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Efim Geller vs James Clifford Howell
Reykjavik Open (1990), Reykjavik ISL, rd 4, Mar-??
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0

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Apr-23-06  McCool: 30. ♗xb7+! ♖xb7
31. ♖c8+ ♖b8
32. ♕f3+ mating
Jan-14-08  ToTheDeath: A beautiful geometric finish.
Jul-05-08  parmetd: this game should be a puzzle ;)
Jul-05-08  computer chess guy: It's a remarkable game. Black is very hard pressed to defend against three pieces going after his King. But was the exchange sac on move 22 (22 .. ♖xd5) necessary? Also 24 .. c5 was possible, instead of 24 .. cxb5, after which Black is very uncomfortable but maybe not losing as fast.
Dec-23-08  Brown: <McCool> Black should prefer 31...Qb8, but it seems he is still in a lost endgame.

<computer chess guy> After 24...c5 I think white should try to get his R involved by 25.Rd1 Qc7 26.Qg4 but this seems to run into ...f5!? 27.Qxf5 Rf8! and black is very active. 28.Qd7 may be best here and may indeed be winning after 28..Qxd7 29.Rxd7 Bd4 30.Rxb7 with an upcoming discovered attack. The black rook will have nowhere to hide, and after 30...Rxf2 31.Rf7+ Rxg2+ 32.Kxg2 with a winning endgame.

Black would have to opt out of the above line with 28..Kb8.

Actually, after all that, just realized that a great point about 24...c5 is that it gives an anchor point to a bishop on d4, so in my above lines, ..Bd4 can be played on moves 25 and 26.

With that in mind, white has interesting play after 24..c5 25.Qe4 Qd7 26.Re1 Bd4 <not ..Qxb5 27.Rb1 Bb2 28.Qc2, etc. Various ideas of ..Re8 do not work due to discovered attack motifs> 27.a4 and white has mounting pressure, though even here 27..c4 looks interesting. Also black has ideas of ..f6 and Be5 blocking the e-file, or f5 to push the white Q into a less aggressive position.

Black will most importantly keep lines closed on the Q-side while somehow getting a job for his rook.

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