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Efim Geller vs Gildardo Garcia
Bogota (1978), Bogota COL, Mar-??
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  0-1



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Jul-14-08  YouRang: An idea that came to be quickly was 22...Rh6 threatening ...Qxh2#, but that idea went away as quickly as it came since it's foiled by 23.h3.

But sometimes a threat that fails is the lazy twin of a threat that works.

Here, the recognition that the queen isn't really needed to produce mate suggests a switch in the move order: 22...Qxh2! 23.Kxh2, and now our rook comes into play *with check*: 23...Rh6+ and 23...Rh1#.

Jul-14-08  zenpharaohs: "This is the same man who has a plus score vs Fischer.."

Not only Fischer. According to his biography:

"His aggressive playing style and expertise in double-edged positions culminated in a positive score against no fewer than five World Champions over the course of his career (Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, and Robert James Fischer). He also scored victories against Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal and Anatoli Karpov, bringing his total of World Champions beaten to eight--a record he shares with only Botvinnik, Petrosian and Viktor Korchnoi."

And they don't mention that Geller has an even score with Tal, and is only -1 against Karpov.

If you defeat Geller, you get to put it on your resume for sure.

Jul-14-08  ughaibu:
Jul-14-08  notyetagm: <ughaibu:;

Yes, Bela Soos(???) was 2-0(!) against Geller.

Everyone has a nemesis. Fischer had Geller. Shirov had Kasparov. Carlsen has Volokitin. Geller had Soos. :-)

Jul-14-08  ughaibu: Topalov has Kramnik. . . .
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  kevin86: A simple mate in three: the Monday queen sac is back!!

in the olde notation22...♕-♖2ch 23 ♔x♕ ♖-♖3 ch 24 ♔-♘1 ♖-♖8 mate.

Jul-14-08  notyetagm: <kevin86: A simple mate in three: the Monday queen sac is back!!

in the olde notation22...-2ch 23 x -3 ch 24 -1 -8 mate.>

Yes, it is really hard to believe that Geller could overlook what for him would be a child-like simple mating pattern.

Jul-14-08  johntkucz: qxh2+ kxh2, rh6+kg1 rh1#.
Jul-14-08  johntkucz: geller could have easily avoided with h3, no?
Jul-14-08  Funicular: i saw the rook on e6 and i remembered its i said "thats it :P"

actually i said "listooooooooooooooooo" (in spanish) but its the same :D

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  beenthere240: <johntkucz) after 22 h3, Rh6 and what does white do about the impending Bishop sac on h3?
Jul-14-08  Udit Narayan: I found this in 2 seconds.
Jul-14-08  Aurora: To find 22... Qxh2+ 23 Kxh2 Rh6+ 24 Kg1 Rh1# is very easy.
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  OBIT: To the folks wondering how Geller could miss this: Seeing that 21...Re6 practically screams the rook is heading for h6, I'm sure Geller saw it. However, looking at the position, he had no defense anyway, since 22. h3 is met by 22...Rh6, and there is no defense to ...Bxh3.

So, I'm thinking, rather than resign immediately, Geller continued one more move to let Garcia have the queen sac. Hey, I'll bet it made for a pretty diagram in the newspapers.

Jul-14-08  234: Sunday puzzle Jul-13-08 <46. ?> A Zakharov vs A Petrushin, 1973
Jul-14-08  Marmot PFL: <OBIT:> According to Korchnoi 22.h3 Rh6 23.ba6 Bxh3 24.gh3 Qxh3 25.Rg2 is clearly better for white, and black should have played 20...Bd7 with an unclear game.
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  OBIT: <Marmot>Wow, Geller must have missed 25. Rg2, or he gave up on the position too quickly. Astonishing...
Jul-14-08  DarthStapler: I got it. Also, Efim Geller has a plus record against Bobby Fischer, Gildardo Garcia beat Efim Geller, I drew Gildardo Garcia, therefore I'm better than Fischer
Jul-14-08  zenpharaohs: beenthere240: "after 22 h3, Rh6 and what does white do about the impending Bishop sac on h3?"

Not much needs doing.

23 bxa6 Bxh3
24 gxh3 Qxh3
25 Rg2

I think this is the move you must have missed. The following continuation doesn't have many alternatives for either side:

25 ... Ne4
26 Bxe4 dxe4
27 a7 Qh1+
28 Kf2 e3+
29 Ke2 Qxg2+
30 Kd3 Qg6+
31 Kc3 Qc6+
32 Bc5 Qa8
33 Qb3

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OK here it's either Rb6 or Rc6, and according to Rybka at 19 ply it's

33 ... Rb6
34 Bxb6 cxb6
35 e6 Re7
36 Qd5

white is quite brazen about black's back rank liability

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36 ... Re8
37 Qd7 Rf8
38 Kd3 Kh8
39 d5

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Black is destroyed.

Oct-26-12  Abdel Irada: I can't help but wonder if Geller missed the threat of 22. ...Qxh2† thanks to misdirection. Since Black's rook lift also defended the pawn on a6, Geller's attention may have been diverted to the queenside.

This is pure speculation, but otherwise it's hard to see how a tactician of Geller's magnitude could overlook such a threat.

Nov-24-12  Eduardo Bermudez: This is the same man who has a plus score vs Fischer ? YES
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  perfidious: <erimiro1> There was also this game in the line from Smyslov-Reshevsky: Tseshkovsky vs Tal, 1974.
Dec-28-16  Eduardo Bermudez: the mate jetlag !
Dec-29-16  ughaibu: Here's the shoe on the other foot: P Delekta vs Geller, 1992
Jan-28-21  vonKrolock: <22.bxa6??> Or 22.Rd2 Rh6 23.h3

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...And if 23...Bxh3, maybe then 24.axb6!?

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