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Svetozar Gligoric vs Efim Geller
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 26, Oct-17
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Donner Defense (E94)  ·  0-1



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Jul-13-08  M.D. Wilson: Fantastic game which clearly displays the styles of both players: Geller's tactical vision and endgame mastery (for which he is not popularly regarded); and Gligoric's depth and vigorous play.
Feb-19-10  falso contacto: positional queens indian.
rare to see.
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  cwcarlson: 31.♔h2? ♘g4 ⩲; 31.♕c8! ♔f8 (31...h4? 32.♗h5+-) 32.♗h5 ♘h5 33.♖h5 ♖g3 34.♔f1+-.
Apr-27-19  cunctatorg: It's hard for me to believe that this masterpiece has been played OTB ... which is the case of course!! However the most fascinating part is after move 40 and the analysis of both camps made a real display of its power, that's my guess! Analysis for more that ten-fifteen moves? Yes, by all means!!
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  plang: Donner had played 9..Ne8 in his win over O'Kelly at Hoogovens 1953; 9..a6 was new. Geller sacrificed a pawn with 27..Qd7!? to gain a tempo for his kingside attack.

Bronstein on 36..Qd7:
"A brilliant decision, based on an exceptionally profound understanding of the position. Geller takes on an endgame in which, despite his pawn minus, he can make Gligoric fight hard for the draw."

53 Kf1? allowed Black to advance his e-pawn with a gain of time; 53 Kf2 and 53 Ke1 were suggested as improvements (ie. 53 Kf2..Rxa2 54 Kf1 followed by Re8 and the e-pawn can't advance). Perhaps Gligoric was counting on 57 Rxe2? overlooking the response 57..Rxf4!. After 59 Bxd4+? White was lost as the passed d-pawn was too strong; 59 Bd2 or 59 Ba5 were suggestions.

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