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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Dec-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  0-1


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Dec-31-04  iron maiden: 48. Kd2 Qc2+ 49. Ke1 Qc1+ 50. Ke2 Qd1 is mate.
Jan-18-05  JohnnyRambo: It was a shame that Reshevsky didn't have more time here. Give him just an extra minute and he realizes that 32. Rc1 is better than 32. Re1. I think 32.... Be6 is forced, and then obviously there are no mate threats for white to worry about. If instead 32... h5 then Reshevsky's 33. Nc6 is terrific, i.e 33... Qe6 34. Qxd5 Qxd5 35. Ne7+ and 36. Nxd5.
Feb-09-06  OBIT: After 32. Rc1? Qe4! is crushing. Another line that doesn't work is 32. Ra5? Qe4! 33. Qxd5 Qb1mate. However, 32. Qd3 looks like a valid defense to the ...Qe4 threat. So long as the knight stays on d4 and the Black queen is denied access to Qe4, White should hold the draw, IMO.
Feb-09-06  RookFile: Wade and O'Connell's book quote somebody named Reuben that says White position was fine up until 34. Rb1. Substitute 34. Rd1, Rueben says, and white is slightly better.

Even with everything that happens, Wade and O'Connell then say that 37. Qb4 would have held everything together ok for an equal position. This Qb4 does appear to meet the double threats of ....Qc1+ and ...Qe4.

Jul-13-06  MrMelad: Ha! 37. Nc3 is funny, I think Reshevsky was trying to joke, or maybe he tried to end the game with style.. I don't think he realy calculated what happens next because if it's easy to me, it should be easy to him. No hidden lines, no clever ideas, simply a joke and a good one. :)

Reminds me of Letterman vs Kasparov. Also quite a funny game.

Jul-14-06  RookFile: Well, the subsequent play was very tricky, and Reshevsky's flag was hanging, it's not hard to imagine for a second that he thought he could get the black bishop.
Jul-14-06  MrMelad: Yes, and after one second you begin to laugh :)
Jul-14-06  RookFile: Well, positionally, even the finally position of this game had the potential to be a draw for Reshevsky. Positionally speaking, of course.

However, there is that annoying fact that the final position is a forced checkmate, the following being a typical variation:

48. Kd2 Qc2+ 49. Ke1 Qc1+ 50. Ke2 Qd1 mate

Jul-14-06  JustAFish: ... or, of course, 48 Ke1 Qc1+ 49 Ke2 Bd1+ Kd3 50 Bxf3
Jul-14-06  RookFile: <justafish: or, of course, 48 Ke1 Qc1+ 49 Ke2 Bd1+ Kd3 50 Bxf3>

Lol, I'm sure Reshevsky would shake your hand for winning his queen, but not checkmating him.

Jul-15-06  JustAFish: Thees ees joke I have made...
Jul-15-06  blobby: How is the final position positionally a draw?? 2 pawns is no where near the equal if a Bishop in the hands of a top flight GM like Fischer in 1963. This game is a win for Black any day of the week!
Jul-15-06  blobby: All else equal, a Queen and a Bishop will dominate the chess board in this final position unless the extra pawns are advanced..
Jul-15-06  RookFile: Yes, I suspect that even in the most favorable set-up, Fischer might win. Obviously, Reshevsky would need to exchange off both black pawns - but of course Fischer would not allow this willingly.
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  kingscrusher: I have done a video annotation of this game here:

Dec-07-09  RandomVisitor: 37.Qb4 = .
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  GrahamClayton: Photo after a couple of moves:

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  Check It Out: Did Reshevsky just miss that Fischer's bishop could recapture on c8 at move 40?
Mar-13-12  RookFile: I doubt it. But suppose black played 40.....Qxc8 instead - he still wins anyway, right?
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  PawnSac: < iron maiden: 48. Kd2 Qc2+ 49. Ke1 Qc1+ 50. Ke2 Qd1 is mate. >

or 50. ..Bc4++

Jun-23-14  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 22 Rb4 is 22 Nxe6 aims to acquire the superior minor piece but after 22...fxe6 White's c3 pawn is a target and his Rook on b5 misplaced. 22 Rb4 supports the advance following Nxe6 but Fischer understands the purpose of Rb4 and places c4 under greater control by 22...Nd6
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  OhioChessFan: 37. Qb4 would have easily held. White ends up a Pawn up in every line I tried. The point is that White must keep the Queen on the b file to defend the b1 Rook, but also be able to get the Queen to the first rank on a diagonal to stop a heavy piece mate on c1. Qb4 does the trick.
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