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Bent Larsen vs Efim Geller
"Bent on Destruction" (game of the day Apr-19-2013)
Nimzowitsch Memorial (1960), Copenhagen DEN, Aug-??
Hungarian Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0
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Jun-22-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Yeah, that Reshevsky, what a patzer....

Which is why the Fischer volume in "On My Great Predecessors" by Kasparov devotes 100 pages to Sammy.

Sammy held his own v. Bobby in the terminated match in the 60s. He played 100 or so games v. 11 World champions and was active in the age of Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine plus the age of Botvinnik, Fischer and even Karpov and Kasparov!!

Jun-22-14  SimonWebbsTiger: btw, a game of great sentimental value, from the 1991 Veteran's Tourney, Moscow.

Reshevsky vs Smyslov, 1991

Jun-22-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Seeing these late games of Reshevsky, it always impresses me just how much chess history his career spanned.

Capablanca vs Reshevsky, 1936

Jun-22-14  SimonWebbsTiger: had a look at an old Elo list in Informator 50 (1990, ie. Sammy was 79 then). He had 2415 in Elo.

Yup, what a patzer, eh?

Jun-22-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Yeah, that's pretty average. I meet those kinds of patzers all the time at weekend Swisses.
Jun-22-14  Conrad93: Reshevsky was decent for the 1940's and 50's, but he was nowhere near the top five in strength.

I wouldn't even include him in the top twenty.

Jun-22-14  Olavi: I see 'Reshevsky on Chess' has been recommended. Not a bad book, ghostwritten as it is by Reinfeld.
Jun-22-14  parisattack: The 'Early Reinfelds' were wonderful books. The 'mimeos' are excellent as well as his published tomes on Keres, Nimzo, Botvinnik.
Jun-22-14  parisattack: <Conrad93: Reshevsky was decent for the 1940's and 50's, but he was nowhere near the top five in strength. I wouldn't even include him in the top twenty.>

Your methodology apparently differs from Chessmetrics and others. Perhaps you could share it with us <Conrad93>? I'm not much of a math/stat whiz, but others here are and am sure they'd appreciate learning of your work!

Jun-22-14  Wyatt Gwyon: <parisattack> I just came dangerously close to spitting out a mouthful of wine. Thanks for that.
Jun-22-14  Conrad93: <<Conrad93: Reshevsky was decent for the 1940's and 50's, but he was nowhere near the top five in strength. I wouldn't even include him in the top twenty.> Your methodology apparently differs from Chessmetrics and others. Perhaps you could share it with us <Conrad93>? I'm not much of a math/stat whiz, but others here are and am sure they'd appreciate learning of your work!>

That's implying ratings are always an accurate measure of strength...

Looking at his career, he has nothing over Bronstein, Botvinnik, Keres, Fischer, or Larsen.

Jun-22-14  Conrad93: Aronian is currently #2, but we all know he is #5 in reality from his performance recently.
Jun-23-14  SimonWebbsTiger: "My name is Conrad. I am here on cg.com to write ill-informed trash about great players...and I am here to learn."

What a Grade A foolish person.

Jun-23-14
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  perfidious: <conrag: Aronian is currently #2, but we all know he is #5 in reality from his performance recently.>

Do tell.

Not all of us are among the cognoscenti, as you evidently are. We await, with bated breath, your explanation as to why this is so.

Jun-23-14  Conrad93: <Do tell.

Not all of us are among the cognoscenti, as you evidently are. We await, with bated breath, your explanation as to why this is so.>

Did you already forget about the tournament in Norway?

He was in 9th place.

Jun-23-14
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  TheFocus: If you want to see how good an annotator Reshevsky was, look at his old columns in <Chess Life>. Or was it <Chess Review>? Very nice notes.

In fact, if someone was to do a decent bio on Reshesvky, and not that piss-poor McFarland tome, they would have to include his game annotations from his columns.

I don't know why McFarland allowed that monstrosity to be published. Sammy deserved better and I am not even a fan of his.

Jun-23-14
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  perfidious: <conrag>, you want to argue with adults, at least get your facts straight; Aronian finished equal sixth, not ninth. While subpar, such a performance does not relegate him to perdition, despite your ill-informed, gormless comments, which are typically short on thoughtful, objective commentary and long on invective.
Jun-23-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Conrad doesn't need facts.
Jun-23-14  parisattack: <TheFocus: If you want to see how good an annotator Reshevsky was, look at his old columns in <Chess Life>. Or was it <Chess Review>? Very nice notes. In fact, if someone was to do a decent bio on Reshesvky, and not that piss-poor McFarland tome, they would have to include his game annotations from his columns.

I don't know why McFarland allowed that monstrosity to be published. Sammy deserved better and I am not even a fan of his.>

Agree on the Reshevsky tome. A real disaster for a firm which usually offers only the best.

Hans Kmoch was also a fine annotator in his day - and of course an excellent writer. Towards the end, things got a little shaky in his work at Chess Review and Al (Horowitz) would have to occasionally note Han's notes.

Jun-23-14  Conrad93: ChessGames.com has him in 9th place.
Jun-24-14  Poulsen: <Conrad93> OMG - don't you even care getting you facts straight? Even though CG - accidentally - lists Aronian as no. 9/10 in the Norway tournament, they also gives him the correct score - 4/9 - which is the same as Giri, Kramnik and Svidler. This means - as <perfidious> has already told you - that these four players shared the 6th place.

In fact on Aronian and Svidler had the best TB correction of these four players.

The Norway tournament was certainly not the best performance for Aronian, but don't forget, that he won Tata Steel quite convincingly earlier this year - with 8/11 against a strong field including Karjakin, Caruana, Giri, Nakamura, Gelfand etc..

Other good results can be mentioned, so Aronian has the no. 2 spot by merit, not by chance.

Jun-24-14
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  TheFocus: <Conrad> doesn't need any stinking facts, just the clutter in his head.
Dec-12-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Larsen at his prime !!
Oct-06-19
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  plang: 3 Nf3 inviting a Reversed Alekhines Defense was an innovation when Larsen first played it in 1959 and he had several successes with it; Geller played the more solid 3..Nc6 rather than 3..e4. 6..Bd6 was a new move; 6..a5 and 6..Be7(7 b4 is a good response) had been played before. Perhaps Black should have considered limiting White's queenside play with 10..Nb4 11 a3..Nxc2 12 Qxc2..c5. Kasparov thought that 22 Re1 would have been stronger as in some variations the rook on e8 is undefended and the bishop on e7 pinned. Black missed a chance to equalize with 22..Qb6 23 Nd5..Nxd5 24 cxd..Bf8 25 Ne5..Qa6 26 Qxa6..bxa 27 Bh3..Nb7 28 Rc7..Nc5. 27..Qb5 would have been better covering d7. 28..Qa4 29 Nxf8..Qxa1 30 Rxa1..Kxf8 31 Bc5+..Kg8 32 Bb4..Bf5 33 Ra8..Bd7 34 Ra7..Bf5 35 d6 would also have lost for Black.
Oct-07-19  Boomie: White's position on the queenside after 10. b3:


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This is identical to a Benoni structure. The general rule for the opponent is to resist the b-pawn push. Once white gets in b4, the game is half over. Notice later white plays e3 which is also a Benoni move.

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