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Samuel Reshevsky vs Lewis T Haller
"Hoot and Haller" (game of the day Aug-29-2007)
Simul, 12b (1921), Nugent's Dept. Store, St Louis, MO USA, Aug-25
Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation (D02)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Doesn't Haller have a draw with 35...Rxf3? If White takes the Rook, the Queen has a perpetual with ...Qd2+, ...Qe1+, and ...Qe2+, et cetera. If 36.Qf8,Rxh3+ is also a perpetual at least. Which leaves 36.Qg8+,Kh5; 37.g4+,fxg3+ e.p., and I can't find the win for White.

Doesn't mean it isn't there. It only means I can't see it.

Aug-29-07  psmith: <An Englishman> I believe 35...Rxf3 36. e5+ does the trick.
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  dzechiel: 39...Kxh4 40 Qxe3 fxe3 41 g3#
Aug-29-07  LivBlockade: Black's position looked good after 28 moves, but he soon winds up in trouble. Maybe 29...Qe5 , followed by ...Rc7 if needed, and then start pushing the queenside pawns. I don't think White has any compensation for the pawn, and he'll be very forturnate to draw the position.
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  al wazir: <dzechiel: 39...Kxh4> 40. Rxg4#.

How would white have proceeded after 38...Kxh4 ?

Ah, I see: 39. e5. If 39...Qxe5, then 40. Qxh6#. If 39...Qe6 or 39...Rxe5, then 40. Bg6!, followed by Qxh6#.

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  RandomVisitor: The machine is going wild with ways black could have won.

38...Re2 39.Rh8 (39.hxg5 Rxg2+; 39.Qc5 Kxh4) Rxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Qb2+ wins;

37...Rxf3 38.Rh8 Rxh3+, 37...Re2 38.Qg7 Qxg7 39.Rxg7 Rb2 both win.

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  al wazir: Whoever this guy Haller was, he gave Reshevsky (the very very young Reshevsky) a run for his money.
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  Richard Taylor: <al wazir> If he was rich - maybe he should have just given him the money?
Aug-29-07  laskereshevsky: I had read in a chess book, if i remember well was a BENKO one, a story about An american master who:

<"usually asked during the game...

<<"Are U playing for the draw?!..">>

the other player SUPPOSED that was an offer, and so both raised up from the board and moved away...with the clock still running!!...when after the round the tournament bill board showed not a 1/2 but a big "0" for the other player, at the following protests the american master always says something like":..>

<<i didnt offered a draw...i just asked if U are playing for a draw (!!)...but U moved away from the board, so U set-uped the game...>>

Later, when i had read in a Botvinnik book, one of his comments about a game played vs. Reshevsky:

<" At this point the american GM asked me as he was usual":.

<<"...Are U playing for the draw?!">>> ...

I was astonished shocked!

I cant even immagine the MYTHICAL American GM and that patetic cheater coulded be the same person.... of course BENKO didnt gave the master's name...But that coincidence wasnt a little one...

somebody know if was Reshevsky the Benko's book personage?! (i really hope not...)

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  kevin86: White's strategy seemed to be:1 put rook and queen on eighth row to roust the king.

2 Force king to side of the board.

3 Force black to leave a rank wide open to attack the king.

4 Jump on the rank and force mate.

"Don't Haller until you are hurt!"

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  FSR: I wonder who this Haller guy was. He played a decent game and obviously had a winning position against Reshevsky (albeit in a simul). This is his only game in the database. Probably some random expert or low master strength player.
Aug-29-07  birdplaya: Great game on whites part. Being down the pawn and still finding a great attack. The last few moves were beautiful
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  JG27Pyth: <Whoever this guy Haller was, he gave Reshevsky (the very very young Reshevsky) a run for his money.>

Not very very young, merely young (17 or 18 y.o. depending on SR's birthday). Reshevsky's game is completely unimpressive here, isn't it? Seems like Haller let's down his guard and pays the price for it. I'm always running across mediocre Reshevsky games... I'm going to have to go through the "Samuel Reshevsky's best games" collection so as to see why people feared this guy. He seems to me to be the least impressive of the top GMs of the mid 20th century.

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  Phony Benoni: <JG27Pyth: Not very very young, merely young (17 or 18 y.o. depending on SR's birthday).>

Reshevsky's birthday is generally given in November, 1911, which would make him no more than nine here. He may have actually been a few years older, but surely not 17 or 18.

Reshevsky certainly did not have an impressive style. Often, his wins were long grinds or time pressure scrambles where he kept his head better than the opponent. But you can't argue with results which show him one of the world's best from about 1935-1955.

Have you seen Reshevsky vs F Vasconcellos, 1944? The game was played against a relatively weak opponent at the end of a tournament where Reshevsky had already clinched first prize and deliberately went into the game intending to have fun. But it shows the sort of play he was capable of when in the mood.

Aug-29-07  calmarten: <Phony Benoni> I logged in just to make that same point. A nine year old giving a simul <JG27Pyth> "completely unimpressive". lol
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  FSR: I wish I could play like that at age 9, let alone do so in a simul.
Aug-30-07  RookFile: Reshevsky had a long career. During the first half of it, Reshevsky played in an uncompromising manner: win at all costs. This game is an example of that.
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