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Efim Geller vs Svetozar Gligoric
"Svettin' it Out" (game of the day Jun-26-2005)
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 3, Sep-18
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack (E76)  ·  0-1



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Nov-20-02  bishop: White could not play 27.Nxc3 because of ...Rcxc3 28.Qe2 Bb5 29.Rd1 Rxd3 30.Rxd3 Qc7 and the pin will prove fatal.
Nov-20-02  drukenknight: It looked like 26 Ne2 was the final straw that broke the camels back. I didn't like 20 Kh2 or the extra moves with the Q on 24/25.

26 Rb2 might allow white to gain control of the c file and support Rc1 w/ B.

Oct-09-03  Sylvester: "With this move Black wins the exchange because of 27.Nxc3 Rcxc3 28.Qe2 Bb5 29.Rfd1 Qc7 30.Bd4 Rxd3 31.Rxd3 Rxd3 32.Rxd3 Qc4. So the game is practically decided." --Gligoric
Oct-09-03  ughaibu: Lucky he wasn't playing Petrosian, winning the exchange was a good way to lose.
Mar-31-05  Phoenix: This was Gligoric's very first tournament game with the King's Indian opening that would be his main weapon against 1.d4 for more than a quarter of a century. The opening was still very young in 1952, and Gligoric would be one of the main movers and shakers (along with other greats like Bronstein, Geller and Boleslavsky) with the Black pieces, adding tons to KID theory and ideas.

In this game, Geller never seems to settle on a plan. He starts off aggressively, then passes up an opportunity to strike with his central pawn mass (16.Rac1 Qb6 17.e5!). Instead, he plays a weak move on the Kindside (16.h3), and goes for space on the queenside but doesn't put any real energy into it. After Black's move 18...Rfc8 Black must be equal. Now White had to challenge Black for the c-file by playing Rbc1. White refuses to do so, maybe under the idea that he still holds on to an advantage. Geller vaguely accumulates his forces in the center, preparing now a Kingside attack. By this time, though, Black's forces are organized and Gligoric makes some very accurate moves [21...Rc3!, 22...Ba4! (preparing the d7 square for another piece) 24...Nd7!] and closed off nicely with 25...Ra3! preparing to slice through White's 3rd rank and 26...Bc3! finally winning material.

Gligoric then effectively traded down pieces and his centralized forces beat down Geller's last ditch attack. Cool game, even though I cannot help wondering what was going on in Geller's head.

Jun-26-05  chessfreako: Why was 21. Bb1 played?
Jun-26-05  Hesam7: <chessfreako> take a look at the post sent by <sylvester>.
Jun-26-05  Knight13: I like this c4 d4 d4 f4 opening style! It's interesting.
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  kevin86: Two rooks on the seventh are like a herd of elephants-they are usually not stoppable.
Jun-15-09  birthtimes: 26. Bb1 Rcc3 27. Re1 Nb6 28. Nc6 bxc6 29. Bxb6 Qc8...Gligoric

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