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Efim Geller vs Viktor Korchnoi
Korchnoi - Geller Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-15
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: Are there any background information, why Geller offered a draw here?

Nice video annotation by majnu:

Jan-01-11  wordfunph: <whiteshark>

i read from Chess Life & Review 1971 that Korchnoi offered the draw. Geller in time trouble accepted the truce.

Jan-01-11  wordfunph: story behind this game..

Geller's second, Grandmaster Gufeld, went mad in the press room. He had just published a book about the Dragon Variation in which he pointed out the faults of 11.0-0-0 and 12.Bh6 and now his "boss" is playing it! Later, when Gufeld asked Geller his reason for doing so, the smiling grandmaster joked, "I don't read your books!"

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  scormus: <... Gufeld went mad ..."I don't read your books">

I know just how he felt. My boss does doesn't listen to what I say and he does all kinds of crazy stuff

Sep-20-11  JoergWalter: <scormus> fire him!
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  perfidious: <scormus: ...My boss does doesn't listen to what I say and he does all kinds of crazy stuff..>

I, for one, don't blame him at all for not listening to you.

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  scormus: <fire him!> I cant do that, I just chew him out when he needs it
Sep-20-11  JoergWalter: <scormus> when your boss read your quote he said to me something like "hmm, hmm it will be remembered".
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  scormus: <"hmm, hmm it will be remembered"> ;)
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  tpstar: <"I don't read your books!"> That is hilarious. ;>D

12. Bh6 is indeed White's worst choice = Opening Explorer

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  OhioChessFan: <"I don't read your books!">

That's so good I'm putting it in Memorable Quotes even it doesn't exactly qualify as a post on this site.

Feb-05-12  King Death: Here's another quote I found involving Gufeld:

<"... A famous line of Korchnoi to Gufeld when Gufeld became a Grandmaster

Gufeld :‘Now we are colleagues’?
Korchnoi : ‘No. Now you are a colleague of Damjanovic.">

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  WCC Editing Project:


On the draw offer, courtesy of <Tabanus> and the <GOOBLE translator>:

"At this point, Geller helplessly looked at his watch, then at the position, and suddenly ... Korchnoi offered a draw. Geller immediately reached out his hand in assent, though the position he undoubtedly winning. Of course, another judge would Korchnoi remark - he offered a draw at the course of the enemy (by FIDE rules draw can be offered only if your course!). But I kept silent - nerves rivals and so were extremely tense. But the final part of this dramatic party. Gufeld (second Geller): "How is it you Efim played 12. Ch6? After all, in my book it is said that this move is bad! "-" Yes, - said Geller - but I do not read your books! "

Mar-28-18  sakredkow: This is a nice, patient king walk by Geller. What a missed opportunity against one of the greatest.
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  Honza Cervenka: In final position black is utterly lost but he also missed pretty shot 25...Ne4!

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Of course, the Knight cannot be taken for a fork on c3 and 26.c4 Ndc3+ 27.Kd3 f5 28.exf6 Rxf6 gives black clear advantage.

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