - so

14. Re5 Qd3 15. R:e7+

Now I decided that if now Ke7 16. N:d5 + 17. N:d5 Q:d3 and say 18 Nb4 Qa3 so the position was fairly easy to win

(The trouble is there are so many move here!)

The problem was - what if 15 ...Kd8 or f8 (I noted Kf8 but forgot to look at it)

So then I may (probably) have played 16 R:f7 Rg8 17 Bg5 Qf5 18 Q:b7 Rc8 19. N:d5

But I was looking also at 16 R:f7 Rg8 17 Q:b7 Rc8 and then 18. N:d5 but Black had or has 18. ...Qb5 stopping that I thought.

Nov-04-05
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  Richard Taylor: < snowie1: The one move that puzzled me most was Bf8. I couldn't make any sense of it. But finally, I see that it was to rid himself of that pesky N coming (he thought) to c5. Imaging his utter surprise when Rxc6! > I looked at that but Bronstein is winning if say Rae8 23 Nc5 Ree7 24. N:a6 or 23. ... Rd6 24. N:b7 or 24 Na6 and then the Rook sacs on c6 - White had a pawn and a stronger position
Nov-04-05
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  Richard Taylor: <ewenardus: <eaglewing> Yes, I've hada great fun too. One last line: 15.Rxe7 Kd8 16.Bg5 Re8 17.Qb6+! Then:

17...Kc8 18.Nxd5! if 18...Nxd5 19.Rxe8+ Bxe8 20.Qd8++ if 18...Kb8 19.Bf4+ Kc8 20.Qc7++ So black must play 18...Qc2 or Qc4 and then 19.Rc1 is game over!

17...Kxe7 18.Nxd5+ Kf8 and now 19.Nxf6! is a killer. Check this variation: 19...Bxf6 20.Qxf6 Re6 21.Qh8++ or 19...Bc6 20.Qc5+ Re7 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Bxe7+ Ke8 23.Qxd5 Kxe7 24.Qxb7+ Kf6 25.Qxa8>

This is great anaylsis - 16 Bg5 is a geat move but what if after 16....Re8 17. R:d7+ !?!

K:d7 18. Q:b7+

or 18. Ne5+ R:e5 19. d:e5 seems to be winning fairly easily

Nov-04-05
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  Richard Taylor: 9. ...Q:e5 is a very bad move it gives White time (10 Nc3) and opens lines agaisnt his own King (11. Re1).
Nov-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: <RT>
You mean 9...QxP/e4, (in your last post)?

BTW, I annotated this game and sent it in to this website.

Taking on e4 wasn't the bad move. (Risky, but not necessarily losing.) And there was one dubious move and one really bad move - 13...Nf6? - that cost Black the game. (Fritz seems to show that 13...Bc6 is about equal.)

Nov-13-05  LIFE Master AJ: Since it does not appaer that CG wants to use any of the analysis that I have sent them ...

I subjected this game to several hours of analysis one afternoon. I believe I determined that 11...d5?! was dubious and that 13...Nf6? was the losing move. [It also appears that 22...Bf8?; ('??') was a blunder, and allowed White a tactical shot that ended the game.]

Nov-14-05  Averageguy: <LMAJ> Instead of criticizing moves, would you suggest any better ones?
Sep-27-14  tranquilsimplicity: The Master is back to work, toying with and destroying his fellow GMs as if they were amateurs! Bronstein Chess, is true Chess.#
Oct-06-14  tranquilsimplicity: And the white Queen is this miniature is the star piece; earnestly intent on mating the black King by undressing Him with moves like Rxe7+, Nxd5 and the imminent Qxb7+! signifying the onset of climax!#
Nov-19-15
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  zydeco: Bronstein comments: "Efim Geller tried to play this game against his own style but it never works."

I think he means that Geller decided to take material, play defensively, and wait for Bronstein to overpress.

Nov-19-15
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  perfidious: Seems reasonable to me; it was Korchnoi's view that Geller was an excellent attacker, but wasted lots of time in his calculations, thus coming into time trouble.
Aug-02-16  Marmot PFL: <<"The decisive mistake for Geller was 13...Nf6??, allowing the winning 14. Re5! Instead, the defensive move 13...Bc6! = holds the position.> >

After 14 Qb4 I wouldn't care to play black there myself.

Aug-02-16
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  perfidious: <Marmot PFL: <<"The decisive mistake for Geller was 13...Nf6??, allowing the winning 14. Re5! Instead, the defensive move 13...Bc6! = holds the position.> >

After 14 Qb4 I wouldn't care to play black there myself.>

It looks ugly, but is long castling possible? In my opinion, Black's lack of development should tell against him in any case. If he had time to play ....Qd7, ....e6, ....Ne7 and castle kingside, his position would not be terrible, but that is a lot of tempi; moreover, Geller's forte was generally in the role of attacker in such positions, not that of defender.

Dec-01-16  Dave12: it appears that geller did not learn how to control his *over creativenes* in the openning... Fischer vs Geller, 1961
Mar-29-18  Toribio3: Bronstein was brutal in his attack against a top caliber grandmaster!
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