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Efim Geller vs Victor Ciocaltea
Valletta Olympiad (1980), Valletta MLT, rd 13, Dec-04
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Czech Defense (B08)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: GM Geller commented.

<Those brief decisive minutes

No, on this occasion we are not talking about time trouble, which so often decides the fate of a game. It was the minutes which were available to prepare for this game that were brief. After all, with the Swiss system, on which the Olympiad was held, the name of one's opponent is discovered not long before the gong announcing the start of play. But during these minutes I looked through a number of games by the Rumanian player, and noticed his way of handling the Pirc Defence with ...c6 and a subsequent interesting knight manoeuvre. Literally on the way to the tournament hall I managed to outline a general plan of campaign....

I should also mention that the game was played in the last round of the Olympiad, and my task was simultaneously complicated and simplified by the fact that the position of our team demanded a win at all costs!>

Source: The Application of Chess Theory by Geller

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