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Samuel Reshevsky vs Alexander Kotov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 8, Sep-12
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense Closed Line (E95)  ·  1-0


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  refutor: an interesting anecdote about the finish of this game from Bronstein's 1953 Zurich book...

After 34. Qe2

"Reshevsky seized his head in his hands, glanced nervously at his flag (ready to fall at any moment) and the position, and - took the bishop with check. Then Reshevsky asked how many moves had been made (which is not acceptable grandmaster practice), and received an answer from one of the spectators (which is really illegal)."

he was told by one of the spectators how many moves he had left?! what kind of penalty could the arbiter give out for that?

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  keypusher: <he was told by one of the spectators how many moves he had left?! what kind of penalty could the arbiter give out for that?>


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  keypusher: A forceful game from Reshevsky, who takes total command early. The conclusion is deformed by time trouble. Kotov can't have been blown off the board like this too often.
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  Ulhumbrus: I think that in place of 26 Bb5 Bronstein gives 26 Bc4 followed by Qf3 and mate in a few moves. Black seems to lack any satisfactory way to defend the f7 pawn eg 26 Bc4 Rab8 27 Qf3 Rxb7 28 Qxf7+ Kh8 29 Qxe8+ Bf8 30 Qxf8+ Ng8 31 Qxg8 and al Shah mat.
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  plang: This game was played in round 8; Kotov later switched to the Old Indian (4..e5) and won two games with it against Stahlberg and Averbakh. The most popular moves are 9..exd and 9..a5; 9..Ne8?! was new but worked out poorly. The idea was to transfer the knight to e6 where ir exerted pressure on d4. The idea was abandoned though because 11..Ne6 12 d5 is powerful for White. Reshevsky was critical of 18..Bd7? as it allowed a powerful pin on the d-file but after his recommended 18..Bf8 19 Nd6..Bxd6 20 Bxd6..Bd7 21 Nxe5..Ba4 White is still clearly better. Both players were in time pressure. Reshevsky had only ten minutes left after move 18. After 30 e5 Reshevsky had less than half a minute left and Kotov just a few minutes. Reshevsky's explanation after 35..Qe2 was a bit different than Bronsteins: "A superficial glance at the position might lead one to believe that White is in trouble. If White plays 35 Rf1..Rd1 is very promising for Black. But I had a simple surprise for Kotov."
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  AnalyzeThis: Very interesting.
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  wordfunph: Reshevsky - Kotov

after 40.Kh2

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Kotov should have offered his hand of respect after Reshevsky's 40.Kh2 1-0.

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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 8 I selected this game to cover:
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  keypusher: <wordfunph> They were both in such time trouble that (despite the helpful spectator) I don't think either one was sure that 40 moves had been played.
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