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Efim Geller vs Vlastimil Hort
Solidarity Tournament 2nd (1968), Skopje / Ohrid YUG, rd 1, Jul-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Mar-18-07  jsanpedro: Can anyone please tell me why after 8.Bd3 Hort didn´t play Qxd4? I can´t see any reason to avoid taking the pawn. On the other hand, why Geller played Bd3 instead of Nf3? Thanks a lot
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  Gypsy: <jsanpedro> Taking that pawn puts Black severely behind in development : For instance, <8.Bd3 Qxd4 9.Nf3 Qd6 9.O-O Bxd3> (threat 10.Bxh7 Rxh7 would seriously misplace Black rook) <10.Qxd3 Qxd3 11.cxd3...> and while Black has that extra pawn, he has no piece in play.

Could that pawn be worth 4 or 5 tempi?

Mar-19-07  Chessdreamer: Efim Geller's book "The Application of Chess Theory" gives the following opening moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Qc7 11.Bd2 e6 12.0-0-0 Ngf6 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 0-0-0 15.g3 Be7.
Mar-19-07  jsanpedro: Do you know if there is any game in which the blacks moved Qxd4? I can´t find it here but I'd like to see how whites exploited its development advantage. By the way, thanks Gypsy and Chessdreamer
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  Gypsy: < jsanpedro: Do you know if there is any game in which the blacks moved Qxd4? > I checked the cg-opening-explorer (not sure if you have an access to it). It has only three games with this variation and nobody took that pawn.

Jan-27-08  refutor: i played the move a couple of years ago at the canadian open and blundered in the ending

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Canadian Open 2006

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Bd3?! Qxd4 9.N1e2 Qd8 10.Be3 Bxd3 11.cxd3 Nf6 12.0-0 e6 13.Qb3 b6 14.Rac1 Qd5 15.Nd4 Qxb3 16.Nxb3 Bd6 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.dxe4 c5 19.Rfd1 Ke7 20.Rc2 Nc6 21.a3 Rhd8 22.Rcd2 Be5 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rxd8 Kxd8

and i eventually blundered and lost (can you believe it), but i think the d-pawn is a pawn you can grab in the opening...note that the game above is *not* grandmaster standard...the usual move order is 6.Nf3 (as given above)

This game is another nice example of the king coming in on the light squares with the light squared bishops off.

Feb-08-11  libertyjack: Can anyone tell me why it is lost for black? Just because of white's better king placement?
Feb-08-11  shivasuri4: Be5 follows the queen exchange.If the bishops are exchanged after the queen exchange,the king will walk to the queenside and pick up the pawns.If the black Bishop moves instead to g1,Bb8 is played.After a6(or a5),the king moves across to the queenside to capture the pawns.
Feb-08-11  shivasuri4: Also note that the black pawns are fixed on dark squares enabling their capture easily on either side.So yes,the white king's better placement is decisive.
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  wwall: This game was annotated by Geller in his book, the Application of Chess Theory and by Zuckerman in Chess Life, January 1969. Both sources say the moves were 6.Nf3 (not 6.h4 as in this game) Nd7 7.h4 h6 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3.

Geller, Hort, and Zuckerman all say that 26...Kc7 was the losing move, and that 26...Be7 should have been played. Geller would than have played 27.f4.

Geller says that 27...Be7 would have lost as Black is totally forced onto the defensive. But 27...Be7 may be OK. For example, 27...Be7 28.Qxf7 Qxc4+ 29.Kd2 Qd5+ 30.Ke1 Qh1+ 31.Ke2 Kd7 32.Qxf7 Qxh5+ 33.g4 Qh1 34.Bxc5 Qe4+ 35.Be3 Qc2+ 36.Kf3 Qxb2 37.Bxa7 b6, threatening 38...Qxa3 looks drawish.

Instead of 37...Bg3, which looks like the losing move, perhaps 37...b6 38.Ke4 Bb2 39.a4 Qb7+.

Instead of 38.Ke4, perhaps better is 38.Qf5+ Kg8 39.Bxc5, winning a pawn and threatening 30.Bxa6.

Instead of 38...Bh2, perhaps 38...b6 39.Kf5 Qd8, which offers more resistance.

Instead of 39.Kf5, perhaps better is 39.Qf5+ Kg8 40.Qxc5 Qxc5 41.Bxc5, winning a pawn and exchanging queens.

Instead of 40.Bd2, perhaps 40.b4 cxb4 41.axb4 b6 42.Kg6 Be5 43.c5. Geller said that after 40.Kg6 the game would continue 40...Qd6 41.Qxd6+ Bxd6 42.Bc1 Be5, when White still has to work to achieve the win. But after 40...Qd6??, White plays 41.Bxc5! pinning the queen and king. If 41....Qxc5, then 42.Qf7 mate.

Geller says that the game was adjourned after 41...Qf7+ and Hort resigned the next day. Geller and Zuckerman said that 42.Qxf7+ Kxf7 43.Ke4 and 44.Kd5 wins as the White King breaks through to Black's Queenside pawns. It would have been interesting if they had played this game out without adjourning. Black may have some chances to draw after 43...Bg1 or 43...Bg3.

Jan-11-14  ciberchess: This game is not correctly transcribed, according to Geller's book "The Application of Chess Theory" in the game was played 6.Nf3, Nd7; 7.h4, h6...
Jun-07-23  Mathematicar: It was a great pleasure analysing this smooth game by Geller. 26... Kc7 is a blunder which, after fantastic move 27. Qf4! forces Black's Queen to leave active position. 27... Le7 with the idea of 28. Df7 Dc4+ is a flaw because White King can easly escape checks.
Jun-07-23  Mathematicar: 27... Be7*.

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