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Nicolas Rossolimo vs Paul Reissmann
"La Regina Della Notte" (game of the day Aug-16-2012)
Puerto Rico (1967)
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0


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Dec-20-05  setebos: I played in this tournament. My first round opponent was Zuckerman> I played a K.Indian saemisch and lost in less than 25 moves. One evening Kaplan,Zuckerman and other players went to a local bar. Zuckerman spent the evening discussing openings with Kaplan while the others watched and tried to follow. He did have an enciclopedic knowledge of opening theory.
May-31-06  zev22407: This game reminds the move made by Marshall Q-g3!!
Jan-14-08  MorphyMatt: Quiet game, ha!
Jun-04-08  JJL: I played in this tournament, too. Reissman was a "classic" character - I suspect an exile from Eastern Europe who was one of the top 10 in Puerto Rico at the time.

His favorite kibitzes (and non-stop mouth) during speed chess: "who's afraid for chocha check?" (ask a Spanish friend to explain it) and "who can tell, Guillermo Tell" were some of the ones I remember.

He loved aggressive tactics against the weaker opponnets and passive play like here against the stronger ones.

The ironies of life that he would end up on the receiving end of another most briliant Qg6 (or Qg3 like Marshall's). When the move was played, a lot of people rushed to this board to see for themselves, myself included. The most brilliant move I have seen "live".

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  Jim Bartle: Great comment.
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  Domdaniel: 23.Qg6 is certainly 'brilliant' - just not as brilliant as when Marshall first came up with the idea 50 years earlier. Any strong player would have been familiar with this theme, which makes it much easier to find.

In this case, 23.Qxe6! may be even better - it would probably cause immediate resignation because of 23.Qxe6 fxe6 24.Ng6+ hxg6 25.Rh3#. If Black refuses the Queen then White wins quickly - the trickiest defensive try is perhaps 23.Qxe6 Qc1 but it fails to 24.Nxf7+ Rxf7 25.Rc3 etc.

I recently played a 'classic' Queen sac in a tournament game -- ...Qxh2+ followed by ...Rh6+ and mate in a few moves. Somebody congratulated me afterwards, but I felt I hadn't done anything more than remember a pretty pattern.

Nimzowitsch famously complained about the tendency to give brilliancy prizes to flashy sacs rather than positional combinations.

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  technical draw: <JJl> It seems a lot of kibitzers here played in this tournament (me amongst them). I met Reissman in a casino in Puerto Rico, I recognized him and asked him for a game. He was a very nice guy, very happy go lucky. However I beat him 4 in a row. To this date I'm not sure if he was just giving me a chance or his age was showing. (this was about 1973)
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  technical draw: Reissmann was on this team:

Dec-14-08  WhiteRook48: Qg6??? Qc2?????????????????????? Rh3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is how the game should be annotated.
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: weirdest position ever
Oct-22-09  SirChrislov: Marshall's Qg3!! (it's kind of a shame that the so called most beautiful move in chess history is a sacrifice of the female figure) comes along once or twice every several decades. worthy of a brilliancy prize.

CHESS INFORMANT named Fischer vs Stein, 1967 best game of 1967. I'm sure this one was close behind.

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  technical draw: So far <technical draw>, <setebos> and <JJL> played in this tournament. A bunch of old timers but probably the most chessgames members playing in one tournament. If <Julio Kaplan> is a member then that will make it four.
Dec-23-10  panzerkampf: why would Qg6 be considered as blunder and deserves ???, it is a very good move actually.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Here are more of <Technical Draw's> recollections of this event:

<"The tournament in Puerto Rico was 1966 or 1967, can't remember. Also was it a 5 round or 6 round Swiss, I don't know. But I had the chance to meet some of the great US players from the 60's. There was Robert Byrne, Hans Berliner, Rossolimo, future star Walter Browne and local hero world junior champ Julio Kaplan. I lost 3 games but I only remember losing to NM Fernando Martinez.

The only thing I remember about Rossolimo was that he was a nervous type. Moving and talking fast, like he wanted to get things done and move on. Of course I was 17 years old and in awe of all the famous players (everyone was waiting for <<<Fischer>>> but he didn't show up).">

Feb-26-11  Robeson: Drunknight II wrote: "The first point of interest is on move 13. Why on earth didnt black simply play 13...Qb6 this only makes sense. Why? Because black is ahead in material and so he will facilitate exchanges by threatening to exchange queens."

How on earth do you come up with the idea that Black is ahead in material at move 13? For that matter, why didn't anyone else ask you that question?

Feb-28-11  Akavall: 23. Qg6!! is awesome.

Even though it's not original (Marshall's 23. Qg3 is), but I like how this move reinforces the theme. It also underlines the importance of studying beautiful attacking games.

Feb-28-11  Grilo: Absolutely stunned by the ♕g6 - even though I have seen Marshall's ♕g3 in my early periods of tactical studies.

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The only piece holding Black's position together is the misplaced and ready-to-be-kicked ♘f4. It is the sentinel to ♘d5, preventing the bishop exchange followed by ♘f6+.

Patzer-style-me would have quickly played 20.g3 and probably ruined my lifetime chance of becoming famous.

20.g3 simply blocks third-file access. Rossolimo has greater purposes than me, he wants as many pieces as possible in his mating party. 20.♖a3 is the winning move. A party with few people is kind of lame, don't you agree?

Forseeing 21.♖f3, blowing the knight away, Reissmann "prophilatically" played 20...♘e6. Well, we all see how that worked out.

Feb-28-12  jurado96: this is better than marshalls
Feb-29-12  drukenknight: wow! those were some awesome old time stories. THanks guys. For robesone 2.26.11: have no idea at this time, back then I had some odd ideas about how to evaluate positions, hopefully I am all better now.

Have not looked at this game in a while and wonder why did black not break the pin on his g pawn?

Apr-26-12  Llawdogg: 23 Qg6 reminds me of 23 ... Qg3! (Marshall)
Aug-16-12  sevenseaman: 23. Qg6 is definitely redolent of the famous Marshall Q move. Here Rh3 threat stops both the White Q or N being taken any which way. There is no defense indeed.
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  HeMateMe: the pun, in spanish or latin means....?
Aug-16-12  think: <HeMateMe> It means "Queen of the Night" in Italian.
Aug-16-12  newzild: My first thought when clicking through the game was "Aha! He's going to play 23. Qxe6 fxe6 24. Ng6+ hxg6 25. Rh3#!" But of course 23. Qg6 is more spectacular.
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  HeMateMe: Pretty classy pun! I would have come up with something like "Sacked Broad Breaches Barricades".
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