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Efim Geller vs Vladimir Simagin
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 2, Nov-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game by Geller. He used his spatial and development advantage for gaining control of c-file (move 16.Ba6 was crucial in this matter as after forced trade of Bishops black lost control over point c8), then his Rook invaded the seventh rank, and finally he finished the game by elegant, though not very difficult tactics.
Jan-10-21  Gaito: An absolutely amazing game by Efim Geller! The whole game looks like a typical Capablanca win at a simultaneous display. At a cursory glance this game appears to be an effortless win, but it was deeply conceived. Vladimir Simagin was a strong Soviet grandmaster. I even have a book of his best games. This is an instructive positional game, a textbook example in the art of winnning with utter simplicity by using well-known principles: centralization, seizing of the open file, play against weakened squares, control of the seventh rank, sacrifice, check, check, mate. Very reminiscent of Capablanca at his best! Nimzowitsch would have been delighted to include this game in his book "My System". Efim Geller has become one of my favorite players.
May-18-21  Radmankaruf: Simagin makes an interesting decision by exchanging Knights on c3 rather than creating and playing against IQP strategy which I am sure he was aware by that time. Peter Romanovsky explains this decision could be justified had he not released the tension in the center with 13...cxd4 and allowed White to takeover c-file which was only hope of counterplay for Black.

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