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Efim Geller vs Dragoljub Velimirovic
"Hot Shower, Cold Shower" (game of the day Jan-27-2023)
Capablanca Memorial 8th (1971), Havana CUB, rd 9, Mar-??
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Yugoslav Variation Advance Line (E66)  ·  1-0



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Oct-23-05  notsodeepthought: The sequence starting with 14 Nd:e4 is striking. Much like the above kibitzers, I can't find anything better for black (nor could Velimirovic).
Nov-11-05  aw1988: We can see a difference in class here; it's amazing Geller never became a world champion. Both Geller and Velimirovic are wonderful tacticians, they calculate all the time, but Geller combines in this game more positional understanding. He would not make a move as reckless as the Yugoslav's ...e4. It goes to show some of the greatest attackers are also the greatest strategists.
Nov-11-05  Koster: Geller seemed to be graet attacker but not such a great defender. He was always dangerous as his score against world champions demonstrates. The sacrifice could be equal parts intuition and calculation, with possibly some home analysis since Geller also played the KID.
Apr-05-06  AdrianP: <Honza> Marin analyses this game in Secrets of Attacking Chess and has some interesting analysis of 19. ...Qh8!? I'll try to post some of it at a later stage, but you might want to have a go at it yourself.

I had a look at 19. ...b5 but this just falls into White's hands - 20. Re6!

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  Honza Cervenka: <AdrianP> 19...Qh8!? is really quite interesting but white seems to be still up. 20.Re3 h6 (Or 20...Bg4 21.Qe1! b6 22.h3 ) 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Rf3 Bf5 23.Qxf6+ Kxf6 24.g4 cannot be much different from game's course. Black's main trouble is clearly his bad Knight on a5 and so the ending should be in favour of white. On the other hand, the alternative 20.Qc3 b6 21.Re6 (Now 21.Re3 is weaker for 21...Bg4) seems to be less favourable for white as the ending after 21...Bxe6 22.Bxf6 Qxf6 23.dxe6+ Kxe6 24.Qxf6+ Kxf6 25.Bxa8 Ke5 is clearly better for black due to his active King (Kd4, a6 and b5 will follow). White can try to improve it with 24.Bd5+ Ke7 25.Qe3+ Qe5 26.Qxe5 dxe5 27.Bxa8 but it is only drawish I think.
Jul-26-07  gmgomes: This game deserves to be a game of the day:
White sacs a full rook and achieves a supeior endgame.
Jul-26-07  whiteshark: <Honza Cervenka: <12...e4> seems to be a decisive mistake <(<12...gxf5> would have been better)>>

Some games after <12... gxf5>:

Smejkal vs F Hoelzl, 1980

Stohl vs A Lanc, 1984

E Vladimirov vs A Kovalev, 1989

Similar games (<13... gxf5>) are:

Smejkal vs Gligoric, 1982
Wojtkiewicz vs Smejkal, 1992

Related game (far similar 14... gxf5):
Stohl vs R Irzhanov, 1994

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  Pawn and Two: Regarding Black's 12th move, Geller stated in "The Application of Chess Theory"; <Velimirovic attempts prematurely to seize the initiative, and runs into a counter-blow. Correct, of course, was the quieter 12..gxf5.>
Nov-14-11  notyetagm: WOW!!!
Nov-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: GELLER'S BEST GAMES
Nov-14-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: GELLER'S BEST GAMES

WOW!!! => Geller vs Velimirovic, 1971

Volume 11 - 2nd Place - 51 pts.
from Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 2 by TheAlchemist

Jul-06-15  saturn2: I dont quite get why black defended ...16: Bf6 because all in all this costs him the rook a few moves later. If black plays 16 Qc7 for instance white takes 17: Qxa1 winning all in all a bishop - or is there a mortal attack afterwards with white's Queen, bishop and knight?
Apr-09-18  Toribio3: Good delivery of rook and pawns end game techniques by Geller. You can learn a lesson from his games.
Oct-28-18  Howard: Informant 12 rated this one as the second-best game of Volume 11, but there should probably be an asterisk next to that #2 ranking.

Why ? Because the first-place game actually occurred in 1970, but it didn't make it into the Informant until Volume 11 (first half of 1971).

Nov-20-22  LoveThatJoker: 27... Kg5 <Stockfish 15 : depth=37> 28. Re7 h6 29. Bf1 a6 30. Kg2 Kf4 31. Bd3 Nd8 32. Rh7 b5 33. h4 bxc4 34. Bxc4 a5 35. h5 a4 (35... Kg5 36. Rd7 Kxh5 37. Kg3 Kg5 38. f4+ Kf6 39. Rxd6+ Ke7 40. Rxh6 +-) 36. Rxh6 axb3 37. axb3 Nf7 38. Rf6 Rb7 39. Bd3 Kg5 40. Rxf5+ Kh6 41. Bc2 Kg7 42. Rf4 Ra7 43. Ra4 Re7 44. Rg4+ Kh6 45. Rg6+ Kxh5 46. Re6 Rd7 47. f4 Kg4 48. Rf6 Rb7 < ± (1.87)>


Jan-27-23  Cibator: A pun that indicates something about the course of the game, instead of the usual cheapjack stuff based on the players' names.
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  Teyss: <Cibator> Agreed although it's better when it's about the game AND the players' names (or the venue, opening, etc.). Here actually it could be "Hot Shower, Cold Shower, Lukewarm Shower" (move 34 onwards).

Great comments above by <Honza Cervenka> as usual.

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  ajk68: I was wondering if 13. f6 was really the right move. It seemed a bit pointless if it is followed on with Nxe4 - it looks like equality. I ran the silicon monster on it.

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1) +1.87 (41 ply) 13.f6 Nxf6 14.Bb2 e3 15.fxe3 Qe7 16.Qe2 Bg4 17.Qd3 Nd7 18.Rf4 Rae8 19.Re1 Ne5 20.Qc2 Bf5 21.Nde4 a6 22.h3 b5 23.g4 Bd7 24.cxb5 axb5 25.Ref1 b4 26.Ne2 Bb5 27.Rxf8+ Rxf8 28.Rxf8+ Bxf8 29.Nf4 Bg7 30.g5 Bd7 31.Qe2 c4 32.bxc4 Bf5 33.c5 Bxe4 34.Bxe4 Qxg5+ 35.Kh1 Nac4 36.Bd4 dxc5 37.Bxc5

2) +1.39 (41 ply) 13.Ndxe4 gxf5 14.Bg5 Qd7 15.Qd2 fxe4 16.Nxe4 b6 17.Rae1 Nb7 18.Bf4 h6 19.Re2 Qd8 20.h3 Nf6 21.Bxh6 Nxe4 22.Rxe4 Bxh6 23.Qxh6 Qf6 24.Qh5 Qf7 25.Qe2 Qg7 26.Rh4 Bf5 27.Re1 Rf7 28.Bf3 Raf8 29.Bg4 Qf6 30.Bxf5 Qxf5 31.Rg4+ Rg7 32.f4 Nd8 33.Kg2 Qd7 34.Rxg7+ Qxg7 35.Qg4 Kh7 36.Qxg7+ Kxg7 37.Re7+ Kf6 38.Rxa7 Nf7 39.g4 Re8 40.g5+ Kg6

3) +0.66 (41 ply) 13.Qxg4 Bxc3 14.Rb1 e3 15.Ne4 Bxf5 16.Qe2 Bxe4 17.Bxe4 exf2+ 18.Rxf2 Bd4 19.Be3 Rxf2 20.Bxf2 Qf6 21.Bf3 Bxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Rf8 23.Kg2 b6 24.Re1 Nb7 25.h4 Nd8 26.h5 Qd4 27.Be4 Qf6 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Bd3 Kg7 30.Qe7+ Qxe7 31.Rxe7+ Rf7 32.Re4 g5 33.Re8 Rf8 34.Re3 Rf7 35.Be2 Kf8 36.Bh5 Re7 37.Rxe7 Kxe7 38.Kf3 Kf6

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  ajk68: The computer does have it as equality in the game line up until 19...Rb8?

Equality was 19...Qh8!, removing the pin while keeping the defense.

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  ajk68: I should mention that 19...Qh8 pins the rook to the queen, but there are enough tempi to defend the queen with the rook on a8 (as long as black doesn't waste one with Rb8?).
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  MissScarlett: <A pun that indicates something about the course of the game, instead of the usual cheapjack stuff based on the players' names.>

How about <To Gell and Back>?

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  keypusher: An extremely efficient game of chess.
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  OhioChessFan: <Cibator: A pun that indicates something about the course of the game, instead of the usual cheapjack stuff based on the players' names>

Well, we'd run out of puns in a hurry if that were the standard, wouldn't we? Or we could run this pun once a week forever since it'd fit thousands of chess games. And the other 6 days could be, 'Great Attack", "Strong Defense ", "Missed Chance", "Exciting Sacrifice ", "Endgame Win", and "Grandmaster Draw."

<Teyss: <Cibator> Agreed although it's better when it's about the game AND the players' names (or the venue, opening, etc.). >

Yes. There needs to be <some> nexus to the game or it's pointless.

<Here actually it could be "Hot Shower, Cold Shower, Lukewarm Shower" (move 34 onwards).>


Jan-28-23  Cibator: <OhioChessFan: >Just to clarify: I wasn't saying ALL named-based puns should be deprecated (I'm as "guilty" of them as anyone), only that there seem to have been an awful lot of them lately, and a more diverse approach would be welcome.
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  OhioChessFan: Fair enough. It's been a tough stretch for sure.
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