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Paul Keres vs Efim Geller
Keres - Geller 2nd place Candidates Playoff (1962), Moscow URS, rd 6, Aug-21
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  0-1



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Apr-01-04  ughaibu: This is a most bizarre game. Keres plays an early Bh3 to exchange his bad bishop, Geller prevents the exchange with the result that the bishop on h3 becomes rather good while black's pieces remain tied up. To deal with this Geller offers a rook for the bishop, with no obvious independent significance he simply states "you can keep that bishop or swap it for this rook, up to you". Keres accepts the offer but then Geller opens up the queenside at the cost of a further pawn, albeit doubled and isolated, then after a little rearrangement Geller attacks and destroys white's centre which is now suffering from lack of support from the "bad" bishop". White appears to be in trouble with various pieces hanging and black's pieces coming to life when Keres suddenly sacrifices a knight and rook to break through the kingside.
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  Gypsy: So, did Keres loose this game or is just a typo??
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: There are two copies in the database with the same result. After 41....Qd7 I cant see anything for white. I imagine Ng5 was the sealed move and Keres resigned during the adjournment.
Apr-02-04  crafty: 41. ... ♕xb2 42. ♕h7+ ♔f8 43. ♕f5+ ♗f6 44. ♘h7+ ♔g7   (eval -8.46; depth 11 ply; 750M nodes)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks: Which side do the machines prefer after black's 37th?
Apr-02-04  Lawrence: <ugi>, after 38.Qxb5 the eval would be -0.55. The 38.Nf6+ that Keres played gets a -5.71. (Junior 8)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks. I'd give black a bigger advantage personally but it's interesting that Junior agrees on the direction of advantage. It's a very interesting game as Keres seems to play all the right moves but gets the wrong result. My initial feeling was that white would have been ahead had he chosen 26.e5 but it's not very convincing.
Apr-02-04  Lawrence: <ughaibu>, 26.e5 was (would have been) the best move, eval +3.44, but even 26.Nd1 shows an eval of +2.56. Keres started losing steam on move 30, should have played 30.b4, and move by move his position just got worse and worse until by move 35 he had lost all his advantage. Move 38 lost the game. (Junior 8)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks. This is one of those (not so rare) occassions on which I dont trust the computers to understand and accurately evaluate the position. From move 26 I (retrospectively) prefer black, when I first looked at the game I thought white was doing fine and only lost through the mis-combination but after looking at it further I think 26....b5 gave black the better chances, so to speak, meaning more a matter of ease of play than any objective theoretical advantage, then 34....f5 gives black a position that I now definitely prefer. Thank Junior for devoting it's time to this and I hope it enjoyed the exercise.
May-08-18  edubueno: Es difícil saber qué pasó. Es coherente pensar cómo podrían haber ganado las blancas después de la jugada 21, cuando claramente tienen muchas ventajas.

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