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Max Pavey vs Sidney Norman Bernstein
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 10, Oct-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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  Resignation Trap: This game deserves to be better known.

The following notes with <HK> are by Hans Kmoch as they appeared in the December 1956 issue of <Chess Review>. Those marked <SB> are by Sidney Norman Bernstein from his book <<COMBAT: My 50 Years at the Chessboard>>.

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  Resignation Trap: TRAGIC ERROR

<HK> White obtains a winning advantage by means of a magnificient breakthrough in the center. Eventually, he needs only one more move - a rather simple one - to make Black resign. At this point. however, White errs tragically, allowing one of Black's Pawns to queen.

9. 0-0 <SB> ! Foiling my plan! After the usual 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5! 11.e5 Nd5 Black would stand well.

10.Ne4 <SB> !

(after 12...Qb6) <SB> White has quite a lead in development...

15.Rac1 <HK> White has a promising game.

15...0-0 <HK> Castling behind the already broken Pawn front looks highly suspicious. Yet it is very hard to prove anything wrong with it.

17...Qd8 <SB> To assist in defense of the Kingside.

19.d5 <HK> !! A master-stroke in Alekhine's style solves the problem. White obtains a winning advantage.

19.d5 <SB> !

19...Bf6 <HK> After 19...Bxd5 20.e4! White has an irresistible attack. <SB> 19...Bxd5? 20.e4 would be overwhelming.

23.Be2 <HK> !

24.Qxd8+ <SB> Black threatened ...Nc3 if White avoided the exchange of Queens.

25.Bf3 <HK> ! White's Kingside attack is broken, but his general advantage stands.

25...Ra7 <SB> ? The right way was 25...Nc3!! 26.Bxb7 Ra7 and wins!! (27.Bf3 Nxd1 28.Rxd1 Rad7 etc.).

26.Nc4 <SB> Black having missed a golden opportunity, White builds up the pressure.

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  Resignation Trap: 27.Nb6 <HK> !

27...Nc3 <HK> In Black's predicament, he does the beat he can: create vicious complications. <SB> !?

29.Rc2 <HK> Not 29.gxf3 in view of 29...Ne2+.

30...Bb1 <SB> !

After 35...c4 <SB> With only seconds left to reach move 40, Black conjures up a fantastic combination!

After 37...c3 <HK> The two connected, passed Pawns are a menace - not a real one, though.

38.Nd3 <HK> ?? The tragic error, converting glorious victory into pitiful defeat. Correct and conclusive is 38.Nd1 .

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  Resignation Trap: 40.Rb7 <SB> If 40.Nxb2 cxb2 41.Rb7 b1=Q 42.Rxb1 Bxb1 43.f3 Ke7 etc.

40...Bc4 <HK> and <SB> !!

41. 0-1 <HK> White had failed to forsee the pin of his Knight. Now, a full Rook up, he cannot prevent one of Black's Pawns from queening. <SB> !

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  whiteshark: <25.Bf3 HK ! White's Kingside attack is broken, but his general advantage stands.> Here <HK> errs hugely.
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