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Re: Geller
Reply #9 - 07/11/18 at 19:18:02
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Yeah, and Geller's book on the QID was remarkable for its brief but clear positional explanations embedded in a tree-structured book.
  
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Reply #8 - 07/09/18 at 15:53:44
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I'd be curious to know how this book is organized. While many of these collections are chronological, The Application of Chess Theory was an excellent thematic guide to a number of openings. I learned a lot about the Ruy Lopez by playing through the games Geller provided and annotated. I hope the new volume is as instructive, and not just a showcase of some interesting games Geller played.
  

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Reply #7 - 06/12/18 at 01:55:01
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Geller had quite the penchant for defeating reigning World Champions, hence the apt moniker - Nemesis.
  

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Re: Geller
Reply #6 - 06/09/18 at 01:11:21
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kylemeister wrote on 06/09/18 at 00:15:33:
In 1968, Geller won three times with the same little trap in the KID:  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qd2 c6 8.Nf3 e5 9.O-O exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.f3 Nfxe4.


If you spot or know the trap, you have to play the slightly odd looking 11. Qf4 or the clumsy 11. Bf3.

According to engines, "resigns" as played in 1968 is premature, as White gets some compensation for the pawn.
  
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Reply #5 - 06/09/18 at 00:15:33
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News flash.  Aagaard writes, "We have decided on a bit odd title:  THE NEMESIS: GELLER’S GREATEST GAMES."

By the way, of the things I recall from the 1984 book, here is a curiosity.  In 1968, Geller won three times with the same little trap in the KID:  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qd2 c6 8.Nf3 e5 9.O-O exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.f3 Nfxe4.

In more recent times the line has been played with ...Na6 instead of ...Nbd7.   An example is Agdestein-Bacrot, 45 years after the Geller games ...in which White fell into it again.
  
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Reply #4 - 06/08/18 at 22:17:04
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Iirc I read somewhere that Geller was called "the professor" in Soviet chess circles due to his vast knowledge of chess.

But it's not easy to think of a catchy book title with "professor"... academics don't get the respect they deserve!
  

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Re: Geller
Reply #3 - 06/08/18 at 21:48:49
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Given that game and also given this one

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1049829

I think "killer" a correct metaphor when talking about Geller. I mean, do you know any game in which the reigning WCh, who also won the tournament, was beaten with a friggin' queen sac?!
  

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Re: Geller
Reply #2 - 06/08/18 at 16:59:28
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Not familiar with Geller's games (i've seen a few) or overall style. Would be interested in finding out more.

The QC blog had plenty of people up in arms over giving the book a title with the word killer.
  

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Re: Geller
Reply #1 - 06/07/18 at 21:23:14
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Yup, one thing is his plus score against world champions.

I saw that this book will have some of the same games as The Application of Chess Theory (1984), but twice as many games overall. 

One game that comes to mind which I dare to guess will be included:
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1039292
  
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Geller
06/07/18 at 20:35:58
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Quality Chess is working on a book of Efim Geller's games.  Should be a good one.  Geller tends to be overlooked, but he was one of the greats; good enough to get a section in My Great Predecessors. 

Geller was one of the all-time great opening specialists.  Among other things, he was one of the original Kings Indian players and, later in his career, when he switched to the Tartakower, he infused it with a lot of dynamic ideas.  To me, he was the one who showed that the Tartakower could be played for a win.   
  
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