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Erno Gereben vs Efim Geller
Budapest (1952), Budapest HUN, rd 13, Mar-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Feb-25-03  kostich in time: This is one of the classic wins for BLACK in the Sicilian.The prying open of the a-file,and the rook sac, are very nice.The endgame is a good example of the queen overcoming two rooks
Feb-26-03  ughaibu: I wonder if the queen would have been as effective if the bishops hadn't been of opposite colours?
Mar-24-05  JustAFish: I love this game. What an extraordinary series of moves beginning with 17 ... a4! Geller must have had a good idea of what the board would look like around move 28 or so when he left the e6 Bishop en prise. All he got out of the combination was a positional advantage. Great skill.
Jul-18-05  davewv: The Application of Chess Theory by Geller, Page 29
Jul-18-05  farrooj: whoa <aw>, calm down, he didn't mean anything bad, Why'd you attack him like that?
Jul-18-05  aw1988: Never mind, post deleted. I mean instead to politely request he stop mentioning them.
Sep-18-08  arsen387: Geller sacs a piece and 2 exchanges to open lines around white K to exploit whites lack of development. Of course moves 7.g4 and 11.b3 were just waste of time, instead Bc4 or Be3 are indicated. 13.O-O-O was 'castling into it'. After that Geller was awesome.

After 17..a4! if whites take the B then 18.fxe6 fxe6! (discovering the attack on Q) 19.Qg3 (the only move, of course Qe3 allows Bg5 winning the Q) Bh4! 20.Qh2

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and blacks have all the play here, while white Q looks ridiculous.

Very beautiful attack by Geller!

Apr-26-21  Radmankaruf: This is the first example A.Koblencs give as attacking in opposite castle positions in his book "The Way to Success".

To start with latest comment, 7.g4 is not a waste of time, in fact the continuation of h3 (Adams Attack) idea which was deployed by Fischer with some success along his favourite Bc4 line. His game vs. Bolbochan (Stockholm 1962) goes in the same line, in fact mentions this game in his "My Memorable 60 Games" commentary.

Back to this game, Gereben's bishop developments proved to be anti positional. b3 sets a clear target for long-castle fortress which is dynamically exploited by Geller. I also fail to understand why 14.Nd5 not played, probably he did not like the idea to lose d5 outpost with pawn take which is another sign of under-evaluation of the position.

Kudos to Geller for showing us how to attack by eliminating defensive pieces one by one, he is unstoppable when he smells the blood.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Stockfish 12 confirms that Geller's piece and exchange sacs were the best and winning moves in the position. Great attacking intuition on Geller's part.

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