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Samuel Reshevsky vs Max Euwe
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 5, Mar-11
Semi-Slav Defense: Romih Variation (D46)  ·  1-0
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Sep-15-05
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  Gypsy: <11.O-O O-O> Dvoretsky writes this in "Positional Play" (Prophylactic thinking): <Many years ago, when I was still at school, GM Simagin set up this position and asked me to find a winning move for White. After thinking, I anounced that was no solution. Simagin moved the bishop to a2. ... I could not find a satisfactory reply. ... for the first time I could sense the power and beauty of quiet positional moves.

Some years later, while I was leafing through Kere's book on the 1948 WC math-tounament, I came accross this familiar position. The position occured twice [this game and Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 ] ... in neither game did White demonstrate a convincing way to gain an advantage. Keres showed the strongest continuation 12.Ba2!!

[Analysis of Black difficult choices.]

....by announcing that 12.Ba2 wins the game, Simagin was exaggerating somewhat (probably out of educational considerations). This move is indeed the strongest, and gives Black a problem that is not easy to solve ..., but objectively there should be a defense. Black should accept a slightly inferior position and play 12...Bc7! 13.Nb5 Bb6! 14.Nb4 c5 ...>

Sep-15-05  PizzatheHut: That is a very interesting move, and that made a huge impression on me just now as well. When I initially saw the move, I had the same thought as Dvoretsky. I wasn't too impressed, but it is very difficult to find a decent reply. It wasn't until I looked for a constructive move for black that I realized the prophylactic nature of Keres' move.
Sep-16-05  ughaibu: What's wrong with 12....Bc3? and if 13.Bc3, 13....e4 14.Nd2 Nb6 etc.
Sep-16-05
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  Calli: 14.Ne5 with Bb4 threat is strong
Sep-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: I think about this a little bit
differently. Simigan is overrating
12. Ba2, thinking it wins the game,
when it is shown that 12....Bc7
keeps it a ballgame.

Simagan should have gone back and
re-read "Lasker's Manual of Chess",
specifically the sections regarding
how to play tenacious defense.

Sep-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: It likely took many years before the continuation <12...Bc7! 13.Nb5 13.Bb6!> was found. The maneuver Ba5-c7-b6 constitutes a less than intuitive sequence. Originally, <12...Bc7> was considered inadequate in view of <13.Nb5! Bb8 14.Bb4 c5 15.Bxc5 ...>

As late as 1979, Filip in his comments to the Botvinnik-Euwe game states <... Experience from the subsequent tournaments showed that even more accurate than Botvinnik's rook move is 11.Ba2: White then threattens the tactical Nd5 and the defense 12...Bc7 falters because of 13.Nb5.>

Sep-16-05
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  RookFile: Well, Filip was once a world title contender, so, I'll have to concede the point. In the game, Reshevsky got an even better position with
his 12. d5, meeting the incorrect 12.... c5 with 13. d6!
Sep-16-05  Resignation Trap: <RookFile> Actually, Miroslav Filip was a participant in <two> Candidates Tournaments. The first in 1956, the other in 1962.
Oct-25-09
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  wwall: Perhaps Black should try 28...f5 (instead of 28...a5) or 29...f5 (instead of 29...h5)

34...gxh5?? is probably the losing move. Perhaps 34...Qf6 and if 35.Qxa5, then 35...Qxb2

After 35.Qg5+ perhaps 35...Kf8 36.Qxh5 Qd7 37.Qh8+ Ke7.

Oct-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project: Game commentary from 1948:

<"...Reshevsky made a startling twelfth move <<<[12.d5]>>> which apparently wrecks Black's hopes in this variation... the complications were numerous and in them Euwe lost a pawn. Reshevsky's fortieth move, made with only seconds left on his clock, turned the adjourned ending into a win.">

-D.A. Yanofsky and H.J. Slavekoorde, "Battle Royal... A Round by Round Account of the Thrilling Contest for the World's Chess Title."

"Chess Life and Review" (April 1948), p.15

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