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Israel Albert Horowitz vs Samuel Reshevsky
USA-ch (1951), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Aug-05
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation (B72)  ·  0-1
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Jul-27-03  WhoKeres: An interesting game in that the sacrifice of a queen for thre minor pieces, as made by Reshevsky, is very unusual. The pieces dominated the queen in this game...of course, Reshevsky was also the stronger player in any event.
Dec-14-04
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  kevin86: What sac? Three pieces are equal to a queen!
Oct-23-10  Nova: I find it interesting how Reshevsky doubles his rooks on the h-file, and creates threats to white's king, yet he doesn't do any attacking and waits for white to be too aggressive. Surely white could have guarded the g2 pawn and not allow the rook to capture. Also, I can't help but chuckle at 30...Rb8. In most grandmaster games I have seen, any weak pawns like that pawn would be sacrificed to gain time for an attack. Was Reshevsky's opponent so weak compared to him that he thought he could wait around and let his opponent destroy his own position?
Oct-23-10  unferth: <Nova: Surely white could have guarded the g2 pawn and not allow the rook to capture>

the only way to guard the pawn is with the queen on c2, d2, or e2, and after Rxg2 Qxg2 Rxg2 Kxg2, the R+Ps v. B+N+Ps ending looks dead lost for white, I think. Horowitz must have thought his chances for a perpetual or a winning tactical shot were better with the queen on the board.

<I can't help but chuckle at 30...Rb8. In most grandmaster games I have seen, any weak pawns like that pawn would be sacrificed to gain time for an attack. Was Reshevsky's opponent so weak compared to him that he thought he could wait around and let his opponent destroy his own position?>

Horowitz was past his prime but certainly no weakling. my guess is that Reshevsky protected the b pawn because he either (a) saw no immediate attack & thus no advantage to giving away his slim material edge or (b) was in time pressure, from which he suffered perhaps more often than any other top player in history (or both).

Oct-23-10  parisattack: <unferth: ... Horowitz was past his prime but certainly no weakling.>

Chessmetrics shows him around 2600 at the time though his heyday was certainly just before the war, I think.

Reshevsky was just entering his top years here.

Jan-03-18
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  GrahamClayton: The queen sacrifice with 11...♗xd4 was mentioned by Reuben Fine in his book "Practical Chess Openings".

The White rook is a passenger for most of the game - there are no open files for it to exploit, unlike the black rooks, which invade the White kings side via the open h-file.

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