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Miguel Najdorf vs Efim Geller
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 28, Oct-20
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Simagin Variation (E62)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In the same tournament, Petrosian had played 12...c5 and lost. Here Geller improved with 12...Rb4 harassing the c-pawn, reserving the c-pawn for 17...c7-c6, and waiting until move 31 to put that pawn on c5. Odd that Najdorf wasn't suspicious of Geller's willingness to reenter the same line. Soviet players did have the reputation for working together.
May-05-20  Ruelle: It is not only about the reputation; Petrosian and Geller were close friends and always worked togehter
May-05-20  Inocencio: Communism was the system of government during 1953. I do not believe that friendship between Petrosian and Geller was a factor in Geller's victory in this particular game. Communism does not value family ties. You could observe during those times that even son/daughter can be a witness against his mother/father. With more reason, friendship has no value for them. It was the creativity of Geller that made him an attacking player. Petrosian was a conservative defensive player. You can not compare apple and lemon.
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  Fusilli: <Inocencio> That Petrosian and Geller reviewed the line after Petrosian's defeat is a possibility. Soviet players often worked together on opening prep, and even in the analysis of adjourned games. Some were friends, some were not, but the authorities certainly expected them to team up to redouble forces when necessary to secure the top places for their country. A difference in styles between Petrosian and Geller doesn't mean they could not look at an opening together, right?

Najdorf was an attacking player too, and he trounced Petrosian in Najdorf vs Petrosian, 1953. Here Najdorf burned his boats, but Geller defended well and outplayed him positionally. Interesting game.

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