“Youthfulness is about how you live… not when you were born.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
WINNING IN STYLE!
Mark Tseitlin (1943–?) andEfim Geller (1925–1998) have produced some of the most beautiful attacking games of modern times. So we shouldn’t be surprised that when they played together back in 1987 at a tournament in Potvino there were a lot of fireworks…I had not seen this game before, only today infact. I can not resist showing this gem to my readers. ENJOY!
Protvino 1987 gm Geller Efim– gm Tseitlin Mark D. Position after White’s 20th move (20.Nb3) On the Queenside White is building up pressure. Wrong for Black is 20…Nxb4 as 21.Na5! recovers the pawn with advantage after 21…Nc6 22.Qxb7. On the Kingside White’s King is well defended.
First impression is that White is doing well, and I have no doubt that Geller must have felt satisfied with his game.But sometimes first impressions are misleading…and do not take into account the (often hidden) dynamism of the pieces.
This strong move must have come as an unpleasant surprise to Geller! Clearly White should not take the Knight as his Bishop on e3 would be immediately lost. But what to do about Black’s plan to take the Bishop on f1 and then sacrifice a Bishop on h3? It is too late for passive defence: 21.Nb-d2 NxB 22.RxN (22.NxB would be answered the same way) 22…Bxh3! 23.PxB Qxh3 with Re6 soon coming into play with decisive consequences for White.
The experienced Geller (who has beaten every world champion he ever played) realized that it was necessary to press forward…
Instead 21.b5 would change very little after 21…PxP 22.Bxb5 Bxh3!
21… Nxf1 22. Kxf1!?
There is a good analysis of what would have happened had White played 22.RxN HERE.