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Efim Geller vs Vladas Mikenas
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 18, Mar-12
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: This game was actually played in the 1955 Championship.
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  keypusher: <Phony Benoni> I was on <suenteus>' page recently -- thanks for all the amazing work you are doing gathering the games from the Soviet championships.
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  Phony Benoni: <keypusher> Thanks. I just wish CG had been around before I got rid of my tournament book collection.
Apr-28-14  Nezhmetdinov: Yeah: Thanks, great work.
Nov-07-15  zydeco: It's braver to hold onto the pawn with 11...Bxa3 12.Nxa3 Qc7.
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  Fusilli: I don't like 17...Qb4. This short term harassment seems to only help white improve his pieces while black loses tempi. After 21.Qc7 black should probably exchange queens and brace himself for patient and unpleasant defense. Leaving the white queen on c7 means quick collapse.
Dec-31-20  Gaito: 21...Qe6?? was the losing move. A lesser evil would have been 21...Qxc7 22.Rxc7 Re6, though White would still have had the better of it. After 22.Nf3! Black's position is in ruins. Mikenas resigned after 24.Reb1, in view of 24...Rc8 25.Qxc8! Qxc8 26.Rb8 Qf8 29.Rxf8 Kxf8 30.Rb8+ Ke7 31.Nxc6+ Kd7 32.Nxa7, with an overwhelming advantage. Had Black played 20...h6 instead of 20...Re5?!, he would have spared all the trouble of his back-rank weakness.
Dec-31-20  Gaito: A very instructive short game!

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