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Braslav Rabar vs Efim Geller
"Rabar Love" (game of the day Feb-13-2015)
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 11, Sep-01
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  1-0



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Aug-20-13  paul1959: Great game against a formidable opponent by the inventor of the ECO classification system.
Feb-13-15  offramp: On seeing the final move the audience in Gothenberg showered the board with golden earrings.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And good one, <offramp>! For the young ones in the house, "Radar Love" was a big hit for Golden Earring many decades ago.
Feb-13-15  sfm: So many brilliant moves!
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  piltdown man: <offramp> Unfortunately, I am old enough to understand your little joke.
Feb-13-15  morfishine: Grand effort of the kind it takes to beat a Geller

However, Black slipped with 27...Qe5?? whewn he could've drawn with <27...Qd7> recovering material and holding the balance: Position after 27...Qd7

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Feb-13-15  thunderbreizh: morfishine, in the position shown after 28. Rg8+ Kh7 29. Nd5 black cannot take the rook since 30. Nf6+ forks K and Q, so white maintains his winning material advantage
Feb-13-15  kamagong24: awesome game!
Feb-13-15  morfishine: <thunderbreizh> Yikes, Oops! Gotta love 27.Ne7 Qd7 28.Rg8+ Kh7 29.Nd5 Qxf5 30.Be4 Qxe4 31.Nxf6#

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Feb-13-15  Swedish Logician: Surely this ought to be one of Rabar's notable games!
Feb-13-15  hedgeh0g: A beautiful game against a chess legend. The final position, where all of White's pieces and pawns are protected (after f6), is reminiscent of Fischer's famous win against Donald Byrne, where the queen was simply left without targets and could only look on helplessly as the minor pieces went to town on the king.
Feb-13-15  waustad: <Swedish> Wait until they run the script that manages that sort of thing again. The notable games are based on counts of how many game collections they are in. That just went up when it was chosen for this.
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  Alex Schindler: Amazing queen sac, to see how much material compensation he would have for it...
Mar-01-15  Moszkowski012273: Pretty,,, but 21.Qe3... was a better way to go about things.
Nov-15-15  zydeco: Geller had a scare in this tournament, falling to -2 with this game, before he promptly reeled off four wins in a row.

It's hard to see a lot of alternatives for either side after 21.Bxf6 -- presumably Rabar just calculated more accurately than Geller. A key point is that 25....fxg6 fails to 26.Rd7+.

Feb-16-16  mistreaver: Hello everyone,
I have done some analysis of this game here in the video, so if you are interested, feel free to check it out : Thanks
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  perfidious: <Swedish Logician: Surely this ought to be one of Rabar's notable games!>

It is now.

This defeat left Geller minus two and in danger of failing to qualify, but he made 8/10 in the second half to book a slot in Amsterdam.

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