Winning Chess Moves: Palatnik vs. Geller, 1980

Ukraine has long been a source of great chess and great chess players. As such, many famous chess games have been an all Ukrainian affair. Tonight’s winning chess move comes from one such game.

Ukrainian-American chess Grandmaster Sam Palatnik played a beautiful winning move over fellow Odessa native Grandmaster Efim Geller at the URS Team Cup in 1980.

The prelude to this winning move came when GM Geller, who was black, uncharacteristically grabbed a poisoned pawn with 13… Bxg2.
GM Palatinik responded with 14. Rg1.

GM Geller retreats his bishop to c6 and now white has a extraordinarily beautiful game winning move.

White to move and mate in 5 from Semon Palatnik vs Efim Geller, 1980 URS Team Cup in Rostov-on-Don.

For another great moment in Ukrainian chess please check out the Winter issue of The Calchess Journal.

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