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Efim Geller vs Boris Spassky
Moscow (1967), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-07  kuna65: I failed to see how white wins, can anyone suggest a winning method?
Sep-10-09  Abdooss: 2 Knights + King can checkmate the opposing King.. Spassky just didn't want to test Geller's endgame knowledge.. maybe he had a tennis game waiting! :-)
May-10-10  Dravus: Two knights, the knight.
Feb-16-11  ciberchess: This game been adjourned in this position. Spassky must have thought that Geller was sufficient time to find a way to win.
Apr-06-15  Howard: If Geller had been in time trouble, then perhaps Spassky would have played on for awhile. But to bother resuming an adjourned position such as this would have been an easy win for Geller, especially with the benefit of overnight analysis.

Granted, on the next move Black can snip off the a-pawn, but one remaining pawn would have been enough for Geller to win. The key to winning would have been zugzwang. Sooner or later, Spassky would have run out of moves and been forced to make concessions. With Geller's extra knight though, he would not have had to worry about that.

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  zydeco: It looks like this was Geller's only win against Spassky for the ten-year stretch between 1964 and 1974. (Spassky had a clean sweep of Geller in their two Candidates matches.)

I guess 21....Bxh3+ is overly optimistic; and 27....Rd8 is a mistake. Spassky must have missed 29.Be4!

Mar-19-18  edubueno: Me parece que B.S. no quiso analizar demasiado. Creo que la posición es de tablas.
Sep-10-18  edubueno: En la jugada 27...Td8?? es un grave error porque la torre negra queda encerrada. Las negras, que tenían mejor posición, la arruinaron en una sola jugada. 27...g6 28.Kg3 Re6 29.Nd4 Ree8 30.Be4 Rbd8 31.Nxc6 bxc6 32.Ra5 Rd4 33.Bxc6 Re6 34.Bd5 Re7 35.Bc6 Kg7 36.Rd5 Rxd5 37.Bxd5 Re5 38.Kh4 deja una posición pareja con las negras bien situadas.
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