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Efim Geller vs Josif Yefimovich Vatnikov
URS-ch sf (1950), Kiev USSR
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Main Line Sherbakov Variation (B89)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-04  dac1990: Another excellent game which deserves mention.
Jul-11-04  acirce: It was only excellent by one of the players though. At most.
Jul-18-05  davewv: The Application of Chess Theory by Geller, Page 27
Jun-18-11  qqdos: 13...f6? was Black's mistake. The correct move is 13..Nxb3! as played in Bilek vs Petrosian, Oberhausen, 1961 (0-1) 19m. The following year Fischer found an improvement against Korchnoi, Curacao, 1962 13...Nxb3 14.Nc6 Qd6 15.Qxd6! Bxd6 16.axb3 Be6 17.Na7 Rb8 18.Ra6? (better 18.Ne4! aiming for 19.Nd6) Nf6 19.Rb6 Rxb6 Bxb6 20.Rb8 .... but Fischer eventually lost in 45 moves.
Jun-18-11  qqdos: P.S. In the above sequence a few capture signs (x) have been omitted. 16...Bxe6 17.Nxa7 Rb8 18.Ra6? Nf6 19.Rxb6 ...
Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Geller vs J Vatnikov, 1950.
Your score: 13 (par = 13)


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  perfidious: <qqdos: 13...f6? was Black's mistake. The correct move is 13..Nxb3! as played in Bilek vs Petrosian, Oberhausen, 1961 (0-1) 19m. The following year Fischer found an improvement against Korchnoi, Curacao, 1962 13...Nxb3 14.Nc6 Qd6 15.Qxd6! Bxd6 16.axb3 Be6 17.Na7 Rb8 18.Ra6? (better 18.Ne4! aiming for 19.Nd6) Nf6 19.Rb6 Rxb6 Bxb6 20.Rb8 .... but Fischer eventually lost in 45 moves.>

This, too, is not the whole story: Fischer played very weakly in the subsequent ending to lose from the position given after twenty moves.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  Big Pawn: Some 23 years ago or do, Joseph Vatnikov analyzed a game with me at my old chess club.
Feb-26-20  saturn2: 17. Ng6+ hxg6 18. e7 Qxe7 (otherwise exf8+) 19. Nxe7 wins material and the queen or rook can check soon on h file
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  agb2002: Black threatens B(N)xe6.

The knight on e7 blocks the pawn fork. Therefore, 17.Ng6+ hxg6 18.e7 wins decisive material.

Feb-26-20  lentil: also note that 17. ... Kg8 18 Nfe7+ forces win of the Q.
Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: 17.-Kg8 18.N5e7+ Qxe7 19.Nxe7+ Kh8 20.Bxd4 also wins. Possible seems 17.Nc6 Qc7 18.e7 Rf7 19.Qh5 g6 20.Qh6 gxf5 21.Qf8+ Rxf8 22.exf8Q#
Feb-26-20  saturn2: <Walter Glattke 17 Nc6> is not possible.
Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: saturn2, is allowed, with the rules, 17.Ne7-c6 Nxc6 18.Qxd8 Nxd8 19.e7 Rg8 20.exd8Q not sure, whether this could not be played.
Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: 19.e7 Ne6! o.k. no good continuation
Feb-26-20  saturn2: <Walter Glattke> I was thinking of .....19. e7 <Ne6> 20. exf8=Q+ Nxf8 and white has no advantage.
Feb-26-20  cocker: Interesting to see Geller playing the 'Fischer' attack in 1950.
Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: It's confusing, 17.Nc6 Nxc6 18.e7 so 17.Nc6 similar to 17.Ng6+ or 17.Nc6 Ne2+ 18.Qxe2 Qc7 19.e7 Rf7 20.Nd8 Rxe7 21.Nxe7 Qxe7 22.Nc6 I am confused, but 17.Ng6+ does not to be the only move here.
Feb-26-20  RFW3: <saturn2> After .19. e7 <Ne6> 20. exf8=Q+ Nxf8....

21. Qxd8

Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: Another idea could be 17.Nc6 Qc7 18.e7 Rg8 19.Nd8 h6 20.Nf7+ Kh7 21.Nxd4 Qxe7 22.Qf3, so 19.-Rf7 get mate, see above.
Feb-26-20  Andrew Chapman: Nc6, Qd5 and black is not lost.
Feb-26-20  malt: Went for 17.Ng6+ hg6
(17...Kg8 18.e7 Q:e7 19.Nf:e7+ Kf7 20.N:e5+ )

18.e7 Qc7 19.ef8/Q+ Kh7 20.Qg4 N:f5
(20...B:f5 21.Qh4# )

21.R:f5 B:f5 22.Qh4#

Feb-26-20  Walter Glattke: 17.Nc6 Qd5 18.e7 Rg8 19.Nfxd4 exd4 20.Nxd4 Bb7 21.Qg4. Little advantage only. Threatens Rad1 now, but no option to 17.Ng6+.
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