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Max Euwe vs Efim Geller
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 17, Sep-29
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Immediate 56.Rf7 was much better than 56.Rf1. Then black has probably nothing better than perpetual check after 56...Qg1+ 57.Kf3 Qf1+ (57...Qf2+?? 58.Ke4 ) 58.Kg3 (58.Ke4?? Re8+ 59.Re7 Qf4+ 60.Kd3 Qf5+ 61.Kc4 Qc2# or 59.Kd3 Qd1+ 60.Kc4 Qc2#) 58...Qg1+ 59.Kf3 etc.
Nov-21-05  aw1988: This is a fantastic game of patience by Geller. Play it out slowly, you'll see what I mean.
Jun-19-09  xrt999: Very nice game. Is seems Euwe is so preoccupied with attacking on the d7 square, that he has overlooked the devastating 52...Qc1+ by Geller, handing Geller the initiative.

At any time ...Rxb7 by Euwe is checkmate, and Geller plays a forced series of 7 moves (per side/14 total moves) to win the game! To be able to calculate that far and see a concrete win with no refutation is just amazing.

Oct-19-12  marljivi: If 60.Ke2,then the following continuation would be possible: 60...d3! 61.Ke3Re8 62.Re7Re7 63.Qe7Qe1 ,or 62.Kd3Qd1 63.Kc4Re4 64.Kc3Re3 ,or 62.Kd4Qa1 63.Kc4...(63.Kd3Qd1 transposes to 62.Kd3)63...Re4 64.Kb3Qb1 65.Ka3...(65.Kc3Qc2#)65...Qb4 66.Ka2Re2 67.Ka1Qe1#,or 62.Kf4Re4 63.Kg3...(63.Kf5Qf3 64.Kg5Qg3 65.Kf5Qf4#;63.Kg5Qg2 64.Kh5Qh3 65.Kg5Qg3 66.Kf6Qf4#;66...Qe5#)63...Qg1 64.Kf3Re3 65.Kf4Qf2 66.Kg4Rg3 67.Kh4Rf3 68.Kh5Rh3! 69.Kg4Rg3 70.Kh4Qh2#,or 62.Kf2Re2 63.Kg3Re3 64.Kf2Qe1 65.Kg2Re2! 66.Kf3Qf2 67.Kg4Re4 68.Kg5...(68.Kh5Qh4#)68...Qh4 69.Kf5Qf4#.
Oct-19-12  marljivi: Or(after 60.Ke2d3 61.Ke3Re8 62.Kd4Qa1 63.Kc4Re4) 64.Kd3Qb1 65.Kc3Re3 66.Kd2Qd3 67.Kc1Re1 68.Kb2Rb1 69.Ka2Qb3#,or 65.Kd2Qe1 66.Kc2Re2 67.Kb3Qb1 68.Kc4Qc2 69.Qc3Re4#.
May-20-13  RookFile: Geller and Euwe went for each other's throats in the two games that they played.
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  plang: 10 e4 would have been more ambitious. The plan of 11 Ng5, 12 Nge4 and 13 Nd6 is very slow and the queenside play that White subsequently attempts is not threatening while Black efficiently builds a kingside initiative. After 18 Ne3 the c-pawn was weak; perhaps 18 b3 was better. The original idea behind 25 c5 was to place the knight on d6 but Euwe changed plans when he realized how vulnerable his king would be. The attempt to eliminate the weak king pawn with 31 e3 would have led to a lost endgame after 31..Rf3 32 exd..Rxd3 33 dxe..Bxe4. Black marked time until reaching adjournment and then found the plan of moving his king to the queenside in preparation for a kingside attack. White eliminated his weak f-pawn with 50 f5 but in doing so opened the position for the Black pieces. As mentioned in the initial post 56 Rf7 was the toughest defense.
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  fiercebadger: Fantastic game the plan of king to B8 and relocating the bishop to c7 where it combines attack and defense is magical

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