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Efim Geller vs Konstantin Klaman
URS-ch sf (1949), Tbilisi, rd 7, May-??
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1-0



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May-10-05  ughaibu: One's often told that short draws are justified as the position is even, as if that means a draw is inevitable. In fact the degree of advantage needed to win needn't be that great.
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  offramp: But in order for one side to win, the other side has to make a mistake, or a few small inaccuracies; where were they here?
May-10-05  ughaibu: Quite, if instead of agreeing a draw the players continue it's rather likely that at least one will commit small inaccuracies.
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  offramp: The position after 42...Nxe6+ looks absolutely level but I am pretty sure Geller would've beaten me quite easily from it. Knight endings are hard, like pawn endings, and I would have made at least a couple of errors and that would be that,
May-10-05  aw1988: <One's often told that short draws are justified as the position is even, as if that means a draw is inevitable.> What are you talking about? This is a seventy move win.
May-10-05  notsodeepthought: I thought even 48 ... N:d4 49 K:d4 Kd6 would have eventually led to a draw - even though I have to assume Geller wouldn't have allowed the exchange in that case.
May-10-05  Minor Piece Activity: <aw1988> He didn't say it wasn't.
May-10-05  aw1988: I'm just wondering why he chose to post it on this page.
May-11-05  ughaibu: Have a look at Geller vs Leonid Stein, 1964 for more on the question.
May-11-05  aw1988: Hmm. Thank you.
Jun-15-05  fgh: This is the kind of endgames I love.
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  whiteshark: Position after <17. Rad1>:

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<The pressure against Black's isolated d-pawn gives White a very pleasant game.>

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