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Efim Geller vs Dmitry Losev
Petrov Memorial Open (1994), St. Petersburg RUS, rd 1, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Main Line (B77)  ·  1-0



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Jun-24-12  pericles of athens: spicy game!

when i play this line as white, i feel like i often encounter an early pawn push from black (i.e., 9...d5).

What I'm wondering: is 9. Bc4 the best thing to prevent that (instead of 9. 0-0-0)?

(beginner question)

Jun-24-12  Shams: <pericles> Yes. :)
Mar-11-17  Mudphudder: Why did Efim not play 32.Qh3?

Isn't that a quicker win for white???

Mar-11-17  ChessHigherCat: <Mudphudder Why did Efim not play 32.Qh3?> Black would have played Bf8
Mar-11-17  ChessHigherCat: Black's 17...Qh2 seems like an amateurish cheapo pawn grab at first but he can't stop 17. Rd8 so he has to control the "h" column in order to prevent 18. Bh6
Mar-12-17  Mudphudder: Bf8 does nothing. White just mates with Qh8#!!
Mar-13-17  ChessHigherCat: <Mudphudder: Bf8 does nothing. White just mates with Qh8#!!> Yeah, you're right, he must have missed it because f6 doesn't work either.
Mar-13-17  ughaibu: How about 32.Qh6 Qe4, 33...Be5?
Mar-13-17  Duracell: 32.♕h6 is brilliantly refuted by ♗e4+ 33. ♔a1 ♕xc3!! bxc3 f2

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and there is nothing to do against the promotion.

Mar-13-17  ChessHigherCat: Bravo <Duracell>, after recharging your batteries for 5 years you've made some brilliant comments today
Mar-13-17  Duracell: Purely engine generated lines but in this post-truth era, a little fact-checking doesn't harm.
PS: I'm not against engine generated lines, but I'm against engine generated lines that I cannot understand and/or are far more complicated than a trivial and stable one which will lead in the end to the same result.
Mar-13-17  NBZ: <PS: I'm not against engine generated lines, but I'm against engine generated lines that I cannot understand and/or are far more complicated than a trivial and stable one which will lead in the end to the same result.>

There is no upvote option but this comment deserves one!

Mar-13-17  ChessHigherCat: <Duracell: Purely engine generated lines> I suspected as much because otherwise "32.♕h6 is brilliantly refuted by..." would be too self-congratulatory, but it was a very good explanation in any case. That was the kind of line I was thinking about and gave up on because it seemed too improbable, but the value of the computer analysis is to encourage featherless bipeds to keeping looking for a solution that might really be hiding there somewhere.
Mar-14-17  Duracell: But even if I had found this line myself I would not be proud. There's nothing to be proud to find it in a warm, cozy flat.
But, think of Efim Geller in the 32nd move, knowing that he's in the verge of winning and probably in one of his famous zeitnots, envisaging and rejecting this line.
That, THAT is something!
Mar-14-17  ChessHigherCat: That problem will be solved in the near future when everybody (or at least the ruling class) gets implants with microprocessors, wifi, and cellphones. Every patzer will make perfect calculations but, on the downside, when your girlfriend is gazing at you with a dreamy, wistful expression you'll never know if she is waiting for you to pop the question or if she is watching a shoe commercial.
Mar-14-17  Mudphudder: Duracell, that was a remarkable counterplay indeed! Even though you say it was computer-generated, I feel like this is a line that a GM could possibly find OTB in a slow time control game.

Now this really makes me wonder whether Geller had seen this and avoided Qh6.

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