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Samuel Reshevsky vs William G Addison
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-22
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Reversed Dragon (A22)  ·  1-0


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Mar-26-08  Resignation Trap: 39.Rxc7? was a blunder in great mutual time pressure, but, fortunately for Sammy, he was still able to win the game.
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  kevin86: The most dangerous place for a pawn is attacking a knight as here.

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After a6,the pawn cannot be halted.

Mar-13-12  RookFile: It was cute, but surely 53. Rb4+ Kd5 54. a5 wins as well?
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  Phony Benoni: <RookFile: It was cute, but surely 53.Rb4+ Kd5 54.a5 wins as well?>

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True. A bit trickier is 53...Kc3, when White wins only by moving his rook to safety along the fourth rank.

White can also win by 53.Rb8, 53.Rb6, and 53.Rb1, since in these cases he can answer 53...Nxa4 by 54.Rb4+. However, just to prove the position isn't totally trivial, 53.Rb5 and 53.Rb2 are both draws.

53.Kb5 Kc4! actually does threaten the pawn, which can't advance since the rook would be attacked. After 54.Ra5 Kb4, the pawn comes off and it's drawn.

53.Rb2 Kc3! 54.Ra2 Kb3! 55.Ra1 Kb2!, and the rook can no longer protect the pawn.

Technically, 53.a5 takes the longest of the winning moves, but is perhaps the clearest.

(Assistance from Nalimov database at is gratefully acknowledged.)

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