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Efim Geller vs Vladimir Simagin
USSR Championship (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 14, Feb-16
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  zydeco: 29....Qd8 is just a blunder, in a drawish position.

If 33....gxh6 34.Qg6+ Kh8 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Rc3

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  tamar: Simagin there's no haven
Nov-09-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: Geller likes the strong moves. The Black 'blunder' of 29...♕d8(<zydeco>) it is an induced one, since it happens that White would sacrifice: 30. ♗xh6 gxh6 31. ♕xh6 which alerted that Black forces were far at QS... After 30. ♗xa6, the simple 30... bxa6 31. ♖xc6, Black lose one ♙ , both a6 and e6 ♙ are attacked without defense. Therefore Black lose material without any compensation. This shows clear that in reality the position was appearently even game. After 31.♗d3! if Black wouldn't exchange the ♗ with ♗e8 or ♗h5 or ♗f7, Geller would follow with 32.♗xh6 immediately! (As he did, in the 36th move). If the sacrifice was accepted (in the game), maybe after 33...gxh6 34. ♕g6+ ♔h8 35. ♕xh6+ ♔g8 36. ♕xe6+ ♖f7 37. ♖c3 White will have a powerful attack too. The tatics that followed after 35.d4 is an opportunity to see Geller agressive counter-attack, straight direct to win. After 43. e7 ♖g8 44. e8=♕ ♖xe8 45. ♕xe8+ ♕xe8 46. c8=♕ ♕xc8 47. ♖xc8+ ♔h7 48. axb4 End. Obviously, if 43...♖e8 44. ♕xe8+ ♕xe8 45. c8=♕ with the same idea.
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