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Efim Geller vs Vasily Smyslov
"G Force" (game of the day Jan-03-2012)
Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-24
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Spassky Variation (D87)  ·  1-0



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Jan-04-12  RandomVisitor: After 13.Kh1:

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.18] d=28 13...Qe7> 14.Qd2 a6 15.Bd3 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.e5 Nxe2 18.Qxe2 Qa3 19.Be4 Bd7 20.Bc5 Qa4 21.Bxb7 Bb5 22.Qe4 Qxe4 23.Bxe4 Rac8 24.Rfe1 Rd2 25.a4 Bxa4 26.Bb7 Rb8 27.Be3 Ra2 28.Bxa6 Bb3

Jan-04-12  RandomVisitor: After 17.Qd2:

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Analysis by Deep Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.21] d=26 17...Re8 18.Ng3 cxd4> 19.Bxd4 Nc4 20.Qg5 Ne5 21.Bc2 f6 22.Qd2 g5 23.Bb3+ Kh8 24.Rfe1 Rad8 25.Rcd1 h6 26.Qe2 Qc6 27.Qc2 Qc7 28.Be6 Nc6 29.Qb3

Jan-19-12  Whitehat1963: Perhaps the game is too well known, but there's a weekend puzzle after 26...Qd7.
Jan-19-12  Whitehat1963: Or certainly a Sunday puzzle after 23...Rde7.
Mar-08-12  edyedzer: Efim Geller at his prime !!
Mar-08-12  parisattack: This game, with excellent annotations, is featured in McDonald's The Giants of Power Play section on Geller.

McDonald defines Power Play as the confluence of three elements - preparation, psychology, dynamism - then goes on to detail with ten finer points of discussion.

Mar-11-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Spassky referred to this game in summing up Geller: "When Geller was on song, he could crush anyone. And I always admired this thoughtfulness of his-not only the excellently played opening-this goes without saying, but the thoughtfulness of his play after it, the planning. He was a grandmaster of very high class, and he would play one or two games a year which would determine the direction that chess took in this or that opening. Such a game, for example, was his win against Smyslov in the Grunfeld Defence in the 1965 match, where he several times sacrificed his queen."
Aug-30-12  harish22: Yep !!. The depth of Kg1 is stunning. If the k was on h1 then, after Qg4, Qf6 wins due to the back rank threat. This implies that Geller saw the entire combinations and complications while playing 24. Rcf1 or even as early as 21. Qf4
Sep-17-12  Conrad93: 27.Kg1 was played in order that black would create his own doom. In effect, white forced black into zugzwang.

Any move black made after that point was bound to be bad.

Mar-12-13  vikram2791: In the end how does White win?
Mar-12-13  Catfriend: <vikram2791: In the end how does White win?> Well, it depends on what Black does of course. 31..Qxg4 gets him mated 32. Rf8+ Rxf8 33. Rxf8+ Kg7 34. h8=Q#

White threatens 32. Qxg7+ Kxg7 33. Rf7+ Kh6 34. Rf8.

If Black defends by 31..Bd5, then 32. Qxg7+ Kxg7 33. Rf8 Rxf8 34. Rxf8 Kxf8 35. h8=Q+ wins.

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  offramp: <dyedzer: Efim Geller at his prime !!>

Prime. A big red rosette pinned to the seat of his trousers saying GUARANTEED 100% PRIME SOVIET CHESSPLAYER!

I prefer to say, <at his best>.

Apr-05-14  Nezhmetdinov: I can't remember seeing this game before, it is magic!
Nov-05-14  tranquilsimplicity: This is magic indeed!#
Jan-08-15  Whitehat1963: Mindboggling final combination after 23...Rde7
Oct-18-15  maseras: 13.Kh1 b6?!
(13...Na5! 14.Bd3 f5)
Feb-20-16  thegoodanarchist: Because Black's knight is useless on the a-file, White can freely sac a piece and still have the forces necessary to prosecute an attack.
Mar-06-17  clement41: OMG what a mind-boggling Grünfeld! Splendid!
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  offramp: Geller beat a lot of World Champions.

But so did a lot of players!

The difference is that there is always one game where Geller knocked that Champion right out of the ring! Not just some shilly-shallying positional win....


Like this one.

Aug-02-17  Petrosianic: Geller beat 8 world champions. Not many people can say that, no matter what the quality of the games. I think the record is 9 (Keres and Korchnoi beat 9, and there are some world champions who would have gotten 9 if not for the fact that they couldn't beat themselves, and so had one less opportunity).
May-23-18  Whitehat1963: Great and extraordinarily complex finish with many possibilities on both sides of the board!
Dec-16-18  Ulhumbrus: According to the general rule a central attack prevails over a king side attack, and one remark on the part of Golombek suggests that it does so every time.

However this time after the central capture 24...Rxe4 it is the king side attack 25 fxg6!! which prevails instead.

One example of what this suggests is that in order to give the rule its rightful value and place one has to know the reasons why the central attack prevails over the king side attack, where it does.

One example of an answer is that if the central attack prevails it does so barely by a tempo.

Thus in this case if Black has lost a single important tempo somewhere White may win instead of Black.

One example of a move which loses a tempo is the move 19...Rad8 if after 20 Bh6 Black cannot follow it by 20...cxd4.

Feb-24-19  Albanius: Geller didn't just beat world champions, he had plus scores against Fischer (+5=3=2), Botvinnik (+4-1=7), Petrosian (+5-3=32), and Smyslov (+11-8=37), and equal scores against Euwe (+1-1) and Tal (+6-6=23). The only champions with plus scores against Geller were Spassky(+6-10=22) Karpov (1-2=5) Kasparov (0-1=3) and Anand (0-1=1), the latter three after Geller's prime. Total +39-36.
Jan-03-21  Gaito: Instead of 23.Bc2, worthy of consideration was also 23.Re2! (see diagram), with the threat of 24.Nf6+, taking advantage of the fact that the Re8 is unprotected.

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A likely continuation would be 23...Rde7 24.Bb1 Qd7 25.Rce1 Bc6 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.Nd6! Rxe2 28.Rxe2 Bg7 29.Rxe8+ (see diagram)

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Black could not escape being checkmated in a few moves more.

Jan-03-21  Gaito: Smyslov played the opening very well. After 17...Re8 the position was about equal, maybe just a very tiny advantage in White's favor; then Geller played the move 18.Ng3, and the following position was reached:

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Smyslov played the seemingly logical 18...Qc6?, but as it turned out, that was the losing move: his one and only mistake in the whole game. After Geller's reply 19.Rf2! (protecting his threatened g2 pawn), there is no saving clause for Black. With the aid of powerful computer engines we find out that Smyslov ought to have played 18...cxd4! 19.Bxd4 (or else 19.cxd4 Qd6=) Nc4! with an equal game, probably a draw. After Smyslov's mistake 18...Qc6?, Geller played an almost perfect game, and never gave the former world champion a chance to recover.

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