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Efim Geller vs Tony Miles
Linares (1983), Linares ESP, rd 5, Feb-17
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: What a game! Geller's sac probably was not completely sound but the pressure and complications following after that were too much to handle for poor Tony. 34...Qf6 was a decisive mistake. After 34...Qf4 35.Rxh5+ Kg6 36.Rxe5 Kh6 black is still alive.
Aug-20-07  Eyal: And prior to that, 28...Qd6? - allowing exd5, where it isn't good for Black to recapture (29…Qxd5 30.Ne4 Qc6 31.c4), followed by Bxf6 and Ne4 - was also a mistake. After 28...Bd7, 28...d4, or even 28...dxe4 29.Nxe4 Bc6/d7, it's doubtful whether White has enough compensation for the sacrificed material.
May-17-18  cwcarlson: ed 18.♘d5 ♘b3 19.h6 ♗h8 20.h7 ♔h7 21.h5+- Spassky (Timman's Titans p.184). 19...♗b5 20.♕h2+- Nunn-Mestel 1986; 20.♕f2! Houdini.
May-18-18  Granny O Doul: 36. Rxh5+ looks like a nice shot, though ...Kg7 and the game goes on.
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  Fusilli: Wow! How could this happen? After the sac, Geller doesn't have anything remotely decisive. He even has to play apparently passive moves (Qd1, Qe1). I guess the trick is that black is pretty passive himself.

Baffling game.

May-13-20  SChesshevsky: <...How could this happen?...> After 15...a6, looks like Geller has a choice. Either move the queen to give the N an escape square if ...e5. Maybe costing a couple tempo but also maybe weakening blacks position.

Or sac the N after 16. g4 and probably getting at least a couple of pawns figuring the h-pawn will eventually go and opening up blacks king to at least moderate pressure. Pretty good compensation especially if blacks LSB is offside and ineffective.

Another influence for Geller is probably that when you're playing the Yugoslav Attack against the dragon, all you're thinking about is getting at the king and some sort of sac to get there isn't that unusual.

Guess Miles felt obligated to push. Wondering if Geller would have repeated if 28...Bc6? But once black king is exposed seems every white pickup of material is related to a check.

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