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Efim Geller vs Vasily Smyslov
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 16, Dec-01
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-04  ughaibu: This looks like the correct version. This one: Geller vs Smyslov, 1970 seems to be the same but without the round number and this one: Geller vs Smyslov, 1970 appears to have an incorrect black 26th move.
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Jan-12-12  King Death: A later game introduced 18...g6 (D Mastrovasilis vs S J Solomon, 2009) and this may be stronger than 18...f5. Black got himself into a situation just like lines of the King's Indian where he plays ...f5 and recaptures with a piece, with no pawn break on the kingside and White controls e4.
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  perfidious: Playing through such games in the Spanish, small wonder Black players came to prefer the Breyer and other such variations to avoid the old Chigorin.

Even in the line suggested by <King Death>, I think White stands better; there, at least, Solomon had something to play for, unlike this thoroughly unpleasant middlegame.

Nov-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: another game, courtesy Sirb0b1, in the variation where Nigel gets badly mauled. Blame the prep or in letting someone else lug the suitcase!
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