chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Laszlo Szabo vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Lazy vs Rushy" (game of the day Jun-09-2011)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 19, Oct-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Main Line (D42)  ·  1/2-1/2
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Szabo/Reshevsky games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can step through the moves by clicking the and buttons, but it's much easier to simply use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jun-09-11  ossipossi: <"I didn't have any problem with the State Department">. Not same thing for RJF, which was a hero OTB & ITL.
Jun-09-11  Ferro: una pena; quÉ triste!
Jun-09-11  Ferro: Yo jugaría hasta Finalizar el partido de Ajedrez (I should play until the END)
Jun-09-11  sevenseaman: Just the kind of game that should go for a Wednesday or Thursday POTD at move 21.
Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: White misses a forced win-TWICE!
Jun-09-11  sevenseaman: It looks so to me too.
Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: 21.Qxg6+ how did Szabo miss that!?
Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Everyone should go back to the two posts by <Resignation Trap> beginning with Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 and read Szabo's own account. Tragic.

I've had similar things happen to me, and the last thing you want to do is touch another chess piece as long as you live.

Jun-09-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Fantastic info Resignation trap !

Thanks

Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: The position at the end still looks quite good for white. Coordinate the rooks and get the e & f pawns moving. Evidently white was almost out of time here.
Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  David2009: <scormus: BTW, I suppose W really cannot win from the final position?> Clearly not, for the reasons set out by <Resignation Trap>. [<RT> nice to see you back - if you are still interested in NN vs P check out Game Collection: NN vs P: unheard melodies. However with unlimited time - a correspondence game? - White can probably squeeze out a win.


click for larger view

At first sight Black has excellent compensation for his material deficit (exchange for a Pawn) since White's a2, e4 and h4 Pawns are all weak, and there is no obvious safe haven for White's King: in order to win White needs to create a passed King side Pawn. Meanwhile two White Pawns are en prise. The defensive move 28.a3 is well met by 28...Nc6 intending Nd5 and Qf6 pressurising the h4 Pawn. Here's a link to Crafty End Game Trainer to probe these variations: http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

However, there is a tactical shot that turns the tables (discovered with silicon help; all Black moves are by the EGT): 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Rd5! Nc6 30.Qc3 (preventing Nd5 for the time being) Kf8 31.Rbd1 Kg8 (threatening to capture the e Pawn)


click for larger view

32.Qg3! Qxe4 33.Qc7 Qe8 34.Rd7 Rc8 35.Qb7 White's temporary Pawn sacrifice has give him excellent play, so Black now hands back the Pawn allowing general exchanges: 35...Nd4 36.Rxf7 Qxf7 37.Qxc8+ Qf8 38.Qxf8+ Kxf8


click for larger view

We have now reached an ending which it will not be easy for White to win. Analysis is to continue in due course in my forum. Meanwhile, here's a direct link to the ending set up in Crafty EGT: http://www.chessvideos.tv/endgame-t...

Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: The pun: Laszlo is "lazy" because he could have tried to win the endgame, and Reshevesky is "rushy" because he nervously rushed 20...Bxf6, causing Laszlo to miss the mate in two?
Jun-09-11  scormus: <David2009: <scormus: BTW, I suppose W really cannot win from the final position?> Clearly not .....>

Yes, I see. And I'm not at all surprised. You see, I've been there. It still haunts me ....

Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: <Phony Benoni: Everyone should go back to the two posts by <Resignation Trap> beginning with Reshevsky vs Szabo, 1953 and read Szabo's own account. Tragic.>

In the statement by Szabo quoted by <Resignation Trap> in his posts of <Nov-01-06>, the Hungarian GM claims he saw the mate but played a different move essentially due to extreme nervousness. The other statement about this game frequently attributed to Szabo goes: "Well, you don't just look for mates in two against Reshevsky!"

There is at least an implicit inconsistency between these two remarks.

Jun-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Peligroso Patzer> Technically yes, but the two statements seem to serve different ends. The first seems like an attempt at dark humor, laughing through th tears. Szabo had to realize people would ask him about it for the of his life, and that was just a snappy comeback.

The long account was written many years later in his autobiography, and is clearly a more serious attempt to actually explain the move and what it meant to him at the time and afterward. I see no reason to doubt its essential accuracy.

