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Efim Geller vs Bent Larsen
Monte Carlo (1967), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 10, Apr-03
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Feb-08-07  notyetagm: Beautiful endgame play by Larsen in this rook endgame.
Oct-27-07  outsider: i suspect i understand nothing in chess. when the game switched to endgame, i saw white as the stronger side on the basis of pawn structures and rook positions
Oct-27-07  Harvestman: Larsen tells a lovely story about this game. The game was adjourned after move 42. and both players analysed until the early hours (5am in Geller's case!). Both players concluded that the position was winning for black.

In the morning they played on, and Geller finally resigned just half an hour before the start of the next round, in which he had to play Fischer.

Larsen says of Geller: "Sleepy he certainly was, and probably not in the best of spirits - but he won! Bravo!".

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  zydeco: <outsider> I imagine Geller assumed he was better around move 30 when he got the outside passed pawn. The problem is that black has one pawn island, white has three, and the d5 pawn falls surprisingly quickly.
Aug-10-17  nummerzwei: <zydeco> No way. An outside passed pawn is not even a thing in rook endings.
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