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Efim Geller vs Robert James Fischer
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 18, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-30-07  YouRang: For the record, I spent some time checking the endgame with a computer. Geller *might* have had a stronger move with 44. Kb3 (instead of Rxd4). This gets his king into better position for supporting the pawn push.

For a while, it looked like this might even be winning. But I think it turns out that black, playing very accurately, can (1) exchange rooks, (2) take time to eat the h2 pawn, (3) exchange the bishop for the d-pawn, (4) use his kingside pawn advantage to neutralize white's material advantage. (In fact, in the end, it might be white having to play very accurately to hold a draw.)

Jun-02-14  Howard: Haven't I read before that Geller missed a way to develop a significant advantage in this game ?

Since I don't have a computer, perhaps the many of you who DO, could shed some light on this.

Jan-30-16  Howard: To reiterate, I'm pretty sure that Bobby Fischer's Chess Games (long out of print), states that Geller probably missed a win in the middlegame.

Anyone wanna shed some light on this?

Jan-30-16  TheFocus: <Howard> Karsten Mueller in his book <Bobby Fischer The Career and Complete Games of the American World Chess Champion>, gives 30.Kf2? and suggests instead: "30.Ng3 makes better use of White's Knights: 30...Rc2 (30...g6 31.Nb4) 31.Nb4 Rb2 32.Nc6 Bf8 33.Ra8 ."

And 33.Nxd5: "It is probably better to preserve the active Knight with 33.Nc6!? Bc5+ 34.Ke1 dxe4 35.Nc3 exf3 36.gxf3."

Jan-30-16  offramp:

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26.b3! Rc8

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27.b4! A rare consecutive single move move an unmoved pawn.

After 30...Ra3

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Geller might have played, instead of 31.Nb4, 31.Nac3. This threatens, of course, Rxa3. But if black exchanged by ...Rxa1 he seems to find himself ina bit of trouble...

Jan-30-16  offramp: So if Geller had played 31.Nac3,

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then if Black had played 31...Rxa1 then 32.Rxa1 threatens Ra7 when the pawn on d6 might become weak, and white might also push the b-pawn.

But Black could give up a rook for two knights. 31.Nac3 Rcxc3 32.Nxc3 Rxc3.

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33. ...Rxc2+ 34. Kg1! (This is better than Kf1, when the K+R are susceptible to a knight fork if the knight arrives on c4.) 34...Rb2 35. Rab1 Rxb1 36.Rxb1 Nd7 37. b7 Kh7,

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38.Rc1! .

So that might be where Geller missed a bit of a chance.

Jan-30-16  Howard: Please check the third diagram. How did the b-pawn suddenly jump from b4 to b5 ?
Jan-30-16  offramp: <Howard: Please check the third diagram. How did the b-pawn suddenly jump from b4 to b5 ?>

It was a recipient of propulsion via the agency of Geller's right hand during the execution of 28.b4-b5.

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  beatgiant: <offramp>
In your last line above, why 37...Kh7 instead of 37...f6 38. Rc1 Kf7?
Jan-30-16  offramp: <Beatgiant> Not much of it is forced, just reasonable...
Jan-30-16  TheFocus: Nice analysis, men. Thanks for sharing.

I had not looked much at this game before, but am glad I did now.

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