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Herman Pilnik vs Efim Geller
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 15, Sep-09
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky Variation (B59)  ·  0-1



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Nov-19-07  TheKnife: In his book Modern Chess Strategy, Ludek Pachman mentions this game took place in the Interzonal of 1952.
May-22-14  estrick: The position after 22. f3 is #150 in Lev Alburt's 'Chess Training Pocket Book'.

It is a demonstration of how to sacrifice a pawn in order to get the knight a dominant outpost on e5 while turning White's LSB into a bad bishop that's hemmed in by pawns of its own color.

The knight does indeed play a very important role in Black's kingside attack, while White's LSB is mostly a passive spectator.

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  whiteshark: You'll find the game annotated by Sokolsky / Lemos
Nov-17-15  zydeco: Great example of Geller's energetic play. From move 18 on, every one of his moves is forward. 18....a4! and 19....f5! are important moves in seizing the initiative - they're not exactly hard moves to find, but it takes courage to not worry about potential weaknesses. Pilnik's play looks sensible the whole way through but he gets pushed into a passive position.

This was part of an Argentine massacre: over two critical rounds in this tournament, the Soviets beat the Argentines, their chief rivals, 6-1.

Nov-16-17  PaperSlim: 22. ..e4 is just beautiful. Strategically wins the game for black
Aug-26-21  Knightmare07: I love the idea of ??sacrificing the pawn for the knight outpost, certainly an underrated game.
Oct-10-21  joeld: This example could have been taken rohjt out of Nimzowitch's My System, Chapter 4, section 2a. But of course, because when Nimzo wrote that book, Geller had not yet played this game, Nimzo uses Kolte-Nimzowitsch, Baden-Baden 1925 instead. J W te Kolste vs Nimzowitsch, 1925

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