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Efim Geller vs Herman Pilnik
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Apr-09
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-04  suenteus po 147: Could someone with a better understanding of endgames than me explain why this is a win for Geller?
Aug-16-04  ughaibu: 44.Nf5 how can black defend against the g-pawn?
Aug-16-04  suenteus po 147: <ughaibu> I see what you're saying, since black can't skewer the bishop and knight (44. Nf5 Rb5 45. c4!), and checking the white king only pushes him up the board to further defend the g-pawn. Thanks.
Aug-16-04  Minor Piece Activity: How about 44. Nf5 Rb6? I think white will win, but black can torture him for it. After 45. Kf3 a5 46. Kg4 a4, Black has the chance to play Rb5 or even Ra5!? later. Replying with c4 to protect the bishop looks like it will make it hard to stop black from promoting. Meanwhile the rook on the 6th rank makes it hard for white to push the pawn because if he plays Nh4, the black king can go to g7 unless I'm missing something. These endgames are tricky! =D
Mar-21-06  Resignation Trap: This game was completed on April 10, 1956. Geller set some type of record this day by scoring 2.5 points without touching a piece!

He hardly sat down before he agreed to a draw in his sixth round game Geller vs Bronstein, 1956 .

Herman Pilnik had just scored his first win in this tournament in Pilnik vs Szabo, 1956 , and was not inclined to finish this hopless endgame, so he just resigned without resuming.

Finally, Spassky was too busy analysing Smyslov vs Spassky, 1956 with his opponent from round eight, and also resigned his seventh round game Spassky vs Geller, 1956 instead of prolonging a hopless struggle.

Mar-22-06  azi: Interesting game. The 'queen chase' around the rim of the board is very amusing. It happily reminds me of the never ending creative potential of chess.
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  zydeco: <minor piece activity> White starts by marching up the king and trying to use the pawn as a shield to get the king to the sixth rank. Another option may be 44.g6 Kg7 45.Bf7 and then Nh5+, B moves, and g6 promotes -- but it's not so easy to get the knight to h5.

I think black had to play 19....Nb4. After he avoids it, his game starts to go sideways. He might have been afraid of 20.Rb3! when 20...Bxb3 is answered by 21.axb3 Qb2 22.Bxa6 which should mate (or 22....Na2 23.Nd1) but after 20....Qa5 none of white's options lead to anything: Qe1 runs into Bxb3; c3 into Rxd3, and Nc4 into Qc5.

32....Rxe4 is basically a blunder: black might have missed 38.Rxf7+! But I think he can start pushing his queenside pawns on move 32 -- and white doesn't look to be any better.

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