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Lev Polugaevsky vs Efim Geller
"Two B vs not two B (That is the Q)" (game of the day May-12-2015)
Solidarity Tournament 2nd (1968), Skopje / Ohrid YUG, rd 4, Jul-??
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Geller Defense (E73)  ·  1-0



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May-12-15  newzild: An excellent and instructive game to play through. Apart from the interesting queen versus two bishops ending, I also liked the little combination 24. Qd8 Ba4 25. Qa5, picking up the c5 pawn. Without this maneouvre it's doubtful White could have won.
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, Polugaevsky was apparently Geller's Nemesis (see
May-12-15  pedro99: I'm with Glass Cow on this one except I'd stop at ..Be5 and ..f6 with what looks like a fortress to me. Black shuffles the W-square bishop and the king as appropriate. I can't see a way in for White.
May-12-15  morfishine: Great game by Polugaevsky, especially since it was played against Geller! Instructive example of Q vs 2B and the unbalanced aspect(s) resulting
May-12-15  rogl: or to take up arms against a queen of troubles.
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  Honza Cervenka: Hmmm, not only 38...Be5 but also 39...Bc7+ with next Bf4 looks like fortress. White King cannot penetrate into black camp across two adjacent diagonals controlled by Bishops and without that white hardly can make any progress.
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  Fusilli: <Honza Cervenka> 39...Bc7+ followed by 40...Bf4 is definitely a fortress.

Great pun. I'm glad to see a pun related to the game rather than the names of the players, for a change.

May-12-15  chessbug: What a giant pun! I get many of my puns selected but to use such a very famous quote with such perfect match to the game is a stroke of genius.
May-12-15  kevin86: I thought the bishop were going to hold the game, but I was wrong...still,victory was tough at best.
May-12-15  Howard: Wasn't this game in Volume 2 of Kasparov's MGP ? Almost sure that it was.
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  Once: Fascinating ending. I suppose that Black would need to build two fortresses with one pairing of B+P on white squares and the other B+P on black squares. Honza's and Fusilli's 39...Bc7+ and 40...Bf4 would seem to do the trick.

But when White gets a pawn to f5, Black will never be able to build a light squared fortress. His bishop would be forever denied access to e6 and g6.

Very tough to see OTB, especially in a time scramble. One of those rare positions which is tough to win for White and tough to draw for Black.

May-12-15  mruknowwho: I think the key is that the bishops can't defend each other.
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  Fusilli: <Howard: Wasn't this game in Volume 2 of Kasparov's MGP ? Almost sure that it was.>

Are there games of non-world champions in MGP?

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> A good many, one would think, as Korchnoi was a chief subject of one volume--do not recall which it was, though.
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  Penguincw: < Two B vs not two B
(that is the Q) >

Great pun, but where is the "that is the Q" part of the pun (or maybe that's why it's in brackets)?

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  Fusilli: <Penguincw: < Two B vs not two B (that is the Q) >

Great pun, but where is the "that is the Q" part of the pun (or maybe that's why it's in brackets)?>

Did you look at the game? In the end Geller has two bishops and Polugaevsky has the queen. So, two bishops (Geller) vs NOT Two Bishops (Polu), but the queen (That's the Q).

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  Once: Howard - well remembered! It's actually in book 3 on page 82.

Fusilli - MGP also features games by non world champions. Volume 3 has a section with 9 games by Polugaevsky.

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> <once> Thank you! I think I didn't get beyond the first volume of MGP. I borrowed it from the Nashville Public Library. Awesome book, but I just didn't have the time.
May-13-15  Howard: Oops ! He's right--it was Volume 3, not Volume 2.

Well, Fusilli, ya might wanna go back to the library and get it...or be prepared to buy your own copy. Here in Toledo, which is where I live, chess books have a propensity to disappear. The library system once had all five volumes of Kasparov's MGP...but only the Volumes 1 and 5 were still available the last time I checked.

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  Penguincw: < Fusilli: ...

Did you look at the game? In the end Geller has two bishops and Polugaevsky has the queen. So, two bishops (Geller) vs NOT Two Bishops (Polu), but the queen (That's the Q). >

I think you're mis-interpreting my question. On the homepage, yesterday, the GOTD pun was listed as "Two B vs not two B (that is the Q)". However, if you look at the pun here, it reads "Two B vs not two B", with the last part of the pun missing. Why though?

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  Fusilli: <penguincw> Oh sorry, I did misinterpret the question. I don't know why the Q part was removed, but it was an essential part of the pun!
Jan-30-16  cjelli: Honza Cervenka, Fusilli, Once, 39. ... Bc7 would not do the trick because... the scoresheet in this PGN is wrong. Polugaevsky played 39. Qd4+, not 39. Qb4.

Source: "Grandmaster Polugaevsky" /rus./, 1982, p. 248.

At the same time, 1). 41. ... gxf4+ gave very good chances for draw, and 2) 42. Kf3 was winning easily - both according to the Polugaevsky himself.

Feb-13-16  Howard: New in Chess 2016/2 (just came in the mail yesterday) made a reference to this endgame, in an article in which a similar endgame was reached in a recent tournament.

Had almost forgotten about this one ! Polugaevsky's adjournment analysis was key to winning this game.

May-16-19  Inocencio: Monarch Walk! The White King penetration to the Black's weakest point (F7) was the key to White's victory.
Sep-25-23  simsan: It's fascinating how Magnus can retrieve games like this from memory when he himself ends up in similar endgames.
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