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Re: Geller
Reply #15 - 06/27/19 at 17:59:16
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Re: Geller
Reply #14 - 06/07/19 at 17:46:58
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H-HH wrote on 06/07/19 at 13:49:35:
LeeRoth wrote on 06/07/18 at 19:35:58:
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.   



Yeah, his game against Timman in 1973 was a beautiful win from the black side of Tartakower, improving upon the famous Fischer x Spassky.


Yes, and the great thing about it is that Geller actually showed his idea to Spassky during their preparations for the Fischer match, but Spassky apparently forgot it, and Geller then got the chance to play it against Timman.
  
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LeeRoth wrote on 06/07/18 at 19:35:58:
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.   



Yeah, his game against Timman in 1973 was a beautiful win from the black side of Tartakower, improving upon the famous Fischer x Spassky.
  

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Reply #12 - 06/07/19 at 03:28:14
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Unsurprisingly that Winawer game was in the 1984 book.  This was his introduction: 

This game began, before we sat down at the board, with an interesting psychological duel. The point was that, not long before this, I was Anatoly Karpov's second in the Final Candidates Match, and participated in his preparations for the World Championship match with Fischer, which did not in fact take place. I was therefore familiar with the World Champion's opening repertoire, and it was evidently for this reason that in the present game he decided to avoid his usual lines, expecting me to play 3 Nd2, which I most often choose. I realized what his idea was ... Moreover, in the variation which occurred he had had no experience at that time, whereas, as the reader will see, the position was familiar to me.
  
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Reply #11 - 06/07/19 at 02:50:47
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Wow, that attack on the Winawer in MNb's game was utterly brutal. And against Karpov in 1976! Nice cover for the book, too--Geller was muscular and looked pretty bear-like.
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Reply #10 - 06/07/19 at 00:08:44
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Well, a year later, we now have an expected release of next month.
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/2/341/the_nemesis_-_gellers_greatest_game...

By the way, a curious fact about Geller's two Soviet titles is that they were in 1955 and 1980.  Soon after winning the second one he said, in response to a question about it, that he could only manage it every 25 years.
  
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Reply #9 - 07/11/18 at 18:18:02
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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 14:53:44
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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 00:55:01
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Geller had quite the penchant for defeating reigning World Champions, hence the apt moniker - Nemesis.
  

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Reply #6 - 06/09/18 at 00:11:21
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kylemeister wrote on 06/08/18 at 23:15:33:
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 - 06/08/18 at 23:15:33
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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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Re: Geller
Reply #4 - 06/08/18 at 21:17:04
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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 20:48:49
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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 15:59:28
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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 20:23:14
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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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