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Samuel Reshevsky vs Miguel Najdorf
Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Apr-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0
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Apr-21-14
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  offramp: The 17th April 1952. New York. Game 6.

The score before this game was 4- to Reshevsky.

This is a really good game. I am hoping some other <cg.com> people will have a look at it.

I like this small exchange of ideas:


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Black now plays 18...Nh5. It seems to provoke g3.

A short time later black plays 20....g6.


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White plays 32.Bb1


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And after 37.Be1 things are starting to become incalculable.


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At move 39 black's bishops are superb!


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At move 40, if you take away the pawns, there is a peripheral look to the piece placement:


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[A diagram without pawns}

After 49.fxe3 Sammy shows some very good technique.


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...and the game soon ends.
Score Reshevsky 5- Najdorf.

Apr-22-14  SChesshevsky: <offramp: This is a really good game. I am hoping some other people will have a look at it.>

It is an interesting game. Looks like after 12...e5 Najdorf accepts the passed pawn for freer play and bind on White. Probably worth it but needs to get tangible advantage before White can break the bind. But what's the plan?

After 21. Kg2, Black probably needs to get something going but his QB isn't much help and pieces aren't that well placed for action. 21...Bd6 doesn't seem the answer though. Doubling Rooks on c-file and then ...Bd4 might have some potential.

By 30. h4 it looks like Reshevsky freed his position somewhat and Black still doesn't have a coordinated attack but does have the passed b-pawn. How much of a plus is it?

31...b3, a protected passer on the sixth is pretty strong but the doubled B's are a tough blockade and it loosens up the position significantly probably not a great idea when pieces are disjointed.

34. Nxa4 initiates an incredible series of exchanges that was probably generally calculated to 42...Qc4 I'm guessing. White's up the 2 minors to Rook less pawn but has the two very strong B's and an open Black King, so probably is better.

43...Rxb3 is a great shot and I'm guessing Reshevsky missed the pin allowing 44...Qd3.

I'm not sure exchanging Q's was best at 48...Qxe3, it just gives White good dark square blockade and leaves little for Black to get tempo. Maybe 48...Qd5 is better to try to draw.

Reshevsky finishes up nicely with King position a priority and then breaking up the pawn chain but not extraordinary play with an extra Knight.

It was a great game. 31...b3 the losing move?

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