Jun-10-11  njchess: Tough, psychologically crushing game for GM Szabo.
Feb-21-12  Everett: Sorry of this was asked already, but what is the best response to 20..Kh8?
Feb-21-12  AlphaMale: <Harry Lime>: 21.lol!
Apr-14-12  wordfunph: "If Sammy Reshevsky offers you a draw, take a good look at the position and see if you've got a mate in two."

- GM Miguel Najdorf

Apr-14-12  King Death: Then there's this game later in the event where Reshevsky offers a draw when his opponent is sealing a move (Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1953) that threatens mate and forces the win of material. That Reshevsky was a real ethical player.
Aug-15-12  The Last Straw: I recently played a rapid game at chess.com. Here are the moves: Me (SimonWebbTiger) vs s868790
1-0 [B01] Scandinavian Defense Time Control: 15 min for the whole game.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 e6 6.0-0 Bd7 7.d4 a6 (1) 8.Ba4 Be7 9.Ne5 b5 10.Nxc6!? Bxc6 11.Bb3 Nf6 12.Ne2 0-0 13.Ng3 Qc8 (2) 4.Bg5 Qb7 15.f3 Rad8 16.c3 (1) Qb6 17.Re1 Bb7 (4) 18.Ne4!? (2) Nxe4 19. Bxe7 Nf6 20.Bxf8 Kxf8 21.Kf2!? (3) c5! (5) 22.Qe2 cxd4 23.cxd4 Qxd4+ 24.Kf1 Qh4 25.h3 Qg3 (7) 26.Rad1 Re8 (8) 27.Qf2!? (4) Qb8 (10) 28. Rd2 a5 (12) 29.Bc2 b4 30.b3 g6 31.Qh4 Nh5 32.Red1 Qh2 (13) 33.Rd8!? Ba6+ 34.Kf2 Rxd8 (14) 35.Rxd8+ Kg7 36.Qe7?! Qg3+! 37.Ke3 Qe1+ 38.Kd4 (6) Qxc2+ 39.Ke5 Qxg2?? 40.Qf8# 1-0 This is why you never resign.
Feb-23-14  gabriel112000: Lame!
Mar-17-14  naufallabs: Why not white 20 Qg6+
Mar-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <naufallabs: Why not white 20 Qg6+>

Because the knight blocks the queen from the g6 square and Qxg6 wouldn't be check anyway. If you're asking why not 21.Qxg6+, see previous kibitzing.

Aug-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: 7..Nxc3!? is rarely played and seems illogical; 7..cxd and 7..Be7 are usually played. Reshevsky took a lot of time with 9..g6 indicating that he was already uncomfortable with his position. 12..Bd7 could have been answered with 13 Bxg6..fxg 14 Qxg6+..Kf8 15 e4. Barcza recommended 25..Qxe4 26 Bg7..Ne6 27 Bxf8..Rxf8 with Black having two pawns for the exchange; instead Reshevsky's 25..Qe6 put the queen on the knights best square.

Certainly unusual to see a game where both players played so poorly,

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Game 106
from Wonders and Curiosities of Chess (Chernev) by Qindarka
Lazy and rushy
from Nova's favorite games2 by Nova
Round Nineteen, Game 130
from WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
The World's Funniest Games (Part 1)
by ravel5184
Bizarre game. Read Resignation Trap's kibitzes for more info.
from Outrageous Blunders by Zzyw
Game 130
from Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
"I'm the worst!" "No, I am!"
from Bad Blunders by nikolaas
"You don't just look for mates in two against Reshevsky."
from Funny games by Benjamin Lau
zumakal blunders archivadas1
by zumakal
Round Nineteen, Game 130
from WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
June 9: Lazy vs Rushy
from Game of the Day 2011 by Phony Benoni
Szabo played 21 Bb2xBf6?? where 21 Qc2xg6+! (pin) mates in 2!!!
from MISSED MATES by notyetagm
Masters blunder too!
by parmetd
#248 - Szabo has a blind spot
from "Wonders and Curiosities of Chess" - Pt 1 by GrahamClayton
Round Nineteen, Game 130
from WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
"You just don't look for mates in two against a Reshevsky"
from Unbelievable Blunders by Masters by Oliveira
21. ?
from Amaurosis Scacchistica by Scardini
Grandmaster Blunders
by alexmagnus
Round Nineteen, Game 130
from WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
Round Nineteen, Game 130
from WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
plus 9 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC