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Samuel Reshevsky vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca (1971), Palma ESP, rd 2, Nov-30
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  1-0


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  Richard Taylor: <ray keene> It must have een great to see Reshevsky play (I think had he played as much as Fischer when he was young he could have easily been his equal -also he wasn't so intense an opening expert as Fischer ? )-

Instead of 20...e6 - it's hard to see a plan for Black as e6 breaks his pawn chain and White will operate on the King side eventually or push his a pawn - maybe 20....b3!? is an idea if 21.c:b3 Na6 White gets the knight to blockade with a tempo as there is a "threat" of Nb4 and now the Black B is bearing on b2 (as before) but W's pawns are doubled. If 22. Bh6 Nb4 23. Ra1 R:a5 24. R:a5 Q:a5 25 Bg7 K:g7 26. Qc3+ f6 27.f4 Qb6 28 Qh3 c4.but obviously these are only some ideas - other that b3 what other plan is there?

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  Richard Taylor: I also solved this pretty quickly. I didn't try with Korchnoi's ending as it looked too complex.

BTW in NZ it is always Monday before anyone (most) else -lol - so there! Nah Nah Nah!!

Aug-01-05  cheski: By way of explanation of move 22.f4! Kasparov remarks in Volume IV on this game as follows:

"R. notices a hidden flaw in L's game: Black's queen moves away from the kingside, thanks to which White gains an opportunity to begin active play there at the cost of the a5-pawn".

This has puzzled me for a while now, as Black doesn't move his Queen from her original square until move 23.

My query: Could Reshevsky really see before move 22 that this Queen move was on the cards?

Aug-01-05  Koster: <ray keene: i was sitting next to this game when it was played-i was in the same tournament-dont remember who my opponent was that day--anyway i could hear that reshevsky offered a draw at one point and larsen turned it down-i thought blacks plan of breaking with ...e6 was overly optimistic.>

They say Larsen was the greatest optimist in chess, and usually it worked against all but the very top. It was crazy to put him above Fischer in USSR v. World, but he still got an even score.

I still have your book on the Siegen Olympiad from around that time. I wish there were more books like that. They keep their historic value long after the theortical books are obsolete.

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  chancho: 37. Ng5 Qe2 38. Nxe6!Qxf1+ 39. Kh2 and Black has no checks, 39....Rf7 40.Qe8+ is a quick mate.
Aug-01-05  MaxxLange: "Play the board, not the day of the week"?
Aug-01-05  Chesschatology: <chancho> 37.Ng5 Qe2 38. Qxh7++

Aug-01-05  Marco65: <who> I'm not sure 33...Kg8 is the decisive mistake. Black had to defend f7, and how could he do that?

33...Rf8?? loses to 34.Qxf8+!

33...Nd8 34.Rd1! makes the Ne5 untouchable and White is threatening 35.Qxd8!, there can follow: a) 34...Qe3+? 35.Kh1 h5 36.Qe7!
b) 34...h5 35.Rd5 e.g. 35...Qe3+? 36.Kh1 Qxe4 37.Qe7! Qxd5?? 38.Qxe8+ Kh7 39.Qf8 Ne6 40.Qxf7+ and mate

well at least imho

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  chancho: <chesschatology> Yeah, it's so obvious.How the heck did I miss it?
Aug-01-05  The 3 Gambiteers: Pick out the clues. Mate potential on g7. One pice guarding itis the knight. Try a delection. Oh wait that attacks the knight twice as well as forking the queen. Puzzle solved.
Aug-01-05  who: <Marco65> What about 33...Nd8 34.Rd1 h5 35.Re5 Qe3+ 36.Kh1 h4 and now black is threatening a perpetual on e1, g3. So 37. Nf3 or Nd3 is needed, and black can untangle his pieces with 37...Ne6
Aug-01-05  Marco65: <who> I knew the line I showed was not best for Black. After your 33...Nd8 34.Rd1 h5 35.Rd5 Qe3+ 36.Kh1 h4! White can switch to "pawn-grabbing" mode, but it also doesn't work: 37.Qxc5 Qxe4! 38.Rxd8 Qe1+ 39.Kh2 Qg3+ 40.Kh1 Qe1+ 41.Qg1 Qxe5 with a likely handshake.

So maybe 33....Nd8 was the best defence, although it requires to be very careful!

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  YouRang: I can't believe I missed it! I have no idea why. My brain fixated on Nh6. Maybe I didn't sleep well last night. I need to find some excuse. :(
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  sfm: I give myself one easy point for my prediction that black would resign after first move. :-)
Aug-01-05  Shams: <<prinsallan> ...Im just back from the holidays and havn´t played any chess at all during summer so im a bit rusty. I just bought a house at the countryside and built a 3x3 meters big chessboard for outdoor-use. The pieces i made out of plywood and they are between 20-35 cm high>

I take it you are unmarried, then. ;)

Aug-01-05  ThomYorke: <The 3 Gambiteers> Besides that, Ng5 threaten Qxh7# (and Qh4 is not possible)
Aug-01-05  chessic eric: Ng5 sorta lept off the board at me, setting up mates at g7 and h7 while attacking the queen. Didn't find the smothered after Qh4! however, and was content with the piece. Some of the analysis on this second page needs work, <ThomYorke>, <chesscatology>, <black knight c6>. Black Knight, I think 37.Rf3 beats 37.Rg1 in your line.
Aug-01-05  xxdsdxx: I am in the category of this is Monday Nh6+ ... oops!!! Qg7 doesn't work!!!


Fork the Queen and Mate the King. - Keep your minds out of the gutter!!!!

Aug-01-05  alexandrovm: how about the quiet Ng5, I don't think that could be the answer, let's see
Aug-01-05  alexandrovm: the idea behind it is that I attack the queen and at the same time the knight who is protecting g7, and also attacking h7, it seems as a powerful knight at this time...
Aug-01-05  paul dorion: <who><Marco65>After 33...Nd8 34 Nf3 Qe3+ 35 Kh1 White still seem to have a dangerous attack. If 35 ...h5 36 Re1 Qxc3 37 Qe7 or 36...Qh6 37 Qxc5 in both case with

35...Kg8 36 Rd1 Ne6 37 Qd7 Rf8 38 Ne5 will win as in the game

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  jahhaj: <Shams> <I take it you are unmarried> Strikes me as the sort of project you would undertake to get away from the wife and kids.
Aug-01-05  HastyMover: I saw 36.Ng5 right away, but it took me awhile to make sure it was right.
Aug-01-05  sharpnova: <Marco65> you're right. i'll never touch a pawn again (not even with my mouse)
Aug-01-05  Shams: <jahhaj> but what wife would allow a mammoth chess set on the lawn?
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