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Anthony Miles vs Efim Geller
Lone Pine (1980), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 9, Mar-26
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game. After 36.Qg8 white threatens 37.Qxf7 with win of Rook or Knight by fork on f8 or f6. If 36...Nb4 to open the way for escape of the Rook, then 37.Kg3 with terrible threat Kg4-f5 with mate seems to be decisive too. Geller's 36...Re7 did not help too for precise 37.Qc8! (it would be a fine puzzle) forcing Rook to go back on e6 with fatal consequences. 36...f5 37.Qxf7 Rg6 38.Qxf5 could have prolong the resistance but white should win there probably too. The finish of game could have been 38...Kg6 (38...Kg5 39.Qg7+ Kf4 40.f3 ) 39.Qg8+ Kh6 40.Qxf7 Nd8 41.Qf8+ etc.
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  GrahamClayton: 18.♘e4 blocks the centre and allows White to start his kingside attack with 20.h4, 20.h5, 23.g4 & 26.♖g1.
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  Domdaniel: Miles wrote that he spent a long time in thought before playing the 'obvious' combination starting 30.Nf6+! -- <"I remember, while thinking about this move, glancing up at the many spectators -- I could almost read in their eyes 'What on earth are you thinking about, you idiot, isn't it obvious?.">

But he knew that in fortress-type positions a defending Rook and Knight can make the win very difficult for the attacking Queen, so he played 30.Nf6+ only after seeing the whole continuation with 35.h6! and 36.Qg8! -- <"The real point of the combination">.

Lovely finish, lovely game, lovely guy.

Jan-14-13  Shams: <8...d4> "bring[s] about a kind of reversed Benoni structure in which White has fianchettoed his queen's bishop and Black has played ...e7-e6 instead of ...e7-e5. These differences probably favour White as it costs Black several tempi to get ...e7-e5 in." Nigel Davies, "The Dynamic Reti".
Jan-14-13  parisattack: Geller still lost a Reversed Benoni against Larsen in 1960 even though he played ...e5 in a single move.

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