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Samuel Reshevsky vs Reuben Fine
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 2, Nov-08
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  0-1


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Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: A nice example of the power of the queenside majority. 5 Bg2 is better. 7 Qxc4 b5 8 Qc2 is also better, since the knight is badly placed on c3. 12 f4 is necessary to get white's own majority rolling, although by now black is better. 12...g5? 13 Be3 (threat Ba7) does not win e5, and weakens the kside for no reason. 14...b4 15 Ne4 Nxe5 16 Rac1 0-0 17 Qe3 regains the pawn with an initiative. 16 Nxb5 Qb6 17 Rfd1 Bxc6 18 Ra7 Qxb5 19 Qxb5 Rxb5 20 Bc6 Rxb2 advantage black. 17 Qe3 is necessary. 22 Nd6 c4. 23...Nxe5? 24 Qd6 saves white e.g. h6 25 Be3 Qb7 26 Bxc6 Nxc6 27 Bxc5; 24 Bxc6 at least does not lose a pawn, and does not guarantee a loss. 32 bxc3 b3 queens. 38...Qd1 follows.
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  plang: Fine's greatest tournament result. He started 5.5 out of 6 on his way to sharing first with Keres; this game was from round 2. Fine's commenr:

"In the first half of the AVRO tournament I played as one possessed. Subjectively there were two reasons for this. One was that I had just finished the manuscript to MCO and was extremely well prepared in the openings. The other was that I had decided to give up full-time chess and finish my studies. Ironically I had even asked the organizers to release me from my contract to play but they had declined to do so. This allowed me to discard some of the excessive caution which at times had held me back before."

8 Ne5 was new and was criticized by Fine though, nowadays, it is considered as good as the alternatives 8 Qxc4 and 8 0-0. If 14 Nd5?..exd 15 e6..Ne5 16 exf+..Kxf7 17 Qxd5+..Kf6 and Black retains the extra piece. 14 Ne4!? was a promising sacrifice suggested by Lilienthal. 17 Ra7?! led to simplification which made Black's queenside majority stronger; 17 Qe3 was suggested as an improvement.

Mar-06-12  jackpawn: The little move 31 . . c3 is instuctive. In playing over the game quickly at first I thought it simply dropped a pawn, but then it occurred to me if white play 32 bxc3 the black response is b3 and the pawn can't be stopped. Not overly deep, but another little pattern to keep in mind in such positions.
Mar-06-12  RookFile: This looks very modern, like a Nakamura vs. Carlsen game.
Feb-22-14  capafischer1: Some of fine's moves were hard to guess. Great game. Too bad he stopped playing serious tournament chess. I mean he evend defeated botvinnik in avro 1938.
Feb-22-14  Granny O Doul: As some Brit said, "a loss for chess and a draw at best for psychology".
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