Efim Geller was a Russian Grandmaster born in 1925. He won two Russian Championships and four Ukrainian Championships. He attended the Candidate Tournament six times. He was the coach of World Champions Boris Spassky and Anatoly Karpov.
Alexey Sokolsky was a Russian International Master born in 1908. He was the first Russian Correspondence Champion and won two Ukrainian Championships.
The game saw a French Winawer Poison Pawn Variation. Both sides get attacking chances with White having the strong threat of queening his h-pawn with Black in return gaining a strong attack on the stranded King in the centre.