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Efim Geller vs Evgeny Sveshnikov
"Talkin' 'Bout my Variation" (game of the day Jul-10-2023)
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 3, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1



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Mar-19-06  notyetagm: <aw1988> That's also called "eponymous", with the same name.

A famous example from classical music is the Borodin String Quartet playing String Qyartet #2 by Borodin.

Nov-07-08  aazqua: Great game an a classic sveshnikov. Black's position certainly doesn't seem completely solid but the game is very unbalanced and black creates a tremendous amount of tension. Eventually white makes a false step.
Mar-06-17  ChessHigherCat: Sunday puzzle: 29... Black to play and f 'im
Just as a side note, Sveshnikov's peak rating of 2489 is due to some kind of inflation in modern ratings or differences in the Soviet system, right? He should be at least 2650 judging by this game.
Feb-11-19  The17thPawn: Whites rather imposing looking knight on d5 seems to have very little say in the game. Common in the Sveshnikov or did Geller just fail to utilize it correctly?
Jul-10-23  belgradegambit: Umm, I'd like a word. This was my first pun ever accepted by Velimirovic vs J Sofrevski, 1965
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  HeMateMe: That's a pun worth smashing a Rickenbacker over!
Jul-10-23  nalinw: Lol <HeMateMe> - another good pun for us old guys! I hope this variation does not "f..f..f...ade away" - used to play it in my youth
Jul-10-23  Honey Blend: I would have gone for the exchange sac 25. ♕xe4 ♕xd1 26. ♕xe6 ♘e5 27. ♕xd6 ♗f6 28. ♖d2 ♕b1 29. ♘xf6 ♘xc4 30. bxc4 ♖xf6 31. ♕d8+ ♖f8 32. ♕xa5 ♕c1 33. ♕d5 ♕xc3 34. g3 ♕f6 35. ♕d3 and it should be enough for a draw:

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Jul-10-23  goodevans: Such an imaginative attack by Sveshnikov. I'm glad it succeeded even though Geller had the draw in hand.

After 33...d5 (an 'only move') White had several ways to draw, the most obvious being 34.Rxb3 Rxe4 35.fxe4 Qd1+, etc.

One way to try to keep the game alive is <Sneaky>'s 34.Qxe8+ Qxe8 35.Rxb3 but after 35...Qg6+ 36.Kf1 Qd3+ 37.Ke1 h5 White's paralysed K means he'll have to bail out with a draw sooner or later.

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Another try is 34.Qd3 Bc4 35.Qc2 Qxf3 36.Qf5 but then 36...Bd3 once more forces White to accept the draw.

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Another excellent pun. We're on a roll folks!

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  MissScarlett: <Umm, I'd like a word.>

Different variation. Nothing escapes my laser-like focus.

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  Messiah: Weak pun, weakly managed site.
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  MissScarlett: Tread carefully, or sleep with one eye open.
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  OhioChessFan: Excellent pun. Can't go wrong with The Who.
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  OhioChessFan: FWIW, the specific word "Variation" in the opening's name makes this worth a second run.
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  HeMateMe: I can't explain
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  scormus: From the comments, it seems most of the kibitzers are of my generation.
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  HeMateMe: We haven't all faded away...
Jul-13-23  Saniyat24: Geller's king stuck on g-file and triple pawns on the f-file... can't take the Queen... a very nice game...!
Sep-09-23  mel gibson: I didn't know.

Stockfish 16 is calling it a draw:

28. Nf4 Rxf4

(28. .. Rxf4 (Rf8xf4 g3xf4 Ne5-f3+ g2xf3 Be6xc4 Qc2xe4 Bc4xb3 Rd1-b1 Rb8-e8 Ra2xa5 d6-d5 Rb1xb3 Re8xe4 f3xe4 Qh5-g4+ Kg1-f1 Qg4-d1+ Kf1-g2 Qd1-g4+ Kg2-f1) 0.00/60 61)

score is 0.00 _ a draw.

Sep-09-23  Brenin: A familiar game from GOTD! With the N on f4 forking Q and B, 28 ... Rxf4 29 gxf4 Nf3+ is more or less forced], but it's worth only a draw, e.g. instead of 34 Re1 White has 34 Qxe8+ Qxe8 35 Rxb3 or 34 Rxb3 Rxe4 35 Ra8+ Re8 36 Rbb8 Kg8 37 Rxe8+ Kf7 with equality in each case.
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  scormus: After finding the fairly obvious 28 ... Rxf4 29 gxf4 Nf3+ gxf3, I couldn't see how to win. 30 ... Bxc4, but it looked rather even - something like the Brenin continuation with 33 (or 34) Qxe8+. I thought there should be something better, and perhaps B did too. 30 ... exf6 perhaps, but that loses to 31 Bxe6.

Since it Saturday, I'll count this as a find since B only won because W blundered.

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  chrisowen: I'll duck tongue jah it pully Rxf4 able it leeway buffed it zoid again i sach it ablush it latch it aoh jah it a fog pg imbibe Rxf4 ebb;
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  agb2002: White threatens Nxh5, Bxe6, Qxe4, Rxd6 and Rxa5.

The first idea that comes to mind is 28... Rxf4 29.gxf4 (29.Bxe6 Rf6 and if 30.Bh3 Nf3+) 29... Bg4 30.Rxd6 Nf3+ 31.gxf3 Bxf3 and mate soon.

However, after 30.Rd5 this pin looks winning for White.

I don't know but I'd play 28... Rxf4.

Sep-09-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: B must remove the good defender: 28...Rxf4 29. gxf4, then an wild combination: Nf3+ 30. gxf3 exf3 (31. Kf1 Qh1# ) 31. Bf1 Qg4+ 32. Kh1 Qh4+ 33. Kg1 Bh3 34. Qd3 Qg4+ 35. Kh1 Bg2+ 36. Kg1 Qh3 (37. Bxg2 Qxg2#) 37. Qxf3 Qh1#.

Otherwise: Nf3+ 30. Kf1 Qh1+ 31. Ke2 Bxc4+ 32. bxc4 Qxg2 33. Rxd6 e3 (34. Kxe3 Re8+ or. Kd1 Qf1#) 34. Kd3 Ne1+ 35. Kxe3 Re8+ 36. Kd2 Nxc2... or 33. Rf1 e3 34. Qd1 Re8 35. Kd3 Nd2 36. fxe3 Qxf1+ 37. Qxf1 Nxf1 38. Re2 Ng3. There is many variants, so I'm not sure that this line has no exceptions (unexpected moves that destroy the idea).

Sep-09-23  sfm: That is the lovely nature of chess. Not the correctness in the evaluation of some variation, but the next move and the blunder it may be.
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