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Efim Geller vs Evgeni Vasiukov
13th Soviet Team-ch final A (1975), Riga LAT, rd 2, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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May-31-04  Tigran Petrosian: Nice sac.
Jan-26-06  waddayaplay: But why didn't he take the bishop on move 38?
Nov-13-07  hnishy: Many mistakes for both sides. Geller, in his book 'Application of Chess Theory', claims the position after 32.Rd3 is 'very difficult for Black to find a reasonable continuation. White. But Black has more than one riposte; 32...Ng5! 33.hg5 hg5+ 34.Kg1 Ba7+ (I spotted this line myself) and 32....Re1! (Fritz's first choice).
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  Peligroso Patzer: <But why didn't he take the bishop on move 38?>

Both players were in time pressure. The comments by <hnishy> re: move 32 are pertinent in this regard, but the position was so complicated, even Geller's notes overlook the two good choices available to Black at that turn. A couple of moves later, Vasiukov obviously overlooked 34. Qf6!, after which there were many winning choices for White at each move. Possibly because Geller missed the strongest 38. Qxb8, the last move that he gives in "The Application of Chess Theory" (Everyman Chess, (c)1984, 1994, at page 69) is 37. Qh8+ with the comment, "and within a few moves Black resigned."

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  Peligroso Patzer: Just noticed something interesting: The score here differs from that given in "The Application of Chess Theory", op. cit. Here, Black's 29th move is given as 29. ... Rd6, whereas Geller's book gives 29. ... Re5.

With 32. ... Rxd5, the two scores converge, but with the Rook on e5 (instead of d6) there is a significant difference in the position after 32. Rd3. With the Rook on e5, possible is 32. ... Re1!! (whereas, with the Rook on d6, then possibly there would be nothing better than 32. ... Rxd5, as played by Vasiukov).

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  Peligroso Patzer: Taking another look at the hypothetical position after 32. Rd3 (with the Black Rook on d6, as per the moves currently given in the CG database, instead of on e5, as per Geller's book), winning would be 32. ... Nf4! (with, among other threats, a discovered attack on the White Queen by the [hypothetically positioned] d6-Rook along the 6th rank).
Jan-01-10  returnoftheking: Is 23. Bg4 a mistake, and should Nc7 have been played instead?

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