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Efim Geller vs Gideon Stahlberg
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 13, Oct-05
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: 31 ... Ke7 32. Qg7+ capturing the Rook with check is decisive, or 31 ... Kf5? 32. Qf4#.

I like the quiet In-Between moves 21. g3 & 22. a3 gaining time on the Queen.

Jul-22-15  zydeco: I missed the point of 22.a3 at first. White wants to drive black's queen off the fourth rank so that after 23.exf6 black can't play 23....Rxc3 because of 24.Qg4 with mate (if 24....g6 25.Bxg6).
Jul-22-15  scholes: why does not black play 14 ..Qxb2
Jul-22-15  zydeco: <scholes> I think it's just general principles - it's better not to go pawn-grabbing with your queen before completing development. White has a dangerous attack brewing on the kingside.
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  Retireborn: After 14...Qxb2 White has a powerful initiative with 15.Bd6 and 16.Rb1.

13...Bxf4 is probably a mistake; I think 13...Re8 is the theoretical line.

Jul-23-15  saturn2: On move 21 white was right in not accepting the exchange sacrifice: 21 RxRc5 Ng4 22 Qc2 Qxh2+ 23 Kf1 Rf8 black wins or 21 RxRc5 Ng4 22 g3 Qf2+ followed by 23..QxRc5

Blacks ..23 Kf7 does not seem the best choice because it allows white to destroy the pawn shelter. Maybe ..23 g6 was better.

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