newzild: Vaganian's notes for this brillant game (from New In Chess):
The game against Reshevsky started at 10 a.m. lest my opponent would have to play after the first star had reached the firmament. At the time it was not so easy for me to start that early. Now I am used to being awake at 7a.m., when my wife prepares the children for going to school...
Reshevsky always played 1.d4, unless he was absolutely sure of what
his opponent would reply to his moving the kings pawn. In those
days, of course, I would play the French Defence without exception.
<1...e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6>
Reshevsky was probably expecting 3...c5, which I had played against Karpov in Round 1. However, I wanted something else.
<4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 Qa5>
Another option is 7...c4, which Petrosian played a few times.
<8.Kf2 Be7 9.Bd3?!>
9.g3, in order to bring the king into safety, was preferable. I was
thinking about 9...b5 to create queenside counter-play as quickly
as possible after 10.Kg2 b4.
<9...Qb6 10.Ne2 f6>
I had had this position before (in Adorjan-Vaganian,Student Olympiad, Teesside 1974)
<11.ef6 Bf6 12.Kg3 cd4 13.cd4 0-0 14.Re1?>
This is evidently a mistake. 14.h3 was the right way to proceed, removing
the king from the danger zone. I had been looking at this position for quite some time, contemplating various moves, when lighting suddenly struck me from above: the f2 square, the f2 square! I started to calculate the consequences of 14...e5. It was imperative to see everything right up to move 20.
<14...e5!! 15.fe5 Nde5 16.de5 Bh4 17.Kh4>
Not 17.Nh4 Qf2 mate!
It would be wrong to play 17...Qf2? 18.Ng3 Qg2 19.Bf1!, when it is White who wins!
The only move. 18.gf3 Qf2 mates in two moves. On 18.g3, 18...Qd8 19.Bg5 Qd7 is decisive.
<18...Qb4 19.Bf4 Qe7 20.Bg5 Qe6>
This is the crucial move I had to foresee when embarking on the
The lines 21.h3 Rh3 22.gh3 Qh3 and 21.Qa4 Rh3 are simple.
Of course, Black must avoid 21...Qf5? 22.Qd5 Be6 23.Qf3.
Now 22.Rf5 Qf5 23.Qd5 Be6 24.Qf3 Qe5 25.Bf4 g5 wins for Black.
The rest is clear. Black is a pawn up and has a crushing attack against the enemy king to boot.
<23.Qg4 Rf7 24.Qh5 Ne7 25.g4 Ng6 26.Kg3 Bd7 27.Rae1 Qd6 28.Bh6 Raf8>
And here Reshevsky overstepped the time limit. He was so upset that he didn't shake hands, but later, at the prize ceremony, he walked up to me and congratulated me on a brilliant win.