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Samuel Zhukhovitsky vs Efim Geller
"Stellar Geller" (game of the day Dec-21-2006)
Moscow (1970), Moscow URS, rd 7
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-05  chess man: Nothing can be done to prevent the loss of the knight when black plays h4. If white plays 36.Qf1 36...Rxg3+ 37.fxg3 37... Qxg3+ 38.Qg2 (or Kh1)38...Qxc3 or if white plays 36.Bc8 then Black plays 36...Rxg3+ 37.fxg3 38...Qxc8 with an easy win for Black. Nice game displayed by Geller.
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  ToTheDeath: How can you not love Geller. White's position just disintegrates move by move.
Dec-21-06  e4knightf3: << novice player, can someone tell me why black doesnt 5...Nxe4.

I can see white regains the pawn by capturing e5, for example 6.Re1 Nf6, then 7.Bxc6 dxc6, 8.Nxe5 white with a better game?? Is this correct?

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  ToTheDeath: Yes 5... Nxe4 is perfectly playable and very popular. It's called the Open Game and the theory goes far deeper than just White regaining the pawn. In your line for example 6...Nc5 is more challenging and thus White usually prefers 6.d4.
Dec-21-06  think: For other confused people, 22. cxd4 loses to Bxf3. The position is similar to today's puzzle, B Lengyel vs V Mikhalevski, 1993
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  al wazir: 22. cxd4 Bxf3 23. Bxf4. Now what?

Why not 36. Bc8 ?

Dec-21-06  Infin1ty: 36. Bc8 - Rxg3+, fxg3 - Qxc8 and black is a clean 3 pawns up
Dec-21-06  Sleeping kitten: I don't get the pun.
Dec-21-06  Silverstrike: <Sleeping kitten> I think it's just a simple ryhme. I could be wrong.
Dec-21-06  weary willy: It's a reference to the English rhyme associated with the traditional pantomime.

"Have a heart for Cinderella
Confined by sisters to the cellar
'You're of the earth' they cruelly tell her
'You'll miss the ball, you have no fella'
But all is changed by Fairy Bella
Not of the earth, but something stellar"

Dec-21-06  e4knightf3: re: ToTheDeath; what happens if black plays 6...b5, 7.Bb3
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  kevin86: Mr. Geller was one of the best non-champions in history. He has a winning record against five former holders of the title. His play was very exciting and precise.

Could he have been the ALYDAR of former Soviet players?

He was Ukranian-a minority nationality whose people shared a mutual contempt with the Russians.

Dec-21-06  amuralid: < al wazir: 22. cxd4 Bxf3 23. Bxf4. Now what? > This is my evaluation: 23. ... gf4

a) 24. Nf1 Bishop retreats and white has weaknesses on d4 and b4. The pawn on f4 is a pain. I do not see any instant win but Black does seem to have a much better position.

b) 24. gf3 fg3 White has a king side weakness along with weak pawns on d4, b4

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  al wazir: <amuralid>: I don't understand 23...gf4. Do you mean 23...exf4 ?
Dec-21-06  Hidden Skillz: imo exf4 would expose white and thus giving black a nice position
Dec-21-06  amuralid: <al wazir>, sorry. I meant ef4.
Dec-21-06  mckmac: 26...c6,to my eyes,the very definition of finesse!Beaut game.
Aug-06-13  TheFocus: This game is from the Central Chess Club Tournament, Moscow 1970.

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