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Efim Geller vs Miguel Najdorf
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 13, Sep-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0



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Jul-14-04  BlazingArrow56: Very cool endgame where Black has a solid center and White has passed pawns on opposite sides of the board.
Jun-30-05  DWINS: Geller missed a quicker win by 43.fxg6+ Kxg6 44.bxc5! Rxb1 45.c6 Rb8 46.c7 Ra8 47.c8Q Rxc8 48.Ne7+
Jul-18-05  davewv: The Application of Chess theory by Geller, Page 31
Jul-18-05  aw1988: Why the bloody hell do you insist on doing this? If it's such a good book, just recommend it. Posting what page it's on does nothing and irritates other members such as myself.
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  Sneaky: Well, suppose you have that book on the shelf, you might come across this page and now you can get your book and follow along with Geller.

You on the other hand whine and complain, and have the gall to call davewv irritating?

Jul-18-05  aw1988: Have you seen his kibitzing? It's on EVERY SINGLE PAGE.
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  Sneaky: OK, I'm sorry for snapping at you, after seeing davewy's proliferous work, I see your point.
Jul-19-05  ughaibu: Davewv is making a collection of games in the book, I suggested to him when he did the same thing for his dragon book collection that he just link to the completed collection, I guess he either didn't read or didn't like my suggestion.
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  OhioChessFan: <Ughaibu>, your suggestion is in Common Sense in Chess Kibitzing, page 117.
Jun-25-07  whatthefat: <OhioChessFan>


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  zydeco: 13....h5 and especially 17....b5 both seem pretty flaky. White doesn't have much out of the opening but after ....h5 and ....b5, black ends up with two very weak rook pawns.

....Nc5 seems like the right plan instead of 13...h5. Instead of 17....b5, maybe black can do something like 17....Qc6, ....Nh5, ....Ndf6, and .....Ng3, which looks weird, but black would cover d5 and justify ...h5, h4.

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  plang: 11 a4 was a new idea at the time; nowadays this is a very standard strategy. 12..d5 13 Nxd5..Nxd5 14 exd..Bxb3 15 cxb..Bc5 seems a more consistent continuation.

Geller on 13..h5?!:
"Not so much a weakening of the K-side,which White in fact did not manage to exploit, so much as a loss of precious time: the pawn will have to be advanced further. In this connection 11..Rc8 must be considered to be inaccurate, provided only that Black did not associate it with 12..d5. It was better, as later played by Fischer, to castle on the 11th move followed by..Rfc8 and ..b5, which is now not possible due to the weakness of the a-pawn...."

Najdorf had been counting on 19 Rxa6?..Nc4 when Black gets good counterplay; he completely underestimated 19 Bxb6! leading eventually to a powerful good knight/bad bishop position. 33..a4 would not have worked after 34 Qg4..Qf2 35 f6..Qg3+ 36 Qxg3+..hxg+ 37 Kxg3..axb 38 Rxa7..Bxa7 39 cxb and wins. One possible finish was 57..Rb2+ 58 Kf3..Rb3+ 59 Ke4..Rxh3 60 Rg4+..Kh5 61 Nxf6+..Kh6 62 Rg6#.

A really nice game by Geller - important in the history of the Najdorf variation.

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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 13 I selected this game to cover:
Apr-01-15  Cobax12: Great control of D5 by white!

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