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Samuel Reshevsky vs Reuben Fine
New York state champ (1941)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Line (E40)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-18-07  jackpawn: Fairly easy for a Friday. I actually think I would have got this in an actual game, assuming I wasn't in time trouble. I assume that's why Reshevsky missed it.
May-18-07  newton296: sammy made the time control 8 moves earlier so sammy had time ! I don't know why he missed it !
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  kevin86: Just think:history could have been changed if Mr. Keene and not Mr. Reshevsky had the opportunity to make white's 48th move.

I first saw the move in my brief analysis,but thought it was too easy of a solution for Friday. If this had been sneaked in on a Monday-I think I would have come up with the solution.

This reminds me of the famous Flohr game (his games were he recently-as puzzles or GOTD). Flohr was ahead in material and had a clear win,but he was threatened by mate. The escape was a simple king move,but he missed it and immediately resigned.

May-18-07  ycsidney: Ng7 should pose some resistance though eventually black will lose
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  kevin86: <Flohr vs Grob,1933>
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  ray keene: indeed -this may have been the moment when sammy failed to clinch becoming world champion. botvinnik i am sure considered reshevsky his main threat in 1948. at that time of the world championship resolution after alekhines death in 1946, botvinnik already had his immortal with which to terrify and cow the opposition namely his cascade of sacs v capablanca in avro 1938. now if in the very same opening reshevsky had not only outplayed fine-the co winner of avro-but then obliterated him with a queen sacrifice to boot-just think of the terror he wd have inspired in future victims. instead sammy gave succour to future opponents by missing the denouement and showing that he was not infallible. i weep whenever i see this terrible missed oportunity for greatness!!
May-18-07  newton296: ...qxd5 qxa4 ...Bh6+ and now white best is Ne8 to prevent mate ...Qe6 doubling on e8 and white has to loss a piece doesnt he?
May-18-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <kevin86: <Flohr vs Grob,1933>>

Which one? There are three:

Flohr vs Grob, 1933

Flohr vs Grob, 1933

Flohr vs Grob, 1933

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May-18-07  LIFE Master AJ: Wow, I actually got it.

48.QxP/d5!! would have been an unbelievable tactic. Its based on the defense of 48.Bh6+, Ne8; Then you ask yourself, "How do I prevent Black from playing that defense?," the key is that Black's first rank is so sensitive that almost anything is possible. (12:02 PM)

May-18-07  newton296: or... Qxd5 qxa4 Bh6+ Ne8 Re1 and whites e8 knight is pinned and toast
May-18-07  newton296: If u didn't see a refutation of blacks best defense Qxa4 against white's Qxd5!!then I don't think u got full credit for this puzzle.
May-18-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <ray keene: ... then obliterated him with a queen sacrifice to boot ...>

Just curious: does the (apparently) best line for the black: <48. Qxd5 Ne8 49. Qxd7 Rxd7 50. Rxe8 Kf7> (at which point Fine would probably have resigned) qualify as obliteration?

My viewpoint is kinda skewed by watching too many scholastic games, so please straighen me out, if necessary :-)

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  ray keene: i think qxd5 !! counts absolutely as obliteration
May-18-07  jackpawn: <LIFEMasterAJ> Your thought process for solving this was exactly the same as mine.
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  playground player: Gee, I saw Qxd5 right away and wrote it down as my answer. There is no defense against this move. Too bad Master Reshevsky didn't see it.
May-18-07  therever3nd: doesn't 48.Qxd5 Ng7 neutralize the checkmate threat?
May-18-07  nimzo knight: Is this a friday puzzle
May-18-07  melv: Qxd4 distracting the queen and the f6 knight at the same time.
May-18-07  KnightFortress: <LIFE Master AJ> My thought process was exactly the same as yours.
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  pepellou: <therever3nd> 48. Qxd5 Ng7 49. Be7+ Nge8 50. Qxd7 Nxd7 51. Rxe8+ Kg7 52. Rc7
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  fm avari viraf: It seems many have found the dynamic 48.Qxd5 including myself. Maybe the time problem that precluded Sammy.
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  Marmot PFL: <It seems many have found the dynamic 48.Qxd5 including myself. Maybe the time problem that precluded Sammy.>

It occurs to me that I have probably seen this game before, and found it quickly because I subconsciously remembered that Reshevsky missed something at the critical moment.

May-18-07  Tomlinsky: These are easy to miss over the board. Here's one even Karpov missed although it could well have been due to the approaching time-control in this case... Karpov vs Kavalek, 1982
May-18-07  nateinstein: Got this one quick, but then again, only because I've seen it before :). I at least remembered that Bh6 right away was not the right move in the position, then remembered that Qxd5 won.
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  Gilmoy: I wrote: <Judit Polgar did this once after Bd2 Qh6 Qxf8+ ...> but Angelova saw the rest of it, and resigned immediately. Googling "Polgar Qxf8+" sufficed: Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 1988. She was 12 years old -- still the wunderkind.

From the last kibitz, it seems that entire game is a book trap :)

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