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Robert James Fischer vs Efim Geller
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 23, Jun-16
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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Mar-06-04  InspiredByMorphy: This is some amazing play Fischer!
Mar-13-04  Hidden Skillz: i like it how fischer destroys the plan of geller..Rxe1 Kh2.. Ng4# of course there r other variations to it..but what a nice counter playin wit 2 rooks n a passed pawn..
Mar-13-04  iron maiden: Black can't save his a-pawn from capture by White's rook: 44. Rxa7 Qxa7 45. c7 and the pawn queens.
Nov-15-05  babakova: I thought 41.Rd7 was playable too, since ...Qc8 42.c7! Qxd7 43.c8 queens... But then I had my doubts if black plays say 41...Qf4! hitting c1 and disrupting the harmony of the rooks. I still think whites position is winning though so 41.Rd7 should be quite alright.
Nov-15-05  RookFile: Apparently, Geller was actually winning this game too. Lilienthal suggested 16.... a6!! threatening
to win the queen with ...b5.

So, the line goes 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Bxd5 Bxd5 19. Rg3+ Kh8 20. Rd1 b5 and black is winning.

Nov-15-05  babakova: I read in Timmans book on curacao 1962 that Bobby was outplayed in the opening so thats probably accurate.
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  beatgiant: <RookFile>
Very interesting situation! White can try to escape via 16...a6 17. f5 (opening the 4th rank) which may lead to the pretty line 17...b5 18. Bxf6 bxa4 19. Bxd8 axb3 20. Na4 Bd6 21. Bb6 bxc2 22. Rc3 Rfc8 23. Bc5 Rxc5!? 24. Nxc5 Bxc5 25. Rxc5 Rc8 26. Rxc8 Bxc8 27. Kg1 Bxf5 28. Kf2.

I think White can hold the resulting ending because Black's passed pawns will be blockaded on light squares so the Bishop can't break the blockade.

Do you have more details on Lilienthal's suggested line?

May-02-07  timhortons: geller is one of the few grandmaster during that time that know how to handle fischer hes a slugger like fischer and he beat fischer more than any grandmaster had than to him
Sep-01-09  WhiteRook48: two rooks beat queen
Feb-24-14  offramp: Geller's only loss at CuraƧao.

Owing to this game he ended up with 17/27 (+8 -1 =18) compared to Petrosian's unbeaten 17.5/27 (+8 -0 =19).

Petrosian went on to beat Botvinnik in 1963, losing only 2 games.

Probably Geller would also have beaten Botvinnik; but it would have been a very different match.

Apr-24-14  Everett: A shame for Geller to blow a win against one of the bunnies in the candidates tourney, having written down the winning move no less.
Apr-24-14  Petrosianic: A shame, but not unforseen. After two months in the tropical heat, everyone was on their last legs. Geller had a bit of a tendency to crack in moments of great stress. This time he did.

Geller was a tough opponent for Fischer because he specialized in creating wild unclear positions. Fischer was less comfortable in those, and preferred clear, calculable positions, no matter how complicated, to the unclear ones.

Jan-08-16  Joker2048: Fischer is the man..
May-05-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I think Capablanca would have played

41 Rc4

followed by

42 Rb1

May-05-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi NOF Najdorf,

Possibly that is what Capablanca would have done but he was well aware how useless a Queen can be should a pawn get to the seventh if it is backed up by a sole Rook and the promoting square cannot be blocked.

Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914

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White to play. 32.Qe5+ and Qxd6.

Capablanca got the idea from Marshall

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909

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Capablanca was expecting Nxc6 when Rb1+ is a perpetual. Marshall crossed him with Qxb6 then Nxc6 and the a-pawn hits a7.

Marshall got it from....


Jun-03-19  Howard: So, according to Stockfish, Geller had an almost two-pawn advantage at one point. Thus, he probably should have won--not Fischer.
Feb-01-20  Howard: Mueller's book states that 17...a6 would probably have given Black a won position. In other words, he recommended that move on the 17th move, not the 16th. Or does that make any difference ?

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