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Efim Geller vs Miguel Cuellar Gacharna
Stockholm Interzonal (1962), Stockholm SWE, rd 1, Jan-27
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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  Chessdreamer: Efim Geller is mate. Must be a rarity.
Jun-17-08  Helios727: He got walloped good.
Mar-14-11  Eduardo Bermudez: M. Cuéllar Garcharná 2.5/4 points against Soviets in IZT 1962 !!
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  perfidious: I wonder whether Geller would have lost this game to another of the top players of the time; he gained a spatial advantage, then almost imperceptibly drifted into a middlegame in which Black had the long-term advantage of knight vs a light-squared bishop which had little to do.
Mar-15-11  joupajou: 37. f3? e4! and that's about it then. Maybe Geller was overreacting to ..Rdf8.

37. h4 (blocking black h-pawn) Rdf8 and now 38. f3.

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Nov-18-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Cuéllar Garcharná and Bobby Fischer: 2.5/4 points against Soviets in IZT 1962 !! the rest of chess players 50% or less
Dec-07-15  Al2009: In the book "Russians versus Fischer",

by Plisetskij and Voronkov, this game is reported as follows: "Geller seemed about to beat the Colombian Cuellar, but under pressure for zeitnot he did not see a Queen check and he lost the game".

This report is totally untrue!

Geller was clearly LOSING by Cuellar, much before the final Queen check, and he was NOT about to beat Cuellar! Probably it is true that Geller was in zeitnot, however it is false and ungenerous toward the excellent Cuellar to say that he won a lost game!!

It is understandable that this defeat by a "modest" Colombian international master was shameful for Geller, however sometimes even great players are losing by weaker players.

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