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Alexander Beliavsky vs Efim Geller
47th USSR Championship (1979), Minsk BLR, rd 15, Dec-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-08  KingG: Great game.
Dec-20-08  parisattack: <KingG: Great game.> Indeed! Geller could play with enormous power.
Jan-14-09  Aurora: Dennis Monokroussos writes:

In the last month we've picked on poor Efim Geller (1925-1998) twice, showing his losses to Max Euwe and Paul Keres. As he is one of the legends of the game (as evidenced by his being one of the few non-world champions singled out for a mini-chapter in Kasparov's My Great Predecessors series), we'll use this week's show to present him in a better light.

By 1979, his career as an elite GM was drawing to a close. The Ukrainian had played in six candidates events from 1953 to 1971 and narrowly missed making a seventh in 1974, but didn't succeed in making the 1977 or qualifying for the 1980 knockout matches. He had won the USSR championship in 1955, but now, as a 54 year old, his best days seemed behind him. And yet, in the 1979 Soviet Championship in Minsk, the good old days returned. After a series of seven draws, he won in rounds 8, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 and won the tournament with an undefeated 11.5-5.5 score, a point ahead of Artur Yusupov and a further half point ahead of Yuri Balashov and (a very young) Garry Kasparov.

The game we'll look at this week <is his last win in the tournament, against Alexander Beliavsky. The game, a Queen's Gambit Declined in which Geller had Black, demonstrated his excellence both as a chess player and as an analyst.> As great a player as Geller was, he was at least as good as a theoretician. According to Botvinnik, the King's Indian wasn't really understood until Geller, and he made big contributions to all the major openings: the Sicilian, the Ruy Lopez, the Slav, the Queen's Gambit and so on. <In the game with Beliavsky, Geller shows a very deep understanding of what seemed an innocuous position, and from there he outplays his opponent using ideas we ourselves can apply in positions with an isolated queen's pawn.>

Jan-14-09  notyetagm: <KingG: Great game.>


From 17 ... ♖f8-e8

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to 33 ... ♗c5-d6

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an amazing transformation.

A textbook example by Geller of playing an Isolated Queen's Pawn <(IQP)> position resulting from the QGD Tartakower.

Jan-15-09  KingG: A great feature of this game is the amount of work Black's Queen's Rook does. 15...Ra8-d8, 25...Rd8-a8(in order to play ...Ba6), 29...Ra8-d8, 30...Rd8-d6, 31...Rd6-f6, 34...Rf6xf4, and finally 37...Rf4-f6.
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  fiercebadger: Beliavsky is obliterated from the board ..power play
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  areknames: A powerful display by Geller, also theoretically very interesting.
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