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Efim Geller vs Lev Polugaevsky
Portoroz Interzonal Playoff (1973), Portoroz YUG, rd 1, Sep-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  0-1



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  TheAlchemist: This was a clincher for Polugaevsky to beat Geller in their match.

11...Qb6 was a dubious novelty, Geller and his second Gufeld found a brilliant refutation the same night, but Polugaevsky's instincts were very alert and he didn't use this variation anymore.

Seven years later, Gufeld was Maia Chiburdanidze's second. They were preparing for this variation, but Gufeld didn't want to reveal the "secret" to Maia and thus betray his friend Geller. He just said to Maia, that white can win tactically on his 12th move and everything else was done by her. Thus she unearthed the brilliant refutation Geller and Gufeld had in store for 7 long years.

Meanwhile Polugaevsky had found it too and didn't employ this line anymore, it was, it seems, a bluff that worked out great for him.

Chiburdanidze vs Dvoirys, 1980

The game above was properly dubbed "The Tallinn Pearl".

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  MoonlitKnight: Actually today that is the main line, just that after 12.Nd5 white plays 12...Qxd4 instead.
Jul-03-15  sportember: Why not 14.♕e6+?
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  plang: <sportember: Why not 14.♕e6+?>

after 14..Be7 it doesn't look like White has improved his game

Aug-23-16  Howard: Soltis briefly mentioned this game in his November, 1987 Chess Life column. He stated that Geller took a long time on his 12th move, only for Polugaevsky to refute it easily because he had analyzed it prior to the game.

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