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Efim Geller vs Garry Kasparov
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 1, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  keypusher: I am really surprised Geller agreed to a draw in this position.
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  tamar: Black looks bad, but can force the exchange of the bishop.

42...Kf7 43 Bd4 fxg4+ 44 Kxg4 Nf6+

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Exchanging is a draw because the King can never leave the Kingside.

45 Kf5 is interesting, but gives up connected passed pawns.

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  keypusher: Thanks, <Tamar>! Again white gets handicapped by his pawn on h5, just like in this game: Spassky vs Karpov, 1974. Maybe the old preference for leaving the pawn on h4 was correct.
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  tamar: <keypusher> I was wrong. White stands in danger of losing if he exchanges. I should always check before posting so quickly.

42...Kf7 43 Bd4 fxg4+ 44 Kxg4 Nf6 45 Bxf6? Kxf6 and I hadn't noticed the White King has to give way to Black's, who can cross into the center while White's King must stay within range of the protected pawn.

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White can probably draw with 45 Kf5 Nxh5 46 c5 though.

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  keypusher: <tamar> Yes, it actually occurred to me after reading your first post that the pure pawn ending would be difficult for White. But the key, surprising (to me) point was that the B v. N ending in the game's final position wasn't favorable for the bishop at all.
Apr-17-06  bitrich: korchnoi - next tournaments?

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