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Efim Geller vs Miroslav Filip
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 18, Jun-05
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Great tactical fight till Filip's sudden slip 21...Bd7? (21...Rf7 was correct) followed by immediate knock-out 22.Nd5! After 22...exd5 23.Bxd5+ black Rook f4 falls.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Honza Cervenka> is correct in stating that 21...Rf7 was the correct defense after 21. e5.

In his notes in “The Application of Chess Theory” (Everyman Chess, ©1984, 1994, at page 57), Geller gives several variations that he says create “the impression that [Black] already has no satisfactory defense [after 21. e5]”. The line he gives after 21...Rf7 runs 22.Nd5 Qc5 23.b4! (winning). This analysis, however, overlooks (after 21...Rf7 22.Nd5) the superior 22...exd5 23.Bxd5 Be6! 24.Bxe6 Qc6+, which wins for Black.

Thus, after 21. ... Rf7, White’s best would have been 22. Be4, with only a small edge.

Feb-20-14  zydeco: 11.Qe2 and 12.g4 is an interesting change from 11.Kh1 which seems to be the normal idea here.

Given what happens, black should play 13.....Ne8 instead of 13....Nd7.

If 15....exf5 16.Nd5 Qc6 17.exf5 Kh8 18.Nb6.

I don't see a knockout after 19....Nxd6 20.e5 Rxf4 21.exd6 Qxd6. White has 22.Rad1 and then 22.....Qe7 loses to 23.Qe3. But black can play 22....Qc7 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 and 25.....exd5 loses to 26.Qe8# but after 25....Qe7 I don't see a follow-up for white.

I'm also not sure what the win is for white after 21....Qxe5. Maybe 22.Qxe5 Nxe5 23.Nd5 Rf7 24.Nb6 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 Rb8 26.Bxb7 but then black's doing fine in the endgame after 26.....Rxc2.

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