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Jacques Mieses vs Samuel Reshevsky
Margate (1935)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-17-04
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  nasmichael: This is like a story. When I show my youth games that instruct, battles where the points are clear, I show them games such as this one, because the dialogue moves towards the point that pieces need active lines, when the queens are off the board the king must be active, each piece should be protected as a player protects his teammates, et cetera.

The black king is prepared to lead his pawn to queening and went to do so as soon as he could.

Well played.

Feb-17-04  BeautyInChess: Imo the move 29. Nd4 is the losing move. I think Kg2 is better although I can foresee a nasty pin there and I would probably hesitate to make that move myself.
Feb-17-04
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  nasmichael: I figure Meises wanted access to that c-pawn, and he got it, much to his misfortune.
Dec-13-06  Paulvandyk: This is my first kibitz on chessgames.com!!

Following up on nasmichael's comment, perhaps Mieses played 29 Nd4 thinking play would continue 29 ... Bxd4 30 cxd4 Re4 31 Qxc4, but then realized that this is met by 31 ... Re1+ 32 Rxe1 Qxc4, winning queen for rook.

Dec-13-06  setebos: Mieses was 70 when this was played, Sammy was 24.
Dec-13-06
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  WannaBe: You'd think the kid would go easy on the old man. But Nooooooo...
Jun-20-08
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  notyetagm: <Paulvandyk: This is my first kibitz on chessgames.com!!

Following up on nasmichael's comment, perhaps Mieses played 29 Nd4 thinking play would continue 29 ... Bxd4 30 cxd4 Re4 31 Qxc4, but then realized that this is met by 31 ... Re1+ 32 Rxe1 Qxc4, winning queen for rook.>

Exactly. The <FORK-OVERLOAD TRICK> strikes again.

Jun-23-08
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  notyetagm: Mieses vs Reshevsky, 1935

From the Wikipedia page on the chess tactic <ZWISHCENZUG> located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwisch...:

<Mieses-Reshevsky, 1935


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Position before 29. Nd4

A zwischenzug occurred in this game between Jacques Mieses and Sammy Reshevsky. From the position in the diagram, play continued:

29. Nd4 Bxd4
30. cxd4


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White must have expected 30... Qxd4 31. Qxc4 Re1+ and then 32. Kg2 gets him out of trouble, but Black has a zwishenzug:

30... Re4!


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Making a double attack on the d-pawn and preventing the capture of his own pawn. Now if 31. Qxc4, 31... Re1+ forces 32. Rxe1 and White loses his queen (Chernev 1965:211).>

(VAR) Position after 31 Qc2xc4?? Re4-e1+! 32 Rc1xRe1 Qd5xQc4 <fork-overload trick>


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One of the best examples I have ever seen that <THERE IS ALWAYS DANGER NO MATTER HOW SIMPLE THE POSITION MAY SEEM>. Here Mieses probably never even imagined that the innocent-looking 29 Nf3-d4?! would cost him a pawn and the game to the brilliant <ZWISCHENZUG> 30 ... Re8-e4!.

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