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Efim Geller vs Mark Taimanov
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 27, Oct-18
Spanish Game: Alapin Defense (C60)  ·  1-0

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Dec-06-02  refutor: taimanov always had original ideas, but you've got to be *very* confident in yourself to play a line like 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bb4?! in a candidates match
Apr-28-03  Rookpawn: In <Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953,> David Bronstein says, "In the Evans Gambit, White sacrifices a pawn in order to lure the black bishop to b4, so that he can play c3 and d4 with tempo. Here the bishop is going to b4 of its own accord, and White can carry out the same idea free of charge, so to speak." Perhaps this is the reason this defense to the Ruy is rarely seen in GM play.
Jul-15-04  acirce: Jonny Hector has used it a number of times but it makes very little sense.
Jan-15-12  thejack: This is quite a typical Geller game. Few players (certainly not me! ;)) would have considered something like 11.Ba3, 12.Qh5 and 13.f4.

After 10.-d5 Abramov noted that White "should win if he calmly continues his development (Nd2, Re1 or Qf3)."

Later he gives 26.-h5 as in improvement that would have given Black winning chances.

Nov-19-13  gaviero55: Before Planet Ivanchuk there was Planet Geller!
Jul-15-22
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  plang: I was not familiar with this line that Alapin played quite a bit more than 100 years ago. I have a soft spot for openings such as this which are often not as bad as they appear which can give you some pschological advantage if your opponent doesn't take it seriously. In the draw Schlechter-Alapin Berlin 1897 Black had played 10..Qe8; 10..d5 was new but has not been repeated. One of the ideas behind Geller's speculative piece sacrifice was 14..Nc4 15 Qf7+..Kh8 16 Bf8 forcing mate. After 16..Bxd4! the response 17..cxd..Qxd4+ 18 Nf2..Nc4 would have been clearly in Black's favor. 17..Bxe5? was not playable due to 18 Ng5 but 17..Be3 looks interesting. Taimanov had used most of his time to obtain a winning position but was outplayed in the ending; 26..h5, 29..Nc4 and 30..Bg6 were suggested as improvements.

Certainly a creative and enterprising battle by both players.

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