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Hilmar Karlsson vs Efim Geller
Reykjavik Open (1986), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Feb-11
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz - Rosenthal Variation (C46)  ·  0-1



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Jan-02-21  Gaito: After 21...Nxf1, White's game is in ruins, for example: 22.Rxf1 Rde7 23.Rf2 Bd3 24.Kd2 Bxe2 25.Re1 Bc4 (see diagram).

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Nevertheless, the computer prefers 21...Nc4! (instead of 21...Nxf1), for instance: 22.Bd4 Nxb2 23.g4 Nd3+ 24.Kd2 Bg6 25.h4 c5 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Rh2 Ne5+! 28.Ke3 Nxg4#. (See diagram)

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Jan-02-21  Gaito: How times have changed! In his book "My Best Games of Chess, 1924-1937", commenting game 79 (Alekhine vs. Bogoljubow, Dresden, 1936), Alekhine wrote a very hard critic to the move 3...g6. Not only did he say it was an inferior move, but added that "the fact that Bogoljubow had played 3...g6 showed that Bogoljubow's nervous system had broken down, and that the move was a proof that Bogoljubow had lost even the most elementary confidence in himself".

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