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Efim Geller vs Henrique Mecking
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 3, Nov-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Jul-18-05  davewv: "The Application of Chess Theory" by Geller. Page 1
Mar-28-09  hrvyklly: <davewv: "The Application of Chess Theory" by Geller. Page 1> Couldn't agree more. I'm off to lock myself in a room with food, water, chess set and this game for a few weeks...
Mar-28-09  xrt999: 47...h6 seems a blunder, no? Considering 48.f6 completely detroys black's kingside.

CM suggests 47...Nh8? 48.Bc2 g6 49.fxg6 hxg6 50.Bxg6 Nxg6 51.Qxg6+ Kf8

white is still winning (up 2 pawns) hoewever, the position for black is not as bleak after 47...h6.

Mar-14-14  offramp: The Berlin can be Spanish torture but these old closed Ruy Lopezes were even worse. Thankfully the defence was livened up by the invention of the Zaitsev defence.
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  perfidious: The old form of the Steinitz was no bed of roses either.

By the mid 1970s, Chigorin's method had largely fallen into desuetude.

Later in the event, a former world titleholder faces the executioner in this variation: Geller vs Smyslov, 1970.

Mar-30-18  Toribio3: This is very instructive game. It needs patience and perseverance to penetrate the hostile King.

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