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Efim Bogoljubov vs Samuel Reshevsky
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 5, Aug-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Botvinnik System (E49)  ·  0-1


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May-07-08  Whitehat1963: The only meeting between these two. Reshevsky defends well before pressing his counterattack home.
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  perfidious: In the tournament book, I believe Alekhine mentioned a possibility overlooked by White: 29.Kd3 Rxf3 30.Kxe4 Rf7 31.f4.

White should retain some advantage in this line, with his powerful bishop in this open position.

Feb-11-13  jerseybob: In his book, Reshevsky gives 28..Ke6? 29.Kd3! but gives no improvement for black. I originally considered 28..g5 to park the king on g6, but 29.R2h6 looks too strong. 28..Nf6!? might be worth a look. Then if 29.Ng5ch,Ke7 looks safe.
Feb-11-13  DWINS: I had both Houdini and Stockfish take a look at the position and they both give 28...g5 29.Kd3 Re8 30.Ke2 Kg6 with total equality (0.00).

If 28...g5 29.R2h6 Ke7 30.Kd3 Nxf2+ 31.Ke2 Nxg4 with a slight edge to Black. Houdini (-0.18), Stockfish (-0.40)

Feb-11-13  jerseybob: DWINS: Thanks for the analysis. In the 29.R2h6 line, I missed 29..Ke7!, and was just worried about the under-protected g7. But that means nothing.
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  plang: If White tried to avoid the trade of queens with 22 Qe2..Na5 23 Nd2..Qxg4 24 f3..Qe6 he wouldn't have had sufficient compensation for the pawn. With 23..hxg!? Reshevsky indicated that he was playing for a win; a draw would have been likely after lines such as 23..Nxf2 24 Rxh8..Nxd1 25 Rxg7! etc. 24..Rf8? would have lost after 25 Rd7..Rf7 26 Rh8+. In time pressure White gave up a pawn with 36 Rh6?; either 36 Nxf7 or 36 Rg3 would have been better. 60 Bd2 led to a loss a of a second pawn but the alternative 60 Bg7..Ncd3 61 Nb6+..Kb5 62 Nd5..Kc5 followed by ..Kd4 wouldn't have been any better for White.
Oct-06-16  kotoslaw: In this game they were very courteous to each other

63. Bxc3 (lose in 16) Nd3 (mate in 15)
64. Bg7 (Sir, do you want to win faster? Bg7 and you will win in 13) Nc5 (Oh no, Nc5 and still mate in 15) 65. Bb2 (No, no, no - Bb2 and you will finish me in 12) Ne4 (I can't accept this proposition, Ne4 and distance to mate 13) 66. Ba1 (I can not afford it Ba1 gives you win in 11) c3 (ok, accepted) 67. Kc1 (nothing to do here, all my moves leads to mate in 10) Kb4 (right) 68. Kb1 (lose in 9) Kc4 (thats right too)
69. Kc1 (lose in 8) Kd3 (obvious, but I'll give you a chance and Kd3 and mate in 9) 70. Kb1 (not much choice Kb1 and mate in 9) Kd2 (don't be so sad Kd2 and still mate in 9) 71. Bb2 (thanks) cxb2 (oh no, don't cry cxb2 and mate in 11) 72. Kxb2 (boooo...) Nc5 (now I don't have a choice Nc5 is the only one winnig move...)

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