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|Jan-10-15|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Reti is known for his 'hypermodern' idea of controlling the center indirectly by pieces, and not necessarily by occupying it with pawns. In my view, this is the last great positional idea 'discovered' in chess. He was of Candidates level IMO.|
The importance of center, open files and diagonals, tempo, initiative and attack, piece activity, all types of combinations, play in the open game were already well known and applied by the likes of Anderssen and Morphy. Contrary to the narcissistic generational syndrome's fallacy that dynamic chess was only discovered after WW2.
The next important positional 'discovery' IMO was brought into conscious focus by Steinitz- the importance of pawn structure, weak squares and pawns, play in closed and semi-closed pawn structures.
Then came Reti's hypermodern idea of controlling the center indirectly by pieces from the flanks.
AFAIK, Reti was also one of the strongest blindfold players of all time, supplementing his income with simultaneous blindfold exhibitions. This at a time when blindfold chess required the condition of no sight of the board or man, which is much harder than the Amber style of pushing around imaginary pieces on a computer screen chess board. Anyone belittling Reti should try playing blindfold chess first, without sight of board or man, simultaneously over several boards.
Mention of Reti always reminds me of the following games against World Champions:
His double rook sacs vs Euwe.
Reti vs Euwe, 1920
Euwe vs Reti, 1920
The above games, featuring the rare double rook sac, were both played against a future world champion in the same year. Reti had astounding combination chess vision as well. Most chess players go through life never playing the double rook sac from either side. Yet Reti and Euwe create two in the same year. The odds are one out of the millions of classical games between two top level masters in the whole of chess history.
His memorable losses to Capablanca and Alekhine
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
|Feb-21-15|| ||SimplicityRichard: (visayanbraindoctor) And I might include: Reti v. Rubinstein (1919) Stockholm, King's Gambit. Aside from Reti's original 4th move (4.Qf3), my analysis using "Stockfish 5" revealed to me that Reti played near perfect moves (incredibly accurately, without errors) for the most part of the game in question. This prompted me to re-research Reti's play as I was amazed by such a degree of accuracy and originality especially in an opening such as the King's Gambit that branches into a profusion of rich variations right from outset.|
|Mar-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations> - Richard Reti.|
|Mar-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <The pleasure to be derived from a chess combination lie in the feeling that a human mind is behind the game, dominating the inanimate pieces ... and giving them breath of life> - Richard Reti.|
|Mar-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a profound mistake to imagine mistake to imagine that the art of combination depends only on natural talent, and that it cannot be learned. Every player knows that all (or almost all) combinations arise from a recollection of familiar elements> - Richard Reti.|
|May-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Most chess players know, thanks to the study of master games, that two Bishops are stronger than two Knights or than Bishop and Knight, though very few know the reason for this advantage and how to turn it to account> - Richard Reti.|
|May-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <The majority of people imagine a chess master as being a townsman who passes his life in an atmosphere of smoke and play in cafés and clubs; a neurasthenic individual, whose nerves and brains are continually working at tension: a one-sided person who has given up his whole soul to chess> - Reti, Richard.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and includes chance> - Richard Reti.|
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <The essential disadvantage of the isolated pawn ... lies not in the pawn itself, but in the square in front of the pawn> - Richard Reti.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a delight to watch a young and gifted chess player. To him have come no sinister experiences; to him continual carping care is foreign. Therefore he loves the attack and the bold sacrifice; for theirin lies the shortest way to his ultimate objective> - Richard Reti.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <Reti is the only grandmaster whose moves are often completely unexpected to me> - Alexander Alekhine.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <Reti studies mathematics although he is not a dry mathematician; represents Vienna without being Viennese; was born in old Hungary yet he does not know Hungarian; speaks uncommonly rapidly only in order to act all the more maturely and deliberately; and will yet become the best chessplayer without, however, becoming world champion> - Savielly Tartakower.|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a mistake to think that a combination is solely a question of talent, and that it cannot be acquired> - Richard Reti. |
Thanks, Richard. There may be hope for me yet.
|May-28-15|| ||offramp: He is today's player of the day. He obviously had a huge analytical brain. |
It makes me think of students of the Torah or high mathematicians. No one outside of a small tiny circle will know that they even spoke a word.
|May-28-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is the aim of the modern school, not to treat every position according to one general law, but according to the principle inherent in the position> - Richard Reti.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is the triumph of the intellect and genius over lack of imagination; the triumph of personality over materialism> - Richard Reti.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is particularly the game of the unappreciated, who seek in play that success which life has denied them> - Richard Reti.|
|Sep-30-15|| ||Sastre: White to play and win:
click for larger view
|Sep-30-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He is today's player of the day. He obviously had a huge analytical brain. >|
|Nov-04-15|| ||Christoforus Polacco: The best chessplayers in history who didn't become a World Champions : Chigorin, Reti, Nimzowitsch, Rubinstein, Tarrasch, Tartakower, Bronstein, Keres.|
|Nov-04-15|| ||keypusher: <Christoforus Polacco: The best chessplayers in history who didn't become a World Champions : Chigorin, Reti, Nimzowitsch, Rubinstein, Tarrasch, Tartakower, Bronstein, Keres.>|
Korchnoi is better than everyone on that list, with the possible exception of Keres and Rubinstein. Tartakower and Reti, though well known because of their writing, were never serious contenders for the title. It's a stretch to say Nimzowitsch was IMO.
|Nov-04-15|| ||Christoforus Polacco: Yeah ! - Korchnoi is OK at that list :) Tragedy of Richard , Akiba and Aron is that they even didn't take a part in match for World Champion. Each of them deserved much more than Janowski (especially at 1910) or Marshall ... Champions were the best at his times - but pretendents were sometimes too weak .|
|Nov-04-15|| ||starry2013: Sneaky:<the a1-h8 diagonal is no longer than the h1-h8 file...>|
The relevant diagonal (which is bent) in the player description puzzle seems to be h8-e5, then e5 to h2. That's 7 squares, one square less than the a1-h8 diagonal. And (as you know) if the pawn gets to h1 it doesn't matter as the other pawn can queen then too.
|Apr-10-16|| ||Everett: Korchnoi <is better than everyone on that list, with the possible exception of Keres and Rubinstein>, yet Korchnoi credits Bronstein with making him a much better player. The latter had the plus score. Further, Bronstein was the superior player Keres H2H from 1946-55. Keres and Korchnoi of course had greater longevity at the top.|
I would put all three together.
|May-28-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: It is sad that Reti died a week after turning 40. Maybe his weak constitution made him more susceptible to the disease than others.|
Before modern medicine, the mortality rate was about 20%
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