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Efim Geller vs Garry Kasparov
Moscow (1981), Moscow URS, rd 10, Apr-17
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  0-1



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Sep-06-05  BobbyBishop: Wow Geller sacs a piece with 21. Qh5? with only the idea of then playing 23. Rh4 threatening a mate so easily defendable it's childish? He apparently didn't calculate very far. Perhaps he thought he could bamboosle his young opponent with some kingside pressure. I doubt I'd play something that speculative even in a blitz game.
Sep-06-05  ughaibu: Maybe he was planning to continue with 28.Qg5 but now realised that 28....Qf6 would win for black.
Sep-23-05  Chessmaster9001: What about 21. Nec3 Qa5 22. Rh4!? Bxd5 23. Nxd5, after this we get an interesting double-edge position with good attacking chances for both sides
Sep-23-05  ughaibu: Isn't everything fine if Geller avoids 22.Bd5 but otherwise follows the game? After black's bishop is pinned it looks difficult for him.
Sep-23-05  who: I'm not sure what you mean. If you mean 22.Rh4 then 22...Bxe4 wins a piece and protects h7. If now 23.Rxe4 Nxc4 and when black plays ...h6 white no longer has any minor piece which can help the queen attack the h7 square so black's king is pretty safe, and black is up a piece straight. So a sample line could run 22.Rh4 Bxe4 23.Rxe4 Nxc4 24.Rh4 h6 25.bxc4 Qf6 and a trade of queens is coming after which white has nothing. Of course I could have misunderstood your comment.
Sep-23-05  ughaibu: No misunderstanding, I overlooked Be4. How about 22.Rd1 before Rh4?
Sep-23-05  Chessmaster9001: no doubts 22. Rd1 is better than 22. Bxd5
Sep-23-05  Chessmaster9001: who, if you read my post carefully, i mentioned 21. Nec3.... so 22...Bxe4 is impossible. I think its best choice for white
Sep-23-05  who: I was responding to ughaibu. The problem with 22.Rd1 is that there is a nice tactic. 21.Qh5 Bxd5 22.Rd1 g6 23.Qh6 Bxe4 24.Rxd8 Rfxd8 and the back rank threat prevents 25.Rxe4 so black is up a rook and two minors for a queen. I checked this with Fritz, which is where I learned that 24...Rfxd8 is necessary, otherwise white can win back material with mating threats along the h-file. Final position gets a -2.53.

Apr-19-06  ycensor: 15 Nxe7+! ...
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  Fusilli: <ycensor: 15 Nxe7+! ...> Huh? Do you expect Kasparov to take with the Knight and blunder a piece?
Aug-09-15  ToTheDeath: 21.Qh5? a typically brutal Geller move which just doesn't work. White had to settle for equality with 21.Ne3 or possibly 21.Nc5!?

Great dynamic play by Garry to win so quickly with Black against a formidable opponent- his only win over the great Efim.

Jul-28-17  bla bla: why not 19.bc Bxd5 20.bc and winning a pown?
Jul-28-17  Howard: 19.bc is impossible.
Jul-30-17  bla bla: (Howard: 19.bc is impossible.)
Jul-30-17  Retireborn: <bla bla> Assuming you mean 19.cb Bxd5 20.bc, in Informator Kasparov gives 20...Ng6 with no evaluation, but then 21.Nf6+! gf 22.Rd4 looks pretty equal. Black could just play 20...Bxc6 instead and White hasn't won a pawn.

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