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Oleg M Romanishin vs Efim Geller
15th Soviet Team-ch final (1981), Moscow URS, rd 3, May-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0



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  kingscrusher: Blimey one might get the wrong impression from the result of this game

At move 23 black had the crushing 23 ... Rc3 which essentially creates a killer common square on c1

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h4 Rxd4
f3 Rc1

Geller managed to mess up a won position it seems!

Nov-13-20  Sally Simpson: ***

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That 23...Rc3 is a tough OTB find. It belongs in one of those 'find the hot move' puzzle books. The key square c6 is covered, easily missed.

Geller seemed not to be in the mood and appears to give up, maybe he spotted what he should have done after 23...Rxd4 and got dispirited. Artistic players get like that. The canvas is ruined - throw it out of the window.

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26...Qc1+ takes it into a pawn down oppo-bish ending (the a7 pawn falls), though not one I'd enjoy defending. (who does?).

26...Qa3 has the last throw of the dice feel about it, the position was not that bad. Geller, everyone's favourite uncle, just had an off day.


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  kingscrusher: <Sally Simpson> Yes it is not enough to have a "Killer common square" like c1 - one needs the right piece to be there - rook not queen! :)

I was looking at this game as a candidate for a model game vs Hanging pawns but in truth it seems to betray that black had great dynamic counterplay - but that needs to be executed perfectly.

It was a Stockfish NN find - not mind - just checking it and was surprised by the finding.

Cheers, Tryfon

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  Retireborn: Very interesting stuff. The game is in Informator,where they claim that White is actually winning after 23.Qd1!

You have to conclude that 16.b4 is just a bad move.

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  kingscrusher: Thanks for that info <Retireborn> :)

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