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Efim Geller vs Alexey Suetin
USSR Zonal (1964), Moscow URS, rd 8, Feb-28
English Opening: Symmetrical. Mecking Variation (A39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  woldsmandriffield: Geller should have won one this one. In general, two passers versus one with active K & R are enough, even when (as here) one of the passers is a RP.

It was a mistake to retreat the King: 77 Ke4? The most clinical win was 77 Rg6+ Kh7 78 Rg2! Kxh6 79 d6 when Black has no chances. But 77 Re6 was also good enough: 77..Rd1 78 Ke5 b3 79 Rg6+ Kh6 80 Rg2 (same manoeuvre).

g2 is a beautiful square for the White Rook. Look what a tangle Geller gets into in the game by move 80..Rc1+ The Rb6 is really badly placed.

Suetin played a STAR move just before the end: 84..Kh8!! What's so amazing, you ask? The previous variations! Black cuts out the Rg7+ - Rg2 transfer.

BUT THEN he cocked it up: 85..Kg8?? allowing exactly this winning plan. Waiting with 85..Rb2 was the right option. BUT THEN Geller again missed the Rg7+ idea.

Result - DRAW.

Dec-25-20  Straclonoor: <It was a mistake to retreat the King: 77 Ke4?> Sure
Three moves goes to win
All others - to draw

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