Zürich International Chess Tournament 1953
Round 10 Game 2
David Bronstein ⚪️🇺🇦 (USSR) (4.5/9) vs Efim Geller ⚫️🇺🇦(USSR) (3/8)
This game between Bronstein and Geller was by far one of the weirdest due to Geller's pawn structure at the end! In fact, this one started off as a Sicilian Defense where both sides castled short and in which, regrettably, Bronstein played the setup g3, bishop g2 which he criticizes his play in the book as too slow explaining that the extra tempo he took in the opening isn't to be ignored. He explains, compared to the first position, that a normal setup for his side would have been Qd3, Be2, Rd1 and (still) short side castle. In the second position, We see white playing a strange 14.g4?! and the reason is that it's his only attack (if Nxg4, Bronstein gives the interesting line: Qg3, h5, Kh1 where white activates his pieces and prepares for attack). In fact, Bronstein argues that his c2 pawn is "dead" which makes his knight on c3 isolated from play! In the third position, White has just pushed e4-e5, threatening a futur pressure on black's d7-Bishop (after the knight would be taken). Moreover, Geller here might have been expecting a line like: 19...dxe5 20. Bxf6, Bxf6 21. Qxd7, Qxd7 22. Rxd7 and bxc3 (knight) with a monor advantage but Bronstein played cleverly by moving his knight to e4 earlier to escape from the Bishop d7 exchange yet keeping pressure on d7 (fourth position). And here, black precede by protecting his bishop letting the exchange happen on f6 (Nxf6, gxf6) giving Geller a WEIRED pawn structure with two allied double pawns on f6,f7,e6 and e5 making his king very exposed for white's queen to come and make a perpetual (draw by forcing the king to repeat moves as you are to do so).
